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Powlin's 5 goals help women's lacrosse win 6th straight

UAlbany Sports Information   04-14-2018

Women’s lacrosse score: UAlbany 14, UMass Lowell 5

Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.

Records: UAlbany 6-7 (5-0 America East); UMass Lowell 4-10 (1-4 America East)

Short story: The University at Albany women’s lacrosse team won its sixth straight game and fifth in a row to start America East play, beating UMass Lowell, 14-5, on Saturday at Casey Stadium. On Senior Day, Emma Powlin finished with seven points (five goals, two assists). The Great Danes secured a berth in the America East tournament with the victory.

Key stats 

- Four UAlbany players had multi-goal games: Emma Powlin (five), Sam Tortora (two), Kyla Zapolski (two) and Kaylee Rickert (two).

- The Great Danes outshot the River Hawks 40-21, including 28-8 in the second half.

- UAlbany won 10 of 12 draw controls in the second half and 14 of 21 for the game.

- Kaylee Rickert and Jordyn Marr played well at both ends of the field for UAlbany. Rickert had a goal and two assists as well as two caused turnovers and four ground balls. Marr led UAlbany with five draw controls, one of which she converted into an unassisted goal; she also caused two turnovers.

- Erin Leghart made seven saves to earn the win in the cage.


Interim Head Coach Jessica Davos: "It was a great day to celebrate our three seniors. We came out fast for the first time time this year and, despite some hiccups, were able to maintain a high level of play throughout. The attack followed the game plan, and it was our best defensive effort yet on the other end. We've been working for a postseason berth since Day One, and we're really happy to have clinched a spot with today's win."


After being honored in a Senior Day ceremony before the game, attacker Emma Powlin scored five goals and added two assists to help the UAlbany women’s lacrosse team defeat UMass Lowell, 14-5, on Saturday at Casey Stadium.

The Great Danes celebrated the careers of Powlin as well as defenders Shannon Mackesey and Mary McAvey before winning their sixth straight game overall and improving to 5-0 in America East play.

With the victory, the Great Danes clinched a berth in the four-team America East tournament, which will be played May 4 and 6 at the site of the No. 1 seed. UAlbany is half a game ahead of Stony Brook (4-0) and New Hampshire (4-0) atop the league standings.

Sam Tortora, Kyla Zapolski and Kaylee Rickert also scored twice each for the Great Danes on blustery, overcast afternoon. UAlbany never trailed in the game and led 7-2 at halftime.

Rickert, Powlin and Tortora opened the scoring, giving UAlbany a 3-0 lead just 5 minutes, 5 seconds into the game.

Later in the first half, Jordyn Marr made the score 5-1 when she earned a draw control, then raced to the cage and beat the UMass Lowell goalkeeper.

In the second half – with UAlbany leading 7-3 – Powlin, Kendra Harbinger and Zapolski ran off three goals in a span of 3:08 to extend the Great Danes’ advantage to 10-3.

UAlbany also scored three straight goals to close the scoring, with Madison Conway, Zapolski and Powlin all connecting in the final 12 minutes.

Erin Leghart made seven stops and earned the victory in goal.

Up next

UAlbany hosts Notre Dame, of the Atlantic Coast Conference, at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. 




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