Women's Lacrosse Falls to #22 Stanford, 16-13
Score: #22 Stanford 16, UAlbany 13
Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (3-1); #22 Stanford (3-1)
Short Story: Women’s lacrosse suffers its first loss of the season in a tight game against Stanford, and comes away from their season-opening four-game home stand with three wins ahead of their first road game of the year at Penn State next week.
Coach Rowan: “I think today was a really good learning experience for us. I thought our girls fought hard to the end, which we’re really proud of. We let Stanford go on a few four-goal runs, which hurt us a bit, but I thought we played better in the second half. After halftime I think we took a deep break and got a hold of our heart and knew we could play with them and I thought we took advantage of some of the opportunities we were given. It was really physical and back-and-forth, but we need to take care of the ball and value our possessions. We’ll learn from this one and continue to get better every day.”
- Stanford outshot UAlbany 22-10 in the first half
- UAlbany outshot Stanford 21-15 in the second half
- Stanford went 0-4 on free position shots in the second half
- Kendra Harbinger scored three or more goals for the fourth-straight game this season
- Four other Great Danes scored multiple goals
- Stanford goalkeeper Trudie Grattan recorded 10 saves
Playing in their fourth-straight home game to open the season, the University at Albany women’s lacrosse team welcomed #22 Stanford, defending Pac-12 champions, to Tom & Mary Casey Stadium Friday afternoon to wrap up the long season-opening home stand. The Great Danes had won each of their last three to start the year, but stumbled against Stanford 16-13.
UAlbany (3-1) defeated Yale, Bucknell, and Bryant at home in succession to start the season. Stanford arrived in Albany boasting a 2-1 record, winning their last two after dropping their season opener to then #19 Denver. The Cardinal got on the board early, scoring two goals in the first two and a half minutes. UAlbany rallied to score the next four, including two from Kendra Harbinger, to take a 4-2 lead with 22:45 to go in the first half.
Trailing 4-2, Stanford rolled off each of the next four to go up 6-4. The Cardinal defense let up just one goal for the remainder of the half, with 10:48 to go when Kyla Zapolski, fresh off her five-goal performance earlier this week against Bryant, found the back of the net to cut Stanford’s lead to 6-5.
Stanford scored four more goals to finish the first half and take a 10-5 lead into the break. The Cardinal dominated on offense, outshooting the Great Danes 22-10 in the first 30 minutes, and winning 11 draw controls to UAlbany’s five. Ground balls were even between the two teams, with Stanford holding a slight advantage of 12-11.
UAlbany began its rally attempt right away in the second half, scoring the first two goals of the period to cut the lead to 10-7 with 22:57 to go. Stanford pieced together another four-goal run to take a 14-7 lead. Freshman Hailey Carroll stopped the run with 17:44 to go with a setup from Ally Alliegro.
Stanford responded just 20 seconds later to go back up seven, but UAlbany scored the next two to cut the deficit to five with 13:56 to go. Stanford went up six, scoring its final goal of the game with 13:18 remaining.
UAlbany’s final effort resulted in three straight goals to close the game, but neither team scored after UAlbany’s last goal with 5:28 to go, and Stanford held on to win 16-13. UAlbany bounced back to control the offensive tempo, outshooting Stanford 21-15 in the second half, and evened up the draw controls, trailing Stanford in the second just 8-7. Further, UAlbany’s defense forced eight second-half Stanford turnovers.
Harbinger led UAlbany with three goals and added one assist. She has scored three or more goals in all four games this season. Sam Tortora, Hannah Newman, Carroll, and Madison Conway each added two goals. Splitting time in net, Georgia Schneidereith and Erin Leghart each recorded four saves.
Next: UAlbany hits the road for the first time this season with a trip to Penn State on Saturday, March 9. The Great Danes next play at home on Saturday, March 16 against crosstown rival Siena.