ALBANY, N.Y.— Melissa Nealon was named the America East Defensive Player of the Week for her fearless performance against top-ranked teams Delaware and North Carolina. Nealon was relentless in the goal stopping 22 out of 26 shots on goal. Against Delaware she earned her career-high saves with 13, which ended up in a 2-1 overtime victory for the Great Danes. On Sunday, she also recorded an additional
ALBANY, N.Y.- The Great Dane Field Hockey comes in at #18 this week in the NFHCA coaches poll. 2017 UAlbany NFHCA Coaches Poll Rankings (9/26): No. 18 (9/19): No. 20 (9/12): No. 21 (9/5): No. 21 (8/22): No. 18
ALBANY, N.Y.-- Field Hockey Score: #20 UAlbany 1 - #7 UNC 2 Location: Albany, N.Y. Season Records: UAlbany 4-4 UNC 9-2 Short Story: #20 UAlbany Field Hockey narrowly edged by #7 UNC 2-1 in overtime. In 90 degree weather, the Great Danes played an evenly matched game against the UNC Tar Heels. Katie MacCallum scored the first goal of the game in the 63rd minute. However, less than a minute later, North Carolina countered to send the game to overtime. The Tar Heels were able to produce the final goal off of two shots. KEY STATS · UNC just barely outshot UAlbany 17-12, with both teams receiving 8 penalty corners · Melissa Nealon recorded 9 saves, compared to a solo save from North Carolina's keeper · Katie MacCallum scored UAlbany's single goal from an assist by Dana Bozek.
NEWARK, DE—#20 UAlbany Field Hockey beat the defending 2016 National Champions the Delaware Blue Hens. The Great Danes put an end to Delaware's 17-game win streak at home stretching from October 8th 2015. Field Hockey Score: #20 UAlbany 3 - #5 Delaware 2 Location: Newark, DE Season Records: UAlbany 4-3 Delaware 6-2 Short Story: The Great Danes strategically swept Delaware 3-2 in overtime. Melissa Nealon recorded 13 saves in the goal, orchestrating a tight defense that held off strong Blue Hen defenders. In overtime, Kelsey Briddell scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute with an assist from Anna Bottino. KEY STATS ¥ Melissa Nealon recorded a career high of 13 saves in the goal. ¥ UAlbany recorded a high goal percentage of .375 compared to Delaware's .105. ¥ Kelsey Briddell recorded two goals, while Anna Bottino recorded two assists. HOW IT HAPPENED The Great Danes started off the game heavily relying on defense. Melissa Nealon saved eight shots before any goals were put on the board. In the 30th minute, Delaware took an opportunity at the goal to place the Blue Hens ahead 1-0. However, the Great Danes flipped a switch. Less than a minute later, Kelsey Briddell shot her first goal of the season from 15 yards away, straight on. In the 47th minute of the second half, Delaware scored again on a loose ball off of the goalie pads. Once again, the Great Danes looked to tie the score. In the 56th minute Katie MacCallum scored off of a crossing pass from Anna Bottino. Both UAlbany and Delaware were unable to score for the rest of regulation. In overtime both the Blue Hens and the Great Danes recorded two shots. However, UAlbany came out on top with Kelsey Briddell's second goal of the game. The goal came on the right side, five yards away after a fake to make the final score 3-2.
ALBANY, NY—This weekend #20 UAlbany Field Hockey will face both competitors featured in the 2016 NCAA Field Hockey National Championship, #5 Delaware and #7 North Carolina. Schedule: @ Delaware: Friday, September 22nd, 6 P.M. Newark, Delaware North Carolina: Sunday, September 24th, 1 P.M. on Alumni Turf #5 DELAWARE No. 5 Delaware is the 2016 defending National Champion. Delaware will step on the turf 6-1 on the season. Their most notable win was a 2-0 victory over #3 Penn State. The Blue Hens have tallied 4.14 goals scored per game versus their opponents' 1.43 per game. Player to Watch: Leading the Blue Hens is Greta Nauck from Krefeld, Germany. In 2016, Nauck was named as a First Team All-American and was awarded the CSWA Honda Sport Award for field hockey leading the nation in points (76) and goals (33). This season she totals 17 points with 7 goals. Against UAlbany: In program history the Great Danes have competed against Delaware five times. UAlbany is 4-1 in the series. Last season, the Blue Hens took the contest 3-1. The Danes' lone goal was shot by current sophomore Dana Bozek.
ALBANY, N.Y.—Camryn Dias and Katie MacCallum earn their first career America East Weekly Awards for their performance in the Great Dane's 4-0 win over New Hampshire. Dias, a junior from Hopedale, Massachusetts was named America East Co-Offensive Player of the Week, while MacCallum, a freshman from Edinburgh, Scotland was named America East Rookie of the Week. Camryn Dias was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week after scoring two goals against New Hampshire. Dias scored the first and last goal of the game. The first goal came just 39 seconds into the start. Dias currently has the highest shot percentage shooting .600 and .800 on goal. From the West Division of the America East, Melina Moore from Cal was named co-offensive player of the week as well her goal and assist to defeat Pacific Freshman forward Katie MacCallum was named America East Rookie of the Week for her goal and assist in the win. The goal came from deep in the upper left hand corner of the circle through a couple of New Hampshire defenders. MacCallum currently leads the team in goals (4) and points (10). Up next, the Great Danes travel to Newark, Delaware to face Delaware on Friday, Septemeber 22nd at 6:00 P.M.
Field Hockey Score: #21 UAlbany 4 - New Hampshire 0 Location: Albany, N.Y. Season Records: UAlbany 3-3 New Hampshire 3-3 America East Records: UAlbany 1-0 New Hampshire 0-1 Short Story: The Great Danes started off America East play taking down New Hampshire 4-0. UAlbany started off in attack mode with a Camryn Dias goal just 39 seconds into the game. UAlbany added three more goals and recorded a shut-out led by goalkeeper, Melissa Nealon, the first of her career. KEY STATS • Camryn Dias led the offense with two goals, her first just 39 seconds into the game. Additionally, Ghislaine Beerkens and Katie MacCallum both fired in a goal each. • UAlbany had six penalty corners, while New Hampshire had two. However, none of UAlbany's goals were created by a corner opportunity. • Melissa Nealon earned her first shut-out win in the goal accounting for six saves. • UAlbany outshot New Hampshire 14-8. HOW IT HAPPENED Just 39 seconds after the start of the game, Camryn Dias dribbled up to the right of the goal and fired the ball past the goalkeeper to the back left corner of the cage. UAlbany continued the momentum in the 6th minute with the help of Katie MacCallum. MacCallum deep in the upper left side of the circle shot through the defenders to add another goal to make the score (2-0). In the second half, MacCallum created a break-away finding Ghislaine Beerkens approaching the goal. Beerkens was placed in a one-on-one situation with the goalie. The UNH goalkeeper fell for Beerkens' fake laying out in a save attempt, but Beerkens dribbled around for an open shot to give the Danes' a 3-0 lead. The last goal from Dias came from another transition play where Beerkens passed the ball to find Dias in another one-on-one situation. Dias shot high breaking the goalkeeper's stretch to secure the 4-0 win.
ALBANY, N.Y.- The Great Dane Field Hockey team lands at #21 in the NFHCA coaches poll for the second straight week. 2017 UAlbany NFHCA Coaches Poll Rankings (9/12): No. 21 (9/5): No. 21 (8/22): No. 18 Last weekend UAlbany faced two nationally ranked teams, #16 Boston University and #5 Syracuse. This week both teams moved in the rankings. Boston University fell to #20 and Syracuse rose to #3. The Great Danes went 1-1 on the weekend with a notable 3-1 win over Boston University. Freshman Katie MacCallum laid down the first goal of the game assisted by Frederike Helmke. Helmke then took over scoring two goals off of two assists by Dana Bozek. Against Syracuse, the Danes fell 0-2 from goals scored off penalty corners. Melissa Nealon and the defense battled off four continuous penalty corners before ‘Cuse was able to score. Up next, the Great Danes will open up conference play against New Hampshire on Saturday, September 16th at 1 P.M. on Alumni Turf.
ALBANY, N.Y.- The Great Danes fought hard against undefeated Syracuse, who has yet to surrender a goal this season. To start the game, Syracuse scored early in the first half. UAlbany's first penalty inside the circle allowed for a well-executed Syracuse corner. Inserted by Hogendoorn, Tufts placed the ball for Weers to fire into the back of the goal.
Field Hockey Score: #21 UAlbany 3-#16 Boston University 1 Location: Albany, N.Y. Records: UAlbany 2-2 Boston University 4-1 Short Story: Down 1-0 at the half, the Great Danes capitalized on three penalty corners to upset #16 Boston University.
ALBANY, N.Y.— No. 21 UAlbany Field Hockey will host two top twenty undefeated teams this weekend, No. 16 Boston University and No. 5 Syracuse University.
ALBANY, N.Y.—After a 1-2 season start UAlbany Field Hockey moves to #21 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll. The Great Danes move up three spots from their original pre-season ranking of number eighteen. In their two opening home games UAlbany faced Miami University and Boston College falling to both teams in extra minutes. The Great Danes earned their first win this past week against Holy Cross 5-3. Freshman Ghislaine Beerkens was the goal leader, the first two of her Great Dane career. This game also served as Melissa Nealon's first win as goalkeeper. UAlbany will next face Boston University on Friday, September 8th at 1 PM on Alumni Turf.