Career Days Leads UAlbany Women's Lacrosse To Crush Binghamton 21-10
VESTAL, N.Y. – The UAlbany women's lacrosse team lit up the scoreboard with four different players earning at least five points, notching a 21-10 victory over Binghamton to finish out the America East regular season in second place.
UAlbany (11-4, 5-1 AE), with its victory over Binghamton (6-11, 2-4 AE) will ride a six-game winning streak into the America East Tournament at Stony Brook. 2-seed UAlbany is set to play 3-seed UMBC on Friday, May 5th at 8 p.m. on Long Island.
UAlbany scored on 21 of its 36 shots, putting 30 of them on goal. 21 goals is the highest offensive output for the Great Danes since 2015.
“It was good to play against someone else after a long layoff,” said UAlbany head coach John Battaglino. “We moved the ball well in tight spaces, and Emma Powlin pretty much had her way in our sets. Kenzie Neal, Sarah Martin and Dakotah Savitcheff also played well together, it is what they do.”
Emma Powlin tied the UAlbany single game points record, set by Sarah Martin vs. Yale on February 18th this season, with 11, also tying the program's single game assists record with eight, matching Taylor Frink's mark at Binghamton on April 23rd, 2011. She added three goals to complete the 11-point day.
Kenzie Neal was a perfect 7-for-7 shooter for a career-high seven goals, tying for the fourth-highest goal total in a single game in UAlbany history. Dakotah Savitcheff scored five goals, adding a pair of ground balls while Sam Tortora concluded with four assists.
Martin tallied four goals and four assists for eight points, adding a team-high eight draw controls. The senior is closing in on a pair of UAlbany single season records: she has 91 points this year, two shy of the program record, and 56 goals, eight away from the program best of 64.
In goal for the Great Danes, Erin Leghart earned her 10th victory with seven saves and eight ground balls.
For Binghamton, Rebecca Golderman concluded with three goals, an assist and six draw controls, with Emily Yoo having two goals and an assist. Emma Jehle got the loss in the cage, saving nine shots.
Early in the game, the two teams each went back-and-forth for a pair of goals, with Neal getting set up by Martin on each of UAlbany's first two. Kaylee Rickert responded with a goal from Tortora for UAlbany to push the Great Danes back ahead in the opening four minutes.
UAlbany kept finding its mark, with Martin scoring two straight goals, Neal adding a third, then Emily Mizer scoring on a run to the cage and Powlin adding one quickly after a won draw. UAlbany had an 8-2 advantage in the first 11 minutes of play.
Following a five-minute span with just one Binghamton goal, UAlbany rolled off a 4-0 run, with Powlin getting a pass to Martin for a score, Neal scoring again from Tortora, Powlin adding a goal on a sprint through the arc and Savitcheff scoring on a catch and shoot, making it 12-3 Great Danes. Following an exchange of goals, Binghamton scored twice in the final 25 seconds to pull within 13-6 at halftime.
Out of the halftime break, UAlbany scored the first three goals in the first 5:30, started by two more by Neal and another by Martin for a 10-goal advantage at 16-6.
Binghamton got two goals back to stop the running clock. Savitcheff answered with back-to-back scores from Powlin to reset the running clock with 13:01 remaining at 18-8 UAlbany.
The home team got back another goal, but Powlin kept leading the UAlbany offense, assisting two more goals to Neal and Savitcheff, then scoring herself. One last Binghamton goal set the eventual final score at 21-10 UAlbany.