By Christian Hince | September 11, 2023
The past week saw the following outcomes for University at Albany sports:
For football this past weekend, offensive coordinator Jared Ambrose traveled to Hawaii as head coach in place of Greg Gattuso, who stayed home due to illness.
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Monday, Sept. 4 - The men’s soccer team collected their second loss of the season with a 1-0 defeat against the defending national champions and No. 1 ranked Syracuse Orange. The defeat put UAlbany at 2-2 while the Orange moved to 2-0. The game’s lone goal came in the 51st minute from Syracuse’s Gabriel Mikina.
Tuesday, Sept. 5 - Volleyball’s match at St. John’s was postponed. It has yet to be rescheduled.
Thursday, Sept. 7 - A women’s soccer home game against UMass was canceled due to lightning storms Thursday evening.
Friday, Sept. 8 - Field hockey dominated in a 3-0 home victory against Hofstra University. The Great Danes scored in the first three minutes with a goal from midfielder Floor De Ruiter, following up with two more at the end of the third quarter. The win snaps a two-game skid for the Great Danes who moved to 2-2, while the Pride fell to 2-3.
Friday, Sept. 8 - Volleyball, in their first match at Colgate’s Ellis Rowland Memorial Tournament, fell in three straight sets to the hosting Raiders. While Colgate held a narrow 35-30 edge on the night in kills, no set was won by less than 10. The Great Danes fell to 1-6 with their sixth straight loss, while the Raiders improved to 4-4.
Saturday, Sept. 9 - Volleyball bounced back in their second match of the tournament to defeat Cornell 3-1. Each set was decided by a two-point margin, with UAlbany coming back from seven points down in the second for a 2-0 advantage they never gave up. The Great Danes snapped their skid, moving to 2-6, while Cornell’s fifth straight loss dropped them to 1-5.
Saturday, Sept. 9 - Hours after taking down the Big Red, volleyball finished their time at Colgate by getting swept against West Virginia 3-0. Despite getting blown out in sets one and three, the Great Danes competed throughout the second, which saw 16 ties and seven lead changes before UAlbany eventually fell 27-25. The Great Danes now sit at 2-7 while West Virginia moved to 4-5.
Saturday, Sept. 9 - In a game which was postponed from Friday night due to lightning, men’s soccer took down Marist at home 3-1. Defender Tiago Dias scored twice and UAlbany led 3-0 after 57 minutes. The Great Danes now sit at 3-2 while the Red Foxes fell to 2-2-1.
Sunday, Sept. 10 - Kickoff was minutes after midnight eastern time for UAlbany football, who left Hawaii with a 31-20 defeat. The Great Danes led the Warriors 14-10 in the second after a 35-yard pick-six from safety Larry Walker Jr. and went into halftime at a 17-17 tie. Linebacker Dylan Kelly also excelled on defense with 13 tackles and an interception.
Quarterback Reese Poffenbarger scored a touchdown with his legs in the first quarter on a 41-yard scramble but struggled mightily as a passer, going 10-31 for 93 yards and an interception. After two weeks and two losses to Football Bowl Subdivision teams, UAlbany sits at 1-2.
Sunday, Sept. 10 - Field hockey knocked off Cornell on the road 3-2 in a barn-burner that went to shootouts. After two scoreless overtime periods and each team scoring three shootout goals each, UAlbany graduate student Delphine Le Jeune clinched the win with a successful shot on net. The Great Danes improved to 3-2 with the win while the Big Red fell to 1-2.
Sunday, Sept. 10 - Golf won the Crosstown Classic with a double-digit stroke margin, logging three golfers under 80. Senior Malene Clausen led the team and tied for first, finishing +3 on the par-70 course.