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No.23 UAlbany Blanks Vermont, 3-0, for 10th Win of Season

UAlbany Sports Information   10-12-2018

Field Hockey Score: No. 23 UAlbany 3, Vermont 0

Location: Albany, N.Y. – Alumni Turf

Records: UAlbany (10-3, 4-1 AE), Vermont (5-8, 2-2 AE)

Short Story: The No. 23 field hockey team earned its 10th victory of the season after blanking Vermont, 3-0, in America East action on Friday afternoon.

Goalkeeper Melissa Nealon earned her 21st career win and ninth career shutout. She now ranks fifth all-time in both categories.

The Great Danes tallied a pair of goals off penalty corners on their way to posting their 13th straight double-digit win season.

Head Coach Phil Sykes

“Penalty corners are an important part of our game. When you have successful penalty corners opposing teams do not want to foul you in the designated circle, and if that’s the case then you are going to get a lot more good field opportunities. Now team’s are looking at us saying ‘they can score on the field and on penalty corners’ and it makes it a lot harder to defend us.”

Key Stats:

  • Frederike Helmke broke open the scoring at 18:10 in the first half.
  • Elaina Burchell and Dana Bozek each tallied a goal in the second half.
  • Viola von der Muhlen dished out a pair of assists.
  • UAlbany held the advantage in shots, 19-7, and penalty corners, 7-2.
  • Vermont’s Sierra Espeland recorded seven saves in the outing.

Game Notes

  • UAlbany improves to 7-0 at home this season and 9-0 against unranked opponents.
  • The Great Danes improved their record to 19-5 in the all-time series.
  • In its last six games, UAlbany has outscored its opponents 19-8.

Recap: The No. 23 field hockey team earned its 10th victory of the season after blanking Vermont, 3-0, in America East action on Friday afternoon.

The Great Danes tallied a pair of goals off penalty corners on their way to earning their 13th straight double-digit win season.

Frederike Helmke recorded her third goal in as many games with a score in the 19th minute.

“Freddy is a great player and person and just a joy to coach,” said Sykes. “She comes to practice everyday smiling, having fun and gets the team going. When we are tired and cranky she is the one trying to change their attitude. On the field, she is always so up beat, you will never see her moping around. Her relaxed attitude goes along away and brings a lot of confidence to the team.”

The Great Danes allowed just one shot in the opening frame as they carried the 1-0 lead into the break.

Bozek and Burchell added a pair of insurance goals for the team in the second half. Bozek struck first with a direct shot off a corner insert from von der Muhlen at 49:51. Burchell made it a three-goal game after connecting with Carli Pelletier in the 64th minute.

Next Up: No. 23 UAlbany continues its five-game home stand home on Friday, Oct. 19 against No. 18 Maine at 1:00 p.m.

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