Albany, N.Y. — The No. 23 UAlbany field hockey team looks to stay perfect at home when they host America East foe Vermont on Friday afternoon in the squad’s lone game of the week. The tilt is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Great Danes improved to 6-0 at home following a pair of wins this past weekend. UAlbany defeated UMass Lowell 4-3 on Friday to earn the series win before pushing past New Hampshire 2-1 in an overtime thriller. Ghislaine Beerkens finished the weekend with six points off two goals.
The Great Danes Report
Beerkens leads the team with 10 goals. Her 0.83 goals per game rank fifth in the conference 16th in the NCAA.
Goalkeeper Melissa Nealon is posting league bests in goals against average (0.90) and shutouts (4). She ranks in the top-10 in Division I in GAA and save percentage (.788).
In its last five games, UAlbany is outscoring its opponents 16-8.
The Great Danes are 6-0 at home this season and 9-0 against unranked teams.
UAlbany owns a steady 18-5 lead against the Catamounts in the all-time series.
Landon Warren is notching a team-best seven goals and 14 points.
The Catamounts own a 2-3 clip on the road.
Vermont is 0-2 against ranked teams — falling to then No.11 Syracuse 4-1 on August 24 and No. 28 Maine, 4-0, on Sunday.
200 and Counting…
Head Coach Phil Sykes eclipsed the 200-win mark with a 2-1 overtime win against New Hampshire. Sykes, the programs leader in wins, owns a 200-98 record in his 15th year at the helm. Associate head coach Andy Thornton also celebrated the milestone as he has stood beside Sykes for all 200 victories. The duo has celebrated five America East Tournament Championships and a trip to the Final Four in 2014.
Sophomore Ghislaine Beerkens tallied her first career hat trick against UMass Lowell on Oct. 5.
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.