UAlbany Athletes Stomp into Spring
By Celia Balf
On Saturday the University at Albany hosted the annual Spring Stomp, which is a day filled with athletic events.
The spring football game is set every year to show the progress and upcoming competition for the fall season. With that in mind, the friendly competition highlighted the defense who came away with the win, 56-32. The defense had three forced fumbles and intercepted four passes.
Baseball had an impressive performance at noon, too. The Great Danes dominated St. Peters 5-0 and 17-5. Head Coach John Mueller commended his team’s pitching performance: “A great pitching performance from Brendan Ryan in game one and Dom Savino was dynamite again.”
One of the most dominant performances of the day, however, came from Coach Battaglino’s women’s lacrosse team. With a Senior Day celebration and a potential opportunity to clinch an America East Tournament berth, the women’s lacrosse team came out to play. The team beat UMASS Lowell 18-2 and are now 4-0 in America East play.
Tewaaraton nominee, Rachel Bowles, all-time career point leader in women’s lacrosse history, casually put six goals away Saturday. Alie Jimerson, whose creativity in her play is always fun to watch, added three goals and two assists. At one point Bowles found Jimerson who glided past UMASS Lowell defenders and did a behind-the-back shot which made Casey Mary Stadium erupt with screaming and applause.
The men’s lacrosse team, when they aren’t making Barstool Sports headlines with their pasty chests and bad-boy demeanor, are taking care of business on the field. Head Coach Scott Marr’s team defeated Binghamton Saturday night, 12-8, which not only concluded the stomping of the day, but also capped them their seventh America East regular season title. This is the fourth year in a row the Great Danes secured the #1 seed in the conference tournament. Bennett Drake took the game over offensively scoring four goals and adding an assist. Seth Oakes totaled three himself, while senior John Maloney won the day in assists, dishing out three on the day.