Sunday, October 16, 2016
WEST POINT, N.Y. – With the UAlbany volleyball team earning four-set victories over UConn (25-15, 20-25, 25-19, 25-23) and St. John’s (25-23, 25-20, 14-25, 25-13) on the first day of the Army Invitational, head coach MJ Engstrom now has 143 victories at the helm of the Great Danes to be the winningest coach in the program’s DI history.
In addition, UAlbany (5-6) goes into Saturday’s contest vs. Army West Point at 5 p.m. on a three-match winning streak. “We served UConn and St. John’s aggressively, and that helped keep them out of their offense,” said Engstrom. “We passed well for most of the sets.
Overall, we are learning to adjust to what our opponents are doing, and that is real progress.” Engstrom passed Kelly Sheffield’s mark of 142 victories with the two wins today.
Posted by BRE at 10:57 AM
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany men’s soccer team (5-3-2) hosted Syracuse University (8-2-1) on Bob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium on Tuesday night.
When the 90 minutes expired, the Great Danes had earned a signature win, dropping the third-ranked Orange by a score of 2-1. “We felt like we created some good chances tonight,” said head coach Trevor Gorman. “We had guys reacting to second balls, balls were dropping to them, and you need the ball to drop your way in any game.
Fortunately for us we found those two goals, and we had a couple other chances that we liked.” “They’re a fantastic team,” Gorman continued. “There’s a reason they’re ranked where they are and so tough to beat. They’re going to go on to a lot of wins, but tonight we were very proud of the effort.”
UAlbany remains undefeated at home this season, recording three wins and one tie. Syracuse is now winless in its last three games. Not only is the win the biggest of Coach Gorman’s tenure at UAlbany,
Syracuse is also the highest-ranked opponent the Great Danes have defeated on their home campus. The previous best results under Coach Gorman were a win at home against 22nd-ranked Farleigh Dickinson on September 15, 2013, and a tie at eighth-ranked UMBC on October 12, 2013.
The Orange entered the game ranked third in the country in the coaches’ poll and fifth in the country in RPI. It was UAlbany’s highest-ranked opponent since playing fourth-ranked Syracuse two years ago.
Posted by BRE at 10:51 AM
Sunday, October 2, 2016
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany women’s golf team carded a 318, overcoming crosstown rival Siena (337) by 19 strokes Sunday afternoon at Albany Country Club.
“I'm very happy with our performance today. I personally think Albany CC is one of the most difficult courses in the area,” head coach Colleen Cashman-McSween. “Anytime we can shoot three rounds in the 70's and beat Siena by 19 strokes, that's a job well done.”
UAlbany senior Paige Fujiara tied with Siena’s Kristen Bromley for the individual title, both shooting a +6 78. “At the beginning of the week, we weren't sure if Paige would be able to play because of injury. It was great to see her battle and lead the team,” added Cashman-McSween. “She's a fighter and I know this event meant a lot to her being her final home match of her career.”
Junior Annie Songeun Lee and freshman Megan Henry finished one stroke back with 79’s, followed by senior Rosalle Hearns’ 82 and freshman Annika Espino’s 83 to close out the Great Danes’ official lineup.
Up next, UAlbany competes in the Quinnipiac Classic Oct. 10-11 at New Haven Country Club in Hamden, Conn.
Posted by BRE at 10:28 AM