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UAlbany opens America East play with 23-5 victory

UAlbany Sports Information   03-24-2018

Women’s lacrosse score: UAlbany 23, Hartford 5

Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.

Records: UAlbany 2-7 (1-0 America East); Hartford 1-6 (0-1 America East)

Short story: Ten different University at Albany women’s lacrosse players scored Saturday to help the Great Danes open America East play with a 23-5 victory over Hartford at Casey Stadium. Emma Powlin led UAlbany with seven goals, which tied for the fifth-highest single-game total in program history.

Key stats

- Emma Powlin (seven), Kendra Harbinger (four), Paige Werlau (three), Sam Tortora (two) and Bridget Simmons (two) all enjoyed multi-goal afternoons.

- Twelve different Great Danes recorded at least one point.

- UAlbany’s 23 goals were its most since a 25-7 win over Manhattan on Feb. 25, 2015.

- The Great Danes caused 12 turnovers, and Hartford was able to convert only five of 13 clears. Imani Hedgeman and Kaylee Rickert caused three turnovers each.

- UAlbany held Hartford without a shot on goal in the first half. For the game, the Great Danes outshot the Hawks, 38-15.

Quote

Interim head coach Jessica Davos: "It's great to start off conference play with a win. The team has been working hard, and things are starting to click -- I think that was evident today. We were able to get everyone in and get contributions across the board, which was really nice to see."

Recap

Senior attacker Emma Powlin’s seven goals led a prolific University at Albany women’s lacrosse offense Saturday, as the Great Danes began America East play with a 23-5 victory over Hartford at Casey Stadium.

Powlin, who tied for the fifth-highest single-game goal total in program history, was one of 10 different Great Danes to score on UAlbany’s best day offensively since a 25-7 win over Manhattan on Feb. 25, 2015.

Freshman midfielder Kendra Harbinger, the reigning America East Rookie of the Week, also scored four goals and Paige Werlau had a hat trick on an afternoon when the Great Danes opened a 14-0 halftime lead over the Hawks, who are competing at the Division I level for the first time this season.

Defensively, UAlbany caused 12 turnovers and held Hartford without a shot on goal in the first half. Sophomore goalkeeper Georgia Schneidereith made four saves in the second half.

Powlin had a hat trick in the first 5 minutes, 13 seconds of the match, helping the Great Danes open a 5-0 lead.

It already was 11-0 with 6:13 left in the half when Kaylee Rickert intercepted a pass near midfield, then raced all the way the cage and beat Hartford’s keeper to make it a 12-goal UAlbany lead. Rickert also had three assists in the match for a four-point afternoon.

UAlbany led as much as 19-0 after Paige Werlau scored her first of three goals with 18:08 remaining. She also scored the Great Danes’ next two goals, both assisted by Abby Stack, to push the lead to 21-1. 

Stack and Kathryn Sancilio both scored their first collegiate goals in the second half, too.

Up next

UAlbany next plays Saturday, when it hosts Binghamton at 1 p.m. in an America East game at Casey Stadium.

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