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Bottino, Heuser Each Earn Four Points as #19 UAlbany Field Hockey Shuts Out Lafayette 4-0

UAlbany Sports Information   10-09-2016

ALBANY, N.Y. – The #19 UAlbany field hockey team completed a three-game homestand sweep on Sunday afternoon with a 4-0 victory over Lafayette for its fifth consecutive win.

UAlbany (9-4) scored three goals in the first half, including two from Paula Heuser from Anna Bottino in the final five minutes of the period, and outshot Lafayette (7-5) 25-5 in the game.

“Non-conference games late in the season are always tough, but we were playing for Michelle [Simpson] after she got inducted into the UAlbany Hall of Fame,” said UAlbany head coach Phil Sykes. “We played focused and we had a great team effort today.”

Bottino scored the game’s first goal from Emily Fraser, adding two assists for four points.  Megan Ma netted UAlbany’s second goal in the 43rd minute from Jaclyn HibbsMaxi Primus and Melissa Nealon combined for the shutout in goal, with the former getting the win.

“We feel like every game we come together more and more on offense,” said Bottino. “We were able to capitalize on our penalty corners and make our shots.”

Caroline Turnbull had two shots to lead Lafayette.  Katelyn Arnold got the loss in goal with 11 saves.

A penalty corner from Viola Von der Mühlen led to a pair of shots from Heuser.  The first was blocked, the second saved by a reaching Arnold.

Lafayette got a breakaway in the 11th minute as Turnbull went for the cage.  She sent a shot close range high over the cage.

Minute 17 saw Von der Mühlen send a penalty corner to Fraser.  Fraser could not stop the ball for a shot, dribbling in a circle and passing to Bottino.  Bottino, close range in the middle, scored for a 1-0 UAlbany lead.

Two minutes later, Rosie Shanks got into the half-circle and tried a long shot.  The ball was deflected, with Primus reaching and stopping the shot towards the left post.

UAlbany saw two more penalty corner shots get blocked, then in the 33rd minute, Bottino and Heuser passed back and forth off another corner feed, with the latter shooting high for the goal, making it 2-0 UAlbany.

As time expired in the first half, Bottino and Heuser did a similar play as before.  Heuser again scored a goal, giving UAlbany a 3-0 lead at the half.

UAlbany dominated time of possession in the second half and forced much pressure on the Lafayette defense.  Molly Mariano and Kelsey Briddell each shots on the cage in the opening minutes of the second, with Arnold making the save.

In the 43rd minute, Hibbs came running towards the goal, getting close to the cage.  She pushed a pass to Ma for the tip in and score, giving UAlbany the 4-0 lead.

UAlbany continued to ratchet the pressure up, but Arnold kept making saves to prevent the Great Danes from adding to the lead.  Heuser saw two late shots being saved while Hibbs’s whipping shot slammed the post and went away left.

Lafayette picked up a penalty corner as time expired.  Cody Hunsicker and Aliza Furneaux each took aim at the cage with a diving Nealon stopping each chance to preserve the 4-0 shutout.

UAlbany returns to conference play next weekend, heading east to UMass Lowell on Friday, October 14th at 4 p.m.

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