By Christian Hince | September 18, 2023
This past week saw the following outcomes for University at Albany sports:
Alison Smisdom (left) scored four goals for field hockey this past week. She leads with eight.
Photo Credit: Brent Warzocha/UAlbany Athletics
Tuesday, Sept. 12 - Men’s soccer fell in a 1-0 defeat against Army West Point, moving to 3-3 for the season. The hosting Black Knights moved to 2-3 with their victory. UAlbany outshot Army 23-5, but couldn’t find an equalizer despite their impressive onslaught.
Wednesday, Sept. 13 - Women’s soccer lost 3-0 in a road loss against Army which snapped their two-game winning streak. UAlbany was outshot 19-14 and all three goals allowed were scored by bench players for the Black Knights. The loss dropped the Great Danes to 3-4.
Friday, Sept. 15 - Volleyball took down George Mason on the road in four sets. After losing the first 25-20, the Great Danes took control and improved to 3-7 on the season. Kendall Harris led the offense with a team-high 15 kills and hitting percentage of .542 while Sthefany Carvalho took the charge on defense with 16 digs.
Saturday, Sept. 16:
In cross country’s second meet of the year at Lehigh, the women won with 37 points while the men placed third with 73. Alondra Cruz-Delgado led scorers for a second-straight meet with a third-place finish at 21:57.6, followed by Katie Iocca who took fifth, Skyler Smith who came in seventh, and Lelja Hrelja at ninth. On the men’s side, Jared Rogalski led UAlbany finishers for a second-straight competition, placing 10th with a 24:56.1 time in the men's first 8K race of 2023.
In volleyball’s second match of the weekend on George Mason territory, Middle Tennessee State swept the Great Danes in dominant fashion, winning no set by less than nine. The Blue Raiders led 21-2 in the third before closing out with a 25-9 victory.
Several hours later, they finished the weekend in Virginia by losing in four sets to Seattle. After losing 25-16 in the first, the Great Danes snatched a 25-21 win to tie it up before falling just short with defeats of 27-25 and 25-23 in the third and fourth respectively. UAlbany went home with a 3-9 record.
Meanwhile, field hockey dominated Towson on the road for a 4-1 win. The Tigers trailed 4-0 with 3:09 left when they scored for the first time with a penalty corner goal. UAlbany led with shots on goal by a margin of 15-4, and Alison Smisdom drove the team’s offense with two goals and one assist. The Great Danes improved to 4-2 with the victory.
Men’s soccer fell for the third time in their last four games with a 3-1 defeat at Penn. Freshman midfielder Ivar Orri Gissurarson tied the game with his first career goal at the 20th minute, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with the Quakers, who outshot UAlbany 14-9 across the game. The Great Danes now sit at 3-4.
Sunday, Sept. 16:
Golf finished 9th of 12 at the Princeton Invitational with a final team score of +65. UAlbany was led by senior Mariel Tee, who finished tied for 17th on the weekend.
Women’s soccer fought to a 1-1 draw in their season opener at NJIT. UAlbany tied it in the 71st minute when freshman midfielder Sydney Kofton scored off a serve inbounds for her first career goal. Goalie Megan Hart recorded seven saves in a game that moved the Great Danes to 3-4-1 and the Highlanders to 3-2-5.
Field hockey lost on the road to Drexel by a score of 4-3 in a game that went to shootouts. Alison Smisdom led with two goals, but her efforts and a 23-11 shots advantage for UAlbany weren’t enough, with the Great Danes getting outscored 3-2 in the shootout period. UAlbany now sits at 4-3.