By Christian Hince | October 23, 2023
This past week saw the following outcomes for University at Albany sports:
Football head coach Greg Gattuso with his grandson Bruce postgame on Saturday.
Photo Credit: Philip Walsh/Albany Student Press
Tuesday, Oct. 17:
The men’s soccer team suffered a 1-0 defeat at Colgate, falling to 5-8-1 overall and 1-3-1 in conference. The Great Danes failed to capitalize on a 10-4 advantage in shots taken. Colgate’s Adam Fam successfully converted a penalty kick in the 27th minute, the only shot on goal for the Raiders through the game.
The women’s soccer team collected their eighth loss of the season in a 4-0 loss at Cornell after a second half beatdown. The Big Red outshot UAlbany 30-8 through the game, which was the ladies’ final non-conference match of the 2023 regular season. The Great Danes fell to 4-8-2 overall and 1-3-2 in league with the defeat.
Friday, Oct. 20:
Field hockey scored three unanswered goals for a 3-1 home victory against New Hampshire, handing the Wildcats their first conference loss. Floor De Ruiter, Sophia Schoonmaker, and Alison Smisdom each scored goals, with Mara Küskes and Bianca Orsola each notching one assist. UAlbany, ranked 20th in the country, moved to 10-5 overall and 6-1 in conference, while the Wildcats dropped to 11-5 overall and 6-1 in league.
Volleyball lost in four sets at home to New Hampshire, dropping them to 6-13 overall and 1-4 in league. After falling 25-22 in the first, the Great Danes dominated set two 25-16. A 24-all tie in the third ended with UAlbany losing 27-25, and a late Wildcats surge cost them the fourth, 25-20.
Saturday, Oct. 21:
An incendiary first half propelled football to a resounding 35-10 win over Rhode Island on homecoming day. UAlbany led 28-3 at the midway point, with Reese Poffenbarger throwing for 310 yards and three touchdowns in the first 30 minutes, finishing the game with four. Wide receiver Julian Hicks caught two of them, finishing the day with seven receptions for 186 yards all within the opening half.
Griffin Woodell rushed for 115 yards on 16 carries, punctuating a 44-yard rush on the game’s opening drive with a two-yard touchdown run on the following play. Woodell left near the end of the third quarter, and Faysal Aden ran for 100 yards on 17 carries in relief. UAlbany now sits at 5-3 overall, 3-1 in conference, and 3-0 at home.
Men’s soccer gave up the final two goals in a 3-1 loss at #24 Bryant. Alejandro Giner scored his first career goal for UAlbany, in a game where they were outshot 12-3. The Great Danes have won once in their last seven attempts, sitting at 1-3-1 in conference and 5-9-1 overall.
Sunday, Oct. 22:
Women’s soccer fell 2-1 at UMass Lowell in their final road game of the regular season. Selma Elverum scored a goal for the third straight game, and goalie Gabriella Terranova recorded 10 saves. UAlbany was outshot 17-10, and they fell to 4-9-2 overall and 1-4-2 in conference.
Field hockey wiped Lehigh 4-0 on senior day, led by two goals from Isabelle Del Vecchio. Mara Küskes and Floor de Ruiter scored as well, and Alison Smisdom notched two assists, leading the team in scoring with a staggering 40 points. UAlbany outshot Lehigh 34-2, not allowing a single shot on goal. They move to 6-1 in league and 11-5 overall.
Volleyball knocked off NJIT at home in four sets, moving to 2-4 in conference and 7-13 overall. UAlbany won the first, third, and fourth by comfortable scores of 25-19, 25-15 and 25-14. In the second, they went back and forth with the Highlanders after tying at 24, eventually dropping 31-29. Shynelle Woroniuk led the team with 18 kills while Gabriella Karman totaled a game-high five blocks.