By Christian Hince | October 2, 2023
This past week saw the following outcomes for University at Albany sports:
Running back Griffin Woodell became UAlbany’s first 100-yard rusher in 2023 on Saturday.
Photo Credit: Brent Warzocha/UAlbany Athletics
Monday, Sept. 25 - Golf finished 11 of 17 in the Red Bandanna Intercollegiate. Senior Malen Clausen led the team with a +15 for a top-25 finish, followed by Katelin Richards’ +18 in 30th and Mariel Tee’s +19 which tied for 35th. Claudia Blöchliger’s +25 and Thantita Aungsuseewong’s +26 rounded out the top five. The team totaled 21 birdies.
Wednesday, Sept. 26 - Volleyball won their second-straight with a three set sweep of Sacred Heart. In the second set, UAlbany trailed 23-19 before notching four points in a row, later turning a 25-24 deficit into a victory with three straight. The Great Danes won the first and third both by a score of 25-19. UAlbany improved to 5-9 with the win.
Thursday, Sept. 27 - Women’s soccer pulled off a miraculous 2-2 tie at Binghamton with forward Selva Elverum scoring two goals in the final four minutes. The tying score came with three seconds left. UAlbany was outshot 21-11, but stole a point and moved to 0-1-2 in conference and 3-5-2 overall, while Binghamton moved to 2-0-1 in league and 3-4-4 overall.
Friday, Sept. 28:
Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams finished 13th at the Battle in Beantown, scoring at 411 and 392 respectively. On the female side, Amanda Chambers led UAlbany finishers with a 17:53.8 time that was good for 35th. For the men, Jared Rogalski led Great Dane finishers for the third straight week in the 8K with a 25:53.2, placing 86th.
Field hockey beat Maine for the first time since 2018 in a dominant 3-1 performance at home. Alison Smisdom scored the first goal and assisted the second in the first and second quarters respectively, and Maine’s lone score was a garbage time goal in the fourth. UAlbany moves to 7-3 overall and 3-0 in league with the win, while the Black Bears fall to 4-6 overall and 2-2 in conference.
Men’s soccer played New Hampshire to a 0-0 tie, where the hosting Wildcats outshot UAlbany 10-7 and Great Dane goalie Shafique Wilson recorded five saves. UAlbany moves to 0-1-1 in league and 4-5-1 overall while New Hampshire moves to 5-1-3 overall and 0-0-2 in league.
Saturday, Sept. 29:
Football dominated #16 Villanova in a statement win, 31-10. Quarterback Reese Poffenbarger went 20-31 for 244 yards and three TDs, and former walk-on running back Griffin Woodell accrued 145 yards from scrimmage and two total TDs in his first start.
The defense erupted in the second half, holding the Wildcats scoreless through the final 30 minutes and finishing the game with seven sacks and four turnovers, the last two being interceptions of quarterback Connor Watkins. UAlbany opens Colonial Athletic Association play 1-0, improving to 3-2 overall, while Villanova sits at 1-1 in conference play and falls to 3-2 on the season.
Sunday, Sept. 30:
Volleyball opened America East play with a loss at NJIT, falling in three tight sets. Set one saw UAlbany drop 25-21, while the second saw them battle back from a 19-9 deficit to tie it at 21 before losing 25-22. Both teams traded seven lead changes in the third, knotting it at 22 before the Highlanders pulled away to win 25-23. The Great Danes start league play 0-1 and sit at 5-10 overall.
Soccer couldn’t hold onto a first half lead against New Hampshire, falling 2-1. Hailey Hnis scored UAlbany’s lone goal in a game where the hosting Wildcats outshot them 13-8. The Great Danes now sit at 0-2-2 in league and 3-6-2 overall.