UAlbany Media Relations:
STONY BROOK, N.Y. (NEWS10 – In one of the tightest America East women’s lacrosse title games all-time, University at Albany women’s lacrosse (11-6) suffered a narrow 10-9 loss at the hands of No. 7/6 Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon. Dakotah Savitcheff led the Great Danes with five points on four goals and one assist.
Looking to put early pressure on the home team, Sarah Martin fought back after Stony Brook took a 1-0 lead to take control of a loose ball off the draw. The junior made quick work in transition, finding Savitcheff down the slot to tie the game at one. The pair connected again to capture UAlbany’s first lead of the game, 2-1.
Stony Brook would even the score, but the after-draw scrum proved critical for the Purple & Gold. Despite a Seawolf win, Savitcheff forced a turnover to regain possession. Emily Mizer circled the cage to hit Julie Cryderman and take a 3-2 lead.
With the offense making the most of its opportunities early, the defense stepped up to keep Joe Spallina’s squad from tying the game. Dorrien Van Dyke charged down the left side, but Sierra McIver and Megan Mikolajek clogged the lane and forced Van Dyke to cough up the ball. With 10 minutes expired, all four of Stony Brook’s turnovers were forced by the Great Danes.
The Seawolves eventually knotted the game at three, but the Danes collectively won five-straight draws after starting the game 4-1 from the circle. Rachel Bowles capitalized with a rocket of a shot into the upper-90 for a 4-3 edge. After Courtney Henderson stepped in to cut off Tewaaraton nominee Kyle Ohlmiller, UAlbany couldn’t gather the rebound and Stony Brook tied the game.
Savitcheff knocked in a free position shot at the end of the half, leading the Great Danes into the locker room with the contest tied at five. John Battaglino’s squad led in shots 10-9, and had just five turnovers to Stony Brook’s seven.
The Seawolves got out of the gate to earn a quick two-goal lead, 7-5; but the draw again favored UAlbany when it mattered most. Mizer scooped up the 50-50 ball, and Savitcheff nailed the crossbar on the ensuing take. Bowles battled for the loose ball, and her fight paid off with an assist to Savitcheff, bringing the margin to one goal.
Stony Brook sealed off the draw, but Henderson made a save on a Van Dyke free position shot. Spallina & co., temporarily brought the game back to a two-goal cushion, but the Purple & Gold charged back.
After dodging the Seawolves defensively playing one player down, Alie Jimerson got on the board from Mizer to bring the game back within one, 8-7 with 12:33 on the clock. The Great Danes made it three unanswered tallies for a 9-8 lead with 4:14 to go.
With a momentum-changing draw control on the table, Martin picked up the win to set up a chance for the Great Danes to run out the clock with the lead. Following a turnover on the offensive end, the Seawolves tied the game at nine. Alexis Drumm stepped in to win the draw with less than 90 seconds to go, but a late turnover and free position goal concluded the contest in a 10-9 loss.