#18 UAlbany Slips in Double OT to UMass Lowell
ALBANY, N.Y.-- Field Hockey Score: #18 UAlbany 1 - UMass Lowell 2 (2 OT)
Location: Albany, N.Y.
Season Records: UAlbany 4-5 UMass Lowell 6-5
Short Story: #18 UAlbany takes UMass Lowell to two overtime periods but falls 2-1 in the 89th minute of play. UMass Lowell led at the end of the first half 1-0 from a goal off of a rebounded shot. In the second half, freshman Liz Ryan scored her first career goal as a Great Dane to send the game into overtime. Although UAlbany outshot UMass Lowell 6-2 in both overtime periods combined, UMass Lowell scored the final goal to make the final score 2-1.
- Liz Ryan scored her first career goal as a Great Dane
- UAlbany outshot UMass Lowell 26-10
- Melissa Nealon recorded seven saves on the day, while UMass Lowell’s goalkeeper recorded nine
- The Great Danes forced 10 penalty corners, while UMass Lowell earned five
UAlbany started off strong keeping the momentum on the offensive side of the field. Carli Pelletier made an impressive turnover in the 8th minute, which created UAlbany’s first penalty corner opportunity. Unfortunately the Great Danes were unable to capitalize.
UMass Lowell’s Katie Lynes scored the goal off a deflected shot with just four minutes remaining in the first half. Lynes’ goal was shot in the upper left corner of the net putting the River Hawks ahead 1-0 going into the second half.
In the second half the Great Danes outshot UMass Lowell 15-4. UMass Lowell made impressive stops, including a defensive save in the 38th minute. However, it was Liz Ryan’s shot that found the back of the goal. Katie MacCallum set up the play with a shot that was deflected by a River Hawk defender. Ryan, placed next to the goal, rebounded the deflection making the score 1-1 in the 54th minute. Dana Bozek and Ghislaine Beerkens earned the Great Danes multiple penalty corners in the half, yet the score remained 1-1 at the end of regulation.
Both periods of overtime were back and forth. UAlbany was able to outshoot UMass Lowell 6-2 in the extra time. In the 89th minute, UMass Lowell took advantage of the transition after a Great Dane unsuccessful corner. The transition consisted of three passes advancing to opposite sides of the field, ending with a shot from the River Hawks' Sophie Gehrels to make the final score 2-1.
COMMENTS FROM THE COACHING STAFF
"Tough one today. Conference games are always a battle. UMass Lowell played well today and kept coming at us. We created some good opportunities but just couldn't capitalize. We will learn from this and hopefully rebound with a better effort on Sunday," said head coach Phil Sykes.
The Great Danes will face Vermont on Sunday, October 1st at 2 P.M. in Burlington, VT.