Women's Lacrosse Wins 12-11 Thriller Over New Hampshire
Score: UAlbany 12, New Hampshire 11
Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (8-5, 4-0 AE); New Hampshire (8-4, 3-1 AE)
Short Story: Madison Conway scores four goals, including the game-winner, and records four assists to lead UAlbany’s take down of surging New Hampshire in the final seconds.
Coach Rowan: “Today was an incredible game. I was really happy with the way we started in the first half. We were up 6-1 at halftime, and we’ve had some slow starts this season so we were happy with that. We knew they were going to come out and play us really hard in the second half. I thought they did a good job of chipping away and gaining possession from the draws. We were down by two with 10 minutes left and some of our players really stepped up. The team always believes we have a chance and we were really happy with them sticking together, having each other’s backs, and stepping up in those pressure moments.”
- Madison Conway scored four goals and had four assists
- Hailey Carroll scored four goals
- Kyla Zapolski scored two goals
- Kendra Harbinger scored once and had two assists
- Sam Tortora recorded two assists
- Georgia Schneidereith recorded 11 saves
- New Hampshire outscored UAlbany 10-6 in the second half
- UAlbany held New Hampshire to nine ground balls, less than half their season average (20.36)
The University at Albany women’s lacrosse team hosted New Hampshire on Saturday in the team’s penultimate home game of the 2019 regular season. Both UAlbany and New Hampshire entered the game undefeated in America East play. The Great Danes built a large halftime lead, only to see the Wildcats come storming back in the second half but ultimately fall after UAlbany turned the tables with a comeback of their own to claim a thrilling 12-11 victory.
Despite New Hampshire controlling possession early in the first half, UAlbany put up the numbers to show for it, scoring each of the game’s first five goals. Madison Conway scored the first two, with 23:49 and 22:36 remaining, respectively, before Kyla Zapolski and Hailey Carroll combined for the next three scores, two of which Conway assisted.
Leading 5-0, the Great Danes let up their first goal of the match with 7:14 left in the first when New Hampshire broke through to get on the board. Conway scored her third goal of the game just before halftime, finding the back of the net with 30 seconds remaining before the break.
New Hampshire entered the game leading the America East in ground balls, averaging more than 20 per game, but UAlbany limited the Wildcats to just five over the first 30 minutes while coming away with eight of their own. In net, UAlbany goalkeeper Georgia Schneidereith let up just one goal and recorded seven saves in the first half.
New Hampshire scored quickly to start the second half but Carroll put UAlbany back up by five shortly after with 25:33 remaining. The Wildcats’ comeback began less than one minute later with a goal with 24:41 to go, sparking a 4-0 scoring streak that cut UAlbany’s lead to one with 18:03 left.
Carroll notched back-to-back goals in 30 seconds to put UAlbany up 9-6 with 14:25 remaining, but New Hampshire’s momentum did not dampen. The Wildcats rolled off the next five straight, tying the game at nine with 11:06 to go and taking the lead with 8:37 to go.
New Hampshire took a two-goal lead with 7:41 remaining. Trailing 11-9, UAlbany cut the lead to one with 6:44 remaining when Kendra Harbinger found the back of the net on a free position attempt.
Julia Imbo tied the game at 11 with 52 seconds remaining, finding the back of the net with a shot bounced passed the New Hampshire goalkeeper on a setup from Harbinger to complete UAlbany’s comeback attempt.
Zapolski won the ensuing draw control, the third of four straight UAlbany won to end the game, to give the Danes a chance to claim victory in regulation. Sam Tortora received the ball deep on the right side and advanced behind the net and found a cutting Conway who gathered Tortora’s pass and shot the ball by the New Hampshire goalie to put UAlbany up one with 14 seconds left. The Danes won the final drawn control to put away the Wildcats 12-11.
Conway finished the game with four goals and four assists, while Carroll finished with four goals. It was Carroll’s fifth-straight game scoring three or more goals. Schneidereith finished with 11 saves, and UAlbany held New Hampshire to just nine ground balls all game.
Next: The Great Danes play their next two games on the road, starting Friday, April 13 against defending conference champion and preseason favorite Stony Brook. UAlbany will play its regular season finale at home on Saturday, April 27 against UMBC.