#20 Field Hockey Embarks on Five-Game Road Swing
ALBANY, N.Y. – After bumping up to No. 20 in the latest NFHCA Division I poll, the UAlbany field hockey team is set to embark on its longest road swing of the season, beginning with a pair of games this weekend. UAlbany kicks off the five-game swing at No. 5 Princeton on Friday before squaring-off at Massachusetts on Saturday afternoon.
Friday, September 13 at No. 5 Princeton (4 p.m.)
Saturday, September 14 at Massachusetts (3 p.m.)
Leading the Pack
- The Great Danes enter the weekend with a 1-2 record after falling, 2-1, in a double overtime heartbreaker to No. 6 Harvard last Friday.
- Sophomore Kelsey McCrudden and freshman Lillian Hickey are pacing the squad with three points apiece.
- Senior Melissa Nealon (1-2) is boasting a 1.47 goals against average, 15 saves and one shutout.
- UAlbany is 0-1 on the road this fall.
- The Tigers (1-1) are coming off a pair of split decisions in their opening weekend. Princeton fell, 4-3, to No. 1 UNC on Friday before earning its first win with a 2-1 victory against No. 10 Wake Forest.
- Hannah Davey leads the squad with four points and two assists, while Sammy Popper is tallying a team-high two goals.
- In the cage, Grace Baylis is spouting a 3.32 goals against average and seven saves.
- Princeton is 1-1 against ranked opponents in 2019.
- The Minutewomen (2-2) snapped a two-game skid last weekend, defeating Yale, 4-1, and Dartmouth, 1-0, respectively.
- Georgie McTear is tallying a team-best two goals and four points.
- Megan Davis (1-2) owns a 1.88 goals against average in the cage.
- Massachusetts is 0-2 against opponents ranked in the top-25.
UAlbany has climbed its way to No. 20 in the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA National Coaches Poll. The Great Danes were picked 22nd in the coaches preseason poll to begin the season.
Home Sweet Home
The Great Danes, who went a perfect 9-0 at home last season, have proven they are one of the toughest teams in the country to beat on their home turf. UAlbany boasts an impressive 42-10 record at home dating back to the 2013 season.
The Great Danes currently have four foreign players on the roster. Two Great Danes hail from the Netherlands: freshman Pelou Bakker and freshman Julie Rudijk. Junior Katie MacCallum is from Scotland and junior Cosima Rocktaeschel is from Germany.
Great Danes Picked to Win the America East
For the second straight season, UAlbany was picked to win the America East in the preseason coaches’ poll. UAlbany received five first-place votes and accumulated a total of 25 points, exceeding second-place Maine, who received 21 points and the last remaining first-place vote.
She’s Got Gold Around Her Neck
Returning starter Katie MacCallum donned blue and white this summer to represent Team Scotland. MacCallum was a member of the 2019 Scotland U-21 National Team that won gold in the EuroHockey Championship.
- Freshman Lillian Hickey recorded her first collegiate point with an assist in a 2-0 win against Miami (OH) on Aug. 31. Hickey later scored her first collegiate goal against No. 5 Harvard on Sept. 6.
UAlbany continues its road trip with a Tuesday contest at Colgate. The contest is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m.