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UAlbany Women’s Lacrosse Season Preview

2014 WOMEN’S LACROSSE SCHEDULE

ALBANY, N.Y. – University at Albany women’s lacrosse kicks off its 2014 season on Friday at Bryant in the hunt for its third America East championship in four years.

WHAT’S BACK?

MIDFIELD

The Great Danes return a strong core in the midfield, including Rachel Bowles, Nichole Eamer, Ariana Parker and Allie Phelan.  

Bowles bounced back from injury her freshman year to score 36 goals as a redshirt freshman. She was named the league’s Co-Rookie of the Year in addition to her All-Rookie honors. The sophomore midfielder scored at least one goal in her first eight games in 2013, and only went three games without recording a point.

Eamer is the leading returner in the points column, with 34 goals and 11 assists last season. She also picked up 19 ground balls to rank fifth on the team. The junior scored five goals in a game twice last season, once against Fresno and again in America East play against Vermont. Eamer played the majority of her time at attack in 2013.

Parker was a preseason Tewaarton Watch List honoree in 2013, and was named to the America East All-Conference team after scoring 25 goals and tallying five assists in 2013. But Parker contributes on both sides of the ball, ranking second on the team in caused turnovers last season with 20. She ranks seventh in the last decade in career points with 131 (108 goals, 23 assists).  Parker has started 54 of a possible 56 games in her career, and is on track to become the program’s all-time leader in career starts.

Phelan enters her senior season with 40 career goals, and looks to continue her role on the scoring attack for the Great Danes. She started every game last season and scored in each of the first seven games of 2013 on her way to 23 goals. Phelan also ranked third on the team last season with 14 caused turnovers and fourth in ground balls with 22. 

DRAW CONTROLS

John Battaglino’s squad returns its primary draw control specialist from last season, Kathleen Lennon. Lennon has won 131 draw controls in her career to rank fourth in Division I program history and took 103 alone in 2013. As a junior she set a new single-season program record in draw control victories, and ranked first in the league with an average of 6.06 draw controls. She concluded the 2013 season ranked fourth nationally in draw controls. Lennon was named to the IWCLA All-Northeast Region First Team and the America East All-Conference first team. She also collected 28 ground balls and caused 26 turnovers in her junior campaign.

GOALTENDING

Anna Berman returns for her senior season as the program’s all-time winningest goalie with 42 victories. She ranks third in the Division I ranks in goals against average for her career (8.00) and first among goalkeepers with at least 100 minutes played. The senior has played more minutes in the cage than anyone in UAlbany program history, tallying 3,044 minutes in her career thus far.

DEFENSE

Battaglino returns the entirety of a starting back line that ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense with 7.71 gpg in 2013, including Lennon, Michelle Primomo, Meghan Haney and Erin Monna

WHAT’S LOST?

The Great Danes only lost two seniors last season in Jess Antelmi and Rachael Burek, but the pair accounted for 80 goals and 55 assists last season. Both were selected to the IWCLA All-Region Second Team, and Burek earned Co-Player of the Year honors in the America East. Antelmi and Burek led the Great Danes to be the 10th-best scoring offense in the nation with 13.65 goals per game. Burek was ranked third nationally with an average of 3.13 assists per game and 50 total.

WHAT’S GAINED?

UAlbany will look to its newcomers on the offensive side of the ball. Of 13 freshmen, 11 will look to see time in the midfield or up front. Dakotah Savitcheff leads a young core on the attack in what will be a more balanced scoring effort from the Great Danes this season.

UAlbany women’s lacrosse opens the 2014 season at Bryant on Friday, Feb. 21 at 2:00 p.m.


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