Six Players Earn 3+ Points as UAlbany Women’s Lacrosse Dominates St. Bonaventure 19-3
QUEENSBURY, N.Y. – Heading to the Adirondack Sports Complex dome to avoid the outside snow, the UAlbany women’s lacrosse team notched its first victory of 2017 with a 19-3 win over St. Bonaventure on Monday afternoon.
Up 3-1 early, UAlbany (1-1) scored the next 13 goals in a row against St. Bonaventure (0-1) to secure the victory. The Great Danes had 34 shots to St. Bonaventure’s six and held the Bonnies to 10 made clears out of 21 chances.
“I thought we had good game recognition and understanding as the game went along,” said UAlbany head coach John Battaglino. “We have some young players that are getting into prominent roles, and we want them to grow.”
It is the second time in three years that UAlbany had its first home game in Queensbury, winning each game by double digit goals. The Great Danes are 12-1 in the last 13 seasons in the team’s first official game those years.
Six UAlbany players had at least three points in the game. Emma Powlin had a game-best four goals, adding an assist for five points, a new career-high, plus had five ground balls. Sarah Martin had a strong all-around game with two goals, three assists, nine draw controls, five ground balls and two caused turnovers. Sam Tortora set new career-highs with three goals and two assists.
For St. Bonaventure, LeighAnn Stauffer had two of the team’s three goals, with Scarlet Jaworski having the other. Morgan Conroy got the loss in goal with 10 saves.
UAlbany got off to a fast start as Martin grabbed the opening draw and bolted to the cage for the shot and score. Powlin and Kenzie Neal added goals for a 3-0 UAlbany advantage 3:20 into the game.
After Stauffer put the Bonnies on the scoreboard, UAlbany countered with three goals in less than a minute from Tortura, Neal and Rachel Heidenreich, having possession the entire time, for a 6-1 advantage.
The run continued after a scrum in the fan, where Neal picked up the ball and scored close range. Two minutes later, Powlin forced a turnover on a Bonnie clear attempt, setting up Martin for the goal seconds following.
Powlin added two more goals in the next five minutes, capped by a free position score. Kaylee Rickert and Tortura added two more goals as the UAlbany ride continued to force turnovers, leading UAlbany to have a 12-1 advantage at the break.
UAlbany conituned its fast-paced attack into the second half, with Paige Werlau and Powlin scoring quickly after won draws. Werlau added another in a man-up situation, then Rickert added another on free position to complete the 13-0 run and push UAlbany up 15-1.
The Great Danes kept control of the contest as Jordyn Marr and Tortura added late scores, securing the 19-3 victory for UAlbany.
UAlbany next plays at its home of John Fallon Field, taking on Yale on Saturday, February 18th at 3 p.m.