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Sarah Martin Makes History, Breaks Program Record With 10 Goals in 13-11 Win Over Yale

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When discussing UAlbany lacrosse, the first name that comes to mind is Thompson. Brothers Lyle and Miles, along with cousin Ty, brough the UAlbany lacrosse program to new heights within the last five years. It’s the trophies, remarkable goals, the passes that will make your jaw drop and the records broken that fans across the country will always remember. Lyle, the youngest member of the trio, holds the Division I record for career points and assist while becoming the first back-to-back winner of the Tewaaraton Trophy, the award given to the best player in college lacrosse. Miles Thompson finished his collegiate career as UAlbany’s all-time leading goal scorer. But from now on when UAlbany lacrosse comes to mind, there will have to be room for another name at the top of the list: Sarah Martin.

Martin, the UAlbany women’s lacrosse senior midfielder, made history on Feb. 18 at John Fallon Field when she broke a program record by scoring 10 goals for the Great Danes in a 13-11 victory over Yale.

Down by six goals with just over 14 minutes remaining in the game, the Great Danes rallied back with an unprecedented 8-0 run started by midfielder Sam Tortora with 14:03 remaining. Martin scored five of the remaining seven goals to seal the win.

“We struggled in the first half. Then in the second half was what really led to most of my success,” Martin said. “Everyone on defense was causing turnovers. Erin was making saves in the cage. We were getting ball control but once we got in on offense, I was able to see the net really well and score some goals.”

After the game Martin was completely unaware of the history she had just made.

“I was just so focused on getting the win that when people told me after, people were like ‘You broke the record” and “I didn’t know, I had no idea,” Martin said. “We don’t really talk about the type of stuff ever so it was definitely interesting to find out afterwards I had broken a record.”

“But it was a really special win,” Martin added.

Martin’s 10 goal performance against Yale breaks the UAlbany women’s record of eight, which was shared by Jess Antelmi (2013) and Melania Sosnowski (2010). With 11 total points on in the game, Martin’s tied the program record set by Maureen Kiggins in 2015 and Rachel Burek in 2013.

With her performance on Saturday, Martin is in very special company. Lyle Thompson, who set Division I records for career points (400) and assists (225) with the Great Danes and is highly regarded as one of the best collegiate lacrosse players of all-time, never scored 10 goals in a game. His highest single game total reached nine goals in a 21-18 win over Harvard on March 25, 2015. In that same game, Thompson also tallied 12 total points, finishing the day with nine goals and three assists in the win.

Lyle’s brother Miles owns the all-time single game points record in UAlbany history when he finished with 14 points (five goals and nine assists) in a 21-12 win over rival Stony Brook on April 27, 2013.

Despite the tremendous legacy the Thompson family left on UAlbany, not one member of the trio ever put the ball in the back of the net 10 times in a single game like Martin did. It’s a moment she will surely remember for a very long time.

“It was definitely one of my favorite wins here at UAlbany and it made it so much better coming back from the deficit and bringing it home in the end,” Martin said.

The Great Danes suffered a heartbreaking loss in the semifinals of the 2016 America East Tournament, losing 10-9 on a last-second goal by Kasey Mitchell to put an end to UAlbany’s 2016 season. It’s a game that Martin now uses as extra motivation coming into her 2017 senior season.

“That was definitely one of the hardest losses that I’ve ever had as a player so I think about it a lot,” Martin said. “It definitely gives us the extra motivation. Especially it being my last season here as well as other seniors–we definitely have that pain in our heart that we feel and we don’t want to experience that again.”

If Martin were to continue at this ridiculous pace and continue to lead and inspire her teammates, the Great Danes could have a different outcome in 2017. With Martin leading the way, the Great Danes will be focused and hard to beat. They won’t let the ghosts of the past haunt them this season.

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Rob "Lep" Lepelstat is the sports editor of the Albany Student Press. Along with the ASP, Lep works as Vice President of ATV and sports director for WCDB. During the summer of 2017, he interned at WABC-TV in New York City.

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