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UAlbany Women’s Lacrosse Holds First Game at John Fallon Field of 2017 vs. Yale

UAlbany Sports Information   02-16-2017

ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany women’s lacrosse team hosts Yale on Saturday, February 18th at 3 p.m. for its first game at John Fallon Field in 2017.

Attendance is free for all coming to the game at John Fallon Field.  This is the last home game for UAlbany until March 19th.

UAlbany is coming off its first win of the season, a 19-3 victory over St. Bonaventure on Monday in Queensbury, to stand at 1-1 overall.  Yale is playing its first game of 2017 on Saturday, coming off a 5-10 season last year.

UAlbany and Yale met for the first time last year on April 2nd in New Haven, with the Great Danes taking a 13-7 victory.  Sarah Martin notched five points off two goals and three assists while Sierra McIver and Alexis Drumm led the defensive effort with two caused turnovers.  Yale was led by Tess McEvoy with four goals and two assists.

MARTIN NAMED INSIDE LACROSSE PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN: Senior midfielder Sarah Martin has been selected as an Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Preseason Division I Third Team All-American.  UAlbany has had at least one preseason All-American each of the past three years.

The 2016 IWLCA All-Northeast Region team member finished last season with 30 goals, 28 assists, 38 ground balls, 55 draw controls and 19 caused turnovers, with the last three categories being team-highs.

UALBANY PICKED TO FINISH SECOND IN AMERICA EAST PRESEASON POLL: The UAlbany women’s lacrosse team has been predicted to finish second in the conference America East preseason coaches poll.  UAlbany received a first-place vote and 31 points in the poll to place second overall.

Stony Brook, last year’s America East champion, was predicted to finish first with six first-place votes for 36 points.  New Hampshire and UMBC, were third and fourth with 23 and 21 points respectively. Vermont (18), Binghamton (12) and UMass Lowell (6) filled out the rest of the poll.

CAPTAINS NAMED: Four players, Andrea FloodSierra McIverSarah Martin and Kaylee Rickert will serve as the UAlbany captains this season, all for the first time.  All were starters for UAlbany last year.  Flood and McIver captain the defense while Martin and Rickert lead the offense.

PLAYING THE BEST: In UAlbany’s 15-game regular season schedule, the Great Danes are set to battle three 2016 NCAA Tournament semifinalists, including national champion North Carolina plus Syracuse and Penn State, plus three other NCAA Tournament participants from last year.

RISING UP THE RECORD BOOKS: A couple of Great Danes are looking to go up in the record books this season.

Dakotah Savitcheff stands fifth in UAlbany history in goals scored with 153, two away from Kayla Best, who had 155 goals from 2007-10, and 22 away from 1st place Rachel Bowles, who scored 175 goals from 2012-16.  Savitcheff also is tied for ninth all-time in points in program history with 164, five away from the mark of 169, set by Sarah Spillett from 2004-07.

Sarah Martin is eighth in the program’s Division I history in draw controls with 102.  She is one away from tying for seventh with Christine Johnson, who had 103 from 2013-16.

On the defensive side, Sierra McIver stands with 35 caused turnovers in her career.  She is four away from tying Kristen Mathias for 10th all-time with 39 from 2004-06.  Martin also is threatening to join the top-10 with 36.

NEXT GOALIE UP: UAlbany is looking for a new goalkeeper this season with the graduation of two-time all-conference player Courtney Henderson.  Two freshmen will look to fill this role; Georgia Schneidereith earned her first collegiate victory against St. Bonaventure on Monday.  UAlbany’s other keeper in Erin Leghart, who made her collegiate debut against St. Boanventure.

RUN THE ROOKIES: UAlbany’s freshman class is already having a strong impact on the season.  Sam Tortora is second on the team in points with eight off four goals and four assists, while Paige Werlau scored three points off two goals and an assist against St. Bonaventure.  Jordyn Marr is one of two UAlbany rookies to have a goal scored in each of the team’s first two games.

On the defensive end, Georgia Schneidereith has played nearly every minute in goal, with Mara Bureau playing defense and on the draw with four controlled thus far.

SCOUTING YALE: Yale is under the tenure of second-year head coach Erica LaGrow.  Senior attack Tess McEvoy, 2016 All-Ivy player, was the team’s leading scorer last year with 35 goals and eight assists, the lone player with more than 15 goals.  Classmate Hope Hanley was second on the team with 15 goals and seven assists.  Junior Sydney Marks was the starter in goal last season, stopping 45.9% of shots and having a 10.20 goals allowed average.

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