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#20 UAlbany Narrowly Edged by #7 UNC in Overtime

UAlbany Sports Information   09-24-2017

ALBANY, N.Y.-- 
Field Hockey Score: #20 UAlbany 1 -  #7 UNC 2
Location: Albany, N.Y.

Season Records: UAlbany 4-4   UNC  9-2
Short Story: #20 UAlbany Field Hockey just shorted by #7 UNC 2-1 in overtime. In 90 degree weather, the Great Danes played an evenly matched game against the UNC Tar Heels. Katie MacCallum scored the first goal of the game in the 63rd minute. However, less than a minute later, North Carolina countered to send the game to overtime. The Tar Heels were able to produce the final goal off of two shots.

KEY STATS

  • UNC just barely outshot UAlbany 17-12, with both teams receiving 8 penalty corners
  • Melissa Nealon recorded 9 saves, compared to a solo save from North Carolina’s keeper
  • Katie MacCallum scored UAlbany’s single goal from an assist by Dana Bozek.

RECAP

Both UNC and UAlbany played a very fast-paced, aggressive game. In the first period, it was back and forth, but UAlbany seemed to have more possessions outshooting UNC 7-4. The Danes were fearless, with chances that unluckily did not go their way. Dana Bozek drew two penalty corners in a row for the Great Danes, but were not able to capitalize.

In the second half, the action remained present. The back line defense and Nealon faced great adversity, but remained calm and composed. In the 63rd minute, Katie MaCallum found her opportunity making her way past two defenders. MacCallum took a back-handed shot from the upper left side of the circle, just nicking the goalie’s pads to put the Danes ahead 1-0. With only seven minutes left on the clock, the Great Danes were close to victory. However, within two minutes, UNC scored to tie 1-1 and send it into overtime.

In the overtime heat, the Tar Heels gained momentum fast. With less than a minute into the start, UNC dribbled down the field passing two defenders. The first shot came close to the right side of the goal, but was defended off by a Melissa Nealon dive. However, the deflection of the ball fell into the stick of Malin Evert and went through the outstretched defender.

COACHING STAFF COMMENTS

“I was very proud of our teams’ effort today. Playing against a six-time NCAA champion can be very intimidating. Our girls really got after it today and competed,” said head coach Phil Sykes. 

“We have played four teams ranked in the top five this season. We have learned a great deal about ourselves each game and out of necessity, had to grow and evolve. We arguably played our toughest non-conference schedule ever and I think it will help us greatly going into conference play,” said Sykes.

UP NEXT
The Great Danes will face their second America East opponent of the season, the UMass Lowell Riverhawks on Friday, September 29th at 2 P.M. on Alumni Turf.

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