Hanover, N.H. - Jodi Battaglia and Persy Sample keyed a second-half run in leading UAlbany to a 10-7 come-from-behind victory over Dartmouth in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, May 15 at rain-soaked Scully-Fahey Field. The unbeaten Great Danes advanced to meet second-seeded Northwestern in the NCAA quarterfinals on May 21 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
     Dartmouth (11-5) erased a 5-4 deficit in the final period with consecutive goals. Hana Bowers curled from the left to the middle and sent a blast over the goalkeeper's head to tie the contest. After Kristen Giovanniello made a save leading to an offensive possession, the Big Green went ahead as Sarah Parks found Hilary Smith in the middle of the zone with 17:03 remaining.
     UAlbany (18-0) regained the lead with three straight goals over a four-minute stretch. Nikki Branchini, who moved up to offense from her defensive midfielder position, sent a free-position attempt into the right side of the cage to start the decisive run. Sample, a freshman attacker, curled from the left and fired a low shot into the far right corner. Battaglia then made a full-extended catch of Sample's feed from behind to find the net and record an 8-6 advantage.
     The Great Danes, who entered NCAA play as the only undefeated team at the Division I level, padded their margin in the final minutes. Jess Antelmi forced a turnover that led to an offensive possession where Allie Phelan drove from the right from a spread attack to beat the goalie low to the left side. Taylor Frink added an empty-net goal for a 10-6 cushion after Dartmouth received a yellow card during a defensive double-team.
     "We had some pre-game jitters, but then we stepped it up," said Battaglia, who recorded her 23rd career hat trick with three goals and set a school-record in that category. "We have always grown from adversity this season. Someone has stepped up at different times and in different ways."
     Dartmouth raced to a 3-0 lead in the opening five-plus minutes. A pair of Great Dane turnovers led to the first two goals. Sarah Plumb set up Greta Meyer, who faked and scored from right of the crease. Meyer later finished off a transition play with a bounce shot after Parks gathered in another miscue. Kirsten Goldberg later drove around a defender from the right point and placed a shot to the left of the goalkeeper.
     UAlbany regrouped by scoring four times in a span of 13 minutes and 11 seconds. A cutting Amanda Pollock deposited a Rachael Burek feed. Battaglia tallied back-to-back goals, the second when she sent a free-position shot inside the left post. Phelan, a freshman midfielder, put the America East Conference champions in front, 4-3, by driving from the right point and moving across the top of the crease.
     "We had an early case of nerves," offered first-year UAlbany coach John Battaglino, whose team is ranked No. 8 in the IWLCA coaches' poll and No. 6 by deBeer/Inside Lacrosse. "But the theme of the year has been to find a way. This team has stayed together and found a way to overcome."
     Meyer had three goals and Bowers added a pair for the Big Green, who earned an NCAA at-large berth and were making their 12th tournament appearance. UAlbany goalkeeper Anna Berman matched a career-high with nine saves. Sample tied a career-best point total with one goal and two assists.
     "Someone new has played well each game," stated Branchini, who scored a goal for the first time since April 16 and has 21 on the season. "That's why we have been successful. The team needed me to move to offense and it gave their defense a different look."

Paw Prints: UAlbany is the third America East Conference program to win an NCAA first-round game ... Boston U. accomplished the feat in 2005 and 2008 ... the Great Danes are the 17th team to enter the NCAA Tournament play undefeated or untied ... UAlbany made its first NCAA appearance since the women's lacrosse became a varsity sport in 1992 ... Jodi Battaglia set the program's single-season record for goals (54), breaking a mark previously held by Rafaela Nikas, who scored 51 in 1998 ... Persy Sample's matched her career-high points total (1 goal, 2 assists) ... the freshman had three goals against Niagara on March 11 ... Taylor Frink is the school's career assists leader with 82 ... UAlbany has had four programs record NCAA Division I Tournament wins, including men's lacrosse, softball and volleyball ...
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NCAA Tournament - First Round
#8 UAlbany 10, #11 Dartmouth 7
   UAlbany - Scoring: Jodi Battaglia 3-0, Allie Phelan 2-0, Persy Sample 1-2, Taylor Frink 1-1, Rachael Burek 1-1, Nikki Branchini 1-0, Amanda Pollock 1-0; Goalkeeper(s): Anna Berman (60:00, 9 saves, 7 GA).
   Dartmouth - Scoring: Greta Meyer 3-0, Hana Bowers 2-0, Kirsten Goldberg 1-0, Hilary Smith 1-0, Sarah Parks 0-2, Sarah Plumb 0-1; Goalkeeper(s): Kriste Giovanniello (60:00, 4 saves, 10 GA).

#8 UAlbany 10, #11 Dartmouth 7 (May 15, 2011, Scully-Fahey Field, Hanover, N.H.)
 

Lacrosse Box Score

 
Lacrosse Box Score (Final)
2011 Women's Lacrosse
#8 Albany vs #11 Dartmouth (May 15, 2011 at Hanover, N.H.)

 Summary 
Albany (18-0) vs. Dartmouth (11-5)
Date: May 15, 2011  Attendance: 815
Weather: Rainy, overcast 60 degrees
SCORE BY PERIOD   Total 
Albany  10 
Dartmouth 

Albany SCORING: GOALS: Jodi Battaglia 3; Allie Phelan 2; Persy Sample 1; Taylor Frink 1; Rachael Burek 1; Nikki Branchini 1; Amanda Pollock 1. ASSISTS: Persy Sample 2; Rachael Burek 1; Taylor Frink 1.

Dartmouth SCORING: GOALS: Meyer, Greta 3; Bowers, Hana 2; Goldberg, Kirsten 1; Smith, Hilary 1. ASSISTS: Parks, Sarah 2; Plumb, Sarah 1.

Officials: Jen O'Donnell; Judy Strong; Roni Anton; Kathi Gibbons.

 


 Dartmouth  
Pos ## Player G A Sh GB DC TO CT FPS Fouls
M   3   Johnson, Kelsey  
M   7   Goldberg, Kirsten  
M   9   Plumb, Sarah   0-1 
D   13  McIntyre, Hope  
D   17  MacKenzie, Shannie  
M   20  Smith, Hilary  
A   22  Bowers, Hana   1-1 
A   23  Collins, Kat  
D   24  Bird, Georgia  
A   25  Meyer, Greta  
A   28  Parks, Sarah  
G   33  Giovanniello, Kriste 
  5   Massimi, Erin  
  6   Calby, Liz  
  14  Brisbane, Dana  
  32  Johnson, Bailey  
    Totals.........  24  12  10  11  1-2  21 
## Goalie Minutes GA Dec 1 2 Saves
33  Giovanniello, Kriste  60:00  10 

 Albany  
Pos ## Player G A Sh GB DC TO CT FPS Fouls
M   1   Michelle Primomo  
A   3   Taylor Frink   0-1 
M   9   Rachael Burek  
M   10  Nikki Branchini   1-1 
M   14  Ariana Parker  
M   16  Amanda Pollock  
M   17  Jess Antelmi  
M   18  Allie Phelan  
A   20  Jodi Battaglia   1-1 
D   22  Jenn Primeau  
D   23  Kathleen Lennon  
G   31  Anna Berman  
  5   Persy Sample  
    Totals.........  10  19  13  12  2-3 
## Goalie Minutes GA Dec 1 2 Saves
31  Anna Berman   60:00 

 Stats by period 
SHOTS BY PERIOD   Total 
Albany  11  19 
Dartmouth  13  11  24 
SAVES BY PERIOD   Total 
Albany 
Dartmouth 
GROUND BALLS BY PRD   Total 
Albany  13 
Dartmouth  12 
FOULS BY PERIOD   Total 
Albany 
Dartmouth  14  21 
DRAW CONTROLS BY PRD   Total 
Albany 
Dartmouth  10 
TURNOVERS BY PRD   Total 
Albany  12 
Dartmouth  11 
CLEARS BY PERIOD   Total 
Albany  6-8  7-7  13-15 
Dartmouth  4-5  6-6  10-11 
FREE-POSITION SHOTS   Total 
Albany  1-2  1-1  2-3 
Dartmouth  0-1  1-1  1-2 

 

 


 Scoring Summary 
Prd  Time  Team  Type  Assists  H-V 
1.  1st  27:40  DART   Meyer, Greta (32)  Plumb, Sarah (13)  1-0 
2.    27:16  DART   Meyer, Greta (33)  Parks, Sarah (13)  2-0 
3.    24:59  DART   Goldberg, Kirsten (22)  Unassisted  3-0 
4.    23:55  ALBANY   Amanda Pollock (22)  Rachael Burek (2)  3-1 
5.    18:42  ALBANY   Jodi Battaglia (52)  Taylor Frink (49)  3-2 
6.    12:56  ALBANY   Jodi Battaglia (53)  Free position shot  3-3 
7.    10:44  ALBANY   Allie Phelan (15)  Unassisted  3-4 
8.  2nd  28:41  DART   Bowers, Hana (13)  Free position shot  4-4 
9.    28:02  ALBANY   Rachael Burek (27)  Persy Sample (7)  4-5 
10.    27:22  DART   Bowers, Hana (14)  Unassisted  5-5 
11.    17:03  DART   Smith, Hilary (2)  Parks, Sarah (14)  6-5 
12.    15:25  ALBANY   Nikki Branchini (21)  Free position shot  6-6 
13.    13:54  ALBANY   Persy Sample (8)  Unassisted  6-7 
14.    11:25  ALBANY   Jodi Battaglia (54)  Persy Sample (8)  6-8 
15.    3:47  ALBANY   Allie Phelan (16)  Unassisted  6-9 
16.    2:03  ALBANY   Taylor Frink (34)  Unassisted  6-10 
17.    0:33  DART   Meyer, Greta (34)  Unassisted  7-10 

 Penalty Summary 
Prd  Time  Team  ##  Player  Min  PP  Offense 
1st  24:26  DART   23  Collins, Kat   N/A    YELLOW CARD 
2nd  02:06  DART   17  MacKenzie, Shannie   N/A    YELLOW CARD