Women's Lacrosse Hosts Siena
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany women’s lacrosse team returns to Tom & Mary Casey Stadium on Saturday after two games on the road to play crosstown rival Siena in the first leg of a double-header with the men’s team.
UAlbany (3-3) started off the season winning three straight, before dropping each of their last three to fall to .500. After defeating Yale, Bucknell, and Bryant, the Great Danes lost by three to #22 Stanford at home, by two to #19 Penn State on the road, and by one to UConn on the road.
Against UConn, the Great Danes got off to a slow start, falling behind 6-3 by halftime. The Huskies controlled the tempo throughout the first half, outshooting UAlbany 19-12. A 4-0 run to end the first and start the second half put UConn up 9-3 with 27:59 remaining in the game, before UAlbany attempted to rally, scoring seven of the game’s final eight goals. The Danes ultimately ran out of time before falling by a final score of 10-9.
Siena is currently riding a three-game winning streak, having climbed back to .500 after starting the season 0-3. Their latest opponent was America East rival and second-year program Hartford, against whom the Saints won 22-5. Siena previously was scheduled to play another America East team, Vermont, but the game was cancelled. Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between the crosstown rivals since 2012.
With their latest loss, the Great Danes have fallen to place in the America East standings. Stony Brook, which has also started the season 3-3, has jumped into the top spot by virtue of winning the lone America East game played so far this season. Vermont, at 5-1 overall, and New Hampshire, and 4-3, remain ahead of UAlbany.
Following the game against Siena, the Great Danes will play four straight on the road, including at #1 Boston College and #4 Syracuse, before returning home to play Vermont on April 3.
THE OUTLOOK: SIENA (3-3) | Saturday, March 16, 12:00 p.m. | Albany, N.Y.
Last we met: W, 12-10, March 7, 2012, Loudonville, N.Y.
Tale of the Tape
- UAlbany is 3-1 at home this season
- Siena is 2-2 on the road
- UAlbany is undefeated in 15 meetings against Siena
- UAlbany ranks fifth nationally in fewest turnovers per game (12.33)
- UAlbany leads the America East in three additional team categories (ground balls, shots, and free position percentage)
- Sam Tortora ranks ninth nationally in assists (2.67)
- Siena was picked seventh in the MAAC preseason coaches’ poll, garnering one first-place vote
Series History: UAlbany leads 15-0
2018 Record: 5-12, (1-7 MAAC); eighth place MAAC
Top Offensive Player: Nicole McNeely, So., A, (14g, 5a)
Between the Posts: Sammy Horton, Sr., (3-3, 9.34 GAA, .505 Sv%)