March 13, 2013

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Burek's Eight Helps Albany Railroad George Mason

from press release

ALBANY, N.Y. - Senior attack Rachael Burek recorded another stellar outing, with eight points en route to an University at Albany win over George Mason, 17-5, on Wednesday, March 13 at John Fallon Field. Burek, following her previous high of four assists against Manhattan earlier this season, recorded a career-best five assists today against the Patriots.

Three Great Danes tallied at least three goals and five recorded at least three points in the rout over the Patriots. Burek headlined with eight points, three goals and five assists, then was followed by Rachel Bowles' five goal game and Jess Antelmi's four-goal performance. Amanda Obenshain (3 assists) and Maureen Keggins (2 goals, 1 assists) each had three point games. Kathleen Lennon dominated the draw control circle again with a game-best and a career-best 12 draw controls.

Recently named America East Rookie of the Week Rachel Bowles began the contest off with two quick unassisted goals to give the Great Danes a 2-0 lead with 26:54 left in the first half. Then senior attack Jess Antelmi rattled off two quick goals, both assisted by Rachael Burek to extend the lead to 4-0, with 23:18 left.

Following two goals, one by Keggins and Allie Phelan, Burek offensive stick got hot with three straight goals in a matter of two minutes to bring the lead up to nine, 9-0, with 19:07 remaining in the contest.

George Mason (2-4) got on the board from Allie Hilderbrandt's stick to cut the deficit to eight, 9-1, with 15:26 left.

UAlbany (4-2) scored the next three of the four remaining goals in the half to extend the lead to 11, 13-2. Bowles tallied two of three team goals during the stretch.

The Great Danes did not take their foot off the gas, scoring the next four goals in the first five minutes of the second half to bring the lead to 14, 16-2, with 25:04. Bowles, the Cicero, N.Y. native, tallied her fifth goal of the contest during the run, which broke her previous career-best of four against Florida on Feb. 24, 2013.

The Patriots looked to make a run, scoring three of the next four goals, but that was not enough to cut into the deficit and fall by a final score of 17-5.

UAlbany junior goalkeeper Anna Berman recorded seven saves on 11 chances for her fourth win of the season. George Mason goalkeeper Brittany Pastrana was dealt the loss, having recorded one save on ten chances.

The Great Danes head south to Baltimore, Md. To face No. 14 Cornell, on a neutral site, on Sunday, March 17 at St. Paul's School for Girls. Game is set for 1 p.m.


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