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RV/#18 UAlbany Women's Lacrosse Set for Mid-Week Tilt at Dartmouth

UAlbany Sports Information   04-18-2017

HANOVER, N.H. – Fresh after earning its first national ranking since 2016, the UAlbany women’s lacrosse will play its final non-conference regular season game on Wednesday, April 19th at 3 p.m., heading north to take on Dartmouth in New Hampshire.

Attendance for the game at Scully-Fahey Field is free to the public.  In addition, the game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network, available via subscription.

This will be UAlbany’s last game for 10 days, with the conference finale being on Saturday, April 29th at Binghamton.

Following two wins last week, UAlbany now stands ranked #18 in the Inside Lacrosse/ILWomen Media Poll and is receiving votes in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.  Dartmouth is not ranked in either poll.

UAlbany is riding a four-game winning streak, coming off a 9-8 victory over UNH on Saturday for Senior Day, standing at 9-4 overall and 4-1 in the America East.  Dartmouth is looking to snap a four-game losing streak, coming off a 14-12 defeat to Cornell, to enter Wednesday at 5-7 overall and 0-5 in the Ivy League.

UAlbany leads the all-time series vs. Dartmouth 4-1, including all three meetings the past three seasons with a 9-7 win in Hanover last year.  Dartmouth was the home site for UAlbany’s 2011 NCAA First Round victory, a 10-7 victory over the Big Green.

SAVITCHEFF EARNS US LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: With game-winning goals in two games over Cornell and New Hampshire, Dakotah Savitcheff was honored as the Epoch/US Lacrosse Player of the Week on Apirl 17th.  Both her game-winners came with less than 20 seconds in the games, with the Cornell game-winner sending UAlbany to its first top-10 victory in program history.

UALBANY TOPPLES #8 CORNELL: UAlbany earn its first-ever victory over a top-10 opponent on April 11th, defeating #8/8 Cornell 11-10 in Ithaca.  Dakotah Savitcheff scored the final two UAlbany goals, two of her six in the game, in the final 20 seconds to send the Great Danes to the win.

Previously, the highest-ranked team that UAlbany had felled was #11 Dartmouth in 2011 during the NCAA First Round.

SAVITCHEFF – UALBANY ALL-TIME GOALS LEADER: With her first goal against Vermont for #176 in her career, Dakotah Savitcheff became the all-time goals leader in UAlbany women’s lacrosse history, passing Rachel Bowles. Savitcheff now has 188 goals in her collegiate career.

On the year, Savitcheff has 37 goals in nine games, averaging 3.7 per game, fourth in all of Division I.

MARTIN – CHASING THE UALBANY SINGLE SEASON POINTS AND GOALS RECORD: Sarah Martin is making a run at the highest point scoring season in UAlbany history.  She currently has 76 points off 46 goals and 30 assists, averaging six points per game.  It is currently tied for the fourth-highest single season point total in UAlbany history.

Martin is 17 points away from tying the UAlbany single season record of 93 points, set by Maureen Keggins in 2015.  Keggins had 37 goals and 58 assists that year.

Martin is also chasing the UAlbany single season goals record.  She is 18 goals away from Dakotah Savitcheff’s record of 64 in 2015.

LEAGUE’S TOP SCORERS: With 13.69 goals per game, UAlbany has some of the top scorers in the America East this season.

Dakotah Savitcheff is fourth in all of Division I, and first in the America East, with 3.70 goals per game, totaling 37 on the year.  Sarah Martin is third in the America East, and seventh in Division I, with 3.54 goals per game, with 46 total goals.

Quarterback Emma Powlin is second in the America East and eighth in Division I with 2.46 assists per game, totaling 32 on the year.

In total, UAlbany has four of the top-20 in the America East in goals per game, four of the top-16 in assists per game and five of the top-16 in points per game.

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 MIDSEASON ALL-AMERICAN: Senior midfielder Sarah Martin was placed on the Inside Lacrosse/ILWomen Midseason All-America Team, one of 17 players across the country honored on the list.

Martin stands in the top-20 in numerous categories across Division I, including being third with six points per game.  She is seventh with 3.58 points per game, 20th with 5.17 shots on goal per game and 12th with 5.58 draw controls per game.

RISING UP THE RECORD BOOKS: A couple of Great Danes are looking to go up in the record books this season.

Dakotah Savitcheff is now first in UAlbany history in goals scored with 190.  Sarah Martin passed the 100-goal mark on March 19th and stands with 120 to tie ninth all-time, one away from moving into eighth place with list with Dawn Di Micco, who had 121 from 1997-2001.

Savitcheff is also second all-time in points in program history with 201, 32 away from the top mark of 233 of Rachel Bowles from 2012-16. Martin stands with 186 career points for fourth place, two away from tying for third place with each Kayla Best, who had 188 from 2007-10.

Martin tied for third in the program’s Division I history in draw controls with 162.  She is 51 away from tying for second with Kathleen Lennon, who had 213 from 2011-14.

On the defensive side, Sierra McIver stands with 46 caused turnovers in her career, seventh in program history.  She is 14 away from tying for fifth all-time with Kathleen Lennon, who had 59 from 2011-14.  Martin also stands in the top-10 with 47, sixth all-time.

KEEPING POSSESSION……: In the new shot clock era, UAlbany is keeping the ball safe, standing second in Division I with 13.31 turnovers per game.

No other team in the America East averages fewer than 14.4 turnovers per game.  Stony Brook is the closest to UAlbany at 14.43 turnovers per game.

….AND PASSING THE BALL WELL: UAlbany is fifth in Division I with 7.77 assists per game. 

Emma Powlin, UAlbany’s primary player behind the cage, is 8th in DI with 2.46 assists per contest for a total of 32, having multiple assists in nine contests.

Sarah Martin is second in the team with 30 assists, including seven multi-assist contests. Sam Tortora has 12 assists on the year while Kaylee Rickert has 11.

SCOUTING DARTMOUTH: Dartmouth is under the leadership of first-year head coach Danielle Spencer.  The leading scorer for the Big Green is senior Courtney Weisse, a 5-foot-11 attack with 34 goals, while sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Mastrio has 23 goals, including 13 off free position shots.  In goal is freshman Kiera Vrindten with a 13.70 goals allowed average and a 46.4% save rate.

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