Saturday, September 29, 2007

Nicole Savage Nets Team-High Eighth Goal To Lead Field Hockey to 3-0 Victory Over Maine

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Orono, Maine – Sophomore Nicole Savage scored her team-high eighth goal of the season in the 22nd minute to lead No. 17 UAlbany to a 3-0 victory at Maine in the America East Conference field hockey opener for both teams on Friday, Sept. 28.

Savage got the Great Danes on the board at the 21:45 mark of the first half off a scramble from in front of the cage on an assist by senior Michelle Simpson. The teams played the final 13 minutes of the half scoreless to give UAlbany a 1-0 lead at the intermission.

After nearly playing the second half scoreless, the Great Danes added two quick goals in the 63rd and 64th minutes. Junior Michele Polizois added her third goal of the season at the 27:20 mark of the second half. Jess Lindsey and Anouk Vandenberg were credited with assists on a scoring play that originated off a penalty corner.

The Great Danes, who are nationally ranked in the NFHCA Coaches Poll, went ahead 3-0 as Simpson tallied her eighth goal of the season, to tie Savage for the team lead, by tipping in a shot by Sam Daly.

Ashley Ross recorded seven saves in earning her fourth shutout of the season for the Great Danes. Rebecca Giroux made five saves in goal for the Black Bears. Each team registered 12 shots in the contest. UAlbany and Maine (4-6, 0-1 America East) recorded five penalty corners apiece.

UAlbany (8-3, 1-0 America East) returns to action on Sunday against Massachusetts at Alumni Turf Field at 3:30 p.m.

UAlbany (8-3, 1-0) 1 2 - 3

Maine (4-6, 0-1) 0 0 - 0

UAlbany: Scoring – Michelle Simpson (1-1), Nicole Savage (1-0), Michele Polizois (1-0), Jess Lindsey (0-1), Anouk Vandenberg (0-1), Sam Daly (0-1). Goalkeeping – Ashley Ross (70:00, 0 GA, 7 saves).

Maine: Scoring – none. Goalkeeping: Rebecca Giroux (70:00, 3 GA, 5 saves).

Cowdrey Leads Volleyball to Ninth Straight Win as Great Danes Defeat Hartford, 3-0

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Albany, N.Y. – Freshman outside hitter Amanda Cowdrey recorded her ninth double-double of the season to lead UAlbany to a 3-0 win over Hartford in America East Conference volleyball action on Friday evening. The Great Danes swept the Hawks by scores of 30-27, 30-20 and 30-22.

Cowdrey recorded a match-high 16 kills and 14 digs to pace the Great Danes to their ninth straight win. Cowdrey, the reigning America East rookie of the week, also tallied three total blocks and one service ace while finishing with a .353 hitting percentage. Senior middle blocker Ashley Crenshaw added 13 kills, hitting .522 for the match, while freshman outside hitter Teresa Coppiellie finished with 13 digs. Freshman setter Brooke Stanley also tallied a double-double of the assist-dig variety, recording 45 assists and 11 digs.

Jennifer Monroy finished with a double-double of her own for Hartford, tallying 11 kills and 10 digs. Erin Macro also finished with 11 kills for the Hawks, while Hallie Fullagar recorded a match-high 16 digs for Hartford (7-11, AE 0-1)

UAlbany (11-5, AE 1-0) will continue America East play, hosting Stony Brook on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. in University Gymnasium.

UAlbany (11-5, AE 1-0) def. Hartford (7-11, AE 0-1), 3-0 (30-27, 30-20, 30-22).

Friday, September 28, 2007

Former UAlbany Basketball Stars Lucious Jordan & Levi Levine Sign With European Teams

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Albany, N.Y. – Former University at Albany basketball players Lucious Jordan and Levi Levine, who led the Great Danes to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2005-06, recently signed to play this season in Europe. Jordan, a 6-foot-2 guard from Albany, N.Y., is a member of the Emmen Eagles, a second division team in Holland. Levine, a 6-foot-6 forward from New York, N.Y., is playing in Ireland’s top division with the UCC Demons.

Jordan, who was on the roster of the CBA’s Albany Patroons for a period of time last year, was named to the 2006 America East Conference all-championship team when he led the Great Danes to their first conference title and an 21-11 record. He averaged 8.4 points and 3.2 rebounds as a senior, and netted 12 points in a memorable NCAA first-round battle with No. 2 Connecticut in Philadelphia. Jordan, who transferred from Loyola, Md. after his sophomore season, scored 1,418 career points on the collegiate level.

Levine, who was a tri-captain with Jordan on the 2005-06 UAlbany squad, played in Germany last year. He finished his college career ranked No. 14 on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,270 points in 114 games played. Levine was also sixth in steals (138), 13th in rebounding (610) and tied for 16th in assists (250). He scored in double figures on 68 occasions.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Boring Leads UAlbany Women's Soccer to 2-2 Tie With Siena

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Albany, N.Y. – Freshman striker Teresa Boring scored her sixth and seventh goals of the season to pace UAlbany to a 2-2 draw with crosstown-rival Siena on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Varsity Field. Boring has tallied the Great Danes’ last six goals.

Boring would get UAlbany (3-3-3) on the scoreboard in the 32nd minute when she collected a loose ball just beyond the penalty spot and beat Saints keeper Patti Carroll to the far post for the 1-0 lead. Siena would even the score with 5:07 to play in the first half courtesy of a Deonna Gould tap-in from an Arielle Brazer cross.

The Saints would take a 2-1 lead with just under eight minutes elapsed in the second half when Tabitha Tice chipped a shot over UAlbany’s Maria Liguori from 15 yards out. Boring and the Great Danes would retaliate, tying the game at 2-2 with 14:55 to play. Uju Ogbuawa sent a free kick into the penalty area where Ashley Tirabassi kept the play alive by heading the ball across the box to Boring who converted on the five-yard shot.

Siena (3-4-1) controlled the first overtime stanza, with Tice getting the perfect set-up to earn the Saints the win in the 98th minute when she took a shot all alone from 10 yards out and hit the crossbar. Tice would get another shot at the game-winner just a minute later but missed a one-on-one with Liguori wide left.

The best opportunity in the final 10 minutes for UAlbany came with 1:25 remaining when Boring freed herself at the top right side of the box, but could not get off a clean shot.

Carroll finished the game with five saves, while Liguori stopped a season-high 12 shots. The Saints had a 27-11 advantage in shots and had a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.

UAlbany will open up the America East Conference portion of its schedule on Sunday, Sept. 30, when they host Maine at 12 noon.

UAlbany: Scoring- Teresa Boring (2-0), Ashley Tirabassi (0-1), Uju Ogbuawa (0-1); Goalkeeping- Maria Liguori (110:00 minutes, 2 GA, 12 saves).

Siena: Scoring- Deonna Gould (1-0), Tabitha Tice (1-0), Arielle Brazer (0-1); Goalkeeping- Patti Carroll (110:00 minutes, 2 GA, 5 saves).

Siena (3-4-1) 1 1 0 0 -- 2

UAlbany (3-3-3) 1 1 0 0 -- 2

University at Albany Athletic Hall of Fame Will Enshrine Class of 2007 on Friday, Oct. 12

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Albany, N.Y. – Three former athletes will be enshrined into the University at Albany Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, October 12 at the 24th annual HOF Dinner and Induction Ceremony. A reception for the Athletic Hall of Fame inductees begins at 6:00 p.m., with the dinner and ceremony to follow in SEFCU Arena on campus.

The induction ceremony is part of Homecoming and Family Weekend, which also includes Saturday's football game at University Field with Northeast Conference-rival Sacred Heart at 4:00 p.m. A men's soccer match with America East Conference opponent New Hampshire begins at 1:00 p.m, while the 41st UAlbany Cross Country Invitational is also scheduled. The women's 5K race is slated for 10:45 a.m., while the men's 8K event starts at 11:30 a.m.

The new inductees and their sports: Alan Cornfield '85, lacrosse (posthumously); Mike Grever '99, football; and Kelly Poynton '99, softball.

With this year's class, there are 114 former athletes, coaches, and administrators who have been inducted into the University at Albany's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Alan Cornfield (1982-85) -- One of the top goalkeepers in the history of the men's lacrosse program, Cornfield is being inducted into UAlbany's Athletic Hall of Fame posthumously. He died, at the age of 38, in a tragic boating accident on October 1, 2001. He completed his college career as the school's all-time saves leader with 941, plus scored two goals and had two assists.

A native of Oceanside, N.Y., Cornfield established the single-season saves record of 301 as a senior captain in 1985. He had a .632 save percentage with 74 ground balls. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound goalkeeper piled up 30 or more saves twice, including a career-high 35 against Vermont. He stopped 19 shots in a 13-6 victory against Siena on April 26. Cornfield averaged 23.2 saves per game and probably would have earned All-America recognition, according to his head coach Rick Flanders, if the team had a winning record.

In 1984, Cornfield led the Great Danes to a 7-6 campaign as a Division III program, including wins over local rivals Rensselaer, Union and Siena, winning the unofficial "Capital Cup." He posted a season-high 20 saves, including 12 in the second half, in a 12-9 triumph over the Saints on April 6. Cornfield recorded double-figure saves on 10 occasions, including victories against Vermont, Oneonta and Potsdam.

As a sophomore in the cage, Cornfield totaled 196 saves and 55 ground balls and registered a .660 save percentage. He made 20 or more saves in five games, including a season-high 24 against nationally-ranked Cortland. He also turned aside 21 shots in a 17-10 victory over Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and 20 in an 11-5 win against Oswego. UAlbany posted an 8-4 record under head coach Mike Motta, the team's best record in nearly a decade.

Cornfield made an immediate impact as a freshman when he accounted for 286 saves, the second-best single-season total in school annals, and had a .678 save percentage with 45 ground balls. He made 20-plus saves against five opponents, including a season-high 32 vs. Siena and 29 against Oswego.

Cornfield, who earned his B.S. in psychology, went on to own a mortgage banking and brokerage firm with his father-in-law in Garden City on Long Island. He also became the commissioner of the Dix Hills Fire Department after coming up through the ranks as a volunteer firefighter, and was a volunteer at Ground Zero following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Cornfield, who is survived by his wife, Donna, and two children, Danny and Paige, spent his summers as a lifeguard in Long Beach, N.Y. An experienced fisherman, he competed in shark fishing tournaments.

Kelly Poynton (1997-99) -- Poynton, the softball program's top pitcher during the NCAA Division II era, led UAlbany to the 1999 ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championship and 1998 New England Collegiate Conference title. She finished her career with a 40-13 record, 15 shutouts, 399 strikeouts, 46 complete games and a 1.60 earned run average.

In 1999, Poynton was chosen the UAlbany Co-Female Athlete of the Year after earning the ECAC Championship's most valuable player award. She fired a no-hit shutout and struck out 10 in the opening round and went the distance in a 2-1, nine-inning victory over Dowling in the championship game. The right-hander recorded 16 strikeouts in the two-day tournament. Poynton, who averaged 7.72 strikeouts per seven innings, was named All-NECC for the second straight season with a 15-4 record, five shutouts, two saves and a 1.41 ERA. Her 142 strikeouts led the conference. The Great Danes established a then school-record 33-14 mark.

Poynton was named the NECC Pitcher of the Year in 1998 after posting a 17-3 campaign on the mound with nine shutouts, including two no-hitters. She also had a one-hitter against Concordia and threw three two-hit shutouts versus Franklin Pierce, Sacred Heart and Rensselaer. Poynton ranked eighth in strikeouts (164) and 19th in earned run average (1.06) among the NCAA Division II national leaders in leading the Great Danes to a 32-9 record and their first-ever NECC championship and an ECAC Mid-Atlantic tournament berth.

Poynton was voted to the All-Northeast Region, All-ECAC North and All-NECC squads. At one point in her junior season, she threw 42 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. She struck out 10-plus batters seven times, including a career-high 15 against Bridgeport.

As a sophomore, Poynton went 8-6 in the circle with a 2.61 ERA after transferring from Seton Hall University. She led the pitching staff in innings (94), complete games (13) and strikeouts (93). Poynton, who fanned 10 or more on five occasions, fired a pair of three-hitters in NECC victories over Franklin Pierce and Stony Brook. The Great Danes finished 23-15 overall.

A native of Orchard Park, N.Y., Poynton received her undergraduate degree in English with a minor in secondary education. A Dean's List student who was named to the Kappa Delta Phi Honors Society, she has completed some classwork towards a master's in the same discipline. Poynton is currently an English and reading teacher at Coral Springs Charter School in Coral Springs, Fla. She previously coached the school's varsity softball team for three years. Poynton and her fiance Ken McLaughlin are scheduled to be married on February 17, 2008.

Mike Grever (1996-99) -- Grever, a fierce competitor on the gridiron, was one of the top linebackers to ever wear a UAlbany uniform. He helped the Great Danes capture two conference championships on the NCAA Division II level and captained the first Division I-AA (now Football Championship Subdivision) squad to a winning record in 1999.

A 5-foot-11, 215-pound defender, Grever was named the 1999 Football Gazette Division I-AA Non-Scholarship Linebacker of the Year as the Great Danes went 7-2 in their inaugural I-AA campaign. He was chosen the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year when he totaled 88 tackles, three interceptions, five pass break-ups and two blocked kicks. A first-team All-NEC selection and team MVP, Grever was also voted to the Football Gazette All-America first team. UAlbany ranked 15th nationally in scoring defense at 17.3 points per game.

A native of Syosset, N.Y., Grever was a key figure in UAlbany winning its second consecutive Eastern Football Conference championship with a 10-1 record in 1998. He made 16 tackles in the EFC title game, a come-from-behind 25-24 victory over American International at University Field. Grever was tabbed the Football Gazette Division II Non-Scholarship Linebacker of the Year. He also earned Daktronics All-Northeast Region second team, first-team All-ECAC-North and first-team All-EFC recognition. Grever made 129 tackles, the first UAlbany defender to record 120-plus in back-to-back seasons since 1982, as the defense ranked in the top 10 nationally in points allowed and pass efficiency against. He added six pass break-ups and three interceptions.

Grever, who was a fullback as a freshman, made a successful transition to defense in 1997, when he helped the Great Danes set a school standard with an 11-1 record. He recorded 12 tackles, including 10 unassisted, and picked off a pass in the last minute to preserve a 27-20 win at American International for the program's first Eastern Football Conference championship. Grever, who accounted for 122 tackles, three interceptions, three sacks and two fumble recoveries, was named to the All-ECAC-North and All-EFC squads. He had a career-high 17 tackles in a 42-16 triumph over conference opponent Stony Brook.

Grever finished his collegiate career as the program's all-time tackles leader with 351 (now No. 3 on the career list) and tied for ninth in career interceptions (9). He posted double-figure tackles in 24 games. Grever was also a member of the school's club ice hockey team.

Grever earned his undergraduate degree in a dual major of English and education. He became a graduate assistant football coach at Springfield College in Massachusetts, where he received a master's in physical education. He coached the linebackers and defensive ends for three seasons. From 2003-06, Grever was a physical education teacher at Simsbury (Conn.) High School. He also served as the football program's defensive coordinator and head coach of the junior varsity ice hockey team. He is currently running a family-owned business in Jackson Heights, N.Y., but plans to get back into coaching on the high school level.

Laura Cummings Named America East Cross Country Athlete of the Week

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Cambridge, Mass. – University at Albany’s Laura Cummings has been named the America East Conference Female Cross Country Athlete of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon.

Cummings, a junior transfer from the University of North Carolina, led UAlbany to a ninth-place finish at Iona’s 13th Annual Br. John "Paddy" Doyle Meet of Champions at Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday, Sept. 22. Cummings completed the 6,000-meter course in a time of 22:20.4 to place eleventh individually. Cummings, who placed first at the Monmouth Cross Country Kick-Off on Sept. 1 and second at Stony Brook’s Seawolves Invitational on Sept. 7, has led the Great Danes to top-10 finishes in all three meets this season.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

UAlbany Field Hockey Moves Up to #17 in the STX/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll

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Albany, N.Y. – The University at Albany field hockey team moved up one spot to #17 in the STX/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, as announced on Tuesday afternoon. It is the highest placing for the Great Danes, who have been ranked for three straight weeks.

UAlbany (7-3) went undefeated in two games last week. The Great Danes defeated Colgate, 6-1, on the road on Wednesday before claiming a 3-0 win over Holy Cross at home on Saturday. Freshman midfielder Sam Daly recorded three goals and one assist in the two games en route to being named the America East Conference Rookie of the Week.

The Great Danes kick off conference play this weekend, visiting Maine on Friday before hosting non-conference opponent Massachusetts on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on Alumni Turf Field.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

UAlbany Volleyball Sweeps Pennsylvania and Quinnipiac at Sheraton-Penn Invitational

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Philadelphia, Pa. – Freshman outside hitter Amanda Cowdrey recorded kill-dig double-doubles in both matches to lead UAlbany volleyball to a sweep of Pennsylvania and Quinnipiac on the second day of the Sheraton-Penn Invitational at the Palestra on Sunday afternoon. The Great Danes, who have now won eight straight matches, defeated the host Quakers, 3-1, with scores of 30-23, 30-28, 27-30 and 30-27, before defeating Quinnipiac, 3-0, with game scores of 30-13, 30-16 and 30-17.

Cowdrey notched her seventh double-double of the season with a 15-kill, 16-dig performance against Penn. Senior middle blocker Ashley Crenshaw led all players with 19 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Valerie Sourbeer recorded a double-double of her own with 14 kills and 13 digs. Freshman setter Brooke Stanley had a match-high 48 assists to go along with 11 digs, while freshman libero Tawny Dahmes added a match and career-high 26 digs.

Julia Swanson led Pennsylvania (4-5) with 18 kills and 12 digs while Kathryn Turner added 16 kills and three block assists. Linda Zhang finished with 46 assists to go along with 13 digs while Madison Wojciechowski led the Quakers defensively with 17 digs.

Cowdrey recorded her third consecutive double-double in the three-game sweep of Quinnipiac, tallying a match-high 14 kills and 15 digs. Crenshaw added 10 kills for the Great Danes while sophomore outside hitter Kate Eckhardt added 10 digs defensively for UAlbany.

Quinnipiac (1-13) was led by Michelle Vasapoli, who finished with six kills. Erin Overdevest led the Bobcats defensively with eight digs, while Jenna Benigno had 11 assists to go along with four kills, six digs and two total blocks.

UAlbany (10-5) will open up America East Conference play on Friday, Sept. 28 against Hartford at 7 p.. at University Gymnasium.

Sheraton-Penn Invitational, Philadelphia, Pa.

UAlbany def. Penn (4-5), 3-1 (30-23, 30-28, 27-30, 30-27)

UAlbany (10-5) def. Quinnipiac (1-13), 3-0 (30-13, 30-16, 30-17)

Football Plays Before Largest Crowd in Program's History in 35-14 Loss at No. 2 Montana

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Missoula, Mont. – Cole Bergquist passed for two touchdowns and ran for another score in leading Montana, the nation's second-ranked team, to a 35-14 victory over UAlbany before 23,097 fans on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

Bergquist, who passed for 283 yards and ran for 89 more, broke open a tight game in the third quarter when he scored on a 55-yard option run over left tackle for a 21-7 lead. He then engineered a 76-yard march in the fourth quarter, including a 24-yard middle screen pass into UAlbany territory. Lex Hilliard, who rushed for 136 yards and two TDs, later rumbled 26 yards to paydirt with 9:53 to play.

UAlbany (1-3) closed the gap by answering with a 10-play scoring drive. Vinny Esposito, who completed 20 of 40 passes for 273 yards, the seventh-best total in school history, fired a 23-yard touchdown strike to Jason Smith. The Great Danes, who playing before the largest crowd in the program's history, then recovered an on-side kick. But cornerback Jeremy Pate intercepted Esposito's pass to the sideline at the Grizzlies' 16 to end the threat. Bergquist added a 30-yard touchdown throw with 1:51 remaining to complete the scoring. Montana (3-0) could move to the top of the rankings as Appalachian State was beaten earlier in the day.

"They are an excellent team,” said UAlbany head coach Bob Ford, whose team lost All-America linebacker Colin Disch to a knee sprain on the second play of the game. “They are very hard to defend because they can run inside and outside and spread the ball with that quarterback to a multitude of receivers. We tried to do some (different) things as the underdog, but they gradually wore us down. We played as hard as we could and their fans appreciated the effort with an ovation as we left the field."

UAlbany came to play in the first quarter against the nationally-ranked Grizzlies. Esposito hooked up with Daniel Bocanegra on a 46-yard flea-flicker on the Great Danes' second offensive play, but Jason Fralicker missed a 31-yard field goal to the left of the upright.

Montana took a 7-0 lead on its third series, when Bergquist led a three-play, 58-yard drive. Berguqist, a 6-foot-2 junior, connected with wide receiver Eric Allen on a 38-yard play down the middle of the defense. He fired a 12-yard scoring pass to Ryan Bagley with 4:35 left in the period.

"They have great athletic talent, especially (Kroy) Biermann coming off the edge,” Esposito said. “They really play together, come after you wave after wave, and swarm to the football. It came down to situations where they made the big play."

The Great Danes stopped punter Tyson Johnson on a fourth-down run off a fake at midfield to set up their touchdown midway through the second quarter. The scoring march was kept alive when Montana's Severin Campbell was called for a roughing-the-punter penalty. Esposito then flipped a 22-yard pass to Colin Simmons in the left flat to set up first-and- goal at the Grizzlies 2. Omar Johnson would score from one yard out over left tackle on fourth down.

After Bergquist threw an interception inside the UAlbany five-yard line, the Montana signal-caller led his team on a short six-play drive that put his team ahead 14-7 with 1:49 left before halftime. Hilliard reached the end zone on a one-yard blast over the right side.

"As a senior, I really looked forward to playing in this game,” said Wall, who recovered the on-side kick and also had a 64-yard quick kick on special teams. “The non-league games are just as important, but this first part (of the schedule) has helped us find our identity. We kept playing today no matter what happened. I have confidence in our team."

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Nicole Savage Scores Gamewinner to Lead #18 UAlbany to a 3-0 Win Over Holy Cross

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Albany, N.Y. – Sophomore forward Nicole Savage scored the gamewinning goal with 8:43 left in the first half to lead #18 UAlbany to a 3-0 win over Holy Cross in non-conference field hockey action on Saturday afternoon.

Freshman midfielder Sam Daly crossed the ball from the left side of the circle to Savage, who hit the top left corner of the goal over Holy Cross goalkeeper Erin Singleton. Daly doubled the advantage for the Great Danes with 3:55 remaining off an assist from Michele Polizois on a penalty corner.

Senior midfielder Michelle Simpson struck for UAlbany just a minute and a half into the second period, taking a fast break and dribbling past Singleton to the cage.

UAlbany outshot Holy Cross 23-5 and also held a 12-5 advantage in penalty corners. Ashley Ross recorded three saves in the cage, earning her third shutout of the season for the Great Danes while Singleton and Kelly Casey combined for seven saves for Holy Cross (2-6).

UAlbany (6-3) have a seven-day break before opening up America East Conference play at Maine on Saturday, Sept. 29.

UAlbany (6-3) 1 2 - 2

Holy Cross (2-6) 0 0 - 0

UAlbany: Scoring – Sam Daly (1-1), Nicole Savage (1-0), Michelle Simpson (1-0), Michele Polizois (0-1). Goalkeeping – Ashley Ross (70:00, 0 GA, 3 saves).

Holy Cross: Scoring – None. Goalkeeping – Erin Singleton (40:40, 3 GA, 5 saves), Kelly Casey (29:20, 0 GA, 2 saves).

UAlbany 3, Holy Cross 0 (Sep 22, 2007)

Field Hockey Box Score (Final)
2007 UAlbany Field Hockey
Holy Cross vs #18 Albany (Sep 22, 2007 at Albany, N.Y.)

Holy Cross (2-6) vs. Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Albany (6-3) -------------------------------
Date: Sep 22, 2007 Attendance: 112 Holy Cross.......... 0 0 - 0
Weather: Warm and sunny. Albany.............. 2 1 - 3

Holy Cross Albany
Pos ## Player Sh SOG G A DS Pos ## Player Sh SOG G A DS
--------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------
GK 27 Singleton, Erin..... - - - - - GK 38 Ross, Ashley........ - - - - -
2 Coletta, Lauren..... - - - - - 3 Savage, Nicole...... 4 2 1 - -
5 Callahan, Courtney.. - - - - - 5 Daly, Sam........... 6 3 1 1 -
6 Rowlenson, Katie.... - - - - - 8 Vandenberg, Anouk... 1 - - - -
7 Powell, Kim......... 1 - - - - 10 Clephane, Suzy...... - - - - -
9 Gonnerman, Kara..... - - - - - 11 Deane, Sarah........ - - - - -
13 Talbert, Katie...... 1 1 - - - 13 Walter, Vanessa..... - - - - -
14 Barnes, Kaitlyn..... - - - - - 14 Simpson, Michelle... 5 1 1 - -
15 Cullen, Jesse....... 2 2 - - - 15 Holder, Kristen..... - - - - -
18 Skovron, Eli........ 1 - - - - 18 Bach, Ashlyn........ - - - - -
19 O'Coin, Sara........ - - - - - 22 Polizois, Michele... 5 2 - 1 -
---------- Substitutes ---------- ---------- Substitutes ----------
8 Aylward, Katie...... - - - - - 4 Flagg, Jamie........ - - - - -
10 Sikorski, Alanna.... - - - - - 7 Brown, Carrie....... - - - - -
12 Rush, Breezy........ - - - - - 12 Neff, Chelsea....... 2 2 - - -
28 Casey, Kelly........ - - - - - 16 Hough, Alysia....... - - - - -
Totals.............. 5 3 0 0 0 19 Irey, Joanna........ - - - - -
Totals.............. 23 10 3 2 0

Holy Cross Albany
## Player MIN GA Saves ## Player MIN GA Saves
--------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------
27 Singleton, Erin..... 40:40 3 5 38 Ross, Ashley........ 70:00 0 3
28 Casey, Kelly........ 29:20 0 2

Shots by period 1 2 Tot Saves by period 1 2 Tot
------------------------------- -------------------------------
Holy Cross.......... 2 3 - 5 Holy Cross.......... 4 3 - 7
Albany.............. 12 11 - 23 Albany.............. 2 1 - 3

Penalty corners 1 2 Tot
Holy Cross.......... 1 4 - 5
Albany.............. 7 5 - 12

GOAL Time Team Goal Scorer Assists Description
1. 8:43 ALBANY Savage, Nicole (7) Daly, Sam Crossed R-L in circle, hit top left crnr
2. 3:55 ALBANY Daly, Sam (3) Polizois, Michele Penalty Corner
3. 33:29 ALBANY Simpson, Michelle (7) (unassisted) Dribbled left past goalkeeper


Officials: Jennifer Anton; Nadine Bassler; Scorer: Brianna LaBrecque;

Amanda Cowdrey Leads UAlbany to Sixth-Straight Win, Defeating Temple 3-2

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Philadelphia, Pa. – Freshman outside hitter Amanda Cowdrey recorded her sixth double-double of the season with a team-high 16 kills to go along with 14 digs to lead UAlbany to its sixth consecutive victory, as the Great Danes defeated Temple, 3-2, at the Sheraton/Penn Classic on Saturday afternoon. UAlbany won by scores of 24-30, 30-17, 23-30, 30-26 and 15-5.

Senior middle blocker Ashley Crenshaw also finished with double-digit kill totals, recording 13 kills to go along with two service aces, five digs and three block assists. Junior middle blocker Kamisha Kellam added 10 kills and four total blocks. Freshman libero Tawny Dahmes led the team defensively with 21 digs while freshman setter Brooke Stanley tallied 40 assists, six digs, three block assists, three service aces and four kills.

Temple (4-11) was led by Yun Yi Zhang, who finished with a match-high 18 kills and 16 digs. Yue Liu added a double-double of her own with 13 kills and 15 digs while Patricia Vernon added 11 kills. Ariel Pierre also recorded a double-double of the assist-dig variety, as she tallied a match-high 41 assists and 13 digs, to go along with five service aces.

UAlbany (8-5) will continue play at the Sheraton/Penn Classic on Sunday, taking on the host Quakers at 11 a.m. and Quinnipiac at 1 p.m.

UAlbany (8-5) def. Temple (4-11), 3-2 (24-30, 30-17, 23-30, 30-26, 15-5).

UAlbany 3, Temple 2 (Sep 22, 2007)


Volleyball Box Score
2007 UAlbany Volleyball
Albany vs TEMPLE (Sep 22, 2007 at Penn)

3 Crenshaw, Ashley.... 5| 13 4 26 .346| 2| 2 4| 2| 5| 0 3 1| 0
4 Coppiellie, Teresa.. 5| 5 4 11 .091| 0| 1 2| 0| 8| 0 0 0| 0
12 Eckhardt, Kate...... 5| 3 1 11 .182| 1| 2 2| 2| 10| 0 1 0| 0
13 Cowdrey, Amanda..... 5| 16 7 49 .184| 2| 0 2| 1| 14| 0 0 0| 0
20 Kellam, Kamisha..... 5| 10 4 32 .188| 0| 0 0| 1| 1| 2 2 0| 0
22 Stanley, Brooke..... 5| 4 0 7 .571| 40| 3 2| 0| 6| 0 3 0| 3
5 Sourbeer, Valerie... 4| 3 7 24 -.167| 1| 0 0| 1| 4| 1 0 0| 0
11 Jacobson, Samantha.. 3| 1 0 2 .500| 2| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 1 1| 0
15 Marquis, Natasha.... 1| 0 0 1 .000| 1| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0
18 Dahmes, Tawny....... 5| 0 0 1 .000| 2| 0 1| 2| 21| 0 0 0| 0
Totals.............. 5| 55 27 164 .171| 51| 8 13| 9| 70| 3 10 2| 3

Game K E TA Pct
1 13 7 33 .182 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 4 5 TEAM RECORDS
2 12 5 35 .200 Albany.............. (3) 24 30 23 30 15 8-5
3 11 7 37 .108 TEMPLE.............. (2) 30 17 30 26 5 4-11
4 12 7 42 .119
5 7 1 17 .353

1 COWDEN, Jacqueline.. 5| 5 1 10 .400| 0| 0 0| 1| 5| 0 4 1| 0
2 PIERRE, Ariel....... 5| 2 1 6 .167| 41| 5 4| 0| 13| 0 0 0| 5
3 VERNON, Patricia.... 5| 11 6 45 .111| 3| 2 1| 0| 5| 0 3 0| 0
6 LIU, Yue............ 5| 13 10 38 .079| 0| 0 1| 2| 15| 1 2 1| 0
7 HARPER, Imani....... 5| 5 4 13 .077| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 3 0| 0
12 ZHANG, Yun Yi....... 5| 18 13 58 .086| 1| 1 2| 2| 16| 0 3 0| 0
4 ASHMAN, Cayleigh.... 1| 0 0 2 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0
5 HITHE, Tatiana...... 1| 0 2 2-1.000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0
8 LOUDON, Caitlin..... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 1| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0
10 YING, Sun Ying...... 5| 0 0 0 .000| 2| 1 0| 1| 14| 0 0 0| 1
11 BRETITGAN, Jaclyn... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 2| 2| 0 0 0| 1
13 DEMARCO, Christina.. 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0
Totals.............. 5| 54 37 174 .098| 48| 9 9| 8| 72| 1 15 2| 7

Game K E TA Pct
1 14 7 29 .241 Site: Penn (Palestra)
2 10 9 41 .024 Date: Sep 22, 2007 Attend: 50 Time: 2:05
3 16 5 38 .289 Referees:
4 11 12 46 -.022
5 3 4 20 -.050

Ma Leads UAlbany Tennis to 7-0 Sweep of Monmouth

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Albany, N.Y. – Susan Ma led the UAlbany women’s tennis team to a 7-0 victory over Monmouth on Saturday afternoon at University Courts. Ma won her number one singles match in straight sets over Kaitlin Gallagher (6-0, 6-1) and then paired up with Kim Weltman for an 8-1 win over Gallagher and Sarah Ragan.

In other singles action, Weltman defeated Ragan (6-1, 6-0), Amanda Hall earned a 6-3, 6-0 win over Katie Tierney, Aimee Kern defeated Kristen Hoffman (6-0, 6-3), Caitlin Crowley beat Dian Washer (6-0, 6-3), and Melissa Coughlin won straight sets over Christine Cella (6-1, 6-1).

At second doubles, Crowley and Hall defeated Tierney and Washer (8-2) and Kern and Coughlin beat Hoffman and Kelly Friedrich (8-6).

UAlbany (1-0) will host Stony Brook on Friday and will take part in the Spartan Invitational next weekend in East Lansing, Mich.


1. Ma/Weltman (UAlbany) def. Gallagher/Ragan (Monmouth), 8-1

2. Crowley/Tierney (UAlbany) def. Tierney/Washer (Monmouth), 8-2

3. Kern/Coughlin (UAlbany) def. Hoffman/Friedrich (Monmouth), 8-6


1. Ma (UAlbany) def. Gallagher (Monmouth), 6-0, 6-1

2. Weltman (UAlbany) def. Ragan (Monmouth), 6-1, 6-0

3. Hall (UAlbany) def. Tierney (Monmouth), 6-3, 6-0

4. Kern (UAlbany) def. Hoffman (Monmouth), 6-0, 6-3

5. Crowley (UAlbany) def. Washer (Monmouth), 6-0, 6-3

6. Coughlin (UAlbany) def. Cella (Monmouth), 6-1, 6-1


Bronx, N.Y. – Junior Laura Cummings placed 11th at the 13th Annual Br. John “Paddy” Doyle Meet of Champions hosted by Iona College at Van Cortlandt Park to lead the University at Albany women’s cross country team to a ninth place finish. Senior Ricardo Estremera finished 48th to pace the men’s team to a 15th place finish out of 20 schools.

Cummings finished the 6K course in a time of 22:20.4 to lead the Great Danes. Freshman Kristine Mun was the second UAlbany competitor to cross the finish line, placing 72nd in a time of 24:09.6. Senior Jessica Chichester finished the course in 24:24.8 to place 81st, graduate student Allison Hazlett placed 92nd in 24:35.6, and freshman Ally Panos completed the course in 26:02.1 to place 138th to round out the top-5 finishers for the Great Danes. Keene State senior Breanne Lucey crossed the finish line in 21:30.2 to win the women’s race. Penn State placed five runners in the top-16 to win the team competition.

Estremera completed the 8K course in 26:35.4 to garner 40 team points for the Great Danes. Sophomore John Moore finished 123rd in 28:16.7 as the second Great Dane runner to cross the finish line. Sophomore Jon Hilbert finished in 28:26.3 placing 131st, freshman David Rothman came in 158th in a time of 29:36.1, and junior Joe Belokopitsky completed the race in 29:49.8 for 163rd place. Iona’s Mohamed Khadraoui finished first individually in 25:02.7 to lead the Gaels to the team title.

Women’s Results

1. Penn State 48, 2. Cornell 56, 3. Brown 62, 4. Keene State 174, 5. UConn 175, 6. Dartmouth 195, 7. Kutztown 210, 8. Army 231, 9. UAlbany 271, 10. Harvard 275, 11. Manhattan 285, 12. Marist 329, 13. Iona 349, 14. West Virginia Wesleyan 359, 15. Brockport State 420, 16. Youngstown State 495, 17. Le Moyne 531, 18. NJIT 556, 19. Long Island 599.


1. Breanne Lucey (Keene State) 21:30.2; 2. Serena Ramsey 21:34.3; 3. Delilah DiCrescenzo 21:40.9; 4. Jenna Ridgeway (Brown) 21:48.9; 5. Bridget Franek (Penn State) 21:51.0; 6. McKayla Plank 21:56.0; 7. Smitha Gupta (Brown) 22:10.8; 8. Kim Standridge (Cornell) 22:15.9; 9. Leah Rosenfeld (Penn State) 22:17.6; 10. Calandra Stewart 22:18.6.

UAlbany Results

11. Laura Cummings 22:20.4, 72. Kristine Mun 24:09.6, 81. Jessica Chichester 24:24.8, 92. Allison Hazlett 24:35.6, 138. Ally Panos 26:02.1, 168. Laine Sefick 27:21.6, Brianna McNamee 29:26.8.

Men’s Results

1. Iona 72, 2, Brown 77, 3. Penn State 93, 4. Navy 109, 5. American 120, 6. Cornell 176, 7. Army 191, 8. Marist 193, 9. UMass Lowell 224, 10. Youngstown State, 11. Manhattan 337, 12. Harvard 354, 13. Kutztown 399, 14. Brockport State 428, 15. UAlbany 431, 16. West Virginia Wesleyan 459, 17. Le Moyne 462, 18. FDU 517, 19. NJIT 589, 20. Long Island INC.


1. Mohamed Khadraoui (Iona) 25:02.7; 2. Steve Hallinan (American) 25:03.0; 3. Girma Segni (Marist) 25:13.5; 4. John Olsen (Navy) 25:16.1; 5. Stephen Chemlany 25:29.5; 6. Joe Parks (Iona) 25:33.6; 7. Chase Pizzonia (Iona) 25:35.0; 8. Lucas Zarzeczny (Penn State) 25:35.2; 9. Stephen DeWitt (UMass Lowell) 25:36.3; 10. John Kress (Navy) 25:37.7.

UAlbany Results

48. Ricardo Estremera 26:35.4, 123. John Moore 28:16.7, 131. Jon Hilbert 28:26.3, 158. David Rothman 29:36.1, 163. Joe Belokopitsky 29:49.8, 165. Jared Jupin 29:54.6, 186. Mitch Troise 31:00.6.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Sam Daly Scores Twice to Lead #18 UAlbany to a 6-1 Victory Over Colgate

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Hamilton, N.Y. – Freshman midfielder Sam Daly scored two goals to lead #18 UAlbany to a 6-1 victory over non-conference opponent Colgate on Wednesday evening at Tyler Field.

Colgate struck first, as Lauren Remkus scored the Raiders’ only goal of the game 9:43 into the contest. UAlbany’s Nicole Savage tied the game at 1-1 with 16:38 on the clock with an unassisted shot past Colgate goalkeeper Sarah Pederson. The Great Danes would take a 2-1 lead into halftime after Daly notched her first tally of the day off an Anouk Vandenberg assist at 25:48.

Jess Lindsey would increase UAlbany’s lead to 3-1 early in the second half, taking an assist from Michele Polizois on a penalty corner. At 48:45, the Great Danes would strike again, as Vanessa Walter took a deflection off a Colgate stick and put it into the cage.

Daly added her second goal of the day on a UAlbany penalty corner at 50:18, with assists going to Vandenberg and Lindsey. Senior midfielder Michelle Simpson completed the scoring for the Great Danes a minute later, slipping an unassisted shot past Pederson.

UAlbany held an 11-3 advantage in shots and held a 9-2 differential in penalty corners. Ashley Ross made one save in the cage for the Great Danes, while Pederson made three stops for Colgate (4-4).

UAlbany (6-3), ranked nationally on the STX/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll for the second consecutive week, will host non-conference opponent Holy Cross on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Varsity Field.

UAlbany (6-3) 2 4 - 6

Colgate (4-4) 1 0 - 1

UAlbany: Scoring – Sam Daly (2-0), Nicole Savage (1-0), Jess Lindsey (1-1), Vanessa Walter (1-0), Michelle Simpson (1-0), Anouk Vandenberg (0-2), Michele Polizois (0-1). Goalkeeping – Ashley Ross (70:00, 1 GA, 1 save).

Colgate: Scoring – Lauren Remkus (1-0), Lauren Carey (0-1). Goalkeeping – Sarah Pederson (70:00, 6 GA, 3 saves).

#24 William and Mary edged UAlbany Women's Soccer, 2-0

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Williamsburg, Va. – Claire Zimmeck tallied in the 29th minute to lead No. 24 William and Mary to a 2-0 non-conference victory over UAlbany in women’s soccer action on Wednesday night at Albert-Daly Field.

The Tribe, who are ranked 24th nationally by Soccer America and receiving votes in the NSCAA poll, tallied again at the 62:30 mark to seal the victory when Mary MacKenzie Grier finished a shot from 10 yards out. Danielle Collins earned the assist on the play.

William and Mary (5-2) held UAlbany to just two shots in the contest, while recording 26.

Maria Liguori made eight saves in goal for the Great Danes, while Meghan Walker earned the shutout for the Tribe, before being replaced by Grace Barnard in the 79th minute.

UAlbany (3-3-2) will return home to host Delaware State in a non-conference match on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at University Field.

UAlbany (3-3-2) 0 0 - 0
William and Mary (5-2) 1 1 - 2

UAlbany: Scoring – None. Goalkeeper – Maria Liguori (90:00, 2 GA, 8 saves). William and Mary -- Scoring – Claire Zimmeck (1-0), Mary MacKenzie Grier (1-0), Meredith Brown (0-1), Danielle Collins (0-1). Goalkeeper – Meghan Walker (78:24, 0 GA, 1 saves), Grace Barnard (11:36, 0 GA, 0 saves).


Loudonville, N.Y. – Anthony Tagliaferri recorded a goal and an assist, including the game-winning goal in the 49th minute to break a 1-1 tie as UAlbany lost to crosstown-rival Siena 3-1 in men’s soccer action Wednesday.

Jason Laffin tallied the first goal of the game in the 16th minute as he broke free past the midfield and placed a shot into the right corner off an assist by Tagliaferri.

UAlbany responded by knotting the score at one at the 32:29 mark. Junior midfielder Don Johnson headed in a loose ball in front of the cage for his first goal of the season. The teams played a scoreless final 12 and a half minutes to go into the intermission tied at one.

Tagliaferri broke free on the right side just under four minutes into the second half and placed the ball in the near corner of the goal to give Siena the 2-1 lead.

Geoff Narode added an insurance goal for the Saints in the 72nd minute after he got by the Great Dane defense and sent a shot into the left corner. Laffin was credited with an assist on the goal.

Siena, ranked ninth in the latest NSCAA/adidas North Atlantic Regional rankings, held a slight advantage in shots, 10-8, but the Great Danes registered a 4-2 edge in the second half. Junior captain Erik DiLorenzo and sophomore Brian Gordon led UAlbany in shots with two apiece. The Saints also held a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

Junior goalkeeper Steward Ceus stopped three shots, all in the first half, in goal for UAlbany. Steve Skonieczny registered two saves for Siena (3-2-1).

UAlbany (1-6-1) returns to action after a ten day lay-off on Sept. 29 at home against Marist at 1 p.m.

Shannon Reid Named UAlbany Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

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Albany, N.Y. – University at Albany head women’s basketball coach Trina Patterson announced on Tuesday that Shannon Reid has been hired as an assistant coach.

Reid comes to UAlbany after two seasons at Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga., where she helped lead the Lakers to the 2007 NCAA Division II Final Four. While at Clayton, Reid was responsible for all out-of-season conditioning workouts and weight training development as well as on-court coaching and game management. She coordinated film exchange and scouting and was also instrumental in the recruiting process. In addition, Reid handled study hall and academic monitoring for the Clayton State program.

Clayton State finished 29-6 overall in 2006-07 and captured a Peach Belt Conference championship. The Lakers, who were ranked as high as fourth nationally, made a second-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to her appointment at Clayton State, Reid was an assistant at the University of South Carolina-Aiken, a Division II program in the Peach Belt Conference. Reid helped lead the Pacers to a 19-13 record and an NCAA appearance.

Reid, who played professionally for the Ladies National League in Dublin, Ireland from 2003-04, also spent that year coaching the Mosney Women’s Club and Junior Club in Drogheda, Ireland.

A native of Hudson, N.C., Reid earned her bachelor’s degree in sports management from Pfeiffer University in 2003. Reid, a three-year member of the Pfeiffer women’s basketball team, was named Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference (CVAC) Player of the Year and was a two-time all-CVAC first-team honoree. Reid, who scored more than 1,000 career points in her career for the Falcons, led her team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament. She was a two-time team MVP and the university’s athlete of the year.

UAlbany Field Hockey Retains National Ranking on Division I Coaches Poll

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Albany, N.Y. – The University at Albany field hockey team is ranked 18th for the second straight week in the STX/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, as released by the NFHCA on Tuesday afternoon.

The Great Danes earned 190 points to retain their national ranking after breaking into the top 20 last week for the first time in the program’s Division I history. UAlbany (5-3) defeated crosstown-rival Siena, 7-0, on Sept. 14 before falling to Boston College, 2-1, in overtime on Sunday. The Eagles moved up a spot to 10th in this week’s poll.

UAlbany will visit Colgate in non-conference action on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. and hosts Holy Cross on Saturday at 1 p.m. on Alumni Turf Field.

Monday, September 17, 2007

UAlbany Honors 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft for Commitment to Journalistic Excellence

The University at Albany today presented award-winning 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft with the institution's highest honor, the Medallion of the University, in recognition of his sustained commitment to journalism. In addition, Kroft shared his experiences with students during a question-and-answer session, moderated by Times Union editor Rex Smith.

"We are honored to celebrate the early successes of UAlbany's journalism program with one of the most esteemed journalists of our day," said Officer in Charge and Provost Susan Herbst.

Journalism was offered as a major at UAlbany for the first time in 2006, becoming the first such major among the State University of New York's four University Centers. More than 90 students have declared journalism their major and a total of 630 students are enrolled in journalism courses, up from 253 last year.

"I want to thank the University for this wonderful honor and the invitation to help celebrate the journalism major at the University at Albany. It has also provided me an opportunity to escape New York on a beautiful fall day and spend some time with college students, which is always invigorating. Plus, I get to visit Andy Rooney's home town. I'm relieved to report that the current residents aren't nearly as grumpy as he is," said Kroft.

"Throughout his career, Steve has remained committed to the highest standards in journalism, and he serves as an inspiration to our students who strive to pursue journalistic excellence," said Edelgard Wulfert, Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Kroft's investigative reporting has garnered him much acclaim, including three Peabody Awards -- television's top honor -- and 11 Emmy Awards, one of which was an Emmy for Lifetime Achievement in 2003.

Kroft joined CBS News in January 1980 as a reporter in the Northeast bureau in New York. He was named a correspondent in May 1981 and worked out of the Dallas bureau (January 1981- May 1983). Kroft was also a foreign correspondent for CBS News based in the London bureau and a principal correspondent on the CBS News magazine West 57th. He was named a correspondent for 60 Minutes in May 1989.

Some of his ground breaking reports include a friendly fire incident in the Gulf War; a profile of Senator Bob Dole; the Cuban government's quarantine policy for people infected with AIDS; Pakistan’s political instability, its nuclear weapons and its ties to Islamic militant groups such as the Taliban; risks posed to the nation’s water supply by the gasoline additive MTBE; and Chernobyl.

Kroft's exclusive interview with then-Governor Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, in 1992 ended up on the front page of virtually every newspaper in the country and is continually cited as one of the defining moments of that presidential election.

Kroft graduated with a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University in 1967 and later earned a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, where he was a reporter for the Armed Forces Network and covered his division's participation in the invasion of Cambodia. Kroft won several Army journalism awards for his work and a Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Achievement.

UAlbany's journalism program introduces students to the rapidly changing world of innovative media technology, while also drawing from its dedication to training young journalists in the areas of critical thinking, clear and effective writing and editing, and the historical, legal, and ethical contexts of contemporary media. In addition, the program prepares students to consider careers in cybermedia, magazines, governmental public information, advocacy communications, public relations, freelance writing, and book publishing.

Steve Kroft from 60 Minutes

Corrin Conroy Finishes Seventh at Dartmouth Invitational

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Hanover, N.H. - Corrin Conroy shot a six-over par 78 to lead the UAlbany women’s golf team in the second round of the Dartmouth Invitational held at the Hanover Country Club. UAlbany finished in eighth place with a total team score of 679 (339-340) on the par 72 course.

Following up her school-record round of 77 in the opening round, Conroy finished in a tie for seventh individually with a two round total of 155 after shooting a 78 on Sunday. Sophomore Jessica Signorelli shot an 80 in the second round after an 81 on Saturday. Senior Maggie Taylert followed her 84 in the first round with an 81 in the final round. Rebecca Lukac was the Great Danes fourth scorer with a 101 in the second round. Sun Hwa Kim rounded out the UAlbany team with a final round score of 105.

Harvard won the invitational with a team total of 603. Hayley Milbourn of Amherst was the individual champion with a two-over par 146.

Dartmouth Invitational
1. Harvard 302-301 - 603; 2. Siena 333-312 - 645; 3. Dartmouth 331-325 - 656; 4. Hartford 330-327 - 657; 5. Sacred Heart 325-334 - 659; 6. Brown 325-341 - 666; 7. Central Connecticut State 333-344 - 677; 8. UAlbany 339-340 - 679; 9. Fairfield 344-336 - 380; T10. Amherst 344-340 - 684; T10. Holy Cross 341-343 - 684; 12. Boston U. 340-348 - 688; 13. Mount Holyoke 365-347 - 712; 14. Wellesley 347-377 - 724.

1. Hayley Milbourn (Amherst) 71-75 - 146; 2. Ali Bode (Harvard) 74-73 - 147; 3. Lucie Sarochova (CCSU) 73-77 - 150; T4. Claire Sheldon (Harvard) 76-76 - 152; T4. Emily Balmert (Harvard) 78-74 - 152; 6. Sarah Harvey (Harvard) 75-79 - 154; T7. Corrin Conroy (UAlbany) 77-78 - 155; T7. Mia Kabasakalis (Harvard) 77-78 - 155; 9. Kimberly Eaton (Wellesley) 76-80 - 156; 10. Sunny Zhang (Dartmouth) 80-78 - 158;

T7. Corrin Conroy - 77-78=155; T16. Jessica Signorelli - 81-80=161; T23. Maggie Taylert - 84-81=165; 70. Sun Hwa Kim - 97-105=202; T71. Rebecca Lukac - 106-101=207.

# 18 UAlbany edged by # 11 Boston College, 2-1, in Overtime

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Newton, Mass. – Crystal Frates scored the gamewinner in overtime to lead 11th-ranked Boston College to a 2-1 win over No. 18 UAlbany in field hockey action on Sunday afternoon at Newton Campus Turf Field.

Frates, a senior forward, tallied her third goal of the season to give the Eagles the win just 2:57 into the overtime period. Frates flicked an unassisted shot past UAlbany goalkeeper Ashley Ross from the center of the circle.

Boston College got on the scoreboard first as junior forward Bob Dirks took an unassisted shot from the top of the circle 12:33 into the first half. UAlbany tied the game in the second period on a penalty corner, as sophomore forward Nicole Savage passed the ball into freshman midfielder Anouk Vandenberg, who tipped the ball to senior forward Michelle Simpson. Simpson’s shot got by Eagle goalkeeper Julie Berkowitz in the 39th minute. The score remained knotted at 1-1 for the remainder of regulation.

BC outshot the Great Danes 10-6 in the game, including a 3-0 advantage in the overtime period. UAlbany held a 4-2 differential in penalty corners. Ross made four saves in the cage for the Great Danes while Berkowitz had two stops for Boston College (6-2).

UAlbany (5-3), which made its first-ever appearance in the STX/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll last week, will return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Colgate, starting at 7 p.m.

UAlbany (5-3) 0 1 0 - 1 Boston College (6-2) 1 0 1 - 2 UAlbany: Scoring – Michelle Simpson (1-0), Nicole Savage (0-1), Anouk Vandenberg (0-1). Goalkeeper – Ashley Ross (72:57, 2 GA, 4 saves). Boston College: Scoring – Bob Dirks (1-0), Crystal Frates (1-0). Goalkeeper – Julia Berkowitz (72:57, 1 GA, 2 saves).

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Teresa Boring Lifts UAlbany Over Indiana State

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Youngstown, Ohio – Freshman striker Teresa Boring headed home the winning goal off of a Caitlin Mulligan corner kick in the 72nd minute to lead UAlbany to a 2-1 win over Indiana State on Sunday morning at the Penguin Classic in Youngstown, Ohio. The Great Danes improved their record to 3-2-2 and are off to the program’s best start since 1994.

UAlbany got on the scoreboard at the 47:47 mark courtesy of an own goal. Indiana State’s Caitlin Noble got the equalizer in the 69th minute when she buried a rebound off of a Whitney McInnis shot, setting the stage for Boring’s second game-winner in as many games just three minutes later. The tally was the freshman forward’s team-leading fourth of the season.

The Great Danes outshot the Sycamores 21-13. UAlbany’s Maria Liguori made six stops in net, while Rachel Rudzis saved eight shots for Indiana State.

UAlbany will look to extend its unbeaten streak to six games when they travel to William & Mary on Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff.

Penguin Classic – Second Round
UAlbany (3-2-2) 0 2 - 2
Indiana State (0-5-0) 0 1 - 1

UAlbany: Scoring – Teresa Boring (1-0), Caitlin Mulligan (0-1). Goalkeeper – Maria Liguori (90:00, 1 GA, 6 saves). Indiana State -- Scoring – Caitlin Noble (1-0), Whitney McInnis (0-1). Goalkeeper – Rachel Rudzis (90:00, 2 GA, 8 saves).

Saturday, September 15, 2007

UAlbany's Entry Plaza

Construction on the Entry Plaza at the main entrance to the University at Albany campus is proceeding right on time, in preparation for the completion of an attractive new entrance prior to winter.
The new entrance will have expanded green spaces and seating for students for outdoor gatherings and recreation.

Assistant Vice President for Physical Facilities John Giarrusso said, "We are currently working on trenching the site for the electrical and plumbing connections associated with the lighting plans and the large fountain. You'll also see the concrete work for the grand staircase taking shape. In the coming weeks, larger portions of paving will occur, the lawn areas will be graded, and the fountain equipment will arrive on site. Everything is proceeding very well."

Plans for the three-acre space call for a park-like setting with more green space, ornamental trees and gardens, fountains and bench seating.

The existing plaza is being redesigned with green space and pedestrian-grade pavers providing a smoother surface, as well as enhancing its visual appeal. The amount of green space will be increase some 85 percent - from roughly 19,000 square feet to 35,000 square feet. With a greater focus on green space and level surfaces, the plaza can be used for major campus outdoor events, including spring commencement.

In addition, the main stairs leading to the Podium, located between the Fine Arts and Arts & Sciences buildings, will be replaced and upgraded.

The space will be highlighted by a fountain with a design similar to those found in major public parks around the country, as well as bench seating to encourage interaction and use by the campus community.

UAlbanyEntry Plaza Update

Tournament MVP Kellam Leads UAlbany to 3-0 Win Over Brown

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Albany, N.Y. – Junior middle hitter Kamisha Kellam was named the UAlbany Classic MVP after posting 14 kills and seven total blocks en route to a 3-0 win over Brown on Saturday afternoon in University Gymnasium. UAlbany, who finished the tournament with an unblemished 3-0 record, defeated the Bears by scores of 30-25, 30-23, and 30-19.

Freshman outside hitter Amanda Cowdrey, also named to the all-tournament team, tallied eight kills and 12 digs for the Great Danes. Brooke Stanley recorded 47 assists and 10 digs in the match and Tawny Dahmes had a match-high 17 digs for UAlbany (7-5).

Brown (1-5) was led by Danielle Vaughn, who had 10 kills and four digs, while Natalie Meyers was credited with 33 assists and Katie Lapinski led the Bears with 15 digs. Lapinski was Brown’s representative on the all-tournament squad.

Earlier in the day, Eastern Michigan defeated Brown, 3-1, and then EMU went on to defeat Northeastern, 3-0, to claim second place in the tournament. Northeastern and Brown finished third and fourth, respectively.

UAlbany Classic All-Tournament Team

Kamisha Kellam UAlbany

Amanda Cowdrey UAlbany

Katie Bates EMU

Becky Reenders EMU

Sarah Stein Northeastern

Katie Lapinski Brown

MVP: Kamisha Kellam UAlbany

Eastern Michigan def. Brown, 3-1 (30-24, 27-30, 30-16, 30-27)

Eastern Michigan def. Northeastern, 3-0 (32-30, 30-16, 31-29)

UAlbany def. Brown, 3-0 (30-25, 30-23, 30-19)

Brown 0, UAlbany 3 (Sep 15, 2007)


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Hanover, N.H. – Freshman Corrin Conroy shot a school-record 77 to lead the University at Albany women’s golf team in the opening round at the Dartmouth Invitational held at the Hanover Country Club. The Great Danes are in eighth place out of 14 schools after the first round.

Conroy, a freshman from Oswego, N.Y., led the Great Danes to team total of 339 with a 40 on the front nine and a 37 on the back nine for her score of 77. Sophomore Jessica Signorelli carded an 81 (42-39) for second among UAlbany golfers and 15th overall. Senior Maggie Taylert shot an 84 (46-38), while Sun Hwa Kim shot a 97 (47-50) and Rebecca Lukac carded a 106 (50-56) for the Great Danes.

The second round of the invitational is Sunday, Sept. 16 at Hanover Country Club.

UAlbany Scores

Corrin Conroy 77 (40-37) (School record), Jessica Signorelli 81 (42-39), Maggie Taylert 84 (46-38), Sun Hwa Kim 97 (47-50), Rebecca Lukac 106 (50-56).

No. 19 Hofstra Defeats UAlbany, 28-13, in Football's Home Opener at University Field

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Albany, N.Y. – Quarterback Bryan Savage ran for two touchdowns and passed for another in leading Hofstra, the nation’s 19th-ranked team, to a 28-13 victory over UAlbany in the Great Danes’ home opener on Saturday, Sept. 15 before 4,106 fans at University Field.

UAlbany (1-2) grabbed a 3-0 lead on its opening possession with a well-executed 18-play, 64-yard drive. Vinny Esposito, a junior quarterback, mixed the run and pass in a sequence that led to Jason Fralicker’s 31-yard field goal. Esposito, who completed 15 of 29 passes for 131 yards, converted three third-down plays with two passes and a run to the Hofstra 6-yard line.

The Pride, who were coming off a season-opening win against No. 9 Furman, then took the lead on the following kickoff when Kareem Huggins broke through the middle and sprinted 98 yards to the end zone. Hofstra (2-0) then marched 84 yards to paydirt on its next offensive possession. Savage rifled a 25-yard completion to wide receiver Charles Sullivan deep into UAlbany territory, before scoring on a 20-yard option run around right end for a 14-3 lead.

Savage, a transfer from Coffeyville Community College in Kansas who was making his second career start, guided his team on a 55-yard touchdown drive to end the second quarter. He hit tight end Phil Riley with a 21-yard pass in the middle of the defense. Savage would then sneak over from one-yard out with 16 seconds left before the break three plays later.

In the third quarter, the two teams produced points on three consecutive possessions. Fralicker made a 41-yard field goal to end a short drive that was set up by Dieuseul Joseph’s 39-yard kickoff return to begin the period. The Pride, who have won 11 of 13 meetings in this series that began in 1974, followed with Savage’s 43-yard touchdown pass to Sullivan. The junior signal-caller rolled to his right from pressure and hit Sullivan, who fought off free safety Dave Casale for the ball at the goal line.

The Great Danes regrouped with a seven-play drive to close the gap to 28-13 with 5:23 left in the period. Esposito started the march with a 22-yard scamper and finished off the march with a 9-yard scoring run on delay through the middle.

Both defenses stiffened the rest of the way as Hofstra came up with two fourth-quarter interceptions to preserve the lead. Esposito was picked off by middle linebacker Stanley Gutierrez at the Pride 36 with 8:07 remaining. Free safety David Darby sealed the verdict with an interception at this own 20-yard line with less than three minutes left.

“They have a good defense, but we had our chances in the second half,” said UAlbany coach Bob Ford, whose team was hosting the highest-ranked opponent in the program’s Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) history. “The kickoff return deflated us and it took us about the next eight minutes to get back into the game. While we have closed the gap with these teams, you still have to play well on every down to have an opportunity to win it.”

Savage connected on 19 of 28 passes for 262 yards, while Huggins ran for 73 yards on 26 carries. Sullivan had six receptions for 125 yards for the Pride, who are ranked in the Top 25 for the first time in nearly two years. David McCarty was UAlbany’s leading ball carrier with 47 yards on 16 attempts. Linebacker Colin Disch led the defense with nine tackles, while cornerback L.B. McCloskey had eight total hits and recovered a fumble.

“The return did take the wind out of our sails,” Esposito admitted. “But we had good field position in the second half and were very close to making some big plays. While we gained some confidence that we can match up with teams of their caliber, we could have scored more points. Since I have been here we have had to totally rely on the defense, and now I think we (the offense) are starting to even things out.”

Friday, September 14, 2007

Nicole Savage Nets Career High Three Goals To Lead #18 in the nation UAlbany to 7-0 Victory Over Siena

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Albany, N.Y. – Sophomore Nicole Savage scored a career-high three goals to lead No. 18 UAlbany to a 7-0 victory over Siena on Friday night at Alumni Turf Field.
Savage got the Great Danes on the board at the 27:40 mark of the first half off a scramble from in front of the cage on an assist by Michelle Simpson. UAlbany added their second goal just over one minute later on a goal by Alysia Hough as she deflected a pass from Michele Polizois into the top of the goal.

The Great Danes went ahead 3-0 just 50 seconds into the second half on a goal by Kristen Holder after Jess Lindsey crossed a pass in front of the goal after a Great Danes corner.

Savage added her second goal in the 43rd minute after Michelle Simpson made a crossing pass from the right side of the goal to the center where Savage drove it into the back of the cage.

Lindsey added a goal in the 49th minute as she scored from the left side of the goal off a pass from Polizois after a corner attempt. Simpson put the Great Danes up 6-0 with an unassisted goal in the 51st minute as she dribble down the right side line and crossed to the middle and scored in front of the cage.

Savage netted her third tally at the 51:37 mark with a reverse stick shot after Holder centered the ball from the right side.

Christine Hoffman recorded two saves in earning her first career shutout for the Great Danes. Renee Clavette made three saves in the first half for the Saints, while Jennifer Tesak stopped 12 shots in the final period.

The Great Danes out-shot Siena, 33-2, including a 22-1 advantage in the second stanza. UAlbany also held a 9-1 advantage on the Saints (0-4) in penalty corners.

UAlbany (5-2) returns action on Sunday against the nation’s 11th- ranked team Boston College at 2 p.m.

Siena (0-4) 0 0 - 0

UAlbany (5-2) 2 5 - 7

Siena: Scoring – none. Goalkeeping: Renee Clavette (35:00, 2 GA, 3 saves), Jennifer Tesak (35:00, 5 GA, 12 saves).

UAlbany: Scoring – Nicole Savage (3-0), Michelle Simpson (1-2), Jess Lindsey (1-1), Kristen Holder (1-1), Alysia Hough (1-0), Michele Polizois (0-2). Goalkeeping – Christine Hoffman (70:00, 0 GA, 2 saves).

UAlbany 7, Siena 0 (Sep 14, 2007)

Women's Soccer Off to Best Start Since 1995 in 2-1 Win Against Youngstown State

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Youngstown, Ohio – Freshman striker Teresa Boring scored a pair of goals, one in each half, to lead UAlbany to a 2-1 victory over Youngstown State in the first round of the Penguin Classic on Friday, Sept. 14 at Stambaugh Stadium. The Great Danes, who evened their record at 2-2-2, are off to their best start since 1995.

UAlbany took a 1-0 lead in the opening period when Boring converted a penalty kick at the 34:59 mark. Adrienne Heady and Boring put more pressure on Penguin goalkeeper Caitlin Bodzioney with two shots on goal over the next four minutes. But the sophomore netminder came up with two of her 12 saves.

Following an extended halftime due to a lightning delay, Boring went to work again by scoring unassisted 57 seconds into the half. The first-year collegian, who had 111 career goals on the scholastic level when she was a three-time all-section player in the state of Illinois, tallied her third of the season for a 2-0 advantage.

Youngstown State (0-5) sliced the deficit in half at 68:36 when junior midfielder Carrie Wack sent a shot into the net off a feed from Lauren Brennan. But the Great Danes stayed ahead by stepping up the pace on the offensive end. Bodzioney was forced to turn aside three more scoring chances, including Danielle Ethier’s attempt with two minutes and 53 seconds remaining.

Maria Liguori made two saves for the Great Danes, who will meet Indiana State on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in the tournament’s second round. The Sycamores upended Howard, 4-1, in their first-round match.

Penguin Classic – First Round
UAlbany (2-2-2) 1 1 - 2
Youngstown State (0-5-0) 0 1 - 1

UAlbany: Scoring – Teresa Boring 2-0. Goalkeeper – Maria Liguori (90:00, 1 GA, 2 saves). Youngstown State -- Scoring – Carrie Wack 1-0, Lauren Brennan 0-1. Goalkeeper – Caitlin Bodzioney (90:00, 2 GA, 12 saves).

UAlbany 2, Youngstown State 1 (Sep 14, 2007)

Great Danes Extend Win Streak With Two Wins in UAlbany Volleyball Classic

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Albany, N.Y. – UAlbany’s Kamisha Kellam combined for 33 kills in two matches to lead the Great Dane volleyball team to wins over Eastern Michigan and Northeastern on the first day of the UAlbany Classic on Friday afternoon in University Gymnasium. UAlbany defeated EMU, 3-1, by scores of 30-11, 27-30, 30-18 and 30-17 before sweeping Northeastern, 3-0, with game scores of 30-24, 30-26 and 30-20.

A junior middle hitter, Kellam had a match-high 18 kills against EMU in the first match of the day to go along with five total blocks, and hit .593 for the match. Freshman outside hitter Amanda Cowdrey notched her fourth double-double of the season in the match with 14 kills and a career-high 21 digs. Freshman setter Brooke Stanley tallied a double-double of her own with 51 assists and 18 digs, setting career highs in both categories. Freshman libero Tawny Dahmes and sophomore outside hitter Kate Eckhardt also helped out the Great Danes defensively, recording 20 and 16 digs apiece, respectively.

Eastern Michigan (7-5) was led by Becky Reenders, who totaled 12 kills, and Abby Reenders, who finished with 10 kills and 20 digs. Kate Sulewski also recorded a double-double with 39 assists and13 digs.

Cowdrey paced UAlbany in the win over Northeastern, recording a team-high 17 kills and 20 digs for her third straight match with double-figure kill totals and her second consecutive double-double performance. Kellam added 15 kills and four total blocks in the match, while Stanley tallied 42 assists and 16 digs. Senior middle blocker Ashley Crenshaw totaled eight kills and four solo blocks for the Great Danes, who extended their current win streak to four straight.

Brittney Brown had 12 kills and 19 assists for Northeastern (6-7). Lauren DeTurk was the only other player in double figures for the Huskies with 19 kills. Leah Neubeck led Northeastern defensively with 24 digs while Kira Batura added eight kills and 19 digs.

Earlier in the day, Northeastern defeated Brown, 3-0. The second day of the UAlbany Classic starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with Eastern Michigan taking on Brown, followed by Northeastern and EMU at 1 p.m. UAlbany will conclude the tournament in a final match with Brown at 3 p.m.

UAlbany def. Eastern Michigan, 3-1 (30-11, 27-30, 30-18, 30-17)

UAlbany def. Northeastern, 3-0 (30-24, 30-26, 30-20)

Northeastern def. Brown, 3-0 (30-17, 31-29, 30-20)

UAlbany 3, Eastern Michigan 1 (Sep 14, 2007)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Ian Peach Nets First Goal as UAlbany Plays Syracuse to 1-1 Tie

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Albany, N.Y. – Freshman Ian Peach scored his first career goal as UAlbany tied Syracuse, 1-1, in double overtime in men’s soccer action at Varsity Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Peach headed in a crossing pass from the right wing from junior Don Johnson from seven yards out to give the Great Danes a 1-0 lead four and a half minutes into the contest. UAlbany controlled play most of the rest of the first half, but the score remained the same going into halftime.

Seven and a half minutes into the second half, Syracuse’s Hansen Woodruff was taken down from behind just inside the penalty box to draw a penalty kick. Woodruff converted the attempt by slotting the ball into the left-hand side of the net for his third goal of the season. The two teams played a physical remainder of regulation, but finished the first 90 minutes tied at one apiece.

Syracuse controlled much of the play in the first 10 minute overtime period, but the UAlbany defense held strong and preserved the tie for the Great Danes. Junior goalkeeper Steward Ceus punched a point-blank header attempt by Woodruff over the crossbar at the 96-minute mark. Ceus registered another save off a header attempt from six yards out to force the second overtime period.

UAlbany outshot the Orange, 14-12, despite the fact the visitors rattled off five attempts at the goal in the extra period. Junior Mikael-Taylor McNamara led the Great Danes with three shots in the contest. Syracuse held a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks, with all three coming in the two overtime periods.
Ceus registered four saves in net for the Great Danes. Robert Cavicchia also recorded four saves between the pipes for Syracuse (2-0-3).
UAlbany (1-3-1) will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 15, against host Wisconsin-Green Bay in the Green Bay Nike Classic at 3:30 p.m.

Syracuse (2-0-3) 0 1 0 0 - 1
UAlbany (1-3-1) 1 0 0 0 - 1

Syracuse: Scoring – Hansen Woodruff (1-0). Goalkeeping – Robert Cavicchia (110:00, 1 GA, 4 saves).

UAlbany: Scoring – Ian Peach (1-0), Don Johnson (0-1). Goalkeeping – Steward Ceus (110:00, 1 GA, 4 saves).

UAlbany 1, Syracuse 1 (2 OT) (Sep 12, 2007)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

UAlbany Field Hockey ranked #18 in the Nation

In the latest 2007 STX/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll which was released today, the UAlbany Field Hockey team was ranked #18 in the nation. They were previously ranked #24 in last week's poll. Their new ranking comes on the heels of UAlbany beating Ohio University, currently ranked #12 in the nation, beating Indiana previously ranked #14, and losing a close match 2-1 to James Madison currently ranked #8.

They meet cross-town rival Siena on Friday, Sept. 14th, and continue with a match versus Boston College currently ranked #11 in the nation on Sunday, Sept.16.

UAlbany Volleyball registers two wins on Monday

The UAlbany Vollleyball team continued to register wins on Monday, beating Alabama State 3-0 in its first match, and later in the afternoon, beating Troy 3-1.

They will continue non-league play on Friday in the UAlbany Classic:
vs Eastern Michigan 1:00 p.m.
vs Northeastern 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

UAlbany Field Hockey Defeats #10 Ohio, 2-1, in Double Overtime

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Albany, N.Y. – Michelle Simpson and Nicole Savage teamed up for two goals to lead the UAlbany field hockey team to a 2-1 double overtime win over No. 10 Ohio on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Turf Field. The win marks the highest-ranked opponent the Great Danes have defeated since joining Division I in 1999.

Simpson scored the gamewinner with 7:34 left in the second overtime. Savage, who had just entered on a substitution, picked up the ball on a fast break towards the cage. Savage recovered the rebound from her initial shot and passed off to Simpson who slipped the ball past Ohio goalkeeper Jessie Martin.

Ohio (3-2) struck first in the game, as Katelyn Shelley took an assist from the center from Torrie Albini and put the ball past UAlbany goalkeeper Ashley Ross with 19:29 left in the first half. Simpson scored her first goal of the day with 12:59 remaining in the half, tipping a shot by Savage into the cage on a penalty corner.

UAlbany outshot Ohio, 16-14, and also held a 13-11 advantage in penalty corners. Martin made five saves in the cage for the Bobcats, while Ross had seven stops for the Great Danes.

UAlbany (4-2) will host crosstown-rival Siena on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.

UAlbany Women's Soccer ties with Marist 2-2

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Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – Diana Barrera tallied her third goal in as many games for the UAlbany women’s soccer team in a 2-2 effort against Marist on Sunday afternoon at Leonidoff Field. The tie marks the third straight game in which the Great Danes fought off extra frames to avoid a loss.

UAlbany jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half. Freshman forward Teresa Boring tallied her first collegiate goal at the 12:44 mark of the first half, finishing a cross from Jaclyn Rosada to give the Great Danes an early lead. Barrera gave UAlbany a 2-0 advantage in the 36th minute off an Adrienne Heady feed and the Great Danes would take the lead into the second half.

Marist (1-2) broke their scoreless draught with 22 minutes left in regulation with Lauren Tillotson scored an unassisted goal to cut the deficit to 2-1. Katie Zasly knotted the game at 2-2 just under 10 minutes later, chipping a shot from the top of the box over UAlbany goalkeeper Maria Liguori. Kate Fox was credited with the assist.

The teams would battle through both overtime periods, but would have to settle for the tie. Both squads registered three shots apiece in the extra 20 minutes.

Liguori finished with six saves for the Great Danes, while Allison Lane stopped three shots for the Red Foxes after entering the game in the second half.

UAlbany (1-2-2) will host Massachusetts on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m.

UAlbany 2, Marist 2

UAlbany: Scoring- Diana Barrera (1-0), Teresa Boring (1-0), Jaclyn Rosada (0-1), Adrienne Heady (0-1); Goalkeeping- Maria Liguori (110:00 minutes, 2 GA, 6 saves).

Manhattan: Scoring- Lauren Tillotson (1-0), Katie Zasly (1-0), Kate Fox (0-1); Goalkeeping- Caitlin Nazarechuk (45:00 minutes, 2 GA, 0 saves), Lane Allison (65:00 minutes, 0 GA, 3 saves).


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Bronx, N.Y. -- Jason Fralicker made a 20-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and Dave Casale recovered a fumble with less two minutes remaining in leading UAlbany to a 23-20 victory over Fordham on Saturday evening at Jack Coffey Field.

In a tense battle, UAlbany's Emerson Kinsey recovered a fumble after tailback Jonte Coven was stripped in a pile at the line of scrimmage which led to Fralicker's third field goal of the game. Fordham (1-1) would have four more offensive possessions. Mark Sheehan's sack ended a drive to midfield with less than four minutes left. Trevor DuPont then forced wide receiver Richard Rayborn to fumble, following a completed pass, and Casale gathered in the loose ball to preserve the victory.

"That was a solid team effort,” said UAlbany head coach Bob Ford. “We played well in all three phases of the game. Good teams figure out how to win the fourth quarter, and we made less errors than we did the first week."

UAlbany (1-1) took a 20-13 lead in the third period with a 12-play, 95-yard drive. The Great Danes, who rushed for 337 yards and accounted for 510 total, mixed the run and pass. Fullback Dan Beigel scored on a 1-yard run, slanting over the right side.

The Rams, who were coming off an impressive 27-23 win over Rhode Island in their opener, followed with an 11-play march to draw even. Quarterback John Skelton, who completed 20 of 43 passes for 294 yards, tossed a 6-yard TD to Coven with 5:21 left in the quarter.

David McCarty, a sophomore tailback, led UAlbany's rushing attack with 143 yards on 26 carries. Vinny Esposito, who making his second career start, threw for 173 yards by hitting on 17 of 26 attempts. Meanwhile, linebacker Colin Disch became the school's all-time tackles leader with 356, moving past Josh Bazan (1999-2002).

"Our offensive line felt they were embarrassed last week,” said Esposito. “They completely wanted to establish themselves. We came together as a team and gained confidence as we moved the ball."

The two teams played to a 13-13 halftime tie when Fordham went the length of the field in 26 seconds at the end of the second quarter. John Skelton beat the UAlbany secondary with a 51-yard bomb. He then fired a 15-yard TD strike to split end David Moore. The contest stayed even when linebacker Colin Dish broke through the middle to block Adam Danko's point-after attempt.

The Great Danes jumped out to a 10-0 lead after one quarter. Jason Fralicker booted a 35-yard field goal to cap a 13-play drive. UAlbany then marched 86 yards in 14 plays to the end zone. Omar Johnson's fourth-down run kept the sequence alive. Quarterback Vinny Esposito, rolling to his right, flipped a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Marcus Miles with 59 seconds left.

Fordham closed the gap to 10-7 early in the second stanza when Skelton connected with Jason Caldwell over the middle on a 52-yard scoring pass. Caldwell broke a tackle and raced up the right sideline. Fralicker would drill his second field goal, a 37-yarder, with 28 seconds left before intermission.

"We just stuck with what we do (after the first half), we didn't tackle well,” offered Trevor DuPont. “We buckled down in the second half, rose to the occasion, and came up with some key plays."

UAlbany Women's Tennis Wins Four Matches at Cornell Invitational

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Ithaca, N.Y. - The University at Albany women’s tennis team recorded four wins in the second day of the Cornell Fall Invitational on Saturday.

In the top half of the flight A singles bracket, Ma took the first set against Colgate’s Sam Inacker 6-3, but dropped the second set 6-4. She rebounded to win the third set 7-6 and advance in the flight A bracket. In the quarterfinals, Ma was swept by Susan Sullivan of Cornell 6-0 and 6-3.

In the bottom half of the bracket, UAlbany’s Kim Weltman was defeated by Cornell’s Tamara John 6-2, 6-3. In the consolation bracket, Weltman fell to Raquel Solis from Niagara 8-4.

In flight B action, Aimee Kern was topped by Temple’s Anastasiia Rukavyshynokova in two sets 6-4, 6-3.

Amanda Hall won her second match of the invitational by defeating Lehigh’s Victoria Vityuk 6-2, 7-5 in her first match of the day. In the flight C quarterfinals, Hall lost to Felicia Frazier from Temple by scores of 6-1 and 6-2.

Caitlin Crowley was also victorious for the Great Danes in her opening match as she defeated Niagara’s Kim Roberts 6-3, 6-4. In her quarterfinal match of flight C, Crowley fell to Ruxandra Dumitrescu of Cornell 6-1, 6-0.

Melissa Coughlin was UAlbany’s fourth winner on the day as she swept Colgate’s Ryan Dewey 6-0,6-4 to advance to the flight D quarterfinals. She then fell in two sets to Ashley Ebbert from Cornell 6-3, 6-2.

In the bottom half of the flight D bracket, Cornell’s Weatherly Schwab defeated UAlbany’s Alexa Etkin 6-0, 6-0.

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