By Brian Minutolo
University at Albany field hockey fell 1-0 to Stanford in the America East Quarterfinals hosted by Monmouth University.
The Great Danes, defending America East champions, were the sixth and final team to qualify for the America East Tournament with a 2-1 win at home against UMass Lowell in the last game of the season.
UAlbany fired seven shots on goal but Stanford goalie Kelsey Bing stood tall in the shutout effort. Stanford’s Fanella Scutt scored the lone goal off a corner from Sarah Johnson with eight minutes remaining in the game.
Katie MacCallum and Dana Bozek each recorded three shots on goal for UAlbany in the losing effort. America East goals leader, Stanford’s Corinne Zanolli, was held goalless despite her four shots.
Bozek, a senior, was named America East Midfielder of the Year as she was top-five in shots (73), shots on goal (50), goals (14) and points (34). Her goal and point totals were career-highs. She was also named to the East Division All-Conference First Team for the third straight season.
Redshirt senior goalie Melissa Nealon, who led the conference in goals against average (1.294), and sophomore defender Kelsey McCrudden, second in the conference in assists (14), joined Bozek on the First Team.
MacCallum, a junior forward who was top-10 in goals (9), assists (7) and points (25), and freshman defender Julie Rodijk, who assisted the team to six shutouts, earned Second Team selections.
The Great Danes will graduate three of its 11 starters, Bozek, Nealon and defender Baylee Burghardt, ahead of the 2020 season.