Friday, August 31, 2012

#19 UAlbany Field Hockey Records 3-1 Win Over Hofstra in Home Opener

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Junior midfielder Corrine McConville scored twice, including the gamewinner, to lead 19th-ranked UAlbany to a 3-1 win over Hofstra in non-conference field hockey action on Friday afternoon at Alumni Turf Field. It was the 2012 home opener for the Great Danes, who improved to 2-1 on the young season.

UAlbany scored first in the game, as Voormolen sent the ball across the front of the cage, where Chantae Miller got her stick on it, sending past Hofstra goalkeeper Kaitlyn De Turo, just over four minutes into play. McConville scored her first goal in the 16th minute on a penalty corner. Jessica Longstreth passed the ball out to Laura Page at the top of the circle, who stopped the ball and allowed McConville to send a hard shot into the back of the cage. Hofstra got on the board before the end of the half, as Ciara Weatherbee took an unassisted shot from the left side of the cage.

McConville added a final goal for the Great Danes on a penalty corner early in the second half. While the initial play was unsuccessful, McConville picked up the ball on the top right of the circle and connected, setting the final score.

UAlbany outshot the Pride, 14-6, and held a 5-2 advantage in penalty corners. De Turo made six saves in the cage for Hofstra (2-1), while UAlbany goalkeeper Kristi Troch stopped three shots between the pipes for the Great Danes.

UAlbany will have a week off before hosting nationally-ranked Michigan (Fri., Sept. 7) and Connecticut (Sun., Sept. 9) next weekend at Alumni Turf Field.

Monday, August 27, 2012

UAlbany's Liza Morgan Named First America East Field Hockey Rookie of the Week for 2012

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Cambridge, Mass. - Freshman forward Liza Morgan was named the first America East Conference Field Hockey Rookie of the Week for the 2012 season, as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.

Morgan, a native of Denver, Pa., scored goals in each of her first two games in a Great Dane uniform, coming off the bench in both games over the weekend. Morgan, who scored on her only two shots of the weekend, brought 19th-ranked UAlbany to within one goals in Friday's 3-2 loss at Rutgers. She then scored the equalizer in the 36th minute at Delaware, helping the Great Danes go on to a 3-2 win in a shootout.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

#19 UAlbany Field Hockey Defeats Delaware, 3-2, in Overtime Shootout

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Newark, Del. - Jessica Longstreth and Corrine McConville each converted shoot-out goals to lead #19 UAlbany to a 3-2 win over Delaware in non-conference field hockey action on Sunday afternoon at Rullo Stadium.

The game got out to a quick start, with Delaware netting the first goal just eight minutes into play, as Jackie Coveleski tipped a shot by Clare O'Malley into the cage past UAlbany goalkeeper Kristi Troch. The Blue Hens doubled their advantage three minutes later, as Troch made a save on a Delaware shot that resulted in a penalty stroke opportunity. Kelsey McKee converted the stroke to put the Blue Hens up, 2-0. UAlbany responded, getting two quick shots and a penalty corner. Longstreth collected a rebound from McConville's initial shot to close the gap to 2-1 in the 14th minute.

UAlbany tied the game at 2-2 just 46 seconds into the second half. Liza Morgan had the ball in front of the cage and slipped it past Delaware goalkeeper Sarah Scher for the unassisted tally. The teams played the remainder of the second half with the 2-2 score and moved onto overtime. The Great Danes controlled the overtime period, outshooting Delaware, 4-1, but were unable to find the back of the cage. With the score still knotted at 2-2, the game moved to a second overtime, again controlled by UAlbany, who managed four penalty corners and nine shots, but could not convert a score.

After 100 minutes of play, the two teams moved to a shoot out. UAlbany came out on top, 2-0, in the shoot out period, with Longstreth and McConville's attempts finding the back of the cage. The Great Danes outshot the Blue Hens, 32-13 in the game, and had an 11-4 advantage in penalty corners. Troch made four saves in the cage for UAlbany, while Scher made 15 saves, including stopping all nine of UAlbany's shots in the second overtime for Delaware (0-2).

UAlbany will return to action on Friday, hosting Hofstra in the home opener at Alumni Turf Field at 1 p.m.

Friday, August 24, 2012

UAlbany's Nowicki's Late Goal Helps Push Women's Soccer In 1-1 Tie Against Syracuse

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Syracuse, N.Y.- Senior forward Regina Nowicki scored her first goal of the season to give UAlbany the 1-1 draw against Syracuse on Friday, August 24 at SU Soccer Stadium. The tie puts UAlbany at 0-0-1 and will face UMass on Sunday, August 26 at 1pm on Rudd Field.

With the Great Danes down by one in the 72nd minute, Regina Nowicki received the ball from teammate Kelly Kempf in the top right corner of the goalkeeper box and lofted a shot just over the head of Syracuse goalkeeper Brittany Anghel to tie the game at one.

Both teams would have chances in both overtimes with the Orange tallying 10 shots (five on net) and the Great Danes with its lone shot on net. The match would end in a draw to give UAlbany its first overall point in the standings in non-conference play.

Syracuse would get on the scoresheet first with Hanna Strong scoring her first career goal in the 30th minute to put the Orange up 1-0. Senior forward Jenna Rickan set the play up in the middle with a throug ball straight to Strong's foot.

The Orange had the advantage in both shots, 22-6, and in corners, 13-0.

UAlbany goalkeeper Jackie Ubert made seven saves and Syracuse goalkeeper Anghel tallied three saves.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

UAlbany Football Announces Its Move To The CAA For 2013

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Albany, N.Y.- The University at Albany's Vice President Athletic Administration and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lee McElroy and the commissioner of the Colonial Athletic Association Tom Yeager formally announced that the Great Dane football program will be joining the CAA for the 2013 season on Wednesday, August 8. UAlbany and New York state rival Stony Brook will join current CAA members Maine, New Hampshire, James Madison, Delaware, Richmond, William & Mary, Villanova, Rhode Island and Towson beginning next season.

UAlbany has had good success over CAA members, having tallied a 6-5 all-time record. The Great Danes have previously faced Delaware (1-1 record), Maine (3-2), Towson (2-1) and New Hampshire (0-1). The Great Danes will look to expand on its rivalry against Stony Brook, having played the Seawolves 15 times and tallying a record of 10-5 all-time.

For the 2012 season, the Great Danes will continue with their preseason camp, which wraps up on Saturday, August 25, and get ready for the Colgate Raiders at home on Saturday, September 1 at 6 pm at University Field.

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