Sarah Martin’s Program Record 10 Goals Leads UAlbany Women’s Lacrosse to 13-11 Comeback Win vs. Yale
ALBANY, N.Y. – Down six with just over 14 minutes to play, the UAlbany women’s lacrosse team rallied back with a game-ending 8-0 run to take down Yale 13-11 on Saturday afternoon, including a program single game record 10 goals by Sarah Martin.
UAlbany (2-1) was down 11-5 to Yale (0-1) with 14:05 remaining in the game. Sam Tortora scored a goal with 14:03 left, then Martin scored five of the remaining seven goals, assisting another, to help UAlbany come back for the victory.
“Despite a rough first half, we showed a lot of grit and determination to come back in that game,” said UAlbany head coach John Battaglino. “Sarah Martin put the team on her back, and a number of other players are starting to chip in, and great job by Erin Leghart to get the win coming off the bench.”
Martin’s 10 goals breaks the program record of eight, done each by Jess Antelmi in 2013 and Melanie Sosnowski in 2010. Her 11 points, including one assist, ties the program record with Maureen Keggins in 2015 and Rachael Burek in 2013.
Tortura finished with a goal and an assist, while Emma Powlin notched a goal and two assists. Erin Leghart earned her first collegiate win, playing in the cage the last 35:34 of the game with five saves and three goals allowed.
For Yale, Hope Hanley concluded with three goals and three assists for six points while Izzy Nixon and Tess McEvoy each had a hat trick. Sydney Marks had eight saves in the defeat.
Martin scored the game’s opening goal in the first 3:40 of the game. Yale countered with the next four goals, including three in a span of 66 seconds, to take a 4-1 advantage. Two more goals from Martin brought UAlbany to within two at 5-3 with 10:44 left in the 1st.
Yale continued to find success on runs to the cage, getting a half ending 4-0 run, including two from Hanley, to lead 9-3 at the break.
UAlbany held early in the second half in a player-down situation, then Martin added another goal 6:25 in. Yale got back the goal, and after another exchange, led 11-5 with 17:13 left to play.
Tortura helped begin the comeback with a goal at the 14:03 mark. Kaylee Rickert caused a turnover after a clear, leading to a free position shot and score from Martin. Rickert had a similar process with a ground ball, then another goal by Martin, making it 11-8 Yale with 10:08 to play.
Martin snared the next draw control, leading to a goal from Powlin to get UAlbany within two. Jenna Walsh led the next pushback with a ground ball off a Yale turnover. A second chance goal by Martin made the deficit one. UAlbany peppered the goal, then withdrew to set up the offense. Rachel Heidenreich got the feed from Martin to tie the game up at 11-11 with 3:09 to play.
Rickert got the next draw as UAlbany called a timeout to set up the play. Martin came through with the goal from Tortura to give UAlbany the lead with 1:49 to play. Heidenreich got the following draw control, and with UAlbany running the clock, Martin added the insurance goal with 31 seconds to play. UAlbany took the victory 13-11.
UAlbany will next take on the Syracuse Orange on the road on Monday, February 27th at 5 p.m.