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Women's lacrosse set to honor 3 seniors Saturday

UAlbany Sports Information   04-12-2018

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The University at Albany women’s lacrosse team, riding a five-game winning streak, is back at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium on Saturday to host UMass Lowell.

Before the opening draw at noon, UAlbany will honor its three seniors: Emma Powlin, Mary McAvey and Shannon Mackesey.

The Great Danes will be looking to improve their America East record to 5-0.

UAlbany (5-7, 4-0 America East) is currently tied with Stony Brook, the nation’s No. 1-ranked team, and New Hampshire for first place atop the league standings.

The Great Danes are coming off an 11-7 victory over UMBC this past Saturday in which UAlbany put together one of its best defensive performances of the season, holding the Retrievers to four goals until the game’s final minutes.  

UMass Lowell (4-9, 1-3) suffered a 14-10 nonconference setback to Harvard this past Wednesday.

UAlbany has won all three meetings between the programs.

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NEWS AND NOTES

Great Danes salute three seniors

Before Saturday’s game, UAlbany will honor attacker Emma Powlin as well as defenders Shannon Mackesey and Mary McAvey

- Powlin, from Penfield, N.Y., has compiled 147 career points, including 79 goals, and her 68 career assists rank sixth all-time in program history. An America East all-rookie selection in 2015 and All-Conference Second-Team member in 2017, Powlin was selected by the Boston Storm of the United Women’s Lacrosse League before the season. She also was named an Inside Lacrosse Preseason DI Media All-American. This season, she leads the Great Danes with 40 points. 

- Mackesey, a defender from Altamont, N.Y., has appeared in all 12 games this season, starting nine. She’s picked up four ground balls and caused four turnovers.

- McAvey, from South Salem, N.Y., has appeared in 10 games this season and started eight. She has caused 11 turnovers and picked up 13 ground balls.

Harbinger wins sixth America East Rookie of the Week award

Freshman midfielder Kendra Harbinger was named America East Rookie of the Week for the sixth time this season and for the fourth consecutive week Monday.

The Clifton Park, N.Y., native had 11 points (nine goals, two assists) and a team-best 12 draw controls in UAlbany’s two games last week – wins over Vermont and UMBC.

Against Vermont, Harbinger set a program record for points by a freshman with nine (seven goals, two assists). She also led the Great Danes with eight draw controls.

Harbinger leads UAlbany in goals (33), shots on goal (61) and draw controls (42).

UAlbany enjoys youth movement

UAlbany is one of the youngest teams in the country, with 20 of 24 players on the roster being underclassmen.

So far this season 69 percent of the Great Danes’ goals have been scored by freshmen or sophomores.

The Great Danes’ leaders in goals (Harbinger, 33), assists (Sam Tortora, 16) and draw controls (Harbinger, 42) all are underclassmen.

In goal, sophomore Erin Leghart has started all 12 games, posting a .432 save percentage.

Scouting UMass Lowell

The River Hawks, in their fourth season in program history, are led by junior midfielder Kendyl Finelli, who has a team-high 48 points (15 goals, 33 assists).

Senior Taylor Sokol is the team’s leading-goal scorer with 33.

In the cage, senior Courtney Barrett’s .470 save percentage is third-best in the America East.

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