February 18, 2012

Parker Scores Six as No. 16 Albany Opens with Win

from press release

ALBANY, N.Y. - Ariana Parker scored six goals to lead #16 UAlbany to a 19-9 win over Niagara in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at John Fallon Field. The game was the season opener for both programs.

UAlbany scored the first five goals of the game, getting a pair from Parker before Jess Antelmi netted back-to-back tallies. Allie Phelan put the Great Danes up, 5-0, at 21:33 with a free position shot that got past Niagara goalkeeper Kaitlin Sorgi. The Purple Eagles got on the scoreboard at 15:47, as Maria Battista took an assist from Fran Pollastro. UAlbany did not allow Niagara to build much momentum, however, as Parker added her third goal of the game 34 seconds later with an unassisted shot.

Parker would score twice more in the half, while UAlbany also got two goals from freshman Maureen Keggins. Mel Rorie, who made her return to the field after missing last season with an injury, also got into the scoring action, finding the back of the net, while Rachel Bowles and Allie Phelan also added goals. UAlbany's Nicole Eamer scored the final goal of the half on a free position shot at 1:15, giving the Great Danes a 14-4 lead heading into halftime.

UAlbany scored two quick goals to start the second half, with Parker taking an assist from Keggins less than three minutes into play, and Eamer scoring an unassisted tally at 22:08. Niagara sandwiched another goal from Eamer with two tallies to pull within 17-6, before Keggins found Rachael Burek for her fourth assist of the day at 14:20. The Purple Eagles scored the next three goals to close the gap to 18-9, but Rorie slipped another shot past Sorgi with just over a minute to play to set the final score.

Anna Berman played all but 3:21 in the goal for UAlbany, making five saves to earn the win. Sorgi played a complete game for Niagara (0-1) stopping seven Great Dane shots. UAlbany outshot Niagara, 32-17, and held an 11-9 advantage in groundballs.

UAlbany (1-0) will return to action next Friday, visiting North Carolina in non-conference action.


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