Women's lacrosse advances to America East title game
Score: UAlbany 16, Binghamton 10
Location: Kenneth P. Lavalle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany 9-8; Binghamton 8-9
Short story: The No. 2-seeded UAlbany women’s lacrosse team ran off eight straight second-half goals to pull away from No. 3 Binghamton and win, 16-10, on Friday in the America East semifinals in Stony Brook, N.Y. The Great Danes will face No. 1 Stony Brook at noon Sunday in the league title game.
- Kyla Zapolski led UAlbany with five goals. She was 3-for-4 on free-position shots.
- Goalkeeper Erin Leghart stopped a career-high 13 shots.
Interim head coach Jessica Davos: "The goal at this time of year is to survive and advance. We're a young team that grew up a lot today. When we went down in the second half, things could have gone south. After that time out, everyone came out with a renewed sense of urgency and purpose, and we were able to put it away. Great team win."
The University at Albany women’s lacrosse team advanced to the America East championship game for the eighth straight season after knocking off Binghamton, 16-10, in the semifinals Friday in Stony Brook, N.Y.
The No. 2-seeded Great Danes will face No. 1 Stony Brook at noon Sunday at Kenneth P. Lavalle Stadium. The two teams are meeting in the championship for the seventh year in a row.
Stony Brook advanced to the championship game by beating No. 4 New Hampshire, 19-5, in the other semifinal. The Seawolves, the nation’s No. 1-ranked team all season, defeated the Great Danes 21-8 in Albany in the regular-season finale.
Against No. 3-seeded Binghamton, UAlbany rallied after falling behind, 8-7, in the second half. The Great Danes ran off eight straight goals, a spurt that started with a goal by Kendra Harbinger with 22:42 to play and continued over the next 9 minutes, 20 seconds.
Freshman midfielder Kyla Zapolski, a member of the America East All-Rookie team, scored five goals in the game, and Harbinger, the league’s Rookie of the Year had three.
The Great Danes opened up a 4-0 lead in the first 12 minutes of the game and led 5-1 after Zapolski’s second goal, a free-position shot, with 13:23 left in the first half.
But Binghamton had narrowed the lead to 7-5 by halftime and then scored the first three goals of the second half, opening the 8-7 advantage.
That’s when UAlbany’s run started.
In goal, Erin Leghart made a career-high 13 saves, including several key stops in the first half.