Women's lacrosse wins third straight match
Women’s lacrosse score: UAlbany 12, Binghamton 10
Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany 3-7 (2-0 America East); Binghamton 4-6 (1-1 America East)
Short story: The University at Albany women’s lacrosse team won its third consecutive match Saturday, beating Binghamton, 12-10, at Casey Stadium. The Great Danes also improved to 2-0 in America East play.
- Sophomore midfielder Sam Tortora led UAlbany with five points (one goal, four assists). Freshman midfielder Kendra Harbinger had a hat trick – her fourth consecutive game with at least three goals; she added an assist, too. Emma Powlin and Kaylee Rickert also scored twice each.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Erin Leghart finished with nine saves, including a key stop in the final two minutes.
- Sophomore defender Jordyn Marr led UAlbany with five draw controls. Harbinger and Tortora had four each. They helped the Great Danes total 15 draw controls to Binghamton’s nine.
Interim Head Coach Jessica Davos: “Facing adversity and coming out on top is a great building block for a young group like this. Binghamton is a tough and scrappy team, and I’m proud of the way our kids kept grinding. We made our fair share of mistakes, but at the end of the day, we were able to pull out a great team win in conference play.”
Kyla Zapolski and Kaylee Rickert scored goals in the final 10 minutes to help the University at Albany women’s lacrosse team edge Binghamton, 10-8, on Saturday in an America East game at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.
The Great Danes won their third straight overall and second in a row to open conference play.
Zapolski, a freshman midfielder, bounced in a free-position shot with 8:08 left to give UAlbany a 9-8 lead. Three minutes later Rickert, a junior midfielder, accepted a feed from Sam Tortora and scored for an insurance goal with 5:48 left.
Tortora finished with four assists and five points. Freshman midfielder Kendra Harbinger, the reigning America East Rookie of the Week, had three goals. Senior attacker Emma Powlin and Rickert scored twice each.
UAlbany had opened up a 7-3 lead in the first half after a run of six consecutive goals. Harbinger scored three straight during the run in a span of 4 minutes, 57 seconds.
After Binghamton cut the lead to 7-4, Jordyn Marr pushed the Great Danes’ lead back to four just seven seconds before halftime. She launched a shot from 35 yards out that surprised the Binghamton goalkeeper.
Tortora and Powlin scored in the first 15 minutes of the second half for UAlbany, but Binghamton rallied to tie the game at 10 with 9:15 to play.
After Zapolski and Rickert scored, Leghart helped the lead stand up with several big saves, including a key stop in the final two minutes.
The Great Danes next play Wednesday at Vermont in an America East match. The opening draw is set for 4 p.m.