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UAlbany Field Hockey Secures Share of League East Division Title with Dominant 3-0 Victory at Vermont

UAlbany Sports Information   10-23-2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. – The UAlbany field hockey team was in full control on Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 shutout victory at Vermont, earning a share of the conference’s East Division regular season title and the 1-seed from the East in the upcoming league tournament.

UAlbany (12-5, 6-1 AE) held Vermont (7-10, 0-6 AE) to one shot in the game, firing 22 of its own at the Catamounts.  UAlbany earns its second straight shutout and fourth in five games.

With the victory, UAlbany earns its sixth America East regular season title, including third in a row and second in the divisional era.  The Great Danes can earn the division regular season title outright with a win over UMass Lowell next weekend or a Maine loss.

“Our attack combined very well today and created a lot of great chances,” said UAlbany coach Phil Sykes. “Our defense controlled the game and shut down the opposition well.”

With two wins over Maine already, UAlbany has locked down the 1-seed from the East Division in the upcoming America East Tournament in Stockton, California.  The Great Danes will play the 4-seed from the West Division in the quarterfinal round.

Anna Bottino scored UAlbany’s first goal in the closing minutes of the first half.  Molly Mariano and Viola Von der Mühlen added insurance goals in the second.  In goal, Maxi Primus earned the victory with one save in 55:21 of play, with Melissa Nealon finishing the shutout with a scoreless 14:39.

For Vermont, Rebekah Silver had the team’s lone shot in the first half.  Lena Benwood had nine saves in the defeat in goal.

UAlbany peppered the goal early, with shots from Jaclyn Hibbs and Paula Heuser missing wide.  Later, Dana Bozek and Heuser each got closer for shots on goal, but each were saved.

Into the 21st minute, Hibbs had another chance, seeing a ball saved.  Mariano got a look seconds later, just missing wide.

Off a second chance from a penalty corner, Bottino got the ball in close for the shot and goal, putting UAlbany up 1-0 in the 30th minute, the eventual halftime score.

Nine minutes into the second half, a penalty corner chance was passed back and forth by UAlbany.  Bozek fired to Mariano for the tip-in score, making it 2-0 UAlbany.

Minutes later, UAlbany had a trio of penalty corners in a short span, with Vermont stopping each.  In the 51st minute, Heuser returned a fourth penalty corner to Von Der Mühlen for the tip-in shot and score, giving UAlbany a 3-0 advantage.

Bozek and Camryn Dias had late shots saved by Benwood, but UAlbany’s advantage proved sufficient for the 3-0 victory.

UAlbany returns home for Senior Day on Sunday, October 30th at 1 p.m. against UMass Lowell on the Alumni Turf.

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