ALBANY — Down by three goals less than five minutes into Sunday’s second half after a quick flurry from Colgate, the UAlbany women’s lacrosse team never wavered.
Instead, the Great Danes locked down on defense and responded with a surge of their own, scoring nine of the game’s next 11 goals to finish strong and come away with a 15-12 win at John Fallon Field.
“The team never wavered with their belief of the comeback,” UAlbany coach Katie Rowan Thomson said. “We had some great momentum going in that second half, really were starting to click all over the field.”
Tied 5-5 at halftime, UAlbany (2-1) briefly took the lead early in the second half on the first of Kyla Zapolski’s team-high four goals, but Colgate responded with a four-goal run that took just 1:37 to put the Great Danes behind 9-6 with 25:14 to play.
After seven scoreless minutes, a Katie Pascale goal started a 3-0 run that tied the game with 15:34 to play. Colgate twice retook one-goal advantages with tallies from Eliza Soutter, but a 5-0 run from UAlbany — featuring two goals apiece from Zapolski and Julia Imbo — turned the game in the Great Danes’ favor for good.
Zapolski finished with four goals and an assist to lead the Great Danes. Imbo and Pascale each added hat tricks, and goalie Aislinn Sweeney backstopped the win with seven saves.
Soutter scored five goals to lead Colgate.
UAlbany is scheduled to be back in action Thursday with a non-conference game at UConn before opening its America East schedule Saturday at home against New Hampshire
Halftime score: Tied 5-5. Colgate scoring: Lucey 0-3, Harding 1-0, Patterson 2-1, O’Reilly 1-0, Farriss 3-1, Soutter 5-0. UAlbany scoring: Harbinger 1-2, Conway 2-2, Zapolski 4-1, Sancilio 0-1, Hogg 1-0, Carroll 1-2, Pascale 3-0, Imbo 3-1. Goalies: Colgate, Cunningham, 8 saves. UAlbany, Sweeney, 7 saves.