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Women’s Lacrosse takes down UNH despite snow

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By Celia Balf

Contributing Writer

March 31, 2015

   As snow continued to fall down on Saturday, March 28 around 12 p.m. the University at Albany women’s lacrosse team (8-1, 2-0 America East) took the field against New Hampshire (3-7, 0-2 America East). Although the conditions were difficult the Great Danes were able to defeat the Wildcats 16-5.

   The Danes were able to capitalize early off of freshman Emma Powlin. Powlin got the ball after the Danes had been clearly dominating the offensive play. She got a shot off on a free possession, making this her 13th goal netted this season.

   Katherine Sweeney, a junior for the Danes, put the next goal away off of a pass from Maureen Keggins. Keggins, a senior for the Danes, connected with Savitcheff moments later, for the Danes third goal of the game.

   The Danes went up 4-0 after Rachel Bowles found Keggins.

   UNH got on the board after a brief timeout called by the Wildcats with under 20 minutes to play in the first half. Kayleigh Hinkle, a senior for the Wildcats shot the ball past junior goalkeeper Courtney Henderson for the Danes.

   Going into halftime, the Danes led 8-3, with goals from Nichole Eamer, Sweeney, and Savitcheff. The last goal going into the half was the third combination from Keggins to Savitcheff. Going into the second half, the duo took the Danes up 10-3.

   UNH managed to net two straight in the second half, however the Danes claimed their victory by adding six more goals.

   The Danes beat the Wildcats 16-5 with a combination of 16 points between Keggins and Savitcheff. Keggins claimed seven assists and a total of 10 points, which is a tied for second highest in UAlbany women’s lacrosse Division I history.

   Savitcheff added this game to her eighth multi-goal game.

   “I think both ends of the field played really well together and pushed each other through the bad weather,” Savitcheff said.

Defensivly, Courtney Henderson for the Danes got the win making five saves.

   “I think our defense did an amazing job today with holding UNH’s offense to however few they scored,” Savitcheff said.

   Overall, the Great Danes dominated both ends of the field with power scoring efforts from a combination of players, and held off the Wildcats with great transitioning out of the back.

   Rachel Bowles, a junior midfielder for the Danes has had endless success for the Albany lacrosse program. Recently she netted her 100th career goal, and has also been recognized by the Women’s Lacrosse Tewaaraton Watch List.

   When asked about how she felt the home opener went against UNH, Bowles said, “I thought we played with a lot of heart today. Everyone executed individually in order to establish a good team effort. It was tough considering the weather conditions but it was a great conference win.”

   Not even a spring snowstorm seems to be an option for misguiding the Danes’ course this season.

   On Wednesday, April 1 at three p.m. the Great Danes will take on Vermont for their second home game of the season at John Fallon Field.

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