Albany Women Make a Statement

Albany women make a statement win, 16-2. Playing at John Fallon Field for the first time since April 15, 2017, the Albany Lady Great Danes wowed the home crowd with dominating 16-2 defeat of the St. Bonaventure Bonnies.

Things started well for the Bonnies when Abby Hiltz (2g) converted a pretty pass from Destinee Johnson (1a) with just 2:05 played and St. Bonaventure seemed to be in good shape. Two minutes later, Kendra Harbinger (3g, 1a) kicked off a three-goal Albany rally.
Hiltz ended the surge to pull it 3-2.

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That would be the highlight for the visitors as Albany stormed the beach and nailed the next nine goals to end the half at 12-2.
With the brakes applied Albany brought the run to 13 in a row to close it out, 16-2.

“It was a great day today to return home for our first home match in a while.  It was great to be on John Fallon Field.  St. Bonaventure came out really strong, and I was really proud of how we responded.  We were really focused in on our draw controls and gaining possession.  They had two early goals, but after we held them scoreless, and I thought our offense did a really good job of spreading the ball and having multiple threats.  We cause a lot of turnovers on our ride, which is something we’ve been focusing on, so I’m really proud of our efforts there.”

Head Coach, Rowan Thompson,

After Thoughts

Albany had a balanced attack with Hailey Carroll (4g), Harbinger and her 3 goals, and 2 helpers, Kyla Zapolski (3g) and Katie Pascale (2g,2a). With her first goal, Pascale notched her first-ever NCAA goal. Julia Imbo and Kaitlyn Rurka recorded their first tallies of the season. Georgia Schneidereith was in net for the first half allowed two goals with 4 saves.

Second half duty belonged to Aislinn Sweeney who pitched a shut out and made 5 saves for the Danes. Shots heavily favored Albany, 39-14 with the first half being 22-8. It was Albany’s first victory since August 11, 2020, over Siena. Albany women make a statement win.

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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