Field Hockey Score: #21 UAlbany 4 - New Hampshire 0 Location: Albany, N.Y. Season Records: UAlbany 3-3 New Hampshire 3-3 America East Records: UAlbany 1-0 New Hampshire 0-1 Short Story: The Great Danes started off America East play taking down New Hampshire 4-0. UAlbany started off in attack mode with a Camryn Dias goal just 39 seconds into the game. UAlbany added three more goals and recorded a shut-out led by goalkeeper, Melissa Nealon, the first of her career.
Camryn Dias led the offense with two goals, her first just 39 seconds into the game. Additionally, Ghislaine Beerkens and Katie MacCallum both fired in a goal each.
UAlbany had six penalty corners, while New Hampshire had two. However, none of UAlbany’s goals were created by a corner opportunity.
Melissa Nealon earned her first shut-out win in the goal accounting for six saves.
UAlbany outshot New Hampshire 14-8.
HOW IT HAPPENED Just 39 seconds after the start of the game, Camryn Dias dribbled up to the right of the goal and fired the ball past the goalkeeper to the back left corner of the cage.
UAlbany continued the momentum in the 6th minute with the help of Katie MacCallum. MacCallum deep in the upper left side of the circle shot through the defenders to add another goal to make the score 2-0.
In the second half, MacCallum created a break-away finding Ghislaine Beerkens approaching the goal. Beerkens was placed in a one-on-one situation with the goalie. The UNH goalkeeper fell for Beerkens’ fake laying out in a save attempt, but Beerkens dribbled around for an open shot to give the Danes’ a 3-0 lead.
The last goal from Dias came from another transition play where Beerkens passed the ball to find Dias in another one-on-one situation. Dias shot high breaking the goalkeeper’s stretch to secure the 4-0 win.
COACHING STAFF COMMENTS
"A big win for us today for sure. UNH is always a tough conference game and I was very proud of our team's effort today. This was one of the few games where we scored first and forced the opposition to chase us," said head coach Phil Sykes.
"Our overall team defense was really good today. Frederike Helmke and Melissa Nealon anchored a really inspired effort. Freddy (Frederike) is such a warrior back there and really controlled the game today.
All week we have worked on some specific areas and I was proud of how disciplined we were.
Our offense is getting better and better with our possesions going forward. We scored some nice field goals today. Camryn Dias played very well today and scored two important goals."
Up next, the Danes' travel to Delaware next Friday, September 22nd to face Delaware at 6 PM.