#20 Field Hockey Heads to Colgate for Midweek Clash
ALBANY, N.Y. – In the midst of a five-game road swing, the No. 20 UAlbany field hockey team is set to make a stop at in-state foe Colgate for a midweek contest on Tuesday.
Tuesday, September 17 at Colgate (5:30 p.m.)
The Great Danes enter Tuesday with a 2-3 record after splitting a pair of decisions over the weekend. UAlbany fell in a close, 4-3, contest at No. 5 Princeton on Friday, before bouncing back with a 2-1 victory at Massachusetts. Colgate (2-3) was beaten by Rider, 5-1, on Sunday in its only contest of the week.
Leading the Pack
- Senior Dana Bozek is pacing the squad with three goals and seven points.
- Sophomore Kelsey McCrudden is dishing out a team-best four assists. The defender is currently riding a four-game point streak (1g, 4a).
- Five different Great Danes have found the back of the net so far this season.
- Goalkeeper Melissa Nealon is boasting a 2.37 goals against average, 23 saves and one shutout.
- UAlbany is 1-2 on the road this fall.
- Nicole Salamone is notching team highs in goals (3) and points (8), while teammate Taylor Casamassa leads all players with three helpers.
- In the cage, Anna Unger (2-2) is spouting a 2.49 goals against average and 15 saves.
- Colgate owns a 1-1 clip at home in 2019.
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 will visit Rhode Island for a pair of weekend games at Brown (Saturday) and Bryant (Sunday).