Women’s Lacrosse Prepares For Fresno State On Thursday
Women’s Lacrosse Prepares For Fresno State On Thursday
The Opening Draw
The University at Albany will battle Frenso State on Thursday, March 21 at John Fallon Field. First draw control is slated for 3 p.m. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports. This will be the final non-conference opponent for the Great Danes before opening up America East play on Sunday, March 24.
Scouting the Bull Dogs
• Fresno State started their 2013 schedule at 1-3. They are 0-1 on the road and 1-2 in neutral locations. The Bull Dogs have dropped three staight since defeating Presbyterian, 17-14, to open up the season.
• Sophomore midfielder Marcy Levatino leads the offensive with 9 goals and four assists, a total of 13 points. She tallied 10 goals her freshman season.
• Katie Wilbur, a senior, has started all four games between the pipes for Fresno State. She has 36 saves, compiling a .439 save percentage. Her record is 1-2.
• The Bull Dogs are currently being outscored by a little over five goals per game. They are averaging 10.50 goals scored per contest while opponents are averaging 15.75.
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 three of the five America East Conference Rookie of the Week so far this season.
•Most recently, Bowles led the Great Danes with 12 goals over a span of three games. She scored three goals against Manhattan, a career-best five against George Mason and four in a loss at Cornell.
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 51 draw controls this season.
• The Great Danes lead the conference in shot percentage in 2013. UAlbany has had a strong shot selection, scoring 98 goals off 182 shots (.538 percentage). New Hampshire is a distant second with a .474 shooting percentage.
• With her five-point performance, 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.
Gearing for Conference Play
• The Great Danes will kick off the conference season on Sunday, March 24. They host New Hampshire at noon. UAlbany will look to improve on a 3-3 America East 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.
Great Start For The Great Dane Head Coach
• Third-year head coach John Battaglino has begun his career at UAlbany in impressive fashion. In just over two seasons, Battaglino tallied a record of 34-10 overall and 9-3 in conference play.
• In two seasons, 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 IWLCA Northeast Region Division I Coach of the Year.
• Junior midfielder Ariana Parker has been persistently scoring goals since her freshman stint. In just over two seasons, Parker has tallied 92 goals in 44 career games at UAlbany.
• Her 92 goals have landed her 12th all-time at UAlbany in scoring. If she continues this pace in the next two season, Parker could land in the top-3 all-time at UAlbany.
• Senior midfielder Jess Antelmi 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).
• Her 26 assists and 55 points were both team-bests last season.
• Following a conference tournament championship and a NCAA Tournament appearance, the University at Albany has been recognized by both the coaches and media in the preseason polls. The Great Danes are 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 record and saves. Currently, Berman stands sixth in saves (230) and her 34 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 has been named to Inside Lacrosse’s Preseason All-American team and most recently 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-ups, were chosen as the favorites 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).
Burek Belongs In The Faceoff Circle
• Senior attack Rachael Burek found much success both on the offensive end and in the draw control circle.
• Burek posted the team’s second best goal total with 35 goals. More importantly, the Rensselaer, N.Y. native found her niche in the draw control circle, recording 73 successful draw controls.
• Her 73 draw controls last season put her third all-time at UAlbany for draw controls in a season. In her career, Burek has tallied over 124 draw controls, which places her third all-time in the school’s history.