Field Hockey Earns Road Victory over UNH 4-2
Field Hockey Score: #22 UAlbany 4 – New Hampshire 2
Location: Durham, N.H.
Season Records: UAlbany 11-6 New Hampshire 6-11
America East Records: UAlbany 6-2 New Hampsire 3-4
Short Story: The Great Danes scored two goals in each half of the match up with UNH. UAlbany held the majority of possession. Ghislaine Beerken led the team with four points, followed by Katie MacCallum and Dana Bozek with two.
- UAlbany goals: Ghislaine Beerkens (2), Katie MacCallum, Dana Bozek (Assist: Kelsey Briddell)
- The Great Danes outshot UNH 19-7
- Melissa Nealon recorded 3 saves, while Kelsey Rudert stopped 12
- Both UNH and UAlbany scored off a penalty corner, the Great Danes earned three total
At the start of the first half the Great Danes dominated possession. Ghislaine Beerkens was put in a one-on-one situation in just the 6th minute of play from a ball that was hit off of a UNH defender. Beerkens dribbled around the goalie and was easily able to find the back of the goal. This momentum allowed UAlbany to two more shots in the next five minutes.
The second goal of the game came from Katie MacCallum. After multiple forward progression moves toward the goal, including an impressive spin from Camryn Dias, it was MacCallum that was able to score off of a diving swing to put the Danes ahead 2-0.
The Wildcats began picked up their attack after the two goal deficit. UNH was able to fire their first shot of the game in the 26th minute resulting in a goal. The goal came from a quick pass by UNH’s Bloem Brekel that was placed right in front of the goal. As Nealon dove to stop the ball, Tina Morin flipped the ball into the upper right hand corner of the net to decrease the Great Dane lead to one.
In the second half, the Great Danes earned a penalty corner in the 58th minute. Kelsey Briddell stepped to the left side of the goal to insert the ball to Dana Bozek positioned toward the top of the circle. Bozek crushed the ball into the right side of the goal to score.
UNH was able to counter immediately earning their first penalty corner of the game in the 61st minute. As the corner progressed, New Hampshire conducted two passes reaching the right side of the goal. Nealon blocked the first shot, but the rebound was picked up by Erin McNamara who was able to produce a goal to the right of Nealon.
However, the Great Danes were not done. Katie MacCallum was one-on-one with the UNH goalkeeper in the 65th minute. MacCallum took a hard swing, but was swatted away by the UNH goalie. Beerkens aggressively attacked the ball in mid-air, leaving the goalkeeper with no time to react. The Great Danes were able to defend the goal for the final time remaining leaving the final score UAlbany 4 – UNH 2.
The Great Danes will head to the America East Tournament next weekend located in UMass Lowell beginning on November 2nd. The America East regular season play will finish this Sunday, October 29th, which will determine the final seeding.
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