April 17, 2013

Albany Closes Out Columbia Comfortably

from press release

NEW YORK – Junior midfielder Ariana Parker scored all four of her goals in the first half to lead the University at Albany over Columbia University, 15-6, on Wednesday, April 17 at Robert K. Kraft Field. The Great Danes improve to 9-4 overall, while the Lions fall to 2-11.

Columbia (2-11) was the first on the scoreboard a little over four minutes to begin the contest. Paige Cuscovitch converted the game's first goal off of a free-position opportunity for her 23rd of the season.

UAlbany (9-4) responded with three-straight goals from the stick of Parker to grab its first lead of the game, 3-1. The Tewaraaton Award nominee recorded her first three goals in a three minute and forty-nine second span.

Kelly Buechel and Kacie Johnson both scored for the Lions to cut the deficit to one, 4-3, with 17:41 remaining in the half.

Then the Great Dane senior connection of Jess Antelmi and Rachael Burek sparked the offense to score the final six of seven goals to extend the lead to six, 10-4, at the half. The seniors connected for the first and sixth goal of the run.

After seeing 14 combined goals in the first half, it took both teams 12 minutes before either team scored in the second stanza. Columbia's Johnson found the back of the net to cut the deficit to five, 10-5, with 17:20 left in the game.

The Great Danes used a four-goal run to extend the lead to 10, 15-5, with 6:03 left. Rachel Bowles rattled off two and Nichole Eamer tallied one during the run to give both players hat tricks for the game, respectively.

UAlbany held Columbia to one final goal in the final six minutes to wrap-up non-conference play with six wins. The Great Danes outshot the Lions, 29 to 18 and forced nine turnovers.

Burek recorded all five of the game's assists and paced the Great Danes with seven points. UAlbany saw six different players score, including three players with three goals or more (Parker – 4, Eamer - 3, Bowles – 3). The Great Danes are 6-1 when Burek records five points or more.

UAlbany hits the road to face Binghamton on Saturday, April 20 at 4 p.m. The Great Danes can clinch the No. 2 seed in the America East Conference Tournament Championship with a win over the Bearcats.

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