Women's Lacrosse Defeats Vermont 14-9
Score: UAlbany 14, Vermont 9
Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (7-5, 3-0 AE); Vermont (7-3, 1-2 AE)
Short Story: UAlbany moves to 3-0 in the America East after a 14-9 victory over visiting Vermont on Wednesday afternoon, thanks to three goals and one assist each from Kendra Harbinger, Madison Conway, and Hailey Carroll.
Coach Rowan: Overall it was a hard-fought game on both sides. I thought Vermont did a nice job on the draws but out defense really limited their opportunities to cage with solid pressure and caused the turnovers. We want to continue to have multiple scorers and threats on the offensive end and look forward to our upcoming game vs. New Hampshire."
- Kendra Harbinger, Madison Conway, and Hailey Carroll each scored three goals and had one assist
- Kyla Zapolski scored twice with one assist
- Sam Tortora scored one goal and had three assists
- UAlbany outshot Vermont 34-17
- UAlbany committed 14 turnovers, compared to Vermont’s 25
- Vermont out-drew UAlbany 16-7
- Vermont goalkeeper Maddy Kuras recorded 16 saves
The University at Albany women’s lacrosse team remains undefeated in America East play, moving to 3-0 on the conference season after a victory over Vermont on Wednesday afternoon. It was the Great Danes’ second-straight victory, having last defeated Binghamton over the weekend.
Kendra Harbinger kicked things off for the Great Danes early, scoring on a setup from Madison Conway with 27:22 remaining in the first. Less than 30 seconds of game-time later, Vermont scored its first goal to tie the game at one.
UAlbany rolled off each of the next four goals, spanning nearly 20 minutes of play, to take a 5-1 lead with 8:07 remaining. Five different UAlbany players scored each of the Danes’ first five goals.
With 2:08 left in the first, Vermont scored its first of three-straight goals to close out the half, cutting UAlbany’s lead to one at the break. Vermont found the back of the net with 2:08 remaining, with 1:03 remaining, and finally with seven seconds remaining, to claw their way back into the game.
UAlbany was able to stop the run when Kyla Zapolski scored within the first two minutes of the second half on a setup from Sam Tortora. It was the first of four-straight UAlbany goals to open the second half. The Great Dane defense let up a Vermont goal with 20:25 remaining in the game to bring the score to 9-5.
One minute later, Hailey Carroll notched her second goal to regain the team’s five-goal advantage, but Vermont scored 50 seconds after that to keep the game within four. The Danes and the Catamounts proceeded to trade goals for the remainder of the second half, resulting in a five-goal, 14-9 victory for the Great Danes.
Harbinger, Carroll, and Conway each recorded a hat trick, and each recorded one assist. For Carroll, it was her fourth-straight game scoring at least three goals, and it was Conway’s second-straight with three or more. Harbinger has scored two or more in three of the last four games.
As a team, UAlbany outshot Vermont 34-17 overall, and won 35 ground balls to the Catamounts’ 17. Thirty of UAlbany’s 34 shots were on-target. Vermont finished with a sizeable advantage in draw controls, 16-7, but succumbed to their 25 turnovers, compared to UAlbany’s 14.
Next: UAlbany plays its penultimate home game of the 2019 regular season on Saturday, April 6 against New Hampshire.