By Vince Gasparini | December 4, 2023
The past week saw the following outcomes for University at Albany sports:
Football head coach Greg Gattuso (pictured middle) has guided the Great Danes to their first double-digit win season and first postseason quarter finals appearance during their time in DI.
Photo Credit: Shawn Ness / The ASP
Wednesday, Nov. 29:
Men’s basketball earned their third straight win with a 86-72 triumph over Boston University. 3-point shooting from Tyler Bertram and a late-game fast-break dunk by Amar’e Marshall helped to capture the win for the Great Danes.
Bertram led in scoring with 20 points, followed by Sebastian Thomas with 16 and a team-high 10 assists. Marshall led in steals with 4, and Jonathan Beagle in rebounds with eight; both players scored 14 points. The Great Danes outshot BU from the field 45.5% to 38.5% as they improved to 4-3.
Saturday, Dec. 2:
Football throttled conference co-champion Richmond 41-13 in the second round of the FCS Playoffs. Reese Poffenbarger threw two touchdowns to Brevin Easton and MarQeese Dietz respectively and rushed for two scores as well. Running back Griffin Woodell fell just shy of a fourth 100+ yard game, rushing for 96 and a touchdown on 12 carries.
Cornerback Bill Hackett had a 71-yard pick-six, while the Great Danes defense tallied five sacks, two of which led to fumble recoveries that led to touchdowns. At 10-3, their first double-digit win record since moving up to Division I, they make their first FCS quarterfinals appearance on Friday at Idaho. .
Women’s basketball beat Siena 76-58 to win their third straight Albany Cup. Leading 37-36 at half, UAlbany pulled away in the final two quarters. The Great Danes were led by Helene Haegerstrand and Kayla Cooper with 13 points each, while Sarah Karpell and Lilly Phillips followed with 11 each. Deja Evans recorded a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Great Danes also dominated on the glass as they outrebounded Siena 36-21, also out-assisting the Saints 17-6. UAlbany shot 53.7% from the field as they improved to 5-2.
Men’s basketball got the best of Dartmouth in a back-and-forth game by a score of 73-68. There were six lead changes and eight tied scores in the first half before UAlbany held on to win in the final minutes of the game with the help of shooting from Sebastian Thomas and Jonathan Beagle.
Thomas recorded 24 points, six assists, and three steals, which were all team-highs. Jonathan Beagle got 14 rebounds, a career-high. Amar’e Marshall scored an additional 12 points, and matched Thomas’ three steals. The Great Danes shot 42.9% from the field as they earned their fourth straight win and improved to 5-3.
Track and field won twelve events across two meets on Saturday. Travis Robinson broke UAlbany’s shot put record with a mark of 57-11.00 at the Carlton Crowell Open, while Amelia Benjamin tied the women’s high jump record, clearing 5-08.75.
At the Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener, Jared Rogaski placed 33rd in the men’s mile with a personal-best of 4:14.87. Amanda Chambers placed 87th in the women’s 5,000m with a mark of 16:32.02, a personal best and third in program history.