UAlbany Falls in AE Semifinals to UNH 2-1 (OT)
Field Hockey Score: #21 UAlbany 1 – New Hampshire 2
Location: Lowell, Mass.– Wicked Blue Field
Season Records: UAlbany 12-7 New Hampshire 9-11
Short Story: Starting off with a one goal deficit in the first half, Katie MacCallum rebuttled in the 30th minute of play to tie 1-1. UAlbany held possession for the majority of regulation. However, the gears shifted in overtime. UNH scored with less than one minute remaining in overtime to win the game 2-1.
- UAlbany Goal: Katie MacCallum - UNH Goals: Kayla Sliz and Katie Audino
- UAlbany outshot New Hampshire 17-6
- In goal, the Great Danes’ goalkeeper, Melissa Nealon recorded 3 saves compared to New Hampshire’s 9
- The Great Danes earned 9 penalty corners, while UNH earned 3
UAlbany was successfully attacking the goal for the majority of the game with 17 total shots. However, New Hampshire pulled together a strong defense blocking the progression. In the 8th minute, New Hampshire’s Kayla Sliz found a breakaway moment with a pass from Ashley Mendoca. Sliz standing close to the goal was able to find the back of the net to give the Wildcats an early lead. The Great Danes trailed behind UNH, but controlled play. With forward progression, Katie MacCallum dribbled into the circle and spun to find an open shot. MacCallum used her reverse stick and shot the ball into the back left corner to tie.
The second half was another back-and-forth battle favoring the Great Danes. With 18 minutes remaining Melissa Nealon made two incredible saves in opposite directions keeping the Danes in the game. Both teams declared a stalemate at the end of regulation and forced the game into overtime.
In overtime, the Wildcats seemed to have the momentum. New Hampshire recorded two shots, while the Great Danes could not find one. With five minutes remaining in overtime play Frederike Helmke single handedly stopped a UNH corner by laying out to halt progression. However, New Hampshire’s Katie Audino was credited with the game’s game-winning goal in the 8th minute for a rebounded slap shot to score.
COMMENTS FROM THE COACHING STAFF
"It was an interesting game today. We controlled the game and had a lot of chances. There goalie played well and came up with some big saves," said head coach Phil Sykes.
"Today had very similar stats to our two previous games with UNH, which we won those comfortably. With a little over a minute to go we earned a penalty corner and it was all looking good for the possible game winner but we hit the post. It was just one of those days. Hats off to UNH for the win and we wish them all the best in the final."