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Sports Summary (9/18 - 9/24)

By Christian Hince | September 25, 2023


This past week saw the following outcomes for University at Albany sports:


Alison Smisdom’s three goals were crucial in a 2-0 week for field hockey.

Photo Credit: Bruce Dudek/UAlbany Athletics


Tuesday, Sept. 19 - Men’s soccer snapped a two-game losing streak with a 3-0 home blowout of Lafayette. Tiago Dias scored his third goal of the year with Mamadi Jiana and Ander Castillo both recording their second. UAlbany outshot the Leopards 13-9 and moved to 4-4 with the win.


Wednesday, Sept. 20 - Volleyball swept Siena 3-0 in their first home game in nearly a month. UAlbany dominated the Saints, with victories by scores of 25-17 in set one and 25-10 in the final two. Shynelle Woroniuk led the team with 10 kills and 17 points, and leads the America East in service aces after tallying a career-high of six on Wednesday. The Great Danes improved to 4-9 with the win.


Friday, Sept. 22 - Field hockey emerged victorious in overtime against California, halting the Golden Bears' three-game winning streak. Alison Smisdom ended the game at the 8:25 mark of OT with her ninth goal of the season. The Great Danes outshot Cal 18-7 and moved to 5-3 on the year, opening America East play 1-0. The Golden Bears fell to 3-4 and open league play 0-1.


Saturday, Sept. 23:

Men’s soccer opened America East play with a 2-1 home loss against UMBC. UAlbany was held scoreless until the final 70 seconds of play, until Mamadi Jiana notched his third goal of the season. UMBC out-fouled the Great Danes 18-10, moving to 1-0 in conference and 5-2-1 overall, while UAlbany fell to 0-1 in league and 4-5 overall.


Football endured hurricane conditions on the road to knock off Morgan State 23-17 in double overtime. A Griffin Woodell rushing touchdown on the first possession of 2OT and subsequent defensive stop put a cap on the night in UAlbany’s first FCS game since August.


Quarterback Reese Poffenbarger threw with a completion percentage under 50 for a second straight week with two touchdowns, and linebackers Dylan Kelly and Ori Jean-Charles tallied 11 tackles each. The Great Danes improved to 2-2 with the win.


Sunday, Sept. 24:

Women’s soccer was trampled by Maine 3-0 in their first America East home game of the year. The Black Bears scored all three goals within the first 66 minutes and outshot UAlbany 20-11. The Great Danes now sit at 0-1-1 in conference and 3-5-1 overall while Maine remains undefeated at 2-0 in league and 7-0-3 overall.


Field hockey moved to 2-0 in conference with a 4-2 victory at Bryant. Alison Smisdom scored two goals in a game where UAlbany led 4-1 after three quarters. She leads all scorers with 11. The Great Danes outshot the Bulldogs 15-6, and move to 6-3 overall. Bryant starts league play 0-1 and now sits at 4-4 overall.


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