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Savitcheff Sends UAlbany Women's Lacrosse to Victory vs. UNH

UAlbany Sports Information   04-15-2017

ALBANY, N.Y.Dakotah Savitcheff had some late game heroics for the second straight contest, scoring a free position goal with 18 seconds remaining to send the UAlbany women’s lacrosse team to a 9-8 victory over New Hampshire on Senior Day at John Fallon Field.

UAlbany (9-4, 4-1 AE) lost a three-goal lead late to New Hampshire (2-12, 2-3 AE) with 53 seconds remaining.  UAlbany grabbed the draw, then Savitcheff drew the free position, burying her shot with 18 seconds left.  UAlbany held on the final UNH possession to take the victory.

“Good teams find a way to win close games,” said UAlbany head coach John Battaglino. “Our shot selection was not its best early on, and, along with our poise, got better as the game went on.  Dakotah is a clutch player.”

With the win, UAlbany secured a spot in the upcoming America East Tournament.  UAlbany stands in second place in the league at 4-1.

Before the game, the UAlbany senior class of Virginia Annaheim, Sarah Martin, Sierra McIver, Megan Mikolajek, Emily Mizer, Kenzie Neal, Savitcheff and Jenna Walsh was honored in a pregame ceremony for Senior Day.

Savitcheff finished with two goals in the game, each on free position shots.  Her first goal gave the senior attack her 200th career point.

Emma Powlin had a hand in six of UAlbany’s nine goals with two goals and four assists while Martin finished with three goals, an assist and four draw controls.  Erin Leghart earned 11 saves in the victory in the net.

For UNH, Devon Croke finished with a hat trick off the bench while Krissy Schafer netted two goals.  Kate Clancy got the loss with six saves in net.

UAlbany struck first and early as Powlin found a cutting Martin from behind the cage for a 1-0 lead 72 seconds in.  Leghart made five early saves, keeping UNH off the board for the opening nine minutes.  UNH got the next two goals, which was countered by Savitcheff’s free position shot and goal to make it 2-2 with 18:36 left in the 1st.

After UNH got the lead back, UAlbany held on a defensive stand with two more saves, than on another with a caused turnover by Savitcheff.  Powlin assisted the next two UAlbany goals in a span of a minute, one a high to low rip from Martin and the other a narrow angle catch and shoot by Sam Tortora.  This set the score at 4-3, the eventual halftime tally.

UNH made a save and scored on a player-up situation, later scoring again to go up by one with 21:04 remaining.  Powlin again came through, netting the next two goals off a high shot on the crease and another on a wrap around the cage.  UAlbany added two more, a Martin score off a UAlbany forced turnover on a clear, then Powlin finding a cutting Neal to complete a 4-0 run, putting UAlbany up 8-5 with 8:44 left.

The visitors rallied back with three unassisted goals, tying the game on a Carly Wooters goal with 53 seconds left.  Mara Bureau grabbed the next draw, leading to UAlbany calling a timeout.  Savitcheff got fouled, then buried her shot inside the post to give the Great Danes the lead.  UNH won the last draw, but Leghart earned her 11th save off a Croke shot at the last second.  UAlbany took the 9-8 victory.

UAlbany will have a non-conference tilt on Wednesday, April 19th, heading to New Hampshire to play Dartmouth at 3 p.m.

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