Sunday, November 4, 2018

University of Albany Womens Soccer Claims 3rd America East Championship In 4 Years - UAlbany Sports 2018

For the third time in four years, the University at Albany women’s soccer team has claimed the America East Championship. The Great Danes, three-seed in the 2018 tournament, defeated the four-seed UMass Lowell Riverhawks by a final score of 5-1.

 The game, in which UAlbany avenged a regular-season loss to the Riverhawks, featured four of the five major conference Player of the Year selections from the 2018 season. UAlbany boasted Striker of the Year Mariah Williams, Defender of the Year Caroline Kopp, and Rookie of the Year Jada Colbert, while UMass Lowell fielded Midfielder of the Year Rachel Morrier.

 UAlbany entered today’s championship game riding a five-game winning streak during which they have outscored their opponents 10-0. To reach the title game, they defeated six-seed New Hampshire at home in the quarterfinal round and avenged a regular-season loss to two-seed Hartford away in the semifinals.

 UMass Lowell advanced past five-seed Vermont in penalty kicks in the quarterfinals and upset top-seed Stony Brook 2-0 in their semifinal matchup, avenging their 1-0 loss to the Seawolves in the regular-season finale.

University of Albany Field Hockey Captures America East Championship - UAlbany Sports 2018

The top-seeded UAlbany field hockey team captured its third America East Championship in five years with a 2-0 win against second-seeded Maine on Sunday afternoon.

 Rocktaeschel took the stop off a penalty corner pass from Von Der Muhlen and broke open the scoring for the Great Danes at 15:48. Burchell tallied her sixth goal off the season with a one-timer in front of the cage. MaCallum found the stick of an open Burchell who gave her squad the 2-0 edge in the 34rd minute.

 The Great Danes would hold onto the lead for the remaining 37 minutes. Maine would threaten late with a corner opportunity in the final minute but UAlbany denied their opponents of a shot until the final buzzer would sound. Nealon recorded two saves in the outing while her counterpart picked up three.

Nealon now owns a personal-best 10 shutouts and 15 wins this season. The Great Danes held a slight 9-8 advantage in shots but Maine held a 4-3 edge in penalty corners.

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