#5 Princeton Slips Past #20 Great Danes, 4-3
Score: No. 5 Princeton, 4 | No. 20 UAlbany, 3
Location: Princeton, N.J.
Records: No. 20 UAlbany (1-3) | No. 5 Princeton (2-1)
Short story: Dana Bozek notched a season-high two goals but it wasn’t enough to complete the second half comeback as the No. 20 Great Danes faltered, 4-3, at No. 5 Princeton.
Head Coach Phil Sykes: “I am very happy with the way the team competed today. Unfortunately, we couldn’t tie the game up and force overtime, but I am happy with how we battled back and did not allow ourselves to rollover. Princeton started off really fast and we had to defend for a lot of the first quarter. Once we calmed down and got our bearings we were able to connect on the field, push the ball forward and score a couple goals.”
- Dana Bozek notched a game-high five points (2g, 1a).
- Katie MacCallum’s third quarter goal was her first of the season.
- Princeton outshot UAlbany 15-10 and held a 12-9 advantage in penalty corners.
- The three goals scored are a season high for the Great Danes
The twentieth-ranked UAlbany field hockey team faced its third top-20 opponent in four games this Friday when they made the trip down to New Jersey to take on No. 5 Princeton. Senior Dana Bozek and junior Katie MacCallum each scored a goal in the second half but it wasn’t enough to defeat Princeton on their home turf.
Offense was the theme of today’s game which saw a combined seven goals. The three scored by the Great Danes marked a season high for the squad.
Princeton, who reached the Final Four a year ago, got on the board in the 12th minute behind a goal from MaryKate Neff. The Tigers' offense controlled the ball for the majority of the first half, outshooting UAlbany, 5-1.
The Tiger’s later doubled their lead, 2-0, off a penalty corner in the second quarter.
Less than four minutes later, Dana Bozek cut the deficit to one with her first goal of the season. After drawing a penalty corner on a Princeton foul, Bozek sent a shot into the top left corner of the cage to make it a 2-1 game. Princeton’s offense continued to attack and was able to regain its two-goal lead heading into halftime.
Momentum began to shift after the break. This time it was Katie MacCallum and UAlbany who struck first, as the junior brought the Great Danes within one, 3-2, with a deflection off a long pass from Bozek. The Great Danes began to find their way, outshooting their counterparts 4-0 in the third.
Despite Princeton creating a two-goal buffer, 4-2, in the fourth quarter, the Great Danes refused to quit. Bozek struck again as the score read 4-3 with under five minutes to play. Unfortunately, time ran out and the final whistle blew before the Great Danes could net the equalizer.
Up next: UAlbany continues its road swing with a Saturday contest at Massachusetts. The contest is slated to begin at 3 p.m. in Amherst, Mass.