Rocktaeschel's Hat Trick Sends UAlbany Over Fairfield
Field Hockey Score: #19 UAlbany 8 - Fairfield 2
Location: Albany, N.Y. – Alumni Turf
Season Records: UAlbany 7-5 Fairfield 3-10
Short Story: The Great Danes beat the Fairfield Stags by six goals with a final score of 8-2. Not only did Cosima Rocktaeschel score her first career goal as a Great Dane, the freshman recorded the team’s first hat trick of the season with goals in the 13th, 19th, and 58th minute. Along with Rocktaeschel, three other Great Danes recorded goals as well.
- UAlbany Goals: Cosima Rocktaeschel (3), Frederike Helmke (1 Penalty Stroke), Dana Bozek (2), Megan Ma (1), Kelsey Briddell (1)
- UAlbany had nine penalty corners, while Fairfield did not earn one
- The Great Danes outshot Fairfield 18-6, with 13 on goal
- Melissa Nealon notched four saves, Fairfield recorded five
The Great Danes played an aggressive, offensive game this afternoon with 13 shots on goal. However, this came after a one goal deficit in the first half. In the 8th minute of regulation, Janie Appelberg placed the Stags ahead 1-0 off an assist from Andrea Soler. After the goal, it took UAlbany just under five minutes to counter. Although UAlbany was on offense for the majority of the game, the Great Dane defense enabled the attack with multiple stops especially from Frederike Helmke and Rachel Schannauer. In the 11th minute, Melissa Nealon took strides out of the goal and sprawled out to stop the ball’s progression as a Fairfield forward approached. This defensive momentum allowed Cosima Rocktaeschel to score her first career goal in the 13th minute. A pack of Danes and Stags were crowded in front of the goal, yet Rocktaeschel found a way to slowly roll the ball to the back of the goal to tie 1-1.
Rocktaeschel’s next goal of the game came in the 21st minute. Kelsey Briddell made her way down the field dribbling to the right side of the goal. Briddell passed to Rocktaeschel who was able to quickly gain control and shoot the ball into the left side of the goal putting the Danes up 2-1. Meanwhile, less than three minutes later, UAlbany earned a penalty stroke off of a Stag violation. Junior captain Helmke took the stroke. As the goalie flew to the right side of the goal, Helmke’s ball landed in the upper left section of the net. UAlbany led Fairfield 3-1.
Just before the first half came to a close, Fairfield was able to score once more with just a minute and a half left to play (3-2).
In the second half, UAlbany’s first goal came off of a penalty corner. Senior Kelsey Briddell inserted the ball to Dana Bozek positioned in the upper left side of the circle. Bozek geared up and flung the ball into the back left corner (4-2). As play continued UAlbany earned two more penalty corners in a span of two minutes. On a corner in the 57th minute, Bozek struck again, this time with an assist from Rocktaeschel. Bozek positioned herself similar to her first goal of the game. Deep in the circle, she wound up and fired once more making the score 5-2. Switching roles, the next goal in the 58th minute was a reverse look on the previous goal. This time Bozek dribbled down the field to find Rocktaeschell's hot stick who scored past the Fairfield goalkeeper (6-2).
In the 60th Megan Ma joined the scoring action. The Fairfield defense tried to push the ball to the opposite end of the field, but Ma intercepted and scored to increase the Danes' lead 7-2. Finally, the last Great Dane goal came from Briddell. Katie MacCallum shot the ball just missing solid contact, yet Briddell positioned the fluke shot accordingly, and took the opportunity to make the final score 8-2.
COMMENTS FROM THE COACHING STAFF
“After a really tough road conference game against Maine, I was proud of how we competed today. This week we have been talking a lot about building on our attack and overlapping more. Our midfielders and outside defenders did a nice job of joining the attack repeatedly, which was a great help today and will help us going forward,” said head coach Phil Sykes.
“Dana Bozek did a nice job of keeping everyone involved as her passing and variety helped control the game. She also scored two very nice goals on corners. Today was also a pleasant surprise from Cosima (Coco) Rocktaeschel. She played inspired and was incredibly efficient scoring three goals,” said Sykes.
The Great Danes will next face Sacred Heart, their last non-conference opponent of the regular season, on Wednesday, October 11th at 2 P.M. on Alumni Turf.