#19 UAlbany Gears Up for Sacred Heart and UMass Lowell
ALBANY, N.Y.—The University at Albany takes on a mid-week non-conference challenge against Sacred Heart before traveling to UMass Lowell on Sunday, October 15th.
Sacred Heart- Wednesday, October 11th @ 2 P.M. on Alumni Turf
UMass Lowell- Sunday, October 15th @ 2 P.M. in Lowell, Mass.
GREAT DANES MOVE TO 7-5
Last weekend the Great Danes’ first game was on Friday against the very tough Maine Black Bear team. Ghislaine Beerkens was able to find the back of the goal in the second half to make the final score 1-0. Taking the momentum to Sunday, UAlbany breezed over Fairfield with an 8-2 win. Three of the goals came from Cosima Rocktaeschel, the first being her first career goal at UAlbany.
SCOUTING SACRED HEART (5-8)
Last weekend the Pioneers went 1-1 beating Siena 3-1 and falling to UMass Lowell 2-1. Sacred Heart is 5-8 this season and 1-1 in conference. Their most notable wins thus far have been a 1-0 victory over Lehigh and a 4-1 win over Towson.
Player to Watch: Senior Nichole Tolli leads the team in points (13) and goals (5). Tolli is a three-time All-MAAC Second Team selection, and was selected to the All-MAAC Preseason Team. Against UMass Lowel, Tolli scored the team’s solo goal.
Against UAlbany: Historically UAlbany leads the series 5-1 against the Pioneers. The last meeting was on September 27th 2013 when the Great Danes shut out Sacred Heart 9-0 at home. A UAlbany 2013 senior, Daphne Voormolen set a single-game program record scoring five goals, which Paula Heuser matched against UMass Lowell in 2015.
SCOUTING UMASS LOWELL (7-7)
The River Hawks will face Vermont on Friday before meeting the Great Danes on Sunday. This will be the second meeting with the Great Danes this season. UAlbany fell 2-1 in double overtime earlier this year. UMass Lowell is currently 7-7 this season, with a 1-2 America East record. Last weekend the River Hawks fell to UNH 2-1 in overtime and swept Sacred Heart 2-1. This season UMass Lowell has scored 26 goals compared to their opponent’s 28, averaging 14.3 shots per game.
Player to Watch: Sophomore Anouk Lalande from Belgium leads the River Hawks in points (22), goals (10), and shots on goal percentage (.848). Lalande earned the first America East Offensive Player of the Week (8/29) this season for her three-goal performance over Hofstra.
Against UAlbany: Currently UAlbany leads the all-time series record 6-1. The last meeting was this season on September 9th when Liz Ryan scored her first career goal as a Great Dane. Although UAlbany outshot the Riverhawks 26-10, the Great Danes were unable to produce an additional goal. In the 89th minute of double overtime, 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. A