#20 UAlbany Slips Against Maine 1-0
Field Hockey Score: #20 UAlbany 0 – Maine 1
Location: Albany, N.Y. – Alumni Turf
Season Records: UAlbany 10-6 Maine 11-4
Short Story: The Great Danes controlled the ball for the majority of the game, outshooting the Black Bears 15-8. However in the second half, Maine earned a penalty stroke from a defensive foul while the goalkeeper was pulled out of the cage. The back-and-forth action continued with a pulled goalkeeper with just under four minutes of play.
- Penalty stroke by Maine’s Samantha Wagg was the only goal scored in the contest
- UAlbany earned 8 total penalty corners, with 4 in each half, while Maine earned 2 both during period with no UAlbany goalkeeper
- Maine totaled 7 saves, while UAlbany totaled 4 including 2 defensive saves by Rachel Schannauer and Carli Pelletier
The University at Albany field hockey team was unable to find a goal in the 1-0 defeat against Maine. UAlbany statistically outperformed Maine with possession for the majority of the game. Maine’s goal came in the second half of the contest from a penalty stroke. As a Maine forward was going toward the cage, a UAlbany defender caused a foul. However, because the Great Dane goalkeeper was outside the goal path, it was determined to be a stroke. UAlbany continued to put pressure on the Black Bears the entire game with eight shots in the second half. With less than four minutes remaining, the Great Danes trusted their defense and pulled the goalkeeper to apply additional pressure on the attack. Carli Pelletier was the designated extra defender with the goalkeeper out of the game. Pelletier recorded a defensive save, and helped the Great Danes battle off two Maine penalty corners in a row. However, UAlbany was unable to capitalize with the extra attacker on offense. At the end of regulation, Maine took the game with a final score of 1-0.
COMMENTS FROM THE COACHING STAFF
"I was very proud of our team today. We played well in all facets and for the entire 70 minutes. Just one of those game where we couldn't find the net,” said head coach Phil Sykes.
“Moving forward, we can look back on this game as a positive and keep building towards the conference tournament,” said Sykes.
The Great Danes will next face the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. on Friday, October 27th at 3:00 p.m. for their last regular season game of the year.