By Christian Hince | October 9, 2023
The past week saw the following outcomes for University at Albany sports:
Linebacker Dylan Kelly exploded for 23 tackles Saturday in a 24-17 road win over Towson.
Photo Credit: UAlbany Athletics
Tuesday, Oct. 3 - Men’s soccer trailed 3-0 at Cornell in the 80th minute when UAlbany forward Jeff Thielmann knocked through a goal to be followed by another from Anders Castillo five minutes later. This rally came up short though in a 3-2 loss, and the Great Danes remain winless on the road at 0-5-1. They fell to 4-6-1 overall.
Friday, Oct. 6:
Field hockey’s 6-2 romp over UC Davis was made possible by a four goal explosion in the third quarter. Tied 1-1 at halftime, an Alison Smisdom hat trick and Isabella Del Vecchio’s second score of the year put the game out of reach eight minutes later. The win moved UAlbany to 4-0 in league and 8-3 overall.
Volleyball lost at home to Bryant in four sets. After opening the night with a 25-19 victory, successive losses of 25-15, 25-14, and 25-19 marked UAlbany’s second straight loss to open America East play. The defeat dropped them to 5-11 overall.
Saturday, Oct. 7:
Football held off Towson on the road 24-17 with a goal-line stand, moving to 2-0 for the first time ever in the Colonial Athletic Association. Linebackers Dylan Kelly and Ori Jean-Charles had monstrous performances, racking up 23 and 17 total tackles respectively. Kelly also forced a fumble and Jean-Charles had an interception.
The offense did its part too, with Reese Poffenbarger going 18-25, passing for 225 yards and three touchdowns, while Griffin Woodell recorded 130 yards from scrimmage and a receiving touchdown in his second-straight 100+ scrimmage yard performance. UAlbany improved to 4-2 with the win and remains undefeated in the FCS.
Men’s soccer extended their losing streak to four games after a 3-1 home defeat against Binghamton. Mamadi Jiana scored in the 31st minute to put UAlbany up early with his fourth goal of the season, but it was all Binghamton after that, as the Bearcats outshot the Great Danes 6-2 in the second half and outscored them 2-0. UAlbany now sits at 3-6-1 overall and 0-2-1 in the America East.
Sunday, Oct. 8:
Women’s soccer fell at Bryant 2-0 to remain winless in conference at 0-3-2. UAlbany outshot the Bulldogs 19-10 in the loss, with Olivia Piraino leading the Great Danes with five. They now sit at 3-7-2 overall.
Field hockey kept rolling with a 1-0 home victory against Stanford. Isabella Del Vecchio’s goal with 3:13 left in the second quarter was the difference in the game, where UAlbany outshot the Cardinal 13-2. The Great Danes move ahead to 9-3 overall and 5-0 in league, and have clinched a bid in the America East Conference tournament.
Volleyball won their first America East contest of the season, holding on to beat UMBC in five sets at home. After UAlbany took the first two by scores of 25-20 and 25-22, the Retrievers battled to win the third and fourth 25-22 and 25-13, before the Great Danes closed it out with a tight 19-17 victory in the final set. UAlbany now sits at 1-2 in conference and 6-11 overall.