Beerkens Nets Three Goals to Pace No. 24 Field Hockey Past UMass Lowell, 4-3
Field Hockey Score: No. 24 UAlbany 4, UMass Lowell 3
Location: Albany, N.Y. – Alumni Turf
Records: UAlbany (8-3, 2-1 AE), UMass Lowell (6-5, 1-3 AE)
Short Story: Frederike Helmke found the back of the cage in the 67th minute to lift the No. 24 UAlbany field hockey team to a 4-3, victory against UMass Lowell on Friday afternoon at Alumni Turf.
Ghislaine Beerkens earned her first career hattrick in the contest, including the equalizer in the 64th minute.
Head Coach Phil Sykes
"I told the players after the game when it comes to conference play that everyone is good. Years past you could go into a gme knowing you have a pretty good opportunity to win nadnow you go in to every game thinking that anyone can win that day. Everytime we scored UMass Lowell was battling back and answering again and again,they played fantastic. I was debating calling a time out in the last 10 minutes but Gee scored that night goal and we got that momentum and that was it. Our team showed great resiliance today.
- Beerkens posted a career-high six points (3g) in the tilt.
- UAlbany improves to 5-0 at home this season.
- Dana Bozek recorded four points off two assists.
- UMass Lowell’s Clara Defourt paced the River Hawks with two goals.
- Eva Berkhout denied eight shots for the River Hawks.
- UAlbany held the advantage in shots, 18-12, and corners, 9-8.
- UAlbany leads the all-time series 8-1.
Recap: Frederike Helmke found the back of the cage in the 67th minute to lift the No. 24 UAlbany field hockey team to a 4-3, victory against UMass Lowell on Friday afternoon at Alumni Turf.
The Great Danes scored two goals in the final seven minutes of regulation, including one from Beerkens in the 64th minute to complete her hat trick for the day and one from Helmke in the 67th to seal the outcome for her squad.
The three tallies were a career high for Beerkens who paced the Great Danes in scoring with six points. Bozek added her first two assists of the season after connecting with Beerkens on the team’s first two goals of the contest. Viola von der Muhlen posted an assist while Melissa Nealon totaled three saves on the day.
"It's great to see so many different people scoring this season," said Sykes. I think in years past we had one or two dominate goal scorers and this year we are really sharing the wealth. From good field goals to corner goals we are doing it all. When you can have scoring with a variety of players that makes it really hard to defend."
The teams traded goals early in the first half. Beerkens redirected a hard pass from Bozek in the third minute of action before Defourt batted a bouncing rebound into the back of the cage at 13:04 to gridlock the score at 1-1.
The squad traded goals once again before the half as the score was knotted 2-2 at the break.
UMass Lowell took its first lead in the 57th minute on a direct corner for a 3-2 edge. The visitors were unable to hold off the Great Danes who sealed the 4-3 victory.
Next Up: UAlbany continues its five-game home stand home on Sunday, Oct. 7 against New Hampshire at 1:00 p.m.