UAlbany Women's Lacrosse Returns to Action at Wagner on Thursday Afternoon
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The UAlbany women’s lacrosse team heads back to the field for the first time in nearly a week, traveling to Staten Island to take on defending NEC champion Wagner on Thursday, March 9th at 3 p.m.
The game will be played at Wagner College Stadium on Staten Island.
This is UAlbany third game in a row, and third of four contests, away from home. It is the second of those road games in the home state of New York.
UAlbany played a pair of top-5 nationally ranked opponents last week, falling to #2/2 North Carolina 14-5 in Baltimore last Friday, for a 2-3 overall record. Wagner is playing its second home game and last played in Pennsylvania, a 12-9 defeat at Lehigh, to come in at 0-4.
Wagner’s coaches have a lot of ties to UAlbany. Wagner head coach Katie Rowan formerly played at Syracuse and coached at UAlbany under John Battaglino while Wagner assistant coach Katherine Sweeney is a UAlbany alum, class of 2016.
The two teams met last season at John Fallon Field, with UAlbany winning 14-1. All-time, Wagner leads the series 2-1.
MARTIN SELECTED TO 2017 TEWAARATON WATCH LIST: Sarah Martin is one of 50 women’s lacrosse players across the country to be named to the 2017 Tewaaraton Watch list.
The UAlbany women’s lacrosse team now has had a player on the Tewaaraton Watch List the past four years and second year in a row on the first list of 50. Martin earns her first placement on the list.
MARTIN NAMED INSIDE LACROSSE PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN: Senior midfielder Sarah Martin has been selected as an Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Preseason Division I Third Team All-American. UAlbany has had at least one preseason All-American each of the past three years.
Through last week, Martin stands second in DI with five goals per game at 4.0 and eighth in points per game at 5.2.
UALBANY PICKED TO FINISH SECOND IN AMERICA EAST PRESEASON POLL: The UAlbany women’s lacrosse team has been predicted to finish second in the conference America East preseason coaches poll. UAlbany received a first-place vote and 31 points in the poll to place second overall.
Stony Brook, last year’s America East champion, was predicted to finish first with six first-place votes for 36 points. New Hampshire and UMBC, were third and fourth with 23 and 21 points respectively. Vermont (18), Binghamton (12) and UMass Lowell (6) filled out the rest of the poll.
CAPTAINS NAMED: Four players, Andrea Flood, Sierra McIver, Sarah Martin and Kaylee Rickert will serve as the UAlbany captains this season, all for the first time. All were starters for UAlbany last year. Flood and McIver captain the defense while Martin and Rickert lead the offense.
RISING UP THE RECORD BOOKS: A couple of Great Danes are looking to go up in the record books this season.
Dakotah Savitcheff stands third in UAlbany history in goals scored with 157, three away from second place Kayla Best, who had 160 goals from 2000-03, and 18 away from 1st place Rachel Bowles, who scored 175 goals from 2012-16. Savitcheff is also ninth all-time in points in program history with 168, one away from the mark of 169, set by Sarah Spillett from 2004-07.
Sarah Martin is sixth in the program’s Division I history in draw controls with 111. She is 11 away from tying for fifth with Sarah Spillett, who had 122 from 2004-07.
On the defensive side, Sierra McIver stands with 39 caused turnovers in her career, tied for tenth in program history. She is two away from tying for seventh all-time with three other Great Danes. Martin also is threatening to join the top-10 with 36.
KEEPING POSSESSION: In the new shot clock era, UAlbany is keeping the ball safe, standing third-best in Division I with 12.6 turnovers per game. Only Vanderbilt and Stetson average fewer turnovers a game than UAlbany.
RUN THE ROOKIES: UAlbany’s freshman class is already having a strong impact on the season. Sam Tortora is third on the team in points with 13 off six goals and seven assists, while Paige Werlau scored three points off two goals and an assist against St. Bonaventure. Jordyn Marr is one of two UAlbany rookies to have a goal scored in each of the team’s first two games.
On the defensive end, Georgia Schneidereith and Erin Leghart have split the time in goal, with Imani Hedgeman starting four games with five caused turnovers and Mara Bureau starting three games, including five draw controls.
MARTIN HONORED AS US LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: With a historic 10-goal performance against Yale, Sarah Martin was chosen as the Player of the Week by US Lacrosse Magazine for the week ending February 19th. Her 10 goals against Yale set a new UAlbany single game record while her 11 points tied the program record. She began the week with two goals, three assists and nine draw controls against St. Bonaventure.
Martin was also chosen as the America East Co-Player of the Week. Teammate Sam Tortora picked up the league’s Rookie of the Week award, spearheaded by finishing with three goals and two assists vs. St. Bonaventure.
SCOUTING WAGNER: Wagner’s top scorer is sophomore attack Anna Belle Reilly, who has 10 goals, almost 30% of the team’s goals this season, on a total of 18 shots. Junior midfielder Lauren Ednie has eight points off six goals and two assists, adding 13 draw controls. In the cage is Ithaca College transfer Kelsey Fee with a 12.69 goals allowed average and a 41.3% save rate.