Women’s Lacrosse Hosts Vermont On Senior Day
Women’s Lacrosse Hosts Vermont On Senior Day
The Opening Draw
The University at Albany (10-4, 4-1 America East) faces off against Vermont (7-8, 2-3 America East) on Senior Day on Saturday, April 27 at John Fallon Field. The Great Danes have already locked the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, while the Catamounts are still fighting for a spot.
Scouting the Catamounts
• With the top two spots taken, Vermont looks to lock up one of the final spots. A win or a Binghamton loss will secure one of the final two spots.
• Vermont boasts the conference’s best ground ball squad, averaging 18.87 per game, which is eighth best in the NCAA
• The Catamounts are led by junior attack Sydney Mas, who leads the team and is third in the conference in scoring, averaging 2.93 goals per game.
• Freshman attack Vanessa VanderZalm has been a vacuum on the field, boasting the nation’s 11-best ground ball average, picking up 2.81 ground balls per game
• Charlotte Lyons has started in 13 of 15 games this season. She holds opponents to 11.64 goals per game.
Two Hit The Century Mark
• Senior attack Rachael Burek and junior midfielder Ariana Parker are became the ninth and tenth Great Danes all-time to reach the 100-goal plateau.
• Parker scored her 100th against UMBC on April 13 and Burek followed trend by scoring her 100th against Binghamton on April 20.
• Parker currently has 105 goals through 51 games and Burek has 100 goals through 63 games.
Bowles Blasting Through
• Redshirt-freshman midfielder Rachel Bowles started the 2013 season with a bang in the season opener against No. 3 Florida on Sunday, Feb. 24. Bowles tallied a team-best four goals, shooting an impressive 80 percent (4-5) on the offensive end.
• The Cicero, N.Y. native has earned four of the 10 America East Conference Rookie of the Week so far this season.
•Most recently, Bowles tallied her sixth hat trick of the season against Columbia and added one more versus Binghamton last week.
• Bowles leads all freshman in the conference in scoring with 30 goals and is tenth in the conference overall averaging 2.31 goals per game.
Lennon Leads the Defense
• Junior Kathleen Lennon earned the Defensive Player of the Week honor on Monday, March 18 after recording 23 draw controls over three games.
• Lennon tied a career-high with 12 draw controls against George Mason. Against Mahattan, the midfielder had eight ground balls, five draw controls and a career-best seven caused turnovers. She leads the conference with 90 draw controls and 24 caused turnovers this season.
• The Great Danes lead the conference in shot percentage in 2013. UAlbany has had a strong shot selection, scoring 195 goals off 377 shots (.517 percentage). Stony Brook is a distant second with a .489 shooting percentage.
• With her five-point performance on one goal and four assists against Manhattan on Monday, March 11, senior attack Rachael Burek surpassed the 100-point mark for her career at UAlbany. She became the 16th player in program history to accomplish the feat.
Let Conference Play Begin
• The Great Danes kicked off the America East conference season on Sunday, March 24. They defeated New Hampshire, 11-6, and improved to 6-5 in conference openers. The Great Danes will look to improve on a 3-3 record from last season and three-peat as conference champions.
• Falling early in the season-opener to a minor injury, Rachael Burek came back strong against Bryant on Saturday, Mar. 2. Burek recorded the second-most points for a single game in program history with nine, six goals and three assists.
• The nine-point performance garnered the America East Conference Player of the Week.
• The senior attack has garnered Player of the Week two more times this season to give her three on the season, which is the most in the conference with one more opportunity to achieve the honor.
Great Start For Great Dane Head Coach
• Third-year head coach John Battaglino has begun his career at UAlbany in impressive fashion. With the final game of the regular-season in his third season, Battaglino has tallied a record of 40-11 overall and 13-4 in conference play.
• Battaglino has won back-to-back America East Conference Tournament championships and has gone to the NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons as well.
• Coach Battaglino looks to become just the third head coach in conference history to win three-straight conference tournament championships. University of Delaware’s Denise Wescott (1997-99) and Boston University’s Liz Robertshaw (2008-10) were the previous two to accomplish the feat.
• In just his first season as head coach, he was able to grab a win in the NCAA Tournament against Dartmouth in the first round, 10-7, on May 15, 2011.
• Following an 18-1 record in the 2011 season, he was named as Inside Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Assocation (IWLCA) Northeast Region Division I Coach of the Year.
• Junior midfielder Ariana Parker has been scoring goals since her freshman stint. Parker has tallied 105 goals in 51 career games at UAlbany.
• Her 105 goals have landed her tied for seventh all-time at UAlbany in scoring. If she continues this pace next season, Parker could land in the top-3 all-time at UAlbany.
• Not only is she responsible for scoring this season, but has played a physical defensive game as well. Parker has been directed to cover the opposing team’s best player. In response, the Port Ewen, N.Y. native is fourht on the team in groundballs (18) and second in caused turnovers (17).
• Senior midfielder Jess Antelmi has found great success in last season’s switch from defense to midfield, due to her teammates falling to injury.
• Before the switch, Antelmi recorded just three goals in 19 games. Following the switch, the Bridgeport, N.Y. native tallied career-bests in goals (29), assists (26) and points (55) in 2012.
• Her 26 assists and 55 points were both team-bests last season.
• Antelmi has surpassed her previous career-best in goals (29) with 34 goals through 14 games this season.
• Following a conference tournament championship and a NCAA Tournament appearance, the University at Albany was recognized by both the coaches and media in the preseason polls. The Great Danes were receiving votes in both polls to begin the season.
• UAlbany has been ranked as high as 8th, which was during the 2011 season. Last season the Great Danes were recognized as high as 13th.
“The Berman Wall”
• Junior goalkeeper Anna Berman will look to build upon her previous success in both her career wins and saves. Berman currently stands sixth in saves (269) and her 40 victories put her first all-time at UAlbany.
• Berman recorded her 200th save in the victory over Niagara on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at John Fallon Field .
The Watch List
• Great Dane midfielder Ariana Parker is being watched by the lacrosse world, following two successful seasons at UAlbany.
• Parker was named to 2013 Inside Lacrosse’s Preseason All-American team and the Tewaaraton Award Watch list (equivalent to the Heisman in college football).
Preseason Conference Poll Prediction
• In the 2013 America East Conference Preseason Poll, which was voted on by the conference coaches, the University at Albany was picked to finish in a tie for second with Boston Univeristy. The Great Danes received two first-place votes.
• Stony Brook, the 2012 conference tournament runner-up, was chosen as the favorite to win the league. The Seawolves received 33 total votes and three first-place votes.
• Four of the seven total teams in the conference received first-place votes. Stony Brook (3), UAlbany (2), Boston U. (1) and UMBC (1).