Women’s Lacrosse Hits the Road For Dartmouth on Saturday
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany women’s lacrosse team (3-0) travels to Dartmouth (3-1) for a noon draw in Hanover, N.H., this Saturday.
UAlbany is out to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2011, when the Great Danes went undefeated in the regular season. John Battaglino’s squad is receiving votes in the Brine and IWLCA polls this week. The Purple & Gold ranks third nationally in scoring margin (10.67), fifth in scoring offense (17.33 goals per game) and 12th in scoring defense (6.67 goals allowed per game). UAlbany is also one of 15 remaining unbeatens in Division I women’s lacrosse.
Rachel Bowles, the two-time defending America East Co-Offensive Player of the Week leads UAlbany with 13 goals and eight assists for 21 points so far this season. The sophomore ranks seventh in the nation in goals per game (4.33), 15th in assists per game (2.67) and fourth in points per game (7.00). Bowles also leads the league in each of those categories.
The America East Rookie of the Week Dakotah Savitcheff ranks second on the team in points with 11 on 11 goals. Senior Kathleen Lennon ranks tied for 11th in the nation in draw controls per game with 5.50.
Last weekend UAlbany downed Quinnipiac 16-2 at John Fallon Field. Bowles scored five goals and recorded an assist in the win to lead the Great Danes on offense.
UAlbany is facing the Big Green for the first time since the teams met in the NCAA First Round in 2011. It was the first NCAA Division I postseason win for the Great Danes by a score of 10-7 in a come-from-behind effort.
Dartmouth is out to a 3-1 start this season after downing New Hampshire, UConn and Boston University. The Big Green lost their only game so far this season to Ivy League foe Yale at home when Dartmouth was receiving votes.
Sarah Byrne leads Dartmouth with 16 goals so far this season. The junior was named the Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week after tallying a career-high eight points, including six goals against UConn. Byrne also had seven draw controls to her credit.
Dartmouth head coach Amy Patton is in her 22nd season at the helm of the Big Green.