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UAlbany Women's Lacrosse Returns Home to Host Drexel on Sunday at Noon

UAlbany Sports Information   03-16-2017

ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany women’s lacrosse team will have its first home game in over a month on Sunday, March 19th, hosting Drexel at John Fallon Field for a noon matinee.

This is the first home game for UAlbany since its 13-11 victory over Yale on February 18th.  Attendance to all games at John Fallon Field is free.  In addition, the game will be broadcast online for free on AmericaEast.tv.

This contest is the first of two contests in a row at home for UAlbany.  Next week, the Great Danes will have their America East opener against UMBC.

UAlbany’s last scheduled contest, at Cornell, was postponed due to inclement weather in the New York region.  The Great Danes, from the America East Conference, last play on March 9th, defeating Wagner 19-5 on Staten Island to enter at 3-3 overall.  Drexel, a Colonial Athletic Association member, is coming off an 8-7 home victory over Villanova on March 11th, holding an 8-7 overall record.

This is the first game between UAlbany and Drexel since 2002.  Both previous matchups were in Philadelphia, with Drexel taking each, including a 10-7 win in 2002.

This game includes a family gathering.  UAlbany goalkeeper Georgia Schneidereith is one of four quadruplets, with two of her sisters, Jamie and Lucy, playing for Drexel.  The fourth, Maggie, plays at Johns Hopkins.

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 in goals per game at 4.17 and seventh in points per game at 5.33.

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 FloodSierra McIverSarah 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 second in UAlbany history in goals scored with 162, 18 away from 1st place Rachel Bowles, who scored 175 goals from 2012-16.  Sarah Martin is one goal away from 100 in her career and is seven away from tying for tenth place on the UAlbany list with Rachael Burek, who had 106 from 2010-13.

Savitcheff is also tied for seventh all-time in points in program history with 173, nine away from the mark of 182, set by Dawn Di Micco from 1997-2001. Martin is looking to join the top-10 in points, standing with 142, 22 away from tenth place.

Martin is sixth in the program’s Division I history in draw controls with 121.  She is one away from tying for fifth with Sarah Spillett, who had 122 from 2004-07.

On the defensive side, Sierra McIver stands with 40 caused turnovers in her career, tied for tenth in program history.  She is one away from tying for seventh all-time with three other Great Danes.  Martin also is threatening to join the top-10 with 37.

KEEPING POSSESSION: In the new shot clock era, UAlbany is keeping the ball safe, standing third-best in Division I with 12.33 turnovers per game.  Only Vanderbilt and Harvard 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 six caused turnovers and Mara Bureau starting three games, including 10 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 DREXEL: Four of Drexel’s six games this season have been decided by one or two goals.  The team’s primary scorer is junior attack Nadia Pelham-Lacey with team-highs of 17 goals and 10 assists for 27 points.  She is flanked by senior midfielder Devin Nihill with 14 goals, four assists and nine draw controls.  In the cage is senior Carlee Ries, who is seventh in DI with a 7.64 goals allowed average, adding a 45% save rate.

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