UAlbany Women's Lacrosse Crushes Drexel 20-7, Highest Offensive Output Since 2015
ALBANY, N.Y. – In its first home game in over a month, the UAlbany women’s lacrosse team returned to John Fallon Field in style with a 20-7 victory over Drexel, its best offensive output since 2015.
UAlbany (4-3) used a 6-0 run through the middle of the first half, then scored eight of the first nine goals in the second period to bolt past Drexel (4-3). It is the first 20-goal game for UAlbany since April 25, 2015, a 20-5 home win over UMBC.
“We are starting to play UAlbany lacrosse, where everyone is contributing,” said UAlbany head coach John Battaglino. “We were spreading the ball around well, and we are understanding the game.”
Several players achieved milestones in this contest. Dakotah Savitcheff earned a personal career-high with eight goals, tied for second all-time in a single game in UAlbany history, moving to within five goals of the UAlbany program record with 170.
Sarah Martin earned her 100th career goal with a big all-around performance, tallying four goals, five assists, six ground balls, seven draw controls and three caused turnovers. With 128 career draw controls, she moves into fifth on the list.
Emma Powlin notched a career-high six assists, tying for fifth all-time in a single game in UAlbany history, adding a goal for seven points. Sam Tortora notched a hat trick on three total shots, adding two caused turnovers and two draw controls. Erin Leghart picked up the victory in goal, saving eight shots in the first 51:57, with Georgia Schneidereith finishing the game.
Drexel was led by Devin Nihill, who had three goals, an assist and three draw controls, with Nadia Pelham-Lacey finished with a goal and three assists. Carlee Ries had the loss in goal with 15 goals allowed and three saves in the first 39:05 of play.
The Dragons got off to a 2-1 lead in the opening 6:03 of the game. UAlbany started its 6-0 run in the next minute as Kenzie Neal converted a free position shot. Powlin followed, throwing from behind the cage to a cutting Martin for a goal. Tortura added her second on a race to the cage, then Savitcheff added two more. Powlin scored a goal racing through the arc to make it 7-2 UAlbany with 12:29 left in the first.
Drexel scored the next two goals, then UAlbany added one more on another pass from behind the cage from Powlin to Kaylee Rickert, giving UAlbany an 8-4 lead at the half.
UAlbany struck quickly after grabbing the second half opening draw control as Rickert found Neal for the laser fire and score. Savitcheff added another off a pass from Martin to make it 10-4 two minutes into the 2nd,
After a Lauren Gerrie goal for Drexel, Martin had a hand in five of the next six goals for UAlbany. She scored unassisted, then got another feed from Powlin for another goal. Following Savitcheff netting a goal from Rickert, Martin scored again then set up Savitcheff twice to complete a 6-0 run and make it 16-5 UAlbany.
Drexel got the next two goals to get back within single digits. UAlbany finished the game with the last four goals, including two more of the Martin-Savitcheff connection and the first goal of the game for Jordyn Marr, to win 20-7 over Drexel.
UAlbany stays home for its next game, hosting UMBC to begin America East play on Saturday, March 25th at noon at John Fallon Field.