Sunday, October 16, 2011

University of Albany Field Hockey Ousts Delaware, 4-0, in Non-Conference Play For Fourth Straight Win - UAlbany Sports 2011

Albany, N.Y. - Three UAlbany players tallied in the first half en route to a 4-0 shutout win over Delaware in non-conference field hockey action Sunday afternoon. The Great Danes and Blue Hens faced off in the second annual "Stick it to Cancer" fundraiser and clinic event by UAlbany field hockey, which supports both the Luke Romano Fund and the National Foundation for Cancer Research.
In the eleventh minute of the game senior forward Christina Patrick received a quick rebound pass from teammate Daphne Voormolen to put away her 13th goal on the season and fifth game winning goal on the year. Over the next 15 minutes the Blue Hens would take a few shots, but none hit the target. Regaining possession, the Great Danes converted on a long shot from Taylor Luke as Nina Walters threw her stick in front of the shot, tipping it high for her third goal this season.

UAlbany (12-5, 2-1 AE) converted on an awarded penalty stroke late in the first half to hold a 3-0 lead going into halftime. Corrine McConville made the tally, moving to 3-for-4 in penalty strokes on the season. Katharina Helling added the final goal in the game in the 55th minute as she found a loose ball in front, putting it into the high right corner.

"Very good team effort today, as we had great ball movement and solid defense," said UAlbany Head Coach Phil Sykes. "Delaware is a strong team, we were fortunate to score four goals. We hope to keep this momentum into next weekend's conference game at Boston U."

UAlbany goalkeeper Redshirt freshman Sammie Rimback made her first start this season and completed the shutout for the Great Danes with four saves. UAlbany has now shutout their opponents for the last 245 minutes and 21 seconds of play.

Delaware (6-9) goalkeeper Noelle Diana made eight saves in the loss. The Blue Hens totaled for eight shots, with only four falling on target.

The Great Danes completed a four-game homestead with four shutout victories. The team will travel to Boston U. next Saturday, October 23rd for a 3:00 p.m. start as they look for another conference game victory.

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