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Battle for First: No. 18/17 Women’s Lacrosse Hosts No. 15/15 Stony Brook on Saturday at Noon

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Battle for First: No. 18/17 Women’s Lacrosse Hosts No. 15/15 Stony Brook on Saturday at Noon

LIVE STATS | LIVE VIDEO | Saturday, April 12, Noon | John Fallon Field, Albany, N.Y. |Series tied 7-7 |

ALBANY, N.Y. – The No. 18/17 University at Albany women’s lacrosse team (10-1, 2-0 AE) will host longtime league rival No. 15/15 Stony Brook (11-2, 2-0 AE) at John Fallon Field on Saturday at noon. The Great Danes are looking to take sole control of first place and avenge an America East Tournament final loss at Stony Brook last season.

John Battaglino’s squad takes the field for the first time in one week on Saturday. Last Saturday UAlbany downed Vermont 15-7 to hand the Catamounts their first league loss of the year. Ariana Parker scored five goals in the win, while Allie Phelan scored five goals and notched two assists.

TEWAARATON-READY

Senior midfielder Allie Phelan was added to the Tewaaraton Watch List on Thursday after scoring 13 goals in three games. The senior matched a career high with five goals in a 13-11 loss at No. 3/3 Syracuse on April 1. It remains the only time this season a player has recorded five goals against the Orange.

The Great Danes have had a player named to the Tewaraaton Watch List for two straight years. Parker was a preseason selection in 2013.

SEEING PURPLE

The Great Danes and Seawolves have competed for the America East crown the last two years, and after UAlbany dropped two meetings to Stony Brook last season the series now stands tied at seven. The teams have met in the America East Tournament final the last two seasons and have clashed once in the semifinals. The last time a current conference member other than UAlbany or Stony Brook won the league title was in 2004, when New Hampshire beat Boston University.

Stony Brook has won three of the last four meetings and is the only current America East team to down UAlbany on its home field since falling to UMBC in the tournament in 2010.

Battaglino and Stony Brook head coach Joe Spallina have combined to win the league’s Coach of the Year award every season since 2011. Battaglino earned the honor in 2011 and 2013.

CAREER MILESTONES

Senior Anna Berman recorded her 50th win between the pipes earlier this season, and head coach John Battaglino also notched his 50th win at UAlbany. Sophomore attack Rachel Bowles has 92 career points, while senior midfielder Ariana Parker has 168 career points and 132 career goals.

Parker is 15th nationally among active career leaders in goals and currently ranks fifth in the Division I UAlbany era in career points and third in goals. She is one of just seven Great Danes to score 100 or more goals in her career. 

SPREADING THE LOVE

The Great Danes present a balanced scoring attack this season, with four different players having scored 20 or more goals so far this season. Rachel Bowles leads UAlbany with 32. Parker and Phelan trail Bowles with 28 and 27 goals, respectively. Freshman Dakotah Savitcheff rounds out the group with 26 goals on the season.

HOME SWEET HOME

The Great Danes are currently riding a 12-game home winning streak, following a 22-2 rout of Binghamton on March 29. UAlbany has not lost at John Fallon Field since April of 2012.

RANKED AND ROLLING

UAlbany remained ranked No.18/17 this week, and have made an appearance in the national polls for three straight weeks.

SCOUTING STONY BROOK

The Seawolves and Great Danes have both had little problem incorporating their large numbers of underclassmen. Freshman Dorrien Van Dyke ranks tops in the nation among rookies with 39 goals. She did not score in Stony Brook’s most recent win at Yale, 11-9. Courtney Murphy ranks second on the team with 38 goals, and Michelle Rubino rounds out the top-three with 29.

On the defensive end, goalkeeper Frankie Caridi tops the nation in save percentage (.597) and goals against average (4.34 per game). But the Seawolves rank second to last in the league in draw controls, winning an average of 9.08 per game.

Spallina’s squad is on an eight-game winning streak after being routed by then-No. 7/5 Florida on March 1. Stony Brook also faced nationally ranked Notre Dame on Feb. 22, but fell 8-7 in South Bend.

UALBANY AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS
Points  ……………………………………………………………………….. 16th (234)
            Rachel Bowles – Points…………………………………….10th (4.73 per game)
            Rachel Bowles – Assists……………………………………21st (1.82 per game)
Scoring Offense………………………………………………………….. 5th (15.73 gpg)
            Rachel Bowles – Goals……………………………………..26th (2.91 gpg)
Scoring Defense…………………………………………………………..6th (6.91 gpg)
            Anna Berman – GAA………………………………………….6th (6.65 per game)
            Anna Berman – Save %…………………………………….10th (.493)
Scoring Margin……………………………………………………………..2nd (8.82)
Draw Controls……………………………………………………………….40th (12.36 per game)
            Kathleen Lennon – Draw Controls…………………….11th (5.27 per game)

2014 HONORS

Tewaaraton Watch List
Allie Phelan, Sr., M

Inside Lacrosse Rookie of the Year Watch List
Dakotah Savitcheff, Fr., A

Inside Lacrosse All-America Midseason Watch List
Kathleen Lennon, Sr., D (Third Team)

America East Offensive Player of the Week
Allie Phelan, Sr., M (April 7)
Rachel Bowles, R-So., A (March 10)
Rachel Bowles, R-So., A (March 3)
Rachel Bowles, R-So., A (Feb. 24)

America East Defensive Player of the Week
Anna Berman, Sr., GK (March 24)
Kathleen Lennon, Sr., D (March 17)

America East Rookie of the Week
Dakotah Savitcheff, Fr., A (March 31)
Dakotah Savitcheff, Fr., A (March 3)


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