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No. 17 Albany Edges Yale 2-1

Danee Fitzgerald. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Danee Fitzgerald. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A pair of first-half goals proved to be enough for No. 17 Albany Saturday afternoon, as the Great Danes held on for a 2-1 victory over the Yale field hockey team at Alumni Turf.

The two scores for the Great Danes were part of a lopsided first half that saw Albany outshoot Yale 13-1 and earn nine corners (none for Yale). The Great Danes capitalized on their first corner, getting a goal from midfielder Paula Heuser at 4:43 for a quick 1-0 lead. Forward Alyssa Curtis made it 2-0 at 27:37.

"In the first half we struggled to play our game," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "We couldn't outlet. That first corner for Albany was very well executed, so hats off to them. They gained the same kind of momentum that we gained last Sunday in our win vs. Hofstra by taking an early lead."

Yale (3-2, 0-0 Ivy League) regrouped at halftime, resulting in a dramatically different final 35 minutes. Shots were even 6-6, and the Bulldogs got four corners to Albany's one. Still, four saves by Great Danes goalie Maxi Primus kept Yale at bay. The lone goal for the Bulldogs came on a penalty stroke after an Albany player blocked a shot with her body. For the second game in a row, senior Danee Fitzgerald scored on a stroke. Her tally at 36:52 was not enough, though, to keep the Bulldogs from suffering their second loss of the season.

"Albany was very hungry for a win after suffering three road losses," said Stuper. "We played well in the second half, and gave ourselves an opportunity."

Senior goalkeeper Emilie Katz, who made 20 saves in last season's 2-0 Yale loss to Albany, made 10 saves Saturday. Albany (4-3, 0-0 America East) finished with a 19-7 shot advantage.

Yale returns home to face Georgetown Sunday at 2:30 p.m., when the Bulldogs will look to capitalize on the lessons they learned Saturday.

"In the second half, we showed our ability to compete with one of the top teams in the country," said Stuper. "Now, we just need to do that for the full 70 minutes."

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity