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No. 24 Great Danes Face Pair of America East Foes This Weekend

UAlbany Sports Information   10-03-2018

Oct. 5 vs. UMass Lowell (3 p.m.)

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Oct. 7 vs. New Hampshire (1 p.m.)

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No. 24 UAlbany (7-3, 1-1 AE) | UMass Lowell (6-4, 1-2 AE)  | New Hampshire (3-7, 1-1 AE)

Albany, N.Y. — The No. 24 UAlbany field hockey team has a busy week ahead with its first back-to-back America East Conference games of the season. The Great Danes first host UMass Lowell for a 3 p.m. match up on Friday, October 5 before welcoming New Hampshire on Sunday, Oct. 7 beginning at 1 p.m.

Last Time Out

The Great Danes dropped a hard-fought, 2-1 contest in double overtime against No. 18 Maine on September 30 for their first conference loss of the season. Dana Bozek scored the lone goal for the squad, while goalkeeper Melissa Nealon tallied a season-high eight saves in the outing.

The Great Danes Report

  • Dana Bozek has scored five goals in her last three games. The junior leads the team with eight goals and 16 points.
  • Goalkeeper Melissa Nealon ranks second in the nation in save percentage (.833) and third in GAA (0.69).
  • The Great Danes are earning 8.20 penalty corners a game which ranks fourth in Division I.
  • UAlbany owns a 4-0 clip at home this season.
  • In their first meeting of the season, UAlbany snubbed UMass Lowell, 1-0, behind Carli Pelletier’s first career goal.

Managing UMass Lowell

  • Tori Huk and Anouk Lalande pace the River Hawks with 20 and 19 points, respectively.
  • UMass Lowell is posting a 1-2 clip on the road in 2018.
  • The squad earned its first conference win last weekend against New Hampshire, 3-1.
  • The River Hawks are 0-1 against ranked teams, falling to No.8 Louisville, 2-1, back in Sept.

Looking at New Hampshire

  • The Wildcats are winless on the road with a 0-3 record.
  • Bailey Fanikos is posting a team-high four goals for eight points.
  • New Hampshire is 1-1 against teams ranked in the top-25. The squad fell to No. 9 Boston College (0-6) before upsetting No. 18 Maine (3-2).

The March to 200

With 198 career wins, head coach Phil Sykes and associate head coach Andy Thornton are just two wins away from eclipsing the 200 career win mark at UAlbany.


  • Sophomore Carli Pelletier posted the game-winning goal at UMass Lowell (9/21) for her first goal as a Great Dane.
  • Freshman Kelsey McCrudden tallied her first collegiate point with an assist at Sacred Heart (9/8).
  • Freshman Elaina Burchell notched her first collegiate points tallying one goal and one assist in a win at Sacred Heart (9/8).
  • Junior Dana Bozek notched her first career hat trick against Colgate on Sept. 1.




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