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#25 FH Hosts Bryant, Visits Lafayette in Weekend Tilts

UAlbany Sports Information   09-13-2018

Sept. 14 vs Bryant

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Sept. 16 at Lafayette

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No. 25 UAlbany (2-2) | Bryant (1-5) | Lafayette (0-5)

Albany, N.Y. — The No. 25 UAlbany field hockey team is set for a pair of games this weekend,  hosting Bryant before visiting Lafayette. The Great Danes take on the Bulldogs Friday at 3 p.m. and the Leopards Sunday at 1 p.m.

Last Time Out

The Great Danes posted a 1-1 mark on the road last weekend, defeating Sacred Heart, 5-1, before being tripped up at No. 13 Boston College, 1-0. Senior Frederike Helmke led the scoring charge against the Pioneers with two first half goals, while seven different players recorded points in the contest.

Facing their second top-15 opponent in four games, the Great Danes fell to 0-2 on the season against ranked opponents. Goalkeeper Melissa Nealon made five saves against the Eagles but it wasn’t enough as Boston College scored in the 55th minute to secure the victory.

Tale of the Tape

  • UAlbany is 1-0 at home this season.
  • The Great Danes are averaging 5.0 goals per game against non-ranked teams.
  • Bryant’s only win of the season came on the road against Hofstra on Sept. 9.
  • Lafayette is looking to snap a five-game skid.

Series History

  • Bryant: UAlbany remains perfect against Bryant with a 5-0 mark in the all-time series.
  • Lafayette: UAlbany holds a 7-1 advantage in the all-time series.

You Shall Not Pass

Junior goalkeeper Melissa Nealon sits in the top-10 nationally after a hot start in the cage. Nealon's 0.76 goals against average and .800 save percentage rank fifth and ninth, respectively, in Division I. Allowing just three goals so far this season, Nealon is leading the conference in GGA and is second in save percentage. 

Notables

  • Freshman Kelsey McCrudden tallied her first collegiate point with an assist at Sacred Heart (9/8).
  • Freshman Elaina Burchell notched her first collegiate points tallying one goal and one assist in a win at Sacred Heart (9/8).
  • Dana Bozek’s three goal performance against Colgate (9/1) marked a career best for the junior.
  • Sophomore Ghislaine Beerkens matched a career-high with two goals against Colgate (9/1).

The March to 200

With 193 career wins, head coach Phil Sykes is just eight wins away from eclipsing the 200 career win mark at UAlbany.

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