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UAlbany Comes Back Down Two Goals, Stunned by Cornell in Final Seconds

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UAlbany Comes Back Down Two Goals, Stunned by Cornell in Final Seconds

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ITHACA, N.Y. – UAlbany scored two goals in the game’s final seven minutes to tie it up at four with less than a minute in regulation, but a Cornell goal with eight seconds left handed the Great Danes a stunning 5-4 defeat.

“We definitely were willing to compete today,” says head coach Caitlin Colfer. “We need to tighten up marks on defense, but we are headed in the right direction.”

The Great Danes earned their best offensive output of the season.  The last time UAlbany (1-6) scored four goals was on October 21st, 2012 in a 4-1 victory over UMBC.

Cornell (3-1-1) attacked the goal in the opening minute off a kick from Claire MacManus, but Alana Brennan made the save.

In the 7th minute, Stephanie Nelle sent the ball towards Alexa Schneider.  Schneider headed the ball into the net to put UAlbany in the lead 1-0.

After no shots for over five minutes, Brennan saw five shots come near the goal in a span of three minutes.  The first four shots were either wide or blocked, and the fifth by Rachel Nichols was saved by Brennan.

Brennan protected the goal with another couple of saves, but in the 19th minute, Elizabeth Crowell got setup for a shot from Dempsey Banks for the goal, tying the game at 1-1.

The Great Danes looked to counter in the next couple of minutes, earning a couple of corner kicks.  Kelly Kempf got off a shot but sent the ball high.

At minute 29, Elizabeth Crowell sent a corner into the box.  Shanay Fischer kicked the ball towards the net, which was saved by Brennan.  On the rebound, Fischer tried again and scored, giving Cornell a 2-1 lead.

Following a ten-minute lull, a shot by Crowell was stopped again by Brennan.  No more shots were made in the period as UAlbany trailed 2-1 at halftime.

The Big Red came out of the locker room striking with three shots in the first four minutes.  The first hit the post and two next two were saved by Brennan.

Just before the 56th minute ended, Taylor Wright kicked a pass to Caroline Growney, who headed the ball into the net.  Cornell led 3-1.  Quickly UAlbany countered in the next minute, earning a corner kick, but it was unable to get off a shot.

Still pressing, UAlbany earned a chance in the 63rd minute.  Schneider got free with the ball and buried a shot into the net for her second goal of the game, pulling the Great Danes within one 3-2.

Brennan came up with another save just into the 72nd minute, stopping a Banks shot.  Though two minutes later, Banks got another opportunity after a corner kick and scored to make it 4-2 Cornell.

UAlbany kept fighting, and in the 83rd minute, Nelle earned a free kick from well outside the box, aimed for the net and scored, pulling the Great Danes back within a goal 4-3.

After a Cornell shot hit the post, Aubrey VanGorder got a chance in the 86th minute and took the shot, but a Dana Daniels save stopped a potential tie.

In the final minute of regulation, Allison Carhart got a chance from just outside the box on the right side, and kicked towards the net.  Her shot went into the upper corner, tying the game at 4-4.

But just before the end of the second half, Cornell got a corner kick opportunity, finding Brenna Mockler for the header into the goal, giving Cornell a 5-4 lead with eight seconds left for the eventual win.

UAlbany put seven of its nine shots on goal.  Schneider earned her first two collegiate goals of her career on as many shots.  Nelle also earned her first collegiate goal, adding an assist for three points.  Carhart scored her first goal of the year and fifth of her UAlbany career.  Brennan saved 12 shots in the contest.

For Cornell, five different players scored goals.  Banks and Crowell earned three points each with a goal and an assist.

The Great Danes will have their first game at Bob Ford Field on Friday at 7 p.m. against in-state opponent Columbia.

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