Thursday, September 30, 2010

University of Albany Goalkeeper Christian Mejia Earns Spot on Puerto Rico's Senior National Soccer Team - UAlbany Sports 2010

San Juan, P.R. - University at Albany's Christian Mejia earned a spot on the Puerto Rico National Men's Soccer team and will represent his country at the Digicel Caribbean Cup from Oct. 2-6, as announced by the Puerto Rico Football Federation. The junior goalkeeper, who also played for Puerto Rico's U-21 squad over the summer, is the only current America East Conference men's soccer player to be called up to represent his country's Senior National Team.

Mejia, who did not yield a goal when he made his Great Dane debut in the second half against San Diego State on Sept. 26, will be a part of Puerto Rico's squad during round-robin group play. Group A will be made up of Anguilla, the Cayman Islands, St. Martin and Puerto Rico and play all of its matches at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, P.R. Mejia and the Puerto Rico squad will compete against Anguilla on Oct. 2, St. Martin on Oct. 4 and the Cayman Islands on Oct. 6.

The Digicel Caribbean Cup is the qualifying tournament for next year's CONCACAF Gold Cup, which is the main association football competition to determine the regional champion of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The top four teams at the Digicel Caribbean Cup will automatically qualify for the Gold Cup.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

University of Albany Men's Soccer Rallies From Behind Three Times in 4-3 Double-Overtime Loss to Holy Cross - UAlbany Sports 2010

Albany, N.Y. - Jon Werth scored two goals, including the game-winning tally, to lift Holy Cross to a 4-3 double-overtime victory over UAlbany in non-conference men's soccer action on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at Varsity Field. Capped by Christoffer Nisser's first career marker with under five minutes left in regulation, the Great Danes rallied to tie the match three times before Werth punched in the golden goal midway through the second extra session.

UAlbany controlled play for the duration of the overtime periods by outshooting Holy Cross, 5-3, and holding a 3-0 advantage in corner kicks. However, Werth propelled the Crusaders to the sudden victory when he potted in a rebound following a shot taken from the left corner by Jordan Michael in the 104th minute.

Holy Cross (3-4-1), which never trailed in the match, got on the board first when Werth sent a direct kick from 30 yards away to the lower left corner of the net in the 18th minute. Werth appeared to double the Crusader lead in the 28th minute after he blasted in Michael's cross on an indirect kick taken from just outside the box, but the senior midfielder was whistled for being offside.

Following a quiet first half, the teams traded five goals in a 30-minute span during the second frame to extend the match beyond regulation time. Bo Jelovac tied the match up at 1-1 in the 57th minute by unleashing a laser from outside of the box past goalkeeper Evan Polanik. After the Crusaders went ahead by netting another goal on a direct kick, Jelovac helped knot the score up again at 2-2 by centering a short cross into the six-yard box that was finished by Ian Peach.

Kevin O'Connell scored in the 76th minute to give Holy Cross a 3-2 lead, but the Great Danes did not give up and were able to get the equalizer they needed to force overtime. Nisser, a freshman defender, took advantage of his direct kick in the 86th minute by bending a shot around a wall of Crusader defenders that landed in the right corner of the net. Despite a valiant effort to come from behind on three occasions, the Great Danes were dealt their third straight loss by surrendering a fourth goal nearly 18 minutes later.

UAlbany outshot Holy Cross, 23-17, and held a commanding 10-2 advantage in corner kicks. Adrian Foncette made four saves on 17 opportunities for the Great Danes, while Polanik earned the victory by turning away eight of the 23 shots he faced for the Crusaders.

UAlbany (4-5-0) opens America East Conference play when it visits Hartford on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

17th-Ranked University of Albany Rolls to 9-1 Field Hockey Victory Over Crosstown-Rival Siena - UAlbany Sports 2010

Albany, N.Y. - Alysia Hough led three players with two goals each, as #17 UAlbany defeated crosstown-rival Siena, 9-1, in non-conference field hockey action on Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Turf Field. Hough, along with Tessa Knapp and Daphne Voormolen all scored two goals apiece to pace the Great Danes.

Siena got on the board first, as Lisa Heimerle took a crossing pass from Cory dela Gorgendiere and tipped the ball into the back of the cage. Hough responded with an unassisted goal in the 18th minute off a rebound. Once the Great Danes got on the scoreboard, they continued to rally, with Knapp and Nina Walters adding goals before the halftime break. Knapp scored her first goal at 25:46, as Walters dribbled across the cage and handed the ball off for the score. Walters then deflected a pass from Suzy Clephane into the upper left corner of the cage in the 32nd minute to give UAlbany a 3-1 lead at the half.

Voormolen and Corrine McConville added back-to-back unassisted goals within two minutes of each other to start the second half. Senior Ashlyn Bach then scored her first career goal in the 57th minute on a penalty stroke, before Hough and Knapp tallied their second goals of the day. Hough took a breakaway into a one-on-one with the goalkeeper for UAlbany's seventh goal, while Knapp converted a rebound into a goal in the 63rd minute. Voormolen wrapped up the Great Danes' scoring at 63:40, taking assists from Clephane and Knapp on a penalty corner.

UAlbany outshot Siena, 41-1, and held a 15-0 advantage in penalty corners. Goalkeepers Christine Hoffman and Kristi Troch combined for the win for UAlbany, while starter Beth Meyers took the loss for the Saints, despite making 18 saves in just over 51 minutes of action. Alison Baillargeon made two saves in the final 18:34 for Siena (1-8).

UAlbany (8-2) will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 2, kicking off America East Conference play at Fairfield.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

University of Albany's Christina Patrick & Corrine McConville Earn America East Weekly Field Hockey Awards - UAlbany Sports 2010

Cambridge, Mass. - University at Albany's Christina Patrick and Corrine McConville were named the America East Conference Field Hockey Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon. It is the first weekly award for both players.

Patrick, who leads the Great Danes in goals with eight and points with 19, led UAlbany to three straight wins last week. She scored at least one goal in each game, finishing with four tallies and one assist on 14 shots. Patrick scored two goals in a 6-1 road win over Saint Louis and finished with one goal and one assist in a shutout win over Bryant at home. She wrapped up the week with the lone goal needed to defeat Massachusetts on the road, finding the back of the cage on a tough-angle shot in the 53rd minute.

McConville scored three goals in three games on a team-high 18 shots. She scored once in the victory at Saint Louis and notched two goals, including the game-winner, in the 3-0 win over Bryant. Both goals against the Bulldogs came on penalty corner opportunities for the Great Danes, with McConville taking hard, direct shots on the goal from the top of the circle. The rookie has 10 total points on the season, and leads the conference with 42 shots.

19th-ranked UAlbany (7-2) has been in the national poll for three consecutive weeks. The Great Danes will return to action on Tuesday, hosting crosstown-rival Siena at Alumni Turf Field at 4 p.m.

PAW PRINTS: UAlbany's game versus Siena on Tuesday will be a "Stick it to Cancer" game to raise money for the National Foundation for Cancer Research. Immediately following the game, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Great Danes will be hosting a clinic for youth field hockey players in the seventh and eighth grades. The cost is $5 per player, and all proceeds will go to the National Foundation for Cancer Research.

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Christina Patrick Scores in 53rd Minute to Lead University of Albany Field Hockey to 1-0 Win at UMass - UAlbany Sports 2010

Amherst, Mass. - Junior forward Christina Patrick scored her eighth goal of the season to lead #19 UAlbany to 1-0 shutout win over Massachusetts in non-conference field hockey action on Sunday afternoon at Garber Field. The Great Danes improved to 7-2 with the win, while the Minutewomen fell to 4-6 on the season.
After a scoreless first half, Patrick would score the only goal of the game in the 54th minute, taking an assist from sophomore Nina Walters. Walters self-started the play from the right side of the circle. She sent over a cross that slipped through UMass goalkeeper Alesha Widdall, finding Patrick on the opposite post for the finish.

The Great Danes got some late heroics with under five minutes left to play. After UAlbany goalkeeper Kristi Troch charged out, sophomore defender Taylor Luke sprinted back from the top left of the circle to make a diving defensive save off the right post to preserve the victory.

"This was a game that came down to the wire," said head coach Phil Sykes, whose team has now won four of its last five games. "It's always a grudge match between these two teams. This was a very good effort. We won with great team defense and battled really hard down the stretch. Both goalies played very well under extreme pressure situations."

UAlbany goalkeepers Christine Hoffman and Troch combined for their second straight shutout. Hoffman made four saves in the first half, while Troch made two in the second frame to preserve the win. UMass goalkeeper Widdall made four saves for the Minutewomen in 70 minutes of action. UAlbany outshot UMass, 13-11, while UMass held a 7-4 advantage in penalty corners.

UAlbany will return to action on Tuesday Sept. 28 to host crosstown-rival Siena for a matchup at 4 p.m. The Great Danes will be hosting their Stick it to Cancer match against the Saints, as the teams will look to raise money and awareness for the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR).

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

University of Albany Volleyball Takes Second Match in Home-and-Home Weekend Series With Yale - UAlbany Sports 2010

Albany, N.Y. - Senior Teresa Coppiellie recorded a double-double of 12 kills and 15 digs, while sophomore Dunja Prgomet also finished with a double-double of 14 kills and 11 digs to lead UAlbany to a 3-2 win over Yale at University Gym in the Great Danes' home opener. A rematch of last night's 3-1 Yale victory in New Haven, UAlbany battled back to win the five-set match with scores of 15-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-21 and 15-8.

Along with the strong offensive and defensive play of Coppiellie and Prgomet, UAlbany received 13 kills on a .429 hitting percentage from Traci Vandegrift, who also added seven digs and a service ace. Casey Wright added 14 kills and six total blocks, including five solos. Libero Laurie Gonzalez totaled 15 digs and accounted for five of the Great Danes' 12 service aces, while Abbey Wexel doled out 39 assists to go along with nine digs and two service aces, quarterbacking UAlbany to a .259 team hitting percentage.

Yale (6-5) also had four players with double-digit kill totals, including three with 17. Katie Cordell led the Bulldogs across the board, smacking 17 kills on a .517 hitting percentage to go along with a match-high 23 digs. Kendal Polan finished with a triple-double of 17 kills, 34 assists and 10 digs, while Erica Reetz totaled 17 kills and 12 digs. Haley Wessels was the final Bulldog in double-digit kill figures with 12, while Kerry Clavadetscher just missed out on a double-double with 30 assists and nine digs.

UAlbany (9-5) will return to action on Friday, Oct. 1, visiting UMBC to kick off America East Conference play.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

UAlbany FCS Football Meets Duquesne in Pittsburgh to Start Northeast Conference Play on Saturday - UAlbany Sports 2010

Pittsburgh, Pa. - UAlbany begins Northeast Conference play when the Great Danes head to Duquesne on Saturday, Sept. 25. Kickoff is 12:00 p.m. at Rooney Athletic Field. Fans can listen to the game on Fox Sports 980, WOFX-AM, with Rodger Wyland handling the play-by-play coverage.

Duquesne (2-1, NEC 0-0) is off to a solid start with wins over Bucknell (17-13) and Pioneer Football League preseason favorite Dayton (35-31). Delaware, one of the nation's top FCS teams, handed the Dukes their first loss of the season one week ago. Head coach Jerry Schmitt leads his team into its third season of NEC competition.

Quarterback Sean Patterson, who is 23rd nationally in total yards at 261.7 per game, can run and pass. The left-hander has thrown for 671 yards and four touchdowns. His favorite targets are a pair of Michigan State transfers. Connor Dixon, a converted quarterback, has 16 catches for 209 yards and one TD. Dave Williams totals 15 receptions for 129 yards and one score. RB Larry McCoy was one of the top FCS freshman rushers last year. He has 261 yards and two TDs on the ground through three games.

The Dukes have 17 returning starters, including 10 on defense. Dave Opfar, who served as Saint Francis' head coach the last eight seasons, has joined the Duquesne staff as defensive coordinator. LB Nathan Totino is a three-year starter in his team's 3-4 scheme. He is fifth among active FCS defenders with 315 career tackles. DE Thaimu Bangura (6-3, 278) and Totino are each on the preseason All-NEC squad.

The Great Danes have been off for two weeks since being overpowered by No. 10 Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Texas. UAlbany (1-1, NEC 0-0) is playing its opening four games on the road and traveling nearly 6,000 miles and to four states in that stretch.

QB Dan Di Lella had connected on 53.6 percent of his pass attempts for 290 yards in two starting assignments. TB Andrew Smith, who missed his last start due to injury, returns to the lineup after rushing for a career-high 129 yards in the opener at Maine. ILB Chris Wilk (11 tackles) and OLB Chris Blais (10 tackles) are the leading tacklers.

Paw Prints: The Great Danes are beginning conference play by traveling to Duquesne for the second time in three years ... UAlbany has won nine of 11 NEC openers since joining the conference in 1999 ... the Great Danes have won five of six games following a bye week as a Division I FCS program.

Football - Duquesne Game Preview (9/23/2010)

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University of Albany's McConville Scores Two Goals to Lead #19 UAlbany to 3-0 Shutout Win Over Bryant - UAlbany Sports 2010

Albany, N.Y. - Freshman forward Corrine McConville scored two goals, while Suzy Clephane added two assists to lead #19 UAlbany to a 3-0 win over Bryant in non-conference field hockey action on Friday afternoon at Alumni Turf Field.

McConville scored the first goal of the game in the 18th minute on a penalty corner, taking assists from Clephane and Chelsea Neff. McConville was stationed at the top of the circle for the direct shot on goal, getting the ball past Bryant goalkeeper Jennifer Gullotti. The rookie doubled the Great Danes' score with her fourth goal of the season before halftime on another penalty corner opportunity. Patrick insterted the ball to Clephane, who stopped the pass and allowed McConville to drill a shot into the right corner of the cage.

The Great Danes finished off the scoring in the first two minutes of play in the second half, as Patrick gathered the a loose ball in front of the cage and finished with an unassisted shot into the back of the net. UAlbany outshot the Bulldogs, 27-2, and held a 13-1 advantage in penalty corners. UAlbany goalkeepers Christine Hoffman and Kristi Troch combined for the shutout, while Gullotti made eight saves in the cage for Bryant (0-8).

UAlbany (6-2) will return to action on Sunday, visiting Massachusetts, a team that is receiving votes in the national poll, starting at 2 p.m.

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Volleyball Head Coach MJ Engstrom and Junior Laurie Gonzalez Preview Home and Home Sseries With Yale

Volleyball Head Coach MJ Engstrom and Junior Laurie Gonzalez Preview Home and Home Sseries With Yale

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Infotonics Technology Center and University of Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Form Unprecedented Partnership

Infotonics Technology Center and College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering form unprecedented partnership to enable world-class nanotechnology research, development and commercialization.

Empire State Development (ESD) and the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) today announced the merger of two of New York State's Centers of Excellence- Infotonics Technology Center (ITC) in Canandaigua and the Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) in Albany. Empire State Development and NYSTAR will invest up to $10 million to the merged operation, the Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center (STC), which will be managed and supported by CNSE.

The merger and the addition of new processing capabilities at ITC and CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex situate New York State for significant private sector job creation and investment in all areas of advanced manufacturing across the state. In addition, the partnership leverages the state's investment in these two facilities and positions New York State as a global leader in smart system and smart device innovation and manufacturing.

"The creation of the Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center will advance and strengthen New York's role as a leader in this innovation economy," said Governor David A. Paterson. "Our Centers of Excellence have become national models for facilitating critical private sector investment in emerging high technology fields and for creating and expanding New Economy jobs. This merger will now allow for the best and brightest minds to collaborate and partner together to leverage these assets and drive new opportunities that will have a resounding affect not only in the Finger Lakes region but across the state. I applaud Empire State Development and NYSTAR as well as our partners-Infotonics Technology Center and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering-for their vision and continued commitment to our Centers of Excellence."


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

University of Albany Women's Soccer Blanks Bryant - UAlbany Sports 2010

Breanna Maggio Records Fifth Career Shutout in Women's Soccer's 2-0 Win Over Bryant.

Smithfield, R.I. - Sophomore goalkeeper Breanna Maggio eclipsed the Division I program record for career shutouts by making five saves in leading the UAlbany women's soccer team to a 2-0 road victory over Bryant on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at Bulldog Stadium.

UAlbany, which was playing its second straight Northeast Conference opponent, scored on its first shot of the match in the fourth minute and never looked back. Following a corner kick, Chelsea DeVerna finished a pass from Kendra Harrell-Vigil to quickly put the Great Danes ahead by a 1-0 score. Maggio saved the only shot the Bulldogs attempted in the first half to keep the hosts off the scoreboard heading into the break.

Trailing by a goal, Bryant (2-6-1) came out stronger in the second half by taking aim at Maggio four times early in the frame. However, the Great Danes were able to double their lead in the 67th minute when Aubrey VanGorder stole the ball away from the Bulldog goalkeeper and scored on an open net. It was the freshman's first career goal and provided all the insurance the Great Danes needed to pull out the two-goal victory.

Maggio made five saves on eight chances in the winning effort for UAlbany, which has blanked four of its 10 opponents this season. She also improved her record to 4-2 overall. Bryant's Kelsi Jacob turned away two of the 11 shots she faced and suffered the loss.

UAlbany (5-5-0) opens up America East Conference play on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. when it hosts Stony Brook.
Paw Prints: Breanna Maggio, who has made at least fives saves in four of her six starts this season, became the first UAlbany goalkeeper to register her fifth career shutout since the program upgraded to Division I status in 1999 ... Cate Crenson previously earned four clean sheets during the 2008 and 2009 seasons ... The sophomore also matched a Division I record by recording her seventh career win.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Three Athletes & One Coach Will Be Enshrined Into UAlbany Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 8

Albany, N.Y. - Three former athletes and one legendary head coach will be enshrined into the University at Albany Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, October 8 at the 27th annual HOF Dinner and Induction Ceremony. A reception for the Athletic Hall of Fame inductees begins at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner and ceremony to follow in SEFCU Arena on campus.

The induction ceremony is part of Homecoming/Fall Festival Weekend, which also includes Saturday's football game at University Field against Northeast Conference-rival Saint Francis, Pa. at 1:00 p.m. On Friday, volleyball battles Providence at 7 p.m. On Saturday, men's soccer hosts Stony Brook at 11 a.m. and field hockey meets Maine at 4 p.m. Sunday events feature volleyball vs. New Hampshire at 1 p.m. and field hockey vs. Syracuse at 2 p.m.

The new inductees and their sports: Mike Cinque '87, basketball; Joe McCullen '92, cross country/track & field; Valerie Terry '02, softball; and R.K. Munsey, who served as the school's first cross country and track & field coach from 1962-85.
With this year's class, there are 128 former athletes, coaches and administrators who have been inducted into the University at Albany's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Mike Cinque (1985-87) -- One of the top point guards in the UAlbany basketball program's NCAA Division III history, Cinque helped the Great Danes earn a pair of ECAC Upstate New York Tournament appearances in his two-year career.

Cinque averaged 12.9 points, 6.9 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals as a senior when UAlbany advanced to the 1987 ECAC championship final against Hamilton. He totaled 13 points and 10 assists in an opening-round win over Hartwick and added 17 points in a 73-72 victory over Plattsburgh in the semifinal round. He captained the team to a 21-7 record.

Cinque, who shared team MVP honors for the second consecutive year, was selected honorable mention All-East by Eastern Basketball Magazine and was named to the All-ECAC Upstate and All-SUNY Athletic Conference squads. He nearly recorded a triple-double with 21 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in an 86-76 victory over Rensselaer, plus netted 20-plus points in three other contests.

After transferring from Division II Adelphi University, Cinque established single-season records for assists (197) and assists average (7.3 pg) in his first year with the UAlbany program. He also averaged 11.1 points and 3.0 rebounds while shooting 52.5 percent from the field. The Great Danes went 18-9 overall.

Cinque is still among UAlbany's best in the record book. He is fourth in assists (389) and first in career assists average (7.1 pg). Cinque is sixth in career steals (149) and first in steals average at 2.71 per game. As a high school standout, he led John S. Burke High to the 1983 Class B State championship final and earned first-team all-state honors.

A native of Monroe, N.Y., Cinque earned a B.A. in economics from UAlbany and went on to receive a master's from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. He serves as vice president of SuperValu/Target TBT for Coca Cola Enterprises in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. He and his wife, Aileen, have three daughters, Shea, Mairead and Kiernan.

Joe McCullen (1988-92) -- A national competitor in cross country and track and field, McCullen was the top middle-distance runner of the UAlbany program's NCAA Division III era.

McCullen helped the Great Danes finish tenth at the 1992 NCAA outdoor championships after taking second in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:50.74. As a senior, he would lead UAlbany to Collegiate Track Conference (CTC) championships in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. UAlbany captured its third consecutive CTC outdoor crown. In addition, he led his team to the NYSCT&FA state championship in Rochester by placing first in both the 800m and 1,500m events. McCullen would receive the school's 1991-92 Male Athlete of the Year award for his efforts.

At the 1992 NCAA indoor meet held at Wisconsin-Stevens Point, McCullen took fourth in the 1,500-meter run (3:56.51) and led the 4x400-meter relay to a fifth-place finish (3:21.32) as the Great Danes tied for sixth in the team standings. During the indoor season, he became the first UAlbany athlete to compete at the Millrose Games and was third in the IC4A College Mile at Madison Square Garden. He earned All-East recognition at the IC4A competition, won the CTC 1,000-meter run and established a school record in the mile run (4:10.57).

In 1991 at the NCAA outdoors, McCullen placed eighth in the 1,500-meters with a time of 3:52.23 in leading his squad to a seventh-place showing. He held six school records upon graduation. Additionally, McCullen helped UAlbany tie for sixth at the 1991 NCAA Division III cross country nationals at Christopher Newport University in Virginia. He placed 71st among 177 competitors in 25:57.

A native of Albany, N.Y. and a graduate of Bishop Maginn High School, McCullen earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics with a minor in business administration. McCullen has worked for 16 years as director of inventory control for TransWorld Entertainment. He has one daughter, Brooke, and two sons, Kyle and Jared.

R.K. Munsey (1958-85) -- The architect of the school's cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field programs, R.K. Munsey started the group of sports in the 1960s and molded them into consistent winners with championship teams.

The sport of cross country started as a club program before moving to varsity status in 1962 under Munsey's guidance. The Great Danes went on to win five SUNY Athletic Conference championships in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977 and 1984. Munsey coached UAlbany to a second-place finish at the 1973 NCAA Division III Championship in Wheaton, Illinois. His teams appeared in 11 NCAA championship meets, including six top-20 finishes, and registered victories over Division I opponents Syracuse and Army.

Munsey's cross country teams would post a 208-80 record for a .722 winning percentage during his 23 years at the helm. The Great Danes recorded ten 10-plus win seasons, including 13 victories in 1977 and a pair of 12-win campaigns. UAlbany put together two win streaks of 30 consecutive dual matches. Twelve runners have been chosen to the SUNY Athletic Conference Cross Country Hall of Fame. He was also the founder of the UAlbany Cross Country Invitational, a regional meet that will be held on campus in October for the 44th year. The men's varsity race is named in his honor.

As a track & field coach, Munsey had a 137-34-1 dual-meet record in 18 outdoor seasons and added another 63 wins on the indoor circuit. After beginning the program in 1968, he developed five All-Americans, James Shrader, Rudy Vido, Carlo Cherubino, Vinny Reda and Marc Mercurio. Munsey also coached indoor track for 15 seasons.

Munsey, who arrived on UAlbany's Downtown Campus in the late 1950s as the head of student housing and student employees, has had full and varied life experiences. These began when he worked on the Alaska Highway for 10 months after Pearl Harbor before graduating from Denver East High School. As a veteran of World War II, Munsey served in the United States Army Air Corps for nearly three years. He retired in the spring of 1985 from coaching and as a professor emeritus on the physical education faculty. Throughout his career he was known for his dedication to education and his deep concern for the student-athlete.

Coach Munsey's life has also been balanced. Besides being the first official historian for NCAA Division III track and field, he has been a creative artist in pastel drawing and stained glass and participated in an archeological dig in Arizona, uncovering the Hopee Indian culture. His interests include water rafting, opera and the history of the American West.

Munsey has spent much of his retirement in the state of Montana. He earned a B.S. in social science with minors in history and education from the University of Denver in 1949 and a master's in guidance and student personnel from Columbia University Teachers College in 1958.

Valerie Terry (1999-02) -- A shortstop and the school's all-time leader in stolen bases, Terry was a key figure in softball's transition from the NCAA Division II to Division I level. She led the Great Danes to a pair of 30-plus win campaigns and ECAC post-season appearances in both NCAA classifications.

As a freshman, Terry helped UAlbany win the 1999 ECAC Division II Mid-Atlantic championship and post a 33-14 record. She batted .350 with 45 runs, 12 extra-base hits, 32 stolen bases and 31 RBIs. A second-team All-New England Collegiate Conference selection, she led the conference in runs and stolen bases.

In 2000, UAlbany finished 27-9 in its first Division I season while competing as an independent. Terry hit for a .330 average and led the team in triples (4) and sacrifice hits (11). As a junior, Terry ranked 26th nationally by hitting .403 and was second in stolen bases. Her 49 steals is the top single-season total in school annals and she still has the top three marks in that category. She also scored 49 runs, a single-season standard at the time. Her top offensive game came against Maryland-Eastern Shore, when she totaled four hits and four RBIs.

UAlbany became a member of the America East Conference in her senior season. The Great Danes qualified for the 2002 conference tournament and put together a 30-20 record. Terry batted .306 and ranked seventh among the NCAA leaders in stolen bases (1.09 pg), plus scored 29 runs.

A starter in all 178 games played, Terry completed her collegiate career as the program's all-time leader in runs (148), stolen bases (129), triples (16) and total hits (198). She continues to hold the career marks in steals and triples. Terry, who had three or more hits against 16 opponents as a collegian, is currently fifth in career batting average (.348). In addition, she had 23 doubles, 76 RBIs and a career .904 fielding percentage.

Terry, who hails from South Glens Falls, N.Y., received her undergraduate degree in sociology with a minor in education. She has worked for the last six years as an investigator for Washington County Child Protective Services. Terry lives with her family, Jason Ives and daughter, Sydney. Her parents, Mark and Cindy, reside in Whitehall, N.Y.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

UAlbany's Alex Leuchanka Named America East Men's Cross Country Performer of the Week

Cambridge, Mass. - University at Albany's Alex Leuchanka was named the America East Conference Men's Cross Country Performer of the Week, as announced on Tuesday, Sept. 21 by the league office. The sophomore is being recognized by the conference for the first time this season and second time of his career.

In a competitive field stacked with 10 Division I teams which were regionally ranked by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, Leuchanka led UAlbany to a third-place finish among 19 schools at the 16th Annual Br. "Paddy" Doyle Meet of Champions. The meet was hosted by Iona College at Van Cortlandt Park. He placed ninth overall in the field of 207 runners by navigating the 8,000-meter circuit in 25:26.84. UAlbany, which had four sophomores among its top-five finishers, placed ahead of seven regionally-ranked institutions, including Kentucky.

The Great Danes will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 2 to compete at the George Mason Invitational at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Va.
Paw Prints: UAlbany's men's and women's cross country programs were ranked 13th and 15th, respectively, in the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Polls released on Sept. 20 ... The region encompasses all of the schools in New York and New England ... Led by sophomores Alex Leuchanka and Emily Finnegan, four of the top five finishers for both UAlbany teams at the Br. "Paddy" Doyle Meet of Champions were underclassmen ... Four of those 10 student-athletes, which also includes Ethan Clary and R.J. Sniffen, were former Capital Region standouts on the scholastic level ... Through three meets, the Great Dane men's and women's harriers have only finished behind schools which have been regionally ranked by the USTFCCCA.

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2010 UAlbany FCS College Football Gameday @ Duquesne

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Date: Saturday, Sept 25, 2010
Time: 12pm
Opponent: Duquesne
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa
Facility: Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field

From Albany - 460m
From Boston – 576m
From NYC - 372m

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2010 UAlbany FCS Football Schedule:

Thu, Sep 02 - UAlbany 3 Maine 0
Sat, Sep 11 - Stephen F. Austin 59 UAlbany 14
Sat, Sep 25 Duquesne * at Pittsburgh, Pa. 12:00 p.m.
Sat, Oct 02 Yale at New Haven, Conn. 12:00 p.m.
Sat, Oct 09 Saint Francis, Pa. * Albany, N.Y. 1:00 p.m.
Sat, Oct 16 Robert Morris * at Moon Township, Pa. 12:00 p.m.
Fri, Oct 22 Central Connecticut State * Albany, N.Y. 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Oct 30 Bryant * at Smithfield, R.I. 1:00 p.m.
Sat, Nov 06 Sacred Heart * at Fairfield, Conn. 1:00 p.m.
Sat, Nov 13 Wagner * Albany, N.Y. 1:00 p.m.
Sat, Nov 20 Monmouth Albany, N.Y. 1:00 p.m.

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2010 Duquesne Football Schedule:

09/04/10 vs. BUCKNELL W, 17-13
09/11/10 vs. DAYTON W, 35-31
09/18/10 at Delaware L, 6-30
09/25/10 vs. ALBANY * Pittsburgh, Pa. 12:00 p.m. ET
10/02/10 vs. MONMOUTH * Pittsburgh, Pa. 1:00 p.m. ET
10/09/10 at CCSU * New Britain, Conn. 12:00 p.m. ET
10/16/10 vs. SACRED HEART * Pittsburgh, Pa. 12:00 p.m. ET
10/23/10 at Wagner * Staten Island, N.Y. 1:00 p.m. ET
10/30/10 at Robert Morris * Moon Township, Pa. 12:00 p.m. ET
11/13/10 vs. SAINT FRANCIS (PA) * Pittsburgh, Pa. 1:00 p.m. ET
11/20/10 at Bryant * Smithfield, R.I. 12:00 p.m. ET

Arthur J. Rooney Field:

Fulbright Scholars Highlight Wide Range of UAlbany Academic Excellence

Six distinguished researchers at the University at Albany will bring their academic expertise to Europe, Mexico and Africa after being named Fulbright Scholars for 2010-2011. Representing the College of Arts and Sciences, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, the College of Computing and Information, the School of Education, and the School of Public Health, UAlbany's Fulbright Scholars join a select group of higher-education faculty and professionals from around the nation who travel abroad in an effort to help build mutual understanding between the citizens of the U.S. and other countries.

"The University at Albany is home to some of the best and brightest scholars in the world and we are honored to have five of our colleagues recognized as Fulbright Scholars," said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Susan D. Phillips. "Their dedication and recognition enhances the University's reach and reputation as one of the top research universities in the United States."

The 2010-2011 Fulbright Scholars are:

Distinguished Service Professor David A. Andersen, Department of Public Administration and Policy, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy;

Associate Professor Deborah Andersen, Departments of Information Studies and Informatics, College of Computing and Information;

Professor Mark Blum, Department of East Asian Studies, College of Arts and Sciences;

Distinguished Teaching Professor Stephen M. North, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences;

Associate Professor Carol Rodgers, Department of Educational Theory and Practice, School of Education;

Professor Lawrence Schell, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Director, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities.

Read entire article here

Courtesy: UA News

Monday, September 20, 2010

Christina Patrick Scores Two Goals to Lead University of Albany Field Hockey to 6-1 Win Over St. Louis - UAlbany Sports 2010

Fenton, Mo. - Junior forward Christina Patrick scored two goals, and Nina Walters added one goal and one assist to lead #19 UAlbany to a 6-1 win over St. Louis in non-conference field hockey action at the Anheuser-Busch Center on Monday afternoon.

Walters scored the first goal of the game, an unassisted shot following a rebound, just 7:05 into the game. St. Louis tied the score at 1-1 ten minutes later, as Lauryn Smith sent a crossing pass to Nicole Kent, who sent a hard shot into the lower left corner of the cage. UAlbany would regain the lead late in the first half, as Chelsea Neff connected on a shot into the left side of the cage to put the Great Danes ahead, 2-1, heading into halftime.

UAlbany would roll through the second half of play, led by freshman Corrine McConville, who sent an unassisted shot past St. Louis goalkeeper Alex LaBarge in the 50th minute of play. Patrick netted her first goal of the day less than three minutes later, taking a pass from Walters and lifting the ball over the LaBarge into the right side of the cage. Freshman Daphne Voormolen added a tally in the 66th minute with an unassisted breakaway goal before Patrick netted a last-minute score off a defensive turnover to set the final score.

UAlbany dominated the offensive game, outshooting the Billikens, 41-7, and holding a 9-3 advantage in penalty corners. UAlbany starter Christine Hoffman made four saves for the Great Danes in the cage, while Kristi Troch stopped St. Louis' only shot of the second half. The Billikens' LaBarge made 18 saves in 66 minutes of action, while Katherine Deem stopped eight UAlbany shots in less than four minutes of play for St. Louis (0-9).

UAlbany (5-2) will return to action on Friday, hosting Bryant at 3 p.m.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

University of Albany's Casey Wright and Kaley Jacobson Earn America East Weekly Volleyball Awards - UAlbany Sports 2010

Cambridge, Mass. - University of Albany's Casey Wright was named the America East Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the second time this season, as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon. Freshman setter Kaley Jacobson was named the conference's setter of the week, the first time she earned the award after two rookie of the week honors. A UAlbany player has won player of the week three out of the first four weeks of the season.

Wright was named the most valuable player of the Lamar Tournament over the weekend after averaging 4.60 kills, 1.50 digs and 1.50 blocks per set to go along with a .379 hitting percentage. Her kills, blocks and hitting percentage were all the top marks from across the conference. Her best performance of the weekend came in the Great Danes' 3-1 win over McNeese State, in which she was one dig and two blocks shy of a triple-double. She recorded a career-high 25 kills in the match, along with nine digs, eight blocks and a .449 hitting percentage. She also finished with double-digit kills in a 3-0 sweep of Louisiana-Lafayette, smashing 14 kills on .357 hitting. She earned all-tournament team honors for the third time this season.

Jacobson continued to lead the Great Danes with a conference-best 11.40 assists per set over the weekend. En route to the Lamar Tournament team title, UAlbany hit a league-best .240 thanks to Jacobson's setting. The rookie also averaged 1.80 digs per set and recorded four blocks and three service aces. Jacobson recorded 40 assists in each of Saturday's wins after opening up the tournament with a 34-assist performance against Louisiana-Lafayette. She also added nine digs, three blocks and an ace in the weekend finale against Lamar.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Tournament MVP Casey Wright Leads University of Albany Volleyball to an Undefeated Weekend in Texas - UAlbany Sports 2010

Beaumont, Texas - Casey Wright was named the most valuable player of the Lamar Volleyball Tournament after leading UAlbany to two wins on the final day of play at McDonald Gym on Saturday. The Great Danes defeated McNeese State, 3-1 (25-15, 25-22, 24-26, 25-16), before sweeping the host Cardinals, 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 29-27).

Against McNeese State, Wright recorded a career-high 25 kills on a .449 hitting percentage to go along with nine digs and eight total blocks. Teresa Coppiellie finished with a double-double of 10 kills and 10 digs, while Laurie Gonzalez totaled a match-high 26 digs. Traci Vandegrift, who was also named to the all-tournament team, started off the day with 12 digs to go along with seven kills, seven block assists and two service aces. Setter Kaley Jacobson handed out 40 assists and six digs, while Abbey Wexel added 11 digs defensively for UAlbany.

McNeese State (4-8) was led by Priscilla Massengale with 14 kills and a team-high 20 digs. Erin Huckabay added 12 kills, while Becky Bekelja finished with a double-double of 42 assists and 17 digs. Katie Kennedy and Whitney Ellisor also recorded double-digit kills, with 19 and 13, respectively. McNeese State finished with just three total team blocks, while UAlbany had 17 total blocks, and the Great Danes held the Cowgirls to a .082 hitting percentage.

In the tournament finale, Coppiellie led UAlbany with 17 kills, while Dunja Prgomet added 11 kills. Coppiellie completed a double-double with 12 digs, while all-tournament team selection Laurie Gonzalez paced the team defensively with 15 digs. Coppiellie and Gonzalez also combined for five of the team's seven aces, as Coppiellie served up three, with Gonzalez adding two. Jacobson tallied 40 assists, nine digs and four block assists, while Wright wrapped up the tournament with a seven-kill, four-block performance, along with four digs.

Lamar was led by Sierra Whitaker and Jayme Bazile with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Bailey Smith led the Cardinals defensively with a team-high 16 digs, while Megan McStravick and Kaleigh Wright finished with 11 digs apiece. Alex Morford and Kaylee Piat recorded 24 and 16 assists, respectively for Lamar (5-7).

UAlbany (8-4) will return to action on Friday, Sept. 24, visiting Yale in non-conference action, before hosting the Bulldogs in a return match to open the home season at University Gym on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Jelovac's Goal, Foncette's Six Saves Lead University of Albany Men's Soccer to 1-0 Victory Over Hartwick - UAlbany Sports 2010

Oneonta, N.Y. - Forward Bo Jelovac scored his second goal of the season and goalkeeper Adrian Foncette made six saves in leading UAlbany to a 1-0 victory over Hartwick in non-conference men's soccer action on Saturday, Sept. 18 at Elmore Field.

UAlbany had the first golden opportunity to score for either side when Milos Jankovic was awarded a penalty kick in the 12th minute. However, Hartwick goalkeeper Jake Wright came away with the save after the senior midfielder's hard shot hit off the post to keep the match scoreless. Later in the half, the Great Danes got on the scoreboard with the only goal they would need when Jelovac won a loose ball in the box and slipped a shot underneath Wright to the far post. Christoffer Nisser was credited with his second assist of the season on the play.

In the second half, UAlbany almost doubled its lead in the 67th minute. Shortly after Wright stuffed Jeff Pierre's attempt to score, Jelovac unleashed a shot that hit the post. Jankovic attempted to pot the rebound, but Wright made a key save to keep Hartwick (0-5-1) in the match. Anchored by seniors David Burke and Ian Peach, the Great Dane defense, however, kept its opponent off the scoreboard for the sixth time in the last seven halves to help preserve the team's second straight 1-0 victory.

Foncette, who is leading all America East Conference goalkeepers in saves per game for the second straight season, turned away six of the 18 shots he faced to earn his third shutout of the season and eighth of his career in the winning effort. Hartwick's Wright made five saves on 13 chances and suffered the loss.

UAlbany (4-2) continues its three-game road trip when it visits San Diego on Friday, Sept. 24 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern. The Great Danes defeated the Toreros by a 3-0 score when the teams most recently met in California two years ago.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

#19 UAlbany Field Hockey Falls to Michigan, 4-3, in Double Overtime; Christina Patrick Scores Twice

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Alicia Mayer scored two goals and assisted Katie Adams' gamewinner to lead Michigan to a 4-3 double overtime win over #19 UAlbany in non-conference field hockey action at Ocker Field on Saturday afternoon.

Mayer gave Michigan a 1-0 advantage in the first half before scoring the second goal of the game to start the second half of play. UAlbany came back firing after halftime, tying the game at 2-2 within two minutes of playing time. Freshman Corrine McConville put the Great Danes on the board on a penalty corner, taking assists from Ashlyn Bach and Christina Patrick to find the back of the net at 50:33. Just 1:36 later, Patrick tied the game up, as Nina Walters dribbled down the right side and sent a crossing pass to Patrick, who redirected the ball into the cage.

Rachel Mack put the Wolverines back on top in the 56th minute, taking an assist from Mayer. In the final minute of play, Patrick scored her second goal of the game to tie the score at 3-3. Patrick collected a rebound in front of the cage and slipped the ball past Michigan goalkeeper Haley Jones to send the game to overtime.

The teams played a scoreless first extra period to send the game into another 10 minutes of action. Mayer sent a long pass across the circle to find Adams, who used a reverse-stick shot to score the game-winning tally in the 93rd minute of play.

Michigan (3-4) outshot UAlbany, 23-13, including 6-0 in the second overtime, and held a 10-8 advantage in penalty corners. UAlbany goalkeepers Christine Hoffman and Kristi Troch combined for five saves, while Jones stopped two shots for the Wolverines.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

UAlbany Cross Country Teams Post High Finishes Against Region's Best at Iona Meet of Champions

Bronx, N.Y. - Sophomores Alex Leuchanka and Emily Finnegan led the UAlbany cross country teams to top-seven finishes at the 16th Annual Br. John "Paddy" Doyle Meet of Champions on Saturday, Sept. 18 at Van Cortlandt Park. UAlbany's men's squad finished third among 19 teams, while the women placed seventh among 18 schools in the standings. The prestigious meet, which was being hosted by Iona, featured 10 men's teams and nine women's squads which were regionally ranked by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

La Salle captured the men's team title by finishing with 93 points, which was 15 points better than second-place Penn. UAlbany, which was recently tabbed 13th in the season's first USTFCCCA Northeast Region Poll, finished with 140 points and beat out seven regionally-ranked schools at the competition, including Kentucky of the Southeastern Conference.

Leuchanka finished first for the UAlbany men and ninth overall among 207 runners by navigating the 8,000-meter circuit in 25:26.84. He was closely followed by Paul Lagno, who was 13th in 25:35. Chris Burke (26th, 25:59.62), Ethan Clary (36th, 26:10) and R.J. Sniffen (57th, 26:21) completed the team's top five.

Kentucky edged out Brown by two points and La Salle by three points to claim the women's team crown. The Wildcats registered 62 points by producing the individual champion, Chelsea Oswald, and four of the top-14 finishers at the meet. UAlbany, which posted 177 points, only finished behind schools that were regionally ranked in the USTFCCCA polls.

Finnegan paced the Great Dane women for the second straight meet by completing the 6,000-meter course in 22:46.42, placing 21st among 164 competitors. Kathryn Fanning, a freshman who began running cross country as a senior in high school, was second on the squad and 31st overall in 23:05.31. Jenn Pierson (38th, 23:22.30), Miranda McConnell (42nd, 23:28.78) and Brianna Service (23:33.49) completed the team's top five.

The Great Danes will have the next weekend off and return to action on Saturday, Oct. 2 to compete at the George Mason Invitational at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Va.

Paw Prints:

The UAlbany men were tabbed 13th in the season's first USTFCCCA Northeast Region Poll on Sept. 13 ... The ranking is the second highest among America East schools behind No. 7 Binghamton ... Through three meets, the Great Dane men's and women's programs have only finished behind teams that are currently regionally ranked by the national organization ... Four of the top-five finishers for the UAlbany men and women at today's competition were freshmen and sophomores.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

UAlbany Soccer Highlights

Women's Soccer - Manhattan vs UAlbany Highlights (9/17/2010)

Men's Soccer - Siena vs UAlbany (9/15/2010)

Friday, September 17, 2010

University of Albany Field Hockey Shuts Out Quinnipiac, 3-0, in Ann Arbor, Mich. with Second-Half Scoring Surge - UAlbany Sports 2010

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Forward Daphne Voormolen was one of three Great Danes to find the back of the net in leading No. 19 UAlbany to a 3-0 victory over Quinnipiac in a non-conference field hockey matchup on Friday, Sept. 17 at the University of Michigan's Phyllis Ocker Field.

After a scoreless first half, Voormolen started the Great Dane scoring just one minute into the second stanza when she collected a rebound following a defensive save by a Quinnipiac defender. UAlbany doubled its lead in the 49th minute when sophomore Nina Walters found the back of the cage for her second goal on the season off of a shot from the right side of the circle beating Bobcat keeper Nicole Lewis. Senior Clephane added insurance for the Great Danes in the 62nd minute by scoring her first goal of the season on a designed play from the left side.

Great Dane goalkeepers Christine Hoffman and Kristi Troch combined for the shutout. Hoffman registered one save off of two Quinnipiac shots in the first half, while Troch made four saves off of the six shots she faced in the second frame. Lewis went the distance for Quinnipiac (2-4), registering seven saves. UAlbany outshot Quinnipiac 21-8 overall, including 15-6 the second half. The Great Danes also held a 10-2 advantage in penalty corners.

UAlbany (4-1) will return to action to face Michigan tomorrow afternoon at 10 a.m. in Ann Arbor.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Casey Wright & Traci Vandegrift Lead University of Albany Volleyball to Three-Game Win Against Louisiana-Lafayette - UAlbany Sports 2010

Beaumont, Texas - University at Albany's Casey Wright had 14 kills and Traci Vandegrift added 10 in leading their team to a 3-0 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on the first day of the Lamar Volleyball Invitational on Friday, Sept. 17 at McDonald Gym. The Great Danes won by scores of 25-12, 25-21 and 31-29. UAlbany meets McNeese State and the host school on Saturday.

UAlbany (6-4) leaped to an 8-2 lead in the opening set behind Wright and Vandegrift, who combined on five kills in that span. The Great Danes, who have won four of their last five matches, stretched out to a 19-7 advantage when the Ragin' Cajuns' Taylor Meade had an attack error.

In the second set, Meade, who totaled 11 digs, drew her team even at 21 apiece by placing one of her seven kills off an assist from Mandi Gavin. But UAlbany responded with four consecutive points to close out the set. Wright, who totaled 10-plus kills for the sixth time this season, put away two kill attempts in that stretch, including the final point. In between, Louisiana-Lafayette's Lesley Mirarchi had an error and UAlbany sophomore Dunja Prgomet recorded a kill.

Louisiana-Lafayette (7-5) ran off five points in a row to begin the third set. Mirarchi, who has already been named to three all-tournament teams this fall in a breakout campaign, had two of her team-high 14 kills in that outburst. UAlbany regrouped to gain an eight-all tie when freshman setter Kaley Jacobson delivered a service ace. The set produced 13 ties and the Ragin' Cajuns took a 29-28 lead on a service error. However, the Great Danes ran off three unanswered points to wrap up the match. Prgomet, a 6-foot outside hitter, had a kill, before Laurie Gonzalez served an ace. Wright, who hit .357 on 28 attempts in the contest, nailed the final point.

Louisiana-Lafayette's Lindsay Brown, who ranks 17th nationally in digs and is third on her school's career list, had a match-high 26 in that category. Gavin added 30 assists for the Ragin' Cagins, who compete in the Sun Belt Conference. UAlbany's Teresa Coppiellie finished with seven kills and 16 digs, while Gonzalez, a junior defensive specialist, had 21 digs.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Klepper's First-Half Goal Propels University of Albany Women's Soccer to 1-0 Victory Over Manhattan - UAlbany Sports 2010

Albany, N.Y. - Junior midfielder Chrissy Klepper scored her second goal of the season midway through the first half and freshman goalkeeper Dani Britt made four saves to earn her first collegiate shutout in leading UAlbany to a 1-0 victory over Manhattan in non-conference women's soccer action on Friday afternoon at Varsity Field.

UAlbany (4-4), which has won four of its five home matches this season, controlled play for the entire first half and outshot the visitors by a 10-3 margin. Shayla Bergeron had the team's first scoring chance in the opening minutes when she evaded several defenders and dribbled down the center of the box with only the goalkeeper to beat. However, a defender slid in from behind at the last moment before the sophomore forward could get a shot off to disrupt the play. Rebecca Lee fired an arching shot from 30 yards out that appeared to be heading for the back of the net in the 14th minute, but goalkeeper Kara Davis leaped and got a hand on the ball to redirect it off the crossbar and keep the match scoreless.

After several missed opportunities, the Great Danes broke through with the only goal they needed in the 27th minute. Maggie DeVerna dribbled down the right sideline and sent a dangerous cross into the box to Klepper, who hammered a header shot to the far post past Davis to put the hosts on the board before the break.

The second half was more evenly played, as Manhattan (1-4-1) started to produce scoring chances in its offensive third. However, UAlbany's back line consisting of Kendra Harrell-Vigil, Casey Marks, Katie Norwood and Jess Baccaglini either broke up several of the plays before a Jasper player could take an aim at Britt or forced the visitors to take low percentage shots from outside the box. Caroline Morse's shot attempt in the 87th minute was saved by Britt, preserving the win for the Great Danes.

Britt made four saves on 11 chances for UAlbany to earn the clean sheet in net and her first career victory. Manhattan's Davis stopped seven of the 19 shots she faced in the losing effort.

UAlbany (3-4) wraps up its two-game homestand when it hosts Central Connecticut State of the Northeast Conference on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Thursday, September 16, 2010

UAlbany's Patricia Rogers Receives ECAC James Lynah Distinguished Service Award on Sept. 28

Centerville, Mass. - Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Commissioner Rudy Keeling announced on Thursday, Sept. 16 the four recipients of the ECAC James Lynah Distinguished Service Award: Jack Powers (Manhattan College), Russ Reilly (Middlebury College), Nicholas Rodis (Brandeis University), and Patricia Rogers (University at Albany). They will receive their awards on Tuesday, September 28, at the ECAC Honors Luncheon presented by Jostens. The luncheon will be held at The Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, Massachusetts during the 2010 ECAC Fall Convention and Trade Show.

Established in 1957 in appreciation of the ECAC's principal founder James Lynah, the award is bestowed periodically upon an ECAC athletics administrator who has achieved outstanding success and has made significant contributions in the interest of intercollegiate athletics.

Powers has been active in collegiate athletics, most notably basketball, since his playing days at Manhattan College through his graduation in 1958. More recently, he spent nine years serving as the athletics director at his alma mater. Prior to that, he coached the Jaspers and led them to six postseasons during his tenure.

Powers' hard work and dedication, however, was not confined to the MC athletic department. He has also spent time on the executive councils for both the ECAC and the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A), and he was a long standing member of the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association (MIBA). Additionally, Powers served as president of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and on the executive and selection committees for the National Invitational Tournament.

As well as coaching on the prep level and at MC, Powers coached six NIT All-Star teams on their respective summer tours overseas. His knowledge of the game helped lead two of those teams to win consecutive championships in 1985 and 1986.

The former Manhattan coach was also a standout player, totaling 1,139 career points while at MC, good enough for a place on the school's all time scoring list. He helped lead the Jaspers to two NCAA tournaments, including a run in 1958 which saw them upset number one ranked West Virginia with the help of Powers' 28 points. After running out of eligibility in '58, he was a draft pick of the Syracuse Nationals.

Powers has received numerous awards and honors, including induction into the Manhattan College Hall of Fame and the 2006 NACDA/NIT Athletics Director Award.

Reilly's resume includes a great deal of success at a variety of positions throughout athletics. A Massachusetts native, he spent the majority of his career at Middlebury College after working at his alma mater, Bates College. In his 29 years at Middlebury, he was an assistant coach for both the men's basketball and men's soccer teams before being named head coach of the men's basketball and women's soccer teams. At different times during his tenure, he led the fall and spring golf teams and women's soccer at the start of the team's existence. The longest coaching stint he had was 19 years as the head men's basketball coach.
Through the 80's and 90's, Reilly also worked at an assistant athletics director, an associate athletics director, and the intramural director. He began his run as director of athletics at Middlebury in 1997 where he stayed until retiring in 2006.

In his time at Middlebury, Panther teams combined to win 22 national championships and 35 New England Small College Athletics Conference (NESCAC) championships. He also brought an expansion to the school's athletic facilities, including the addition of the Kenyon Ice Hockey Arena, a softball diamond, and the Kohn all-weather field. The department also renovated and expanded the fitness center, Pepin Gymnasium, the Duke Nelson Recreational Center, and the Bubble, which houses an indoor track and five new international squash courts. In addition, the full-time coaching faculty has expanded from 16 to 20.

Reilly's career includes serving as the chair of the NESCAC Athletic Administrators and chair of the NCAA Men's Division III Ice Hockey Championships Committee. In 1996, he was selected as a Sports Ethics Fellow by the Institute for International Sport.

Rodis, the Brandeis Director of Athletics from 1967 to 1984, was inducted in the Brandeis Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000. Brandeis won its only two NCAA Division III national championships during his tenure: the 1976 men's soccer crown and the 1983 men's cross country title. Brandeis teams also made 27 other trips to the NCAA tournament in that span, reaping numerous All-Region and All-America honors. In addition, Rodis helped initiate seven women's intercollegiate sports in his tenure as the head of Judges' athletics. He hired Brandeis Hall of Fame coaches Bob Brannum and Tom O'Connell. He was also the driving force that helped make the university the training site for the Boston Celtics through a close relationship with Celtics' then-General Manager Red Auerbach. After leaving his post as director of athletics, Rodis was also instrumental in fundraising for the Gosman Athletic Center under then-president Evelyn Handler.

A member of the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors Hall Association Hall of Fame, Rodis is a Harvard University graduate who coached at American International College and the University of Connecticut. He was the first American to serve as vice president of the International University Sports Federation and served as the president of the United State Collegiate Sports Council. Rodis joined Brandeis in 1967 after a five-year stint as a special assistant for athletic programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the State Department under John F. Kennedy. He has served on several ECAC committees, including the ECAC Executive Council, ECAC Television Committee, ECAC Public Relations Committee, and ECAC Division II and Division III Basketball Committees.

Rogers' life saw her take on many jobs with varying duties. She used her knowledge and abilities while serving as a coach, a teacher, an official and a volunteer. Rogers was known for her work on behalf of student-athletes at the University at Albany, where she served as associate director of athletics and associate professor of physical education. She served as chair of the school's physical education department from 1979-94.

During the early part of her career, Rogers worked as a physical education teacher in the North Colonie School District. She was then appointed as the University of Albany's physical education instructor and women's intramural director. While at UAlbany, she coached the varsity synchronized swimming team from 1970-81. Rogers served as the meet director for the first AIAW national championship in that sport. She also worked with the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Reorganizational Committee, helping to expand the conference into women's athletics.

Rogers' impact on the UAlbany campus did not go unnoticed, as she received the 1985 UAlbany Student Affairs Division Campus Award which is given to the faculty member who most contributed to student campus life. She chaired the UAlbany's University Senate in 1984-85 and worked directly with the Athletics' Council, now known as the Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Board (IAAB). An Empire State Games official, Rogers was inducted into the SUNY-Cortland Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985. She also served as vice president of the ECAC in 1988. Rogers passed away in August of 2009 at the age of 69.

About the ECAC®

The ECAC is the nation's largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference in the country with more than 300 Divisions I, II, and III colleges and universities. The ECAC stretches from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors nearly 100 championships in 37 men's and women's sports and assigns more than 4,400 officials in 12 sports. The ECAC also administers nine affiliate sports organizations and six playing leagues, and through the public relations arm of the conference, more than 2,500 student-athletes in 23 sports are recognized annually. Finally, the ECAC serves as the primary conference for select members in the sports of men's and women's ice hockey and men's lacrosse.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

University of Albany's Anthony DeSalvo Pushes Men's Soccer Past Siena With Late Goal - UAlbany Sports

Albany, N.Y. - Anthony DeSalvo netted his second goal of the season late in the second half to lift UAlbany to a 1-0 win over Siena in a non-conference men's soccer match between the Capital Region programs on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at Varsity Field. With the victory, the Great Danes extended their unbeaten streak against the Saints to three straight matches.

After an evenly played first half in which both squads only managed to take one shot on goal, UAlbany earned the first major scoring opportunity for either side when Milos Jankovic sent a dangerous ball into the box in the 61st minute. DeSalvo, who was named the team's player of the game, tracked down the ball before it went out of bounds and sent a pass back to Caleb Ciaschetti. The freshman took a shot that appeared to beat Saints goalkeeper Phil Chabot to the right post, but the ball went just wide of the goal.

UAlbany (3-2), which has blanked its crosstown rival in three straight meetings, continued to apply pressure and broke loose with the only goal it needed in the 79th minute. Jeff Pierre sent a long pass down the middle of the field to DeSalvo, who turned around and sent an arching shot that landed in the top left corner of the net past the outstretched hands of Chabot. Pierre was credited with his first career assist and point on the play.

Siena (1-3) almost tied the score in the 86th minute when James Beeston sent an arching shot from over 25 yards out that was headed to the top right corner of the goal. However, UAlbany's Adrian Foncette made an acrobatic leap backwards and punched the ball away at the last moment. The ensuing corner kick was successfully cleared away before the final whistle sounded minutes later.

Foncette made three saves on seven chances to earn his second shutout victory of the season for UAlbany. Siena's Chabot turned away two of the 11 shots he faced and suffered the loss.

UAlbany returns to action when it travels to face Hartwick on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m

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Monday, September 13, 2010

UAlbany Field Hockey Ranked 19th in Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I Coaches' Poll

Albany, N.Y. - University at Albany remains ranked on the 2010 Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, as announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association on Tuesday afternoon. The Great Danes, who were 18th last week, dropped a spot to 19th after falling to Connecticut on Sunday.

After starting the season at 3-0, the Great Danes fell to then-fourth ranked Connecticut, 5-0, on Sunday. UConn (4-1), dropped two spots to sixth after losing a one-goal game to Northeastern on Saturday. UAlbany will play Quinnipiac on Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich., before visiting Michigan, a team that is receiving votes in the poll, on Saturday.

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University of Albany's Teresa Coppiellie & Kaley Jacobson Earn America East Weekly Volleyball Awards

Cambridge, Mass. - University at Albany's Teresa Coppiellie, a senior outside hitter, has been named the America East Conference Volleyball Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon. In addition, freshman setter Kaley Jacobson earned the conference's rookie of the week award for the second time this season.

Coppiellie was named to the all-tournament team at the Middle Tennessee Invitational after leading the Great Danes to wins over UAB and Arkansas. For the weekend, she averaged 3.09 kills and 3.00 digs per set, while also totaling four service aces, seven total blocks, including four solo, and a .313 hitting percentage. Coppiellie started the tournament with a double-double of 17 kills and 17 digs in a win over UAB, along with three blocks and two aces. In the program's first win over a Southeastern Conference team, a 3-0 defeat of Arkansas, Coppiellie hit .440 with 13 kills. She also finished with six digs, four blocks and one ace against the Razorbacks. In the tournament finale against the host Blue Raiders, she totaled nine kills and a team-high seven digs.

Jacobson averaged 10.50 assists and 2.40 digs per set at the tournament, quarterbacking the Great Danes to a .274 team hitting percentage over the three matches. In the first contest against UAB, she recorded a double-double of 48 assists and 14 digs. Jacobson, who was also the conference's rookie of the week after the first week of the season, recorded 30 assists and five digs versus Arkansas, and wrapped up the tournament with 27 assists and five digs against Middle Tennessee.

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3rd Annual UAlbany Slam Dunk Golf Classic

Saturday, September 11, 2010

University of Albany Golf Defeats Niagara in Duel Match to Open 2010 Fall Season - UAlbany Sports 2010

Syracuse, N.Y. - Annemarie Kissane recorded a team-low score of 85 to lead the UAlbany golf team to a win over Niagara in a duel match at Drumlins Country Club to start of the 2010 fall season. The Great Danes carded a team score of 349 while the Purple Eagles finished with an 18-hole team total of 380 in the single-round match.

Stephanie Klein was the second UAlbany finisher with a score of 86, while Corrin Conroy finished one shot behind, carding an 87 over 18 holes. Freshman Alana Calmi recorded a 91 in her collegiate debut, while classmane Lisa Agoglia carded a 95. Fellow freshman Rae Mahon rounded out the UAlbany scorers with a score of 98.

Niagara's Brittany Siechen was the individual medalist at the tournament with an 18-hole score of 83.

UAlbany will return to action in its fall season on Sept. 18-19 at Dartmouth.

Team Scores: UAlbany - 349; Niagara - 380.

UAlbany Scores: Annemarie Kissane - 85; Stephanie Klein - 86; Corrin Conroy - 87; Alana Calmi - 91; Lisa Agoglia - 95; Rae Mahon - 98.

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UAlbany Great Danes Split Matches with Arkansas and Middle Tennessee on Final Day of Tournament

Murfreesboro, Tenn. - Teresa Coppiellie recorded 13 kills to lead the UAlbany volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Arkansas, the program's first win over a Southeastern Conference team, on Saturday afternoon at the Middle Tennessee Invite at Memorial Gym. The Great Danes later fell to the host Blue Raiders, 3-0 in the tournament finale. UAlbany defeated the Razorbacks with scores of 25-20, 25-21 and 25-17, before falling to Middle Tennessee by scores of 25-21, 25-23 and 25-19.

In the win over Arkansas, Coppiellie totaled her 13 kills on a .440 hitting percentage to go along with six digs and three solo blocks. Casey Wright and Traci Vandegrift helped lead the Great Danes with eight and seven kills respectively, while setter Kaley Jacobson finished with 30 assists and five digs. Libero Laurie Gonzalez, who was named to the all-tournament team, recorded 12 digs to go along with three service aces. Defensive specialist Abbey Wexel also added three service aces for the Great Danes, along with six digs to help UAlbany hold the Razorbacks to a .196 team hitting percentage.

Arkansas (6-4) was led by Jasmine Norton with 19 kills, while Cassie Clarke totaled a match-high 37 assists and nine digs. The Razorbacks had seven total team blocks, led by Janeliss Torres, who had three block assists to go along with six kills on a .625 hitting percentage.

Later in the day, UAlbany was swept in three sets by Middle Tennessee, despite 10 kills from Wright. Coppiellie, who was named to the all-tournament team, added another nine kills and seven digs to her daily total, while Jacobson finished with 27 assists and five digs. Dunja Progomet added eight kills, five digs and two solo blocks for the Great Danes, along with a .444 hitting percentage.

Izabela Kozon and Ashley Adams led Middle Tennessee (7-4) with 18 and 17 kills, respectively. Morgan Peterson finished with 29 assists, while Brynne Henderson led the Blue Raiders defensively with 12 digs. Middle Tennessee finished with a .408 hitting percentage, led by a .471 hitting performance by Maria Szivos, who added nine kills, four digs and one block assist.

UAlbany (5-4) will return to action on Friday, Sept. 17, taking on Louisiana-Lafayette on the first day of the Lamar Tournament in Beaumont, Texas.

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UAlbany Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams Post Top-Three Finishes at Boston College Invite

Boston, Mass. - Paced by sophomores Paul Lagno and Emily Finnegan, the UAlbany men's and women's cross country programs posted top-three finishes at the Boston College Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Franklin Park. UAlbany's men's squad finished second among nine teams, while the women placed third among 10 schools in the standings.

The Northeastern men finished 14 points ahead of UAlbany to win the team crown. Riley Masters of Maine claimed the individual title for navigating the 8,000-meter course in 24:50.19. The Great Danes finished ahead of all four America East Conference schools that also attended the meet as well as three institutions which are regionally ranked by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Lagno placed third among 90 runners in a time of 25:08.37 to lead UAlbany. Alex Leuchanka, who won the individual title at the Monmouth XC Kick-Off last weekend, placed second on the squad and sixth in the field in 25:17.24. Ethan Clary was eighth in 25:36.47, while Chris Burke finished one spot behind him in 25:40.31. Greg Kiley rounded out the team's top five by finishing 17th in 25:57.97.

The Boston College women ran away with the team title by finishing 43 points ahead of New Hampshire. The Eagles' Caroline King crossed the finish line first in 17:13.74. UAlbany bettered three America East Conference schools, including three-time defending champion Stony Brook, and three institutions which are regionally ranked.

Finnegan finished 12th among 121 competitors in 18:20.60 to pace the UAlbany women. Kathryn Fanning placed second on the squad for completing the 5,000-meter course in 18:37.80, which was good for 26th overall. Ada Lauterbach (32nd, 18:45.85), Brianne Bellon (33rd, 18:51.15) and Miranda McConnell (35th, 18:53.15) completed the team's top five.

The Great Danes return to action on Saturday, Sept. 18 to compete at the Br. Doyle Meet of Champions, which will be hosted by Iona College and held at Van Cortlandt Park.

Boston College Invitational Men's Team Standings (8k)
1. Northeastern 29; 2. UAlbany 43; 3. Maine 94; 4. Boston U. 132; 5. Brown 134; 6. New Hampshire 153; 7. Stony Brook 177; 8. Boston College 179; 9. Rhode Island 247.

Individual Champion: Riley Masters, Maine, 24:50.19.

UAlbany Results: 3. Paul Lagno 25:08.37; 6. Alex Leuchanka 25:17.24; 8. Ethan Clary 25:36.47; 9. Chris Burke 25:40.31; 17. Greg Kiley 25:57.97; 18. R.J. Sniffen 25:58.79; 19. Sean Halpin 25:59.22; 35. Chris Manico 26:24.91; 55. Ryan Florkiewicz 27:10.07; 59. Craig Weiss 27:20.43; 69. Jimmy Carroll 27:30.24; 72. Alexander Wilke 27:38.90; 73. Aaron Lozier 27:40.42; 84. Ian Ellis 28:25.15.

Boston College Invitational Women's Team Standings (5k)

1. Boston College 31; 2. New Hampshire 74; 3. UAlbany 120; 4. Stony Brook 131; 5. Maine 139; 6. Boston U. 142; 7. Northeastern 147; 8. Massachusetts 193; 9. Rhode Island 217; 10. Brown 248.

Individual Champion: Caroline King, Boston College, 17:13.74.

UAlbany Results: 12. Emily Finnegan 18:20.60; 26. Kathryn Fanning 18:37.80; 32. Ada Lauterbach 18:45.85; 33. Brianne Bellon 18:51.15; 35. Miranda McConnell 18:53.15; 43. Jenn Pierson 19:05.69; 58. Ally Panos 19:27.57; 60. Brianna Service 19:28.52; 83. Melissa Del Rosario 20:13.49; 84. Kristin Grab 20:16.92; 104. Rachel Wysocki 21:06.96; 107. Amanda Eisenson 21:14.89; 111. Mikala Anson 21:37.99.

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Stephen F. Austin Blitzes Football, 59-14, in First Trip to State of Texas

Nacogdoches, Texas - Quarterback Jeremy Moses threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns and Grayln Crawford scored on a kickoff return and punt return in leading Stephen F. Austin to a 59-14 victory over UAlbany on Saturday, Sept. 11 before 9,483 fans at Homer Bryce Stadium. The Lumberjacks, who were playing their home opener, are ranked No. 10 by Sports Network and No. 12 in the FCS Coaches' Poll.

Stephen F. Austin (1-1) showed why they are a national top-10 program right from the start when Crawford raced 92 yards to the end zone with the opening kickoff. Ryan Epperson then ran for a two-point conversion off a faked point-after attempt.

The Great Danes closed the gap to 8-7 on their first offensive possession by marching 67 yards in 15 plays. Quarterback Dan Di Lella twice completed third-down passes, including a 24-yarder to tailback Tramaine Wilson that kept the series moving. Di Lella scored on fourth down from inside SFA's one on a quarterback sneak.

From there All-America quarterback Jeremy Moses led his team on a run of 31 unanswered points. The Walter Payton Award candidate threw for 265 yards and three scores in the half. He fired an 11-yard strike to Anthony Foster in the back of the end zone. Following a blocked punt the Caleb Nelson, the senior tossed a 6-yard TD pass by hitting Crawford with a lofted throw over the UAlbany cornerback for a 22-7 advantage.

The Lumberjacks, who won the Southland Conference championship and reached the NCAA FCS playoffs for the fifth time in their history last year, added Logan Barrett's 28-yard field goal to end a 25-point opening quarter. In the second quarter, Moses capped an 8-play, 86-yard drive with a 3-yard pass over the middle to Cordell Robinson for a touchdown. Linebacker Devin Ducote picked off a Di Lella pass with less than a minute left before the intermission and rumbled 18 yards to paydirt.

"I was impressed with their overall team speed," said UAlbany coach Bob Ford, whose team was meeting a top-10 FCS opponent for the sixth time. "Their quarterback has a quick release and is always on target. We had breakdowns on special teams. We were too aggressive on the opening kicked and didn't block the punt correctly."

In the third quarter, Romonte' Hampton's rushing and receiving keyed an eight-play scoring drive. The sophomore running powered his way through the middle on a 4-yard TD run on his team's first possession of the period. Hampton finished 57 rushing yards and caught four passes for 60 yards. Crawford then scored his second special teams touchdown when he appeared to be stopped in his tracks but then broke loose and picked his way up the sideline on a 72-yard jaunt for a 52-7 advantage. Crawford added seven receptions for 55 yards.

UAlbany put together a 12-play, 72-yard scoring sequence. Di Lella, who connected on 21 of 36 passes for 173 yards, completed six attempts during the drive, including a 26-yarder in the middle of the zone to Nick Hutcherson. Redshirt freshman Ben Miseikis bulled over the right side from 1-yard out on fourth down for the touchdown.

"We took a step back tonight," stated Ford, whose team has a bye next week. "But the good news is we have two weeks to get ready for our conference opener."

Paw Prints: UAlbany made its first trip to the state of Texas and was playing a Southland Conference opponent for the first time ... the Great Danes are now 4-14 against national top-25 programs ... ILB Chris Wilk made a career-high 10 tackles ... OLB Alex Helmer and CB Randall Exantus each recorded his first interception as collegians ... QB Dan Di Lella rushed for his first career touchdown in the opened quarter ... UAlbany head coach Bob Ford turned 73 on Sept. 11.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

University of Albany Volleyball Wins Over UAB at Middle Tennessee Tournament - UAlbany Sports 2010

Murfreesboro, Tenn. - Teresa Coppiellie recorded a match-high 17 kills and completed a double-double with 17 digs to lead UAlbany to a 3-1 win over UAB on the first day of play at the Middle Tennessee Invitational at Alumni Memorial Gym. The Great Danes won with scores of 25-23, 25-18, 19-25 and 25-21.

Casey Wright helped lead UAlbany with 16 kills and a .400 hitting percentage. Freshman setter Kaley Jacobson quarterbacked the Great Danes with 48 assists and 14 digs, while libero Laurie Gonzalez led all players with 30 digs defensively. UAlbany recorded ten total blocks, paced by Wright, who had six block assists, while Jacobson added three. All seven players for the Great Danes who saw action in the front row recorded at least one block assist in the match. UAlbany also tallied ten service aces, led by Gonzalez with three. Jacobson, Coppiellie and Wright finished with two each.

Sam Serley and Michelle Uzoh led UAB with 15 kills apiece, while Jordan McDonald recorded a double-double with 14 kills and 16 digs. Kate Morrell was the final Blazer with double-digit kills, totaling ten. Setter Alison Woods finished with 47 assists and 12 digs. Serley paced UAB (2-5) at the net with four block assists and totaled a .314 hitting percentage.

UAlbany (4-3) will return to action on Saturday, taking on Arkansas and host Middle Tennessee at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively

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Lyle Thompson To Play HS Senior Year at Salmon River

"Salmon River lacrosse just acquired the top attacker in the country, according to

Lyle Thompson, the brother of Miles who will play for the University at Albany this year, is transfering to play his senior season for the Shamrocks.

Thompson played for Salmon River in eighth and ninth grade before transfering to LaFayette. He comes back to reunite with Iroquois teammate Seth Oakes, Ky Tarbell and Dalston Day. All are considered top prospects and makes Salmon River a state title contender.

Thompson was a first-team Times All-North selection as a freshman before leaving for LaFayette."

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