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Harbinger, Tortora each score four goals in defeat

UAlbany Sports Information   03-15-2018

Women’s lacrosse score: UC Davis 13, UAlbany 11

Location: Fresno, Calif.

Records: UAlbany 0-7, UC Davis 3-3

Short story: Kendra Harbinger and Sam Tortora scored four goals each, but the University at Albany women’s lacrosse team lost to UC Davis, 13-11, in a neutral site game Thursday in Fresno, Calif.

Key stats

- Midfielders Sam Tortora and Kendra Harbinger both scored four times. Harbinger also had four draw controls, while Tortora had two draw controls and three ground balls.

- Sophomore goalkeeper Erin Leghart made 12 saves for her third double-digit save performance of the season. Nine of her saves came in the second half.

- UAlbany was whistled for 30 fouls compared to 11 for UC Davis.

- Amanda Outcalt led the UC Davis with three goals and an assist.

Recap

Despite four-goal afternoons from Kendra Harbinger and Sam Tortora, the University at Albany women’s lacrosse team was defeated by UC Davis, 13-11, on Thursday in Fresno, Calif.

Emma Powlin, Madison Conway and Kaylee Rickert also scored for the Great Danes (0-7) in the first of a two-match trip to California.

UAlbany rallied from deficits three times in the second half, the last with 9:03 remaining, when Tortora evened the game at 11.

But the Aggies (3-3), of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, got a goal Sorana Laron with 8:12 left and another from Kate Fellner with 5:42 to play to close out the scoring.

The teams had gone back and forth all game long, with neither ever holding a lead of more than three goals.

Harbinger scored the first of her three first-half goals on a free-position shot just 1 minute, 5 second into the game, giving UAlbany a 1-0 lead. Her second goal, six minutes later, tied the game at 2.

But after Tortora put UAlbany ahead, 3-2, with 17:29 to go, UC Davis ran off four straight goals, taking a 6-3 lead.

Rickert, Powlin and Harbinger all scored in the final 10 minutes of the half to narrow the edge to 7-6 at the break.

The Great Danes never led in the second half, but they twice came back from two goals behind to tie. Tortora made it 8-8 with 23:01 to play, and Harbinger’s fourth goal tied the game at 10 with 15:23 left.

Up next

UAlbany faces Fresno State on Saturday before returning home. The opening draw is at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

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