Savitcheff Sets Program Goals Record in UAlbany 16-8 Win vs. UVM
ALBANY, N.Y. – With Dakotah Savitcheff setting a new program goals record, the UAlbany women’s lacrosse team picked up a 16-8 victory over Vermont to stay undefeated at home this season at John Fallon Field.
Up two at the break, UAlbany (6-4, 2-1 AE) outscored Vermont (1-12, 0-3 AE) 10-4 in the second half to seal the victory. UAlbany is a perfect 5-0 in home games in 2017.
With her first goal on the game with 14:12 to go in the first half, Savitcheff set the new UAlbany women’s lacrosse goals record. Adding another goal later in the game, Savitcheff stands with 177 goals in her collegiate career. She also had four caused turnovers on the ride.
UAlbany outshot Vermont 31-20 in the game plus held the Catamounts to 58.8% on clears.
Sarah Martin led UAlbany with five goals and an assist, adding four ground balls and four draw controls. Kenzie Neal also had six points off four goals and two assists, as did Sam Tortora, with four goals and two assists. Each Neal and Tortora earned single game career-highs in points and goals. Emma Powlin had a game-high three assists, adding a goal.
Alison Bolt picked up a hat trick for Vermont, adding three caused turnovers, while Meredith Moore had two goals and an assist. Catherine Green got the loss in goal with 10 saves.
UAlbany got on the board quickly as Powlin found Martin for the catch and shoot. Vermont countered minutes later with a goal from Bailey Saneman. UAlbany contained Vermont with strong play on the ride, with goal exchanges keeping the game close. A Tortora free position goal was evened up with a Moore unassisted goal, then Savtcheff netted her goal, countered by Jenna Janes scoring to make it 3-3 with 13:21 left in the 1st.
After a timeout, UAlbany got two goals in a span of 96 seconds from Tortora and Martin. Vermont got a goal back from Elena McWright, then in the closing seconds of the first, Savitcheff netted a free position shot to make it 6-4 at the half.
Out of the break, UAlbany took advantage of a pair of Vermont turnovers, with Neal and Martin scoring goals, then added another off a draw control, leading to Tortora’s third goal to complete a 4-0 run, giving UAlbany a 9-4 advantage with 25:42 left to play.
The goal exchanges resumed as Vermont got back to within four at 10-6 with another Moore goal. UAlbany struck back with the next three goals in a span of four minutes, one by Tortora and back-to-back from Neal, to make it 13-6 with 14:13 left.
UAlbany started the run the shot clock and make strong possessions as Rachel Heidenreich assisted Martin twice for goals, then Powlin scored her first goal to essentially seal the game. UAlbany took the 16-8 victory.
UAlbany will continue America East play on Saturday, April 8th at 11 a.m. with a road contest at UMass Lowell.