UAlbany Women's Lacrosse Dominates UMass Lowell 15-4
LOWELL, Mass. – The UAlbany women’s lacrosse team scored the first 12 goals, including a shutout first half, to take a 15-4 road victory at UMass Lowell on Saturday.
UAlbany (7-4, 3-0 AE) outscored UMass Lowell (6-5, 0-3 AE) 10-0 in the first half, limiting the River Hawks to five shots in the opening 30 minutes.
“Today started with a great defensive effort, and it had a domino effect up the field,” said UAlbany head coach John Battaglino. “I was pleased with the energy today as we generated a lot of good looks on offense, especially in windy conditions. We had a lot of people contribute all over the field.”
Six UAlbany players finished with multiple points as the team outshot UMass Lowell 28-14.
Dakotah Savitcheff led all players with five goals, on seven shots, adding three ground balls. Sarah Martin tallied two goals, five assists, eight draw controls and three caused turnovers while Emma Powlin finished with four goals and two assists. Erin Leghart earned the victory in goal with five save and one goal allowed in 43:31 of play, with Georgia Schneidereith finishing the game with one save.
For UML, Hana Caster concluded with two goals and an assist. Courtney Barrett had the loss with five saves and 13 goals allowed in 43:31.
UAlbany drew a person-man situation on a clear, converting on its first offensive possession as Sam Tortora scored a free position shot, then on the next possession, got free in the arc, took a pass from Emma Powlin and scored close range. UAlbany kept the pressure on, forcing a failed clear and peppering with free position shots, holding the 2-0 lead.
The teams exchanged possessions back and forth, with the UAlbany ride containing UMass Lowell. Rachel Heidenreich added UAlbany’s next goal on a free position with 15:44 left in the 1st, then Sarah Martin forced a turnover at midfield, raced down for the drop off pass to Powlin for the shot and score. Dakotah Savitcheff took command in the following possessions, netting the next three goals in under three minutes, then Powlin added another seconds later. UAlbany’s defense continued to stand strong, adding two more goals to lead 10-0 at the half.
Into the second, again UAlbany held on defense, as Martin scored a goal from Heidenreich, then assisted Powlin for another goal 90 seconds later, making it 12-0 UAlbany with 23:05 to play.
UML got on the scoreboard with 18:07 left on a free position shot by Kristina Keith. Kaylee Rickert got the goal back just over one minute later, then Powlin added another to make it 14-1. UML got three goals in the final 11:30, while Savitcheff adding her fifth, to put the final score at 15-4 UAlbany.
The Great Danes will play a non-league contest on Tuesday, April 11th, challenging #8/8 Cornell at 5 p.m. in Ithaca.