Balanced offense guides UAlbany women’s lacrosse to season’s 1st win

UAlbany's Hailey Carroll scored four goals in Thursday's win. (Gazette file photo)

UAlbany's Hailey Carroll scored four goals in Thursday's win. (Gazette file photo)

ALBANY — With two games in three days after an abbreviated preseason, UAlbany women’s lacrosse junior Hailey Carroll said she was “pretty sore” following Thursday’s 16-2 non-conference win against St. Bonaventure.

But she had no real complaints about that. Last season ended in cancellation because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, and this year’s season was never truly guaranteed until it actually started.

“We’re just glad to play,” Carroll said during a post-game teleconference.

After a ranked Boston College squad topped UAlbany 22-12 in its season-opening game, the Great Danes bounced back Thursday with an impressive showing at John Fallon Field. Five players registered multiple goals for the Great Danes, which scored the game’s final 13 goals after a 3-2 start.

“We had a really good energy and it was just really exciting to get out there and play again,” Carroll said. “We weren’t going to dwell on what happened against Boston College. We saw a lot of things that we needed to work on, and we implemented that into the game today.”

Carroll scored four goals, while senior Kendra Harbinger registered three goals and an assist, and senior Kyla Zapolski added three scores to lead the 1-1 Great Danes.

“I think we were connecting a lot more today than we were at BC,” said Harbinger, a Shenendehowa High School graduate.

“I just think that they’re really clicking,” head coach Katie Rowan Thomson said of UAlbany’s veteran offensive players. “They have built some great chemistry over the years, and it’s all really coming together right now.”

UAlbany next plays Sunday vs. Colgate.

Halftime score: UAlbany 12, St. Bonaventure 2. St. Bonaventure scoring: Johnson 0-1, Hiltz 2-0. UAlbany scoring: Harbinger 3-1, Conway 0-1, Zapolski 3-0, Hogg 0-1, Kitts 1-0, Stack 0-2, Carroll 4-0, Pascale 2-2, Rurka 2-0, Imbo 1-0. Goalies: St. Bonaventure, Clarke, 3 saves; Herrick, 10 saves. UAlbany, Schneidereith, 4 saves; Sweeney, 5 saves.

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