Bill Ziskin

No. 25 Great Danes Prove to be Top Dogs, Take Down Bulldogs, 2-0

UAlbany Sports Information   09-14-2018

Field Hockey Score: No. 25 UAlbany 2, Bryant 0

Location: Albany, N.Y. – Alumni Turf

Records: UAlbany 3-2, Bryant 1-6

Short Story: Katie MacCallum and Cosima Rocktaeschel each found the back of the net to help lift the No. 25 UAlbany field hockey team to a 2-0 victory against Bryant on Friday afternoon.

Coach Sykes: 

"We had a few players come off the bench who have started for us before following some injuries. We had to shift a little bit and had some players in positions they haven't played before but I loved how the girls kept battling. It was a bit frusterating at times. We had alot of opportunited but they kept going, going, going and kept a strong head which resulted in a couple of goals for us."

"We have played so many teams this season where the goalkeeper has played unbelievable. We played Sacred Heart and took some unbelievable shots and the goalkeepr just made a more unbelieveable save. We played BC and we played so well. Had some great shots and the goalkeeper played fantastic. It hapened again today - hats off to them. We are either hitting the post of the goalkeeper is makig a great save. We just tell the girls keep going because those are shots we are looking for and they are doing their part."

Key Stats

  • UAlbany improves to 2-0 at home this season.
  • Both goals came off the bench.
  • MacCallum and Rocktaeshel notched their first points of the season.
  • Goalkeeper Melissa Nealon picked up her second shutout of the season.
  • Ghislaine Beerkens took a game-high five shots.

Recap: Katie MacCallum and Cosima Rocktaeschel each found the back of the net to help lift the No. 25 UAlbany field hockey team to a 2-0 victory against Bryant on Friday afternoon.

The two teams were knotted 0-0 at the break despite a 13-0 shot advantage in favor of the Great Danes. UAlbany earned five penalty corners in the opening frame but couldn’t find an answer to Bryant’s goalkeeper Marijn Jaarsma, who had nine saves before the break.

The Great Danes began to find answers in the second half when MacCallum broke open the scoring in the 58th minute. The sophomore gathered a loose ball at her feet before sending a shot into the right corner of the net for the first tally of the contest.

The home team’s lead grew to 2-0 just 93 seconds later when Rocktaeshaschel connected with Viola Von der Muhlen at 58:46. Rocktaeshaschel received a pass from Von de Muhlen who inserted the ball of a penalty corner following a Bulldog’s penalty.

UAlbany was dominate in he advantage, only allowing Bryant to record two shots in he match. Goalkeeper Melissa Nealon improves to 3-2 on the season and recorded her second shutout of the year.

Next Up: The Great Danes continue their non-conference slate on Sunday, Sept. 15 when they visit Lafayette in Easton, Pa. The tilt is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m.

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