March 30, 2011

Freshman Fuels Albany Comeback Win over BC

from press release

NEWTON, Mass. -- Freshman Allie Phelan scored a career-high three goals, including the game-winner with two minutes and 30 seconds remaining, as unbeaten No. 11 Albany rallied for an 11-10 decision over No. 19 Boston College on Wednesday in a matchup of national top-20 programs.

Boston College (7-4) broke a 7-7 tie by scoring three consecutive times. Hannah Alley ignited that run with her 12th goal of the season, before Brittany Wilton converted a free-position shot. In another free-position situation, Jill Amo passed to Brooke Blue for a 10-7 advantage with 7:38 to play.

Albany (8-0) started its comeback when Jess Antelmi scored high after beating a defender with a spin move. Rachael Burek forced the Eagles' Kirstin Igoe into a turnover, picked up the ground ball and scored to close the gap to 10-9 with 5:29 remaining

After Albany's Nikki Branchini won the following draw, Phelan tied the contest at 10 apiece by connecting in a free-position situation 44 seconds later. Phelan, who had just two goals this season from her midfielder position coming into the contest, converted a low shot to complete the rally.

Wilton finished with four goals for the Eagles, who were coming off Atlantic Coast Conference losses to top-ranked Maryland and No. 5 North Carolina. Albany's Jodi Battaglia equaled a season high with three goals, including one that tied the contest at seven with 15:59 left.


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