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Women's Lacrosse Visits #19 Penn State

UAlbany Sports Information   03-08-2019

ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany women’s lacrosse team will visit #19 Penn State on Saturday, March 9 in its 2019 road opener after playing its first four games of the season at home.  In that stretch, the Great Danes went 3-1.

 

Most recently, UAlbany (3-1) hosted then #22 Stanford in the final game of their season-opening four-game home stand.  Despite trailing by five at halftime and by as many as seven in the second half, the Great Danes rallied to score five of the final six goals in the game.  Despite cutting it to three with 5:28 remaining, the Great Danes were unable to fully pull off the comeback, and fell 16-13 for the first loss of the season.

 

For her efforts in the two games that week, freshman Hailey Carroll was named America East Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.  Carroll accumulated seven goals and four ground balls in games against Bryant and Stanford.

 

The Cardinal held a sizeable advantage in shots in the first half, outshooting UAlbany 22-10.  The Great Danes rebounded in the second, outshooting Stanford 21-15.  Further, the Great Danes forced eight Stanford turnovers in the second half, and matched the Cardinal in ground balls for the game, with 21 apiece.

 

Penn State last hosted #7 James Madison on Wednesday, falling to the Dukes 11-9.  James Madison was the third-straight ranked team the Nittany Lions have played, falling in all three games.  Penn State started the season 3-0, but have now fallen back to .500 overall with consecutive losses to then #13 Loyola, then #14 Princeton, and #7 James Madison.

 

In last year’s meeting at Casey Stadium, Penn State went on a 6-0 run after UAlbany tied the game at one early.  At the end of the first hand and the beginning of the second, the Nittany Lions went on a 7-0 run to take a 17-3 lead.  UAlbany attempted to rally, scoring the final four goals of the game, but ultimately fell 17-7.

 

With the latest loss, UAlbany has fallen into a tie for first place in the America East with Vermont, with matching 3-1 records.  Preseason favorite and defending champion Stony Brook is currently fourth at 2-2, with New Hampshire sitting in third at 3-2.

 

Following the game against Penn State, UAlbany continues its two-game road trip with a visit to Connecticut on Wednesday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m.

 

THE OUTLOOK: #19 PENN STATE (3-3) | Saturday, March 9, 1:00 p.m. | University Park, Pa.

 

Last we met: L, 17-7, March 11, 2019, Albany, N.Y.

 

Tale of the Tape

 

  • UAlbany is 0-0 on the road this season
  • Penn State is 2-1 at home
  • Penn State has played in seven-straight NCAA Tournaments, and advanced to the Final Four in 2016 and 2017
  • Penn State was picked to finish third in the Big Ten
  • UAlbany leads the America East in 10 team categories, including scoring offense (16.75), scoring margin (4.50), and points per game (23.50)
  • Imani Hedgeman leads in caused turnovers (2.00)
  • Kendra Harbinger leads in scoring (4.00) and points (5.25) 

Series History: Penn State leads 2-1

2018 Record: 10-10, (3-3 Big Ten); third place Big Ten, Big Ten finalist, NCAA first round

Top Offensive Player: Madison Carter, Sr., A, (17g, 4a)

Between the Posts: Taylor Suplee, Fr., (10.95 GAA, .442 Sv%)

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