Women's Lacrosse Wins Third Straight, Defeats Bryant 21-11
Score: UAlbany 21, Bryant 11
Location: Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (3-0); Bryant (0-2)
Short Story: UAlbany wins its third straight game to open the season, dropping Bryant 21-11 following a late venue change to Queensbury.
Coach Rowan: “It’s never easy to have a venue change, but we practice a lot inside so the team was able to adjust really well. And today was a hard-fought match from both teams. We came out to a slow start but I was really impressed with how our team refocused after Bryant’s first two goals to string a few together. We evened up the draw controls in the second half, and we felt like we could be really successful when we had the ball. We had some great shooting performances, especially with Kyla and Hailey, so overall a great game.”
- Kyla Zapolski scored six goals
- Kendra Harbinger scored four goals and recorded three assists
- Hailey Carroll scored five goals
- Georgia Schneidereith recorded seven saves
- UAlbany outshot Bryant 41-22
- UAlbany forced 13 Bryant turnovers
- Bryant won 12 draw controls in the first half to UAlbany’s five
A last-minute venue change to avoid the wild chill hazard on Tuesday afternoon saw the University at Albany women’s lacrosse team host Bryant at the indoor facility at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury, N.Y. It was UAlbany’s third of four straight home games to start the 2019 season.
UAlbany had won each of its first two games of the season, coming back to win against Yale in the season opener and then rolling Bucknell. Tuesday, the Great Danes extended their win streak to three, knocking off the Bulldogs 21-11.
Bryant scored the first two goals of the game to take an early lead. UAlbany got on the board with 26:08 to go in the first half when Paige Werlau successfully converted a free position attempt. It was the first of five straight goals for UAlbany over eight minutes to go up 5-2 with 23:04 left in the first.
Bryant closed within one with two straight goals, responding quickly to UAlbany’s fifth goal after just 14 seconds. With 14:08 left in the half Bryant cut the lead to 5-4, before UAlbany rolled off four-straight goals to take a 9-4 lead with 6:42 remaining. Bryant scored to break UAlbany’s run, but UAlbany scored twice more before halftime to take an 11-5 lead at the break.
UAlbany outshot Bryant 20-14 in the first half, and won 13 ground balls to Bryant’s three. The Great Danes also converted four of five free-position attempts in the first 30 minutes. Bryant led UAlbany 12-5 in draw controls in the first.
UAlbany continued its scoring streak to start the second half, rolling off seven-straight goals to take an 18-5 lead with 15:28 to go. Bryant got on the board for the first time in the second half with a goal with 13:01 to go, breaking UAlbany’s nine-goal scoring run.
UAlbany went up 19-6 with 11:26 to go, before Bryant scored four unanswered to cut the Danes’ lead to 19-10 with 4:14 remaining. The Great Danes and Bulldogs traded goals over the remaining portion of the game, with UAlbany going on to win 21-11.
Kendra Harbinger scored at least four goals for the third straight game this season, finishing with four goals and one assist, while Kyla Zapolski led all scorers with six goals. Hailey Carroll added five goals, and Werlau and Sam Tortora added two goals and one assist apiece.
UAlbany addressed their draw control deficiency, matching Bryant’s second half rate with each team winning eight. UAlbany out-shot Bryant 21-8 in the second half, and won nine ground balls to Bryant’s two. Further, UAlbany’s defense forced five Bryant turnovers in the second half. For the game, UAlbany and Bryant combined for 32-34 successful clear attempts.
Next: UAlbany hosts its fourth and final home game to open the 2019 season on Friday when Stanford visits Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.