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The Greatest Dane

For the first time in its 48-year history Albany reached the men's lacrosse Final Four, losing to Yale 20--11 in the semis on May 26. But don't expect the Danes—which led the nation with 14.4 goals per game—to get derailed too often over the next three years. Tehoka Nanticoke, a 6'1", 235-pound attack from Six Nations, Ont., promises to be the sport's next big star after an epic freshman season in which he finished third in D-I with 50 goals. He was a Faces in the Crowd selection in SI's May 18, 2015 issue, and as a member of the Iroquois national team, impressed at the '16 U-19 championships near Vancouver, earning attack MVP honors when he scored 22 times in seven games to lift the team to bronze. But in Foxborough, Mass., Yale held Nanticoke to a single goal before beating Duke 13--11 in the national championship game. The title was the Elis' first; the Final Four appearance is unlikely to be Nanticoke's last.