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Women’s Lacrosse Bests UMass Lowell, Clinches Playoffs on Senior Day

By Vince Gasparini | April 22, 2024

With a 10-7 win over UMass Lowell on Saturday, the University at Albany women’s lacrosse team clinched a spot in the America East Tournament for the 17th season in a row. It was also the Great Danes’ Senior Day, where they honored seniors Katie Pascale, Alexa Driscoll, Sydney Smith, Bryar Hogg, Mia Buckingham, Allie Maloney, Megan Dineen, and Jill Alberici in a ceremony after the game.

The UAlbany women’s lacrosse team during their Senior Day ceremony after their win over UMass Lowell on Saturday.

Photo Credit: Vince Gasparini / The ASP

“We're so proud of this senior class for being a constant throughout their four years, and for their loyalty and dedication to the program,” said UAlbany head coach Katie Thomson, who is in her sixth season as head coach of the Great Danes. “This was our first recruiting class as a coaching staff, and we're so grateful for their heart, their passion, their work ethic, their connection, and their togetherness.”

The first quarter saw the most goals of the game, with both teams scoring four. Dineen scored twice for UAlbany before UML took a 3-2 lead off of a goal by Jade Catlin. Maloney and Hogg netted two more for the Great Danes, but Catlin struck again with 1:48 remaining in the quarter to tie the score.

After a second quarter that saw both teams score just one goal, UAlbany broke it open in the second half, outscoring the River Hawks 4-1 in the third quarter. UML’s Macy Shultz scored their sole goal, which also turned out to be their only shot on goal of the quarter, compared to the Great Danes’ nine. Both teams scored just once in the fourth quarter, sealing the win for UAlbany.

Over the course of the entire game, the Great Danes outshot the River Hawks 31-22, including 21-16 in shots on goal. Dineen finished the game with a hat trick, which was supplemented by goals from Hogg, Maloney, Ava Poupard, Mikaela Mooney, Kloey Roos, and Paisley Cook.

Catlin and Shultz led the River Hawks with three goals each, with midfielder Grace Lydon being the only other UML player to score. UAlbany goalkeeper Grace Cincebox finished the game with nine saves.

The Great Danes’ last two games of the regular season come with a home match against Le Moyne on Tuesday, followed by an away game against New Hampshire on Saturday. They are 5-9 overall with a 4-1 record in conference play.

As their season comes to a close, UAlbany sits at the No. 2 seed in the America East Tournament where they are poised to face the No. 3-seeded University of Maryland, Baltimore County at home in the first round.


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