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By Aaron Cheris

Sports Editor 

sports.asp@gmail.com

April 14, 2015

Dakotah Savitcheff (51) leads the Great Danes in goals this season. Photo by Aaron Cheris.
Dakotah Savitcheff (51) leads the Great Danes in goals this season. Photo by Aaron Cheris.

    

   Despite freezing rain and cold temperatures on Wednesday afternoon, the University at Albany women’s lacrosse team continued its hot streak at home.

   The Great Danes defeated the Brown University Bears 15-4 at John Fallon Field to improve to 7-0 at home this season.

   “I didn’t want a letdown. I wanted to see us handle the ball and make good decisions offensively,” UAlbany head coach John Battaglino said. “I was pleased to see a lot of kids get involved.”

   Right from the opening faceoff, the Great Danes (10-2, 3-1 America East) were in control. 22 seconds into the game, sophomore Dakotah Savitcheff ran straight to the net and buried a shot past Brown (5-6, 0-4 Ivy League) goalkeeper Kellie Roddy to put the home team ahead early.

   “Dakotah [Savitcheff] just has such a great sense of space and is able to get open,” Battaglino said. “She’s doing everything well. She’s doing a lot of really good things. She’s small, but she’s tough as nails.”

   Just over a minute later, fellow sophomore Sarah Martin made a similar move and scored on a low shot to put the Great Danes up a pair. The lead extended to three when Savitcheff got a pass from freshman Alie Jimerson and scored her second goal in three minutes. After the Bears called timeout, Jimerson scored a goal of her own two minutes later to make it 4-0 UAlbany.

   On the other end, goalkeeper Courtney Henderson led the Great Danes defensively. In the first half, she made five saves to keep UAlbany ahead. She stopped Brown’s Lindsey Repp on a chance in close, and then stopped Kerianne Hunt a few minutes later to keep the shutout alive in the first half.

   The Great Danes kept the goals coming when Rachel Bowles scored off a pass from leading point scorer Maureen Keggins to extend the UAlbany lead. Senior Nichole Eamer added a goal of her own to make it six for the Great Danes. With seconds to play in the first half, Jimerson set up Savitcheff for a chance all alone in front of the net. Savitcheff buried it to give UAlbany a 7-0 lead at halftime.

   “I thought on the offensive end we clicked pretty well,” Keggins said. “We made our passes and we shot pretty well.”

   In the opening minute of the second half, Brown was finally able to get one past Henderson, but the good feelings didn’t last long for the visitors. Keggins got a pass from Savitcheff and scored. Less than two minutes later, the same duo combined for another goal, this time from Savitcheff to make it an eight-goal UAlbany lead. After the duo combined for another goal a few minutes later, the game was out of reach.

   “[Savitcheff] gets open and she puts the ball away so that helps a lot,” Keggins said. “She gets open a lot, she’s really good at that.”

   Savitcheff finished with seven goals to give her a team-high 48 for the season. Keggins finished with five points on a goal and four assists to giver her a team-high 60 points.

   “I always can count on [Keggins] for giving me the ball,” Savitcheff said of her teammate. “She’s really good at looking in, she’s good at challenging, drawing players, and looking for the open person.”

   Coming in off the bench, Eamer scored three goals and Jimerson added two goals and two assists

   In net for UAlbany, Henderson finished with six saves to earn her 10th win of the season.

   “We can depend on her day in and day out,” Battaglino said of Henderson. “She’s really come a long way since the fall and the beginning of the year.”

   After hosting another Ivy League school, Dartmouth, on Monday, UAlbany will travel to Binghamton for an America East matchup on Friday, April 17 at 6 p.m.

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