#20 UAlbany Outlasts Vermont 3-2 in Overtime
Field Hockey Score: #20 UAlbany 3 – Vermont 2
Location: Albany, N.Y.
Season Records: UAlbany 10-5 Vermont 5-10
America East Records: UAlbany 5-1 Vermont 1-5
Short Story: Down by two goals at the half with less than 20 minutes remaining and a pulled goalie, UAlbany’s Dana Bozek scored two goals to send the Great Danes to overtime. Then, just 27 seconds after the start of overtime, Bozek found Briddell pushed to the right of the goal. Briddell fired to make the final score 3-2 UAlbany.
- UAlbany Goals: Dana Bozek 2 (Assists: Kelsey Briddell 2) and Kelsey Briddell (Assist: Dana Bozek)
- The Great Danes received a chance of 12 penalty corners, while Vermont did not receive one
- Vermont was outshot by UAlbany 4-16
- UAlbany’s goalkeeper, Melissa Nealon was pulled from the goal for 2 minutes and 25 seconds before the Great Danes tied the score 2-2
- Nealon recorded 1 save while Vermont’s goalkeeper, Lena Benwood recorded 5.
Although the Great Danes faced a two goal deficit at the half, UAlbany dominated statistically the entire game. The first two goals for the Catamounts happened very quickly. In the 19th minute, the Catamount’s leading goal scorer Landen Warren found the back of the goal to give Vermont a 1-0 lead. Just two minutes later, the second goal was earned off a penalty stroke. As Nealon dove, Vermont’s Rachel Phillips shot in the opposite direction. Vermont was playing very tight defense. Although UAlbany was able to earn a total of five penalty corners in the first half, they were not able to execute.
In the second half, the Great Danes continued to control the ball and earned shot opportunities stemming from the defense. UAlbany applied a lot of defensive pressure, creating multiple turnovers. UAlbany outshot Vermont 7-2 in the second half while looking to earn as many penalty corners as possible in the congested defensive circle. It was not until late in the 51st minute where a goal was able to fall after earning a corner. Kelsey Briddell inserted the ball to the left of the goal finding Dana Bozek. Taking one dribble, Bozek took a long, hard swing launching the ball to the back right of the goal decreasing the Catamount lead to only one.
As the clock began to hit single digits, the Danes were still looking for a goal to tie. With less than four and a half minutes of play remaining, UAlbany pulled their goalkeeper, Melissa Nealon to put more attackers near Vermont’s goal. In the 68th minute, the tactic paid off as UAlbany was able to earn another corner. Kelsey Briddell again inserted the ball to Bozek. Bozek took one dribble, paused and fired to tie the score 2-2. Neither team was able to produce another goal in the final two minutes of regulation moving the teams into overtime.
To start overtime, the Great Danes quickly gained possession. In just 27 seconds after the whistle, Bozek made a run on the left side of the goal, cutting back to find Kelsey Briddell overlapping. With a sharp angle, Briddell made a smart move dribbling around the goalie to claim a 3-2 victory over Vermont.
COMMENTS FROM THE COACHING STAFF
"Tough conference game today. Vermont came ready to play. Our energy and focus was not great to start the game and Vermont capitalized, but I was proud of how we battled in regulation just to get to overtime. We tried to be aggressive from the start and took advantage of the first opportunity he had."
"Rachel Schaunnauer played very well defensively for us today, as did Frederike Helmke. Dana Bozek was also very effective in the midfield. She made a lot of quality passes, played good defense and earned a bunch of penalty corners. Her two goals and game winning assist were a big difference in the game. Kelsey Briddell played very good as well. She worked tirelessly (as she does) on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball today. That extra effort to get forward was a difference maker in the overtime win," said Sykes.
UAlbany will host Maine on Senior Day on Alumni Turf at 1 PM on Sunday, October 22nd.