Albany, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Women’s lacrosse clinches its 11th-straight America East championship berth, dispatching four-seed UMBC 16-13 in the semifinals.
- Katie Pascale led the Great Danes with five goals and four assists for a total of nine points.
- Sarah Falk scored five goals
- Kathryn Sancilio and Hailey Carroll each notched a pair of goals
- Ava Poupard and Allie Maloney rounded out the Great Dane goals each scoring one
- Goalies, Katherine Chiarella and Aislynn Sweeney, tallied five saves each
- The Great Danes outscored the Retrievers 6-2 in the third quarter
- UAlbany won 19 draws to UMBC’s 14
Head Coach Katie Thomson: “Today was a great day for lacrosse. We’re so happy to be hosting here at UAlbany. We knew UMBC was going to come ready to play, ready to fight for the full 60 minutes, and they certainly did that. We’re really proud of the team for staying the course, even going down by a couple in the second quarter going into halftime. We loved how we responded in the third quarter, and maintained that throughout the game. We’re really happy with the adjustments the players were able to make.”
How it Happened
- Sarah Falk opened the game with a goal in the first 90 seconds of play to put the Great Danes ahead early. UMBC responded with a single goal before the Great Danes went on a 4-0 scoring run. UMBC tallied another goal with 1:15 remaining to end the first quarter, 5-2.
- UMBC began the second quarter strong scoring three goals before UAlbany’s Allie Maloney ended the Retrievers 4-0 run. UMBC answered by going on another 3-0 scoring run to take the lead at halftime.
- The first half saw six different Great Danes record at least one goal: Sarah Falk, Kathryn Sancilio, Hailey Carroll, Katie Pascale, Ava Poupard, and Allie Maloney.
- Katie Pascale kicked off a 5-0 scoring run to start the third quarter to put UAlbany back into the lead, 11-8. The Retrievers responded with a pair of goals before Pascale scored her fourth of the game with 26 seconds remaining in the quarter.
- The Great Danes continued to extend their lead with a goal by Sancilio, her second, in the first minute of the final quarter. The Retrievers quickly answered to cut the UAlbany lead to two, 13-11. Both teams traded goals before Falk scored back-to-back goals to take command of the game. UMBC notched the final goal of the game with just nine seconds left, to round out the first game of the America East tournament, 16-13.
- The Great Danes ended the game out-drawing UMBC 19-14, including 6-2 in the first and fourth quarters. Carroll made her first appearance since March 16 at Canisius. Pascale recorded her third game this season with nine or more points.
Next: UAlbany will play two-seed Vermont in Saturday’s America East final.