Saturday, February 28, 2015

University of Albany Women’s Lacrosse Out-Scores Cornell 7-3 in the Second Half to Take 12-11 Win - UAlbany Sports 2015

ITHACA, N.Y. – Despite a deficit at the half, University at Albany women’s lacrosse came back for a 12-11 win at Cornell (1-1) in icy, cold conditions. Rachel Bowles led the Danes with six goals and one assist for seven total points. Dakotah Savitcheff put the Purple & Gold on the board early after winning the opening draw. The sophomore got a feed from freshman Alie Jimerson to take the 1-0 lead. Cornell came back for two-straight goals, but Jimerson fed the crease again to hit Emma Powlin. UAlbany made its first two shots of the game to tie it at two. The Big Red responded for three straight goals, but the Danes finally earned a draw to make the score 5-3 with just under 15 minutes to play in the first half. Both teams had trouble clearing the ball out of their own end. A Cornell free position shot ringed off the post, but the Purple & Gold failed to clear, resulting in a 7-3 deficit moments later. The Big Red continued to retain possession in the UAlbany end before Powlin forced a turnover and headed the other way. Maureen Keggins notched her first of the day from Powelin with nine minutes to go. Cornell converted once more in the first half, but Bowles made the most of a man-up opportunity to reduce the margin to three goals, 8-5 at the break. John Battaglino’s squad came out ready to score in the second, tallying four unanswered goals in the first seven minutes. Bowles scored three of the four, and Emily Mizer recorded the other goal in the rally on a free position shot. A Bowles goal from Keggins gave UAlbany its first lead, 9-8 with 23 minutes left. The Big Red did not go away quietly, scoring three straight to reclaim the game 11-9. The Purple & Gold could not take advantage of a Cornell turnover on the ensuing play, but Courtney Henderson made a save on the other end get possession back. Battaglino called timeout to set up, and Keggins scored less than a minute later. Cornell was charged with two yellow cards late, allowing Bowles to score the man-up goal to tie the game with six minutes to play. With the game tied at 11, Christine Johnson won the draw to give the Danes control with five minutes to play. Bowles fed Katherine Sweeney for the game-winner, with Savitcheff snagging the ensuing draw to ensure the win. UAlbany women’s lacrosse is now 3-0 in 2015, and hosts Central Connecticut (1-2) on Saturday, March 7 at noon as part of a UAlbany lacrosse doubleheader.

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