Taylor Frink scored the go-ahead goal with 7:26 remaining to lift University at Albany over Massachusetts, 10-8, in a battle of undefeated nationally-ranked teams Saturday at Garber Field.
The 6-0 Great Danes are off to their best start as a Division I program.
Massachusetts (6-1) trailed, 8-6, midway through the second half, but then tied the contest on back-to-back goals by Jackie Lyons and Jesse O’Donnell. The Minutewomen, who are ranked No. 19 in the IWLCA coaches’ poll and No. 12 by deBeer/Inside Lacrosse, cashed in on a couple of defensive fouls to draw even. O’Donnell sent a free-position attempt over the goalkeeper’s stick with 8:56 to play.
UAlbany regrouped when UMass midfielder Kelsey Palmer fouled Frink in the scoring zone 38 seconds later. The senior attacker blasted a free-position shot high into the right corner to put her team in front. With the Minutewomen pressuring the ball, UAlbany’s Jodi Battaglia dodged from behind the cage and found freshman Kathleen Lennon on the crease for a two-goal margin with 5:52 remaining. The Great Danes played keep away from the UMass’ defensive double-team in the game’s late stages to run out the clock.
In a tight-fisted affair, the Great Danes led, 5-4, at halftime. Rachael Burek and Frink each scored in the opening four minutes to put their squad ahead. Massachusetts closed the gap to 3-2 when Nina Sarcona one-timed Lyons’ bullet pass.
UAlbany regained its two-goal advantage twice in the period. Nikki Branchini broke up a clearing pass that led to Persy Sample’s goal and a 5-3 lead. UMass freshman Katie Ferris tallied the second of her three goals when she wrapped around to left side and sent a shot high toward the far post with 15 seconds remaining.
Frink, who matched a career-high with seven points on four goals and three assists, was involved in a pair of scores that provided the Great Danes with a 7-4 cushion early in the final period. She moved from behind to the right of the crease for a goal and then set up Battaglia in the middle of the zone for another. The Minutewomen responded with consecutive goals by O’Donnell and Ferris in setting up the finish.
“We all pushed each other and hustled through every play,” said Frink, whose team has knocked off three top-20 opponents in the first month of the season. “We were constantly talking and encouraging. We had control of the game, but it was a matter of finishing at the end.”
Freshman goalkeeper Anna Berman made nine saves for the Great Danes, who are No. 17 in the IWLCA rankings and No. 15 in the media poll. Battaglia added two goals and two assists. UMass goalkeeper Katie Florence stopped nine shots. The Minutewomen were having their best start to a season since the 1986 campaign.
Albany 5 5 — 10
Massachusetts 4 4 — 8
Albany scoring: Taylor Frink 4-3, Jodi Battaglia 2-2, Rachael Burek 1-0, Amanda Pollock 1-0, Kathleen Lennon 1-0, Persy Sample 1-0. Massachusetts scoring: Katie Ferris 3-0, Jackie Lyons 2-0, Jesse O’Donnell 2-0, Ali Houlis 1-0, Nina Sarcona 0-2.
Goalies: Albany, Anna Berman, 9 saves; Massachusets, Katie Florence, 9 saves.
UNION 15, BABSON 8
SCHENECTADY —Robert Young registered five points on three goals and two assists to spark the Dutchmen over Babson at Frank Bailey Field.
Junior goalie Sean Aaron made five saves in the first 51:42, while freshman goalie Devyn Jefferies stopped three shots in the final 8:18 for 3-1 Union. Babson goaltender James Whalen made 17 saves. Union outshot Babson, 51-25.
Ted McKenna, Jonathan Andrews and Pat DeBenedetto chipped in with two goals each for Union. Babson (2-4) was paced by Armand Wilson with four goals and Alex Patinkin with two.
Babson 1 1 3 3 — 8
Union 3 3 7 2 — 15
Babson scoring: Armand Wilson 4-0, Alex Patinkin 2-0, Jamie Schmidt 1-0, Tom Mallon 1-0, Mike Griffin 0-2, Blake Dudek 0-1. Union scoring: Robert Young 3-2, Ted McKenna 2-1, Jonathan Andrews 2-1, Pat DeBenedetto 2-0, Brendan Kinnane 1-2, Ethan Meyer 1-0, Rob Santangelo 1-0, Nolan Connors 1-0, Nate Greenberg 1-0, Kyle Christine 1-0, Dylan Tripodi 0-1, Peter Griesinger 0-1, Sam Kenyon 0-1, Derek Mayer 0-1, Derek Witheford 0-1.
Goalies: Babson, James Whalen, 17 saves; Union, Sean Aaron, 5 saves; Devyn Jefferies, 3 saves.
SKIDMORE 14, CLARK 2
SARATOGA SPRINGS —Eight different players scored as the Thoroughbreds pounded Clark at Wachenheim Field.
Skidmore (4-1) scored the first 14 goals of the game and held Clark scoreless for 51:03 to start the game.
Mike Perlow led the Thoroughbreds with five points on four goals and an assist. Ben Cornell, Quinn Regan and Kyle Grillo contributed two goals apiece.
Connor Dowling made 11 saves for Skidmore. Clark fell to 1-4.
Clark 0 0 0 2 — 2
Skidmore 4 5 4 1 — 14
Clark scoring: Jeffery Wasson 1-0, Kyle Klapp 1-0, Eugene Arsenault 0-1. Skidmore scoring: Mike Perlow 4-1, Ben Cornell 2-0, Kyle Grillo 2-0, Bryan Connolly 1-1, Jon Bubier 1-0, Richie Davis 1-0, Jeff Caruso 1-0, Jon Hoeg 0-2, Matt Levesque 0-1.
Goalies: Clark, Kevin Ranta, 9 saves; Andrew DeDeVito, 12 saves; Skidmore, Connor Dowing, 11 saves.
RPI 12, ELMIRA 2
TROY — Senior Nick Billy recorded seven points, including the 100th point of his career, to spark the 12th-ranked Engineers over Elmira at East Campus Stadium.
Billy clicked for six goals and an assist for the 4-1 Engineers. Scott O’Leary tacked on two goals, and goalie James Manchester (Niskayuna) made two saves before gving way to backup goalie Alex Castronovo, who also made two stops.
Elmira 0 1 0 1 — 2
RPI 3 3 4 2 — 12
Elmira scoring: T.J. White 1-0, Kenny Keirstead 1-0, David Evert 0-1. RPI scoring: Nick Billy 6-1, Scott O’Leary 2-0, Devin Arnold 1-2, Connor Chochelese 1-0, Eric Valero 1-0, Brett Overend 1-0, Grant Foulsham 0-1.
Goalies: Elmira, Dave Bucchino, 13 saves, Brady Richards, 2 saves.; RPI, James Manchester, 2 saves; Alex Castronovo, 2 saves.
SIENA 12, MARIST 10
POUGHKEEPSIE — Chris Roth scored five goals to lift Siena to its fourth straight win and 20th consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season victory.
Bryan Neufeld and Danny Martinsen added three goals apiece for the 1-0, 5-2 Saints.
Marist, picked second behind Siena in the MAAC preseason coaches’ poll, dropped to 0-1, 0-5.
Siena 1 3 3 5 — 12
Marist 3 3 2 2 — 10
Siena scoring: Chris Roth 5-0, Bryan Neufeld 3-0, Danny Martinsen 3-0, John Rogener 1-0, Chris D’Alberti 0-2, Patrick Daley 0-1. Marist scoring: Jim Marks 3-0, Connor Rice 2-2, Jack Doherty 2-0, Corey Zindel 2-0, Bob van Hoffman 1-0, Kenny Tomeno 0-1.
Goalies: Siena, Tom Morr, 10 saves; Marist, Brendan Price, 5 saves.
RPI 3, CORTLAND 0
AUBURNDALE, Fla. -— Senior Mike Cieszko tossed a complete-game shutout to lift the Engineers over 20th-ranked SUNY-Cortland.
The 6-4 Engineers completed their spring trip to Florida.
Cieszko scattered seven hits and struck out seven.
RPI scored all three of its runs in the third inning.
Sophomore Jonny Rio ripped a two-run single, and Tanner Boucher added an RBI single for RPI.
Cortland 000 000 000 — 0 7 2
RPI 003 000 00x — 3 7 2
Schuldt, Mahay (7) and Rinaldi; Cieszko and Kopacz.
SIENA 6-4, DAYTON 3-1
DAYTON, Ohio — Justin Brantley and Zach Hartman put in solid pitching performances to help Siena sweep Dayton at Time Warner Cable Stadium.
Brantley allowed 10 hits but only three runs in eight innings, while Hartman tossed a complete game, allowing one run.
Dan Paolino knocked in two runs in the opener, and Mike Fish had three hits in the nightcap for 6-11 Siena.
Siena 012 002 100 — 6 10 0
Dayton 001 100 010 — 3 11 3
Brantley, Poplawski (9) and Quaranto; Hauschild, Konrad (6), Corbey (8) and Welch.
Siena 020 100 001 — 4 10 1
Dayton 001 000 000 1 9 3
Hartman and Balkwill; Mitchem, Corbey (9), Haughn (9) and Welch.
ST. JOHN’S 10, ALBANY 3
HOLY CROSS 6, ALBANY 5
WORCESTER, Mass. — Kyle Hansen struck out nine in six innings, and St. John’s struck for four runs in the second inning to beat the Great Danes in the first game of a double-header at Fitton Field.
In the second game, Holy Cross got an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning from Jack Laurendeau to pull out its victory and even its record at 7-7.
The Great Danes (4-11) were limited to three hits in the first game. Pete DResta had two hits, and Ralph Rizzo drove in two runs in the second game for UAlbany.
St. John’s 040 000 303 — 10 8 0
Albany 200 100 000 — 3 3 2
Hansen, Rivera (7) and Witkowski; Graham, Gauthier (7), O’Connell (8), Wilson (8) and Hoagboon.
Albany 100 013 000 — 5 6 1
Holy Cross 002 011 101 — 6 9 2
Graham, Chase (6), Cowan (7) and Nethaway; Croglio, Kono (6), McCrea (7), Boyce (8), Colella (9) and Wadsworth.
FROSTBURG 4, UNION 3
SO. MAINE 9, UNION 7
CLERMONT, Fla. — Union opened its season under first-year head coach Jamie Prudhomme with a pair of losses on its spring trip.
Senior second baseman Callee Heywood had three hits for the Dutchwomen.
Union 000 100 2 — 3 6 2
Frostburg 300 200 x — 4 6 1
Servidone, Logan (6) and Cervini; Magee and Butzner.
So. Maine 002 100 6 — 9 13 5
Union 003 130 0 — 7 11 3
Deroche and Clemens; Blake, Wolejko (7), Blake (7) and Cervini.
SAINT ROSE 5-2, POST 3-8
WATERBURY, Conn. — Junior third baseman Jessica Butterbrodt went 2-for-2 with a double and home run, and freshman center fielder Amber Loussedes was also 2-for-4 to pace a 10-hit attack as the Golden Knights won the first game of a double-header with the Eagles.
Post came back to win the nightcap, although Butterbrodt went 2-for-3. Saint Rose is 4-7. Post is 4-9.
Saint Rose 001 102 1 —5 10 0
Post 002 100 0 — 3 12 3
Wells, Traylor (4) and Reed; Cummings, Rice (7) and DeMartino.
Saint Rose 100 000 1 —2 5 3
Post 002 024 x — 8 10 1
Arbogast, Traylor (6) and Reed; Rice and DeMartino.
ALBANY 3, MONMOUTH 1
HOWARD 8, ALBANY 1
FAIRFAX, Va. — The Great Danes defeated Monmouth in the early game, before falling to Howard in the nightcap of George Mason’s Cherry Blossom Classic.
In game one, UAlbany scored two runs in the second to take an early lead. After two quick outs, Kristine Bill drove a triple to right centerfield and came home on an error by the Monmouth third baseman. Kylie Apostolina, who reached on the error that scored Bill, made it home later in the inning when Hawks pitcher Lauren Sulick issued a bases-loaded walk to Andrianna Walraven.
The 3-9 Great Danes tacked on an additional run in the bottom of the third on an RBI single up the middle by Bill that scored Lauren Alcorn, who reached on a double.
SIENA MEN SECOND
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — First-round leader Siena finished second in the inaugural Homewood Suites Siena Invitational.
Long Island University won the team title by 16 shots.
Siena’s David Gushee fired a two-over-par 74 in the final round for a two-day total of 150, good for second place, two shots behind individual medalist Robert Cerabone of Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Don DeNyse III tied for fifth (78-151), while Justin Deitz (77-153) tied for 11th.
Meanwhile, the Siena women finished seventh, with Kylie Strijek finishing seventh individually with a 79-157. Catherine Shomo shot a 78-167.