By Vince Gasparini | November 20, 2023
This past week saw the following outcomes for University at Albany sports:
The University at Albany football team celebrating their CAA title.
Photo Credit: Bob Mayberger / UAlbany Athletics
Women’s basketball defeated the Division III Sarah Lawrence Gryphons 118-27, setting a new record for the largest margin of victory in program history. Guard Lilly Phillips led the team with 18 points, followed by Gabriela Falcão and Fatima Lee with 16 points each.
The Great Danes recorded 59 points off turnovers, while Sarah Lawrence shot 29.3% from field goal range on the night. As a team, the Great Danes shot 50.5% from the field as they improved to 2-1.
Wednesday, Nov. 15:
Men’s basketball fell to Seton Hall by a score of 96-71, committing 13 turnovers through the game. Seton Hall took advantage offensively, shooting 62.1% from the field, with four players scoring double-digits points. Sophomore guard Amar'e Marshall led the Great Danes with 21 points, tacking on six rebounds and two assists as UAlbany fell to 1-2.
Thursday, Nov. 16:
Women’s basketball took down St. Bonaventure 66-56. The Great Danes’ defensive prowess was highlighted, as freshman forward Deja Evans collected 12 rebounds and two blocks, with Fatima Lee picking up four steals out of a team total of nine. Kayla Cooper led the team in scoring with 21 points, her ninth career 20+ point game, adding eight rebounds. UAlbany improved to 2-1 with the victory.
Saturday, Nov. 19:
Football bested the Monmouth Hawks 41-0 to capture their first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title in program history. Reese Poffenbarger threw for 247 passing yards and four touchdowns on 19-29 passing, finding Brevin Easton, Ian Renninger, and Julian Hicks twice in the endzone. Wide receiver Marqeese Dietz tacked on another touchdown pass to Julian Hicks on a trick play, while Easton recorded 100 receiving yards.
Linebacker Dylan Kelly recorded 11 tackles and his 146th on the season, breaking UAlbany’s single-season tackles record of 143. Brian Abraham notched three sacks, with Kelly, Anton Juncaj, Ori Jean-Charles, and Joseph Greaney adding one each.
9-3 exiting the regular season, the Great Danes are seeded fifth in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs and have a goodbye next weekend.
Men’s basketball lost a nail biter against Quinnipiac by a score of 85-82. After taking the lead 82-81 with a Tyler Bertram layup with 1:14 to go, Quinnipiac retook the lead just 18 seconds later off a jump shot in the paint by Matt Balanc and held on to win. Sebastian Thomas and Amar’e Marshall led the Great Danes in scoring with 19 points each as UAlbany fell to 1-3.