Women's lacrosse falls to Stony Brook in AE title game
Score: Stony Brook 22, UAlbany 14
Location: Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany 9-9; Stony Brook 19-0
Short story: The UAlbany women’s lacrosse team’s season ended with a 22-14 loss to Stony Brook on Sunday in the America East championship game at LaValle Stadium.
- Freshman midfielder Kendra Harbinger finished with six points (five goals, one assist). It was her ninth game this season with three or more goals. She also had eight draw controls.
- Rickert had three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
- For Stony Brook, Kylie Ohlmiller had seven goals. Taryn Ohlmiller had a nine-point day (two goals, seven assists).
Interim head coach Jessica Davos: "No one expected us to be in this position halfway through the season, and that's a credit to our players and their 'never say die' attitude. I couldn't be more proud of the effort by our team today. We fought until the final whistle."
The No. 2-seeded University at Albany women’s lacrosse team fell to No. 1 Stony Brook, 22-14, on Sunday in the America East championship game at LaValle Stadium, but not without giving the nation’s No. 1-ranked team an early scare and hard-fought game throughout.
When Madison Conway scored to give the Great Danes a 3-1 lead with 17:35 left in the first half, it marked the first time all season the Seawolves trailed by more than a goal. UAlbany also led twice more, 6-5 and 7-6, later in the first half.
Ulbany’s 14 goals were the most by a Stony Brook opponent this season.
UAlbany and Stony Brook were meeting in the America East championship for the seventh straight year. The Seawolves, who now have won the past six championships, claim the America East’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
UAlbany, which had rallied from an 0-7 start to the season to reach the league finals, set the tone early that Stony Brook’s path to a 19th straight win wouldn’t be easy. The game was scoreless for the first 6 minutes, 30 seconds, and after Stony Brook finally opened the scoring, the Great Danes answered with three straight goals.
Stony Brook led 5-4 later in the first half when Kendra Harbinger shook free of traffic in the midfield and then darted to the cage to tie the game. Powlin followed with another goal on a scoop shot to give the Great Danes the lead back, 6-5.
It was 7-6 UAlbany after Harbinger, standing 10 yards from the cage, faked right and then dodged to her left before ripping a shot past Stony Brook’s goalkeeper.
But Stony Brook scored six times in the final 4:31 of the half to take a 12-8 lead to the intermission.