Field Hockey Score: #21 UAlbany 3 - #16 Boston University 1
Location: Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany 2-2 Boston University 4-1
Short Story: Down 1-0 at the half, the Great Danes capitalized on three penalty corners to upset #16 Boston University 3-1.
Junior captain Frederike Helmke scored two of the Danes’ goals and recorded one assist for a total of five points.
Freshman Katie MacCallum inputted each scoring corner and accounted for the first goal of the game to tie, her third of the season.
Sophomore midfielder Dana Bozek led the team with two assists.
Boston University outshot UAlbany 11-7, leading Melissa Nealon to five saves in the goal.
HOW IT HAPPENED
BU’s Kylie Gallagher scored the first goal of the game in the 23rdminute unassisted. The score remained 1-0 Boston University into the end of the first half.
In the 45th minute, MacCallum inserted the ball from a penalty corner. Helmke controlled the pace placing the ball close to the goal where MacCallum deflected it out of the goalie’s reach to tie 1-1.
In less than two minutes later, MacCallum inserted in another corner, but it was Dana Bozek who passed it over to Helmke to put the Danes up 2-1.
Helmke sealed the deal for UAlbany in the 66thminute again with the help of Bozek.
COACHING STAFF COMMENTS
"I was very pleased with how our team played today. Boston University has been a big rival school from their days as part of the America East conference. We knew it was going to be a tough battle today and it was," said head coach Phil Sykes.
"I thought we showed some great quality in the first half as our forwards and midfielders combined. We were unlucky to not get on the board and we gave up a kind of scrappy goal, but I was very pleased to see how we responded as we did not get down on ourselves. The second half showed some very gritty play from our defense. They played exceptionally well with their tackling and decision making. Our goalie was very solid down the stretch in the second half as well. Melissa’s composure helped in a big way. I thought our attack showed a lot of passion and greed to get another goal. That hunger earned us some much deserved penalty corners. Our penalty corner team executed very well today and I think this victory will keep our confidence going in a good direction," said Sykes.
The Great Danes will face No. 5 Syracuse, Sunday, Sept. 8th at 1 PM on Alumni Turf.