15 First Half Goals Leads UAlbany Women's Lacrosse to 19-12 Victory over UMBC, Savitcheff Ties Program Goals Record
ALBANY, N.Y. – With Dakotah Savitcheff tying the all-time goals record and the Great Danes scoring 15 goals in the first half, the UAlbany women’s lacrosse team defeated UMBC 19-12 to win its America East opener.
UAlbany (5-3, 1-0 AE) began the game on an 8-0 run against UMBC (6-4, 0-1 AE) and, after two Retriever goals, added another 8-0 run into the second period.
“The first half was fantastic; the second half, we lived off the success of the earlier half,” said UAlbany head coach John Battaglino. “We still got enough for the victory.”
It is the fifth consecutive year that UAlbany has won its America East opener. UAlbany also remains undefeated at home with a 4-0 record.
Savitcheff tied the all-time goals record at UAlbany with five goals, a perfect 5-for-5 on shooting, standing with 175 in her career. She ties the record held by Rachel Bowles, who had 175 from 2012-16.
UAlbany had a strong offensive performance, scoring on 19 of its 24 shots on goal. Kaylee Rickert was 5-for-5 on shooting plus four draw controls while Kenzie Neal and Sam Tortora each had hat tricks, the former adding two assists. Sarah Martin tallied two goals, five assists and eight draw controls while Emma Powlin earned six assists.
For UMBC, Sam Nolan and Sara Moeller each had two goals and two assists. Carly Tolino started the game for UMBC, getting the loss with one save and six goals allowed in the first 7:12.
UAlbany took advantage of early won draw controls and play in front of the cage to begin the game. Tortura netted a free position shot, then Savitcheff converted a catch and shoot from Martin. After UAlbany defended against UMBC’s first offensive possession, Neal hit a free position shot. Martin scored a goal from Powlin, then two more free position conversions came from Savitcheff and Rickert. Powlin then assisted goals to Rickert and Savitcheff to complete the game-opening 8-0 run in the first 10:36.
UMBC got two goals back to pull within six at 8-2 with 18 minutes left in the 1st half.
UAlbany continued to dominate in the first half with controlling possession. Following goals by Martin and Emily Mizer, UAlbany netted five goals in the final 10:31 in the half, all assisted scores. Neal from Martin, Savitcheff from Powlin, Tortura from Martin, Rickert from Neal and Rickert from Martin made the score 15-2 UAlbany at the break.
Out of the break, UAlbany scored another quick goal as Tortora netted a goal on the catch and shoot from Powlin. After a UMBC goal, Savitcheff scored her record-tying goal from Martin to make it 17-3 UAlbany with 23:55 remaining.
Against the running clock, UMBC went on a 7-0 streak to pull within at 17-10 with 10:18 remaining. UAlbany halted the advance as Neal scored on a run to the cage, adding an assist next goal to Rickert to effectively seal the game. UMBC got two more goals, but UAlbany took the victory 19-12.
UAlbany now gets ready for a matchup against rival Stony Brook on Long Island on Sunday, April 2nd at noon.