Sarah Willis picked up five ground balls and caused three turnovers on Senior Day.
BALTIMORE—Albany midfielder Rachel Burek scored the game-winning goal with just 52 seconds left to defeat UMBC by a score of 11-10 Sunday afternoon in the 2010 finale at UMBC Stadium. The Retrievers fall to 9-6 overall and 2-3 in America East play, while the Great Danes improve to 11-2 and 4-0.
Before the game, the Retrievers honored their five seniors – midfielder Amanda Gable (Mount Airy, Md./Glenelg), attack Rachel Pincus (New Market, Md./Linganore), goalie Kate Quick (Phoenix, Md./Maryvale Prep) and defenders Erika Welck (Pasadena, Md./St. Mary’s) and Sarah Willis (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) – in a Senior Day ceremony.
The game pitted the conference’s top two scoring offenses and scoring defenses, and the first half was all defense, as the teams combined to score just six goals in the opening 30 minutes. Albany led, 4-2, at halftime.
But the second stanza was a different story. The Retrievers came out hot, scoring four unanswered goals in the first 8:24 of action to take a 6-4 lead. Albany tied the score two minutes later with back-to-back goals, but junior midfielder Amanda Pappas (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) and sophomore attack Alicia Krause (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron/Duquesne) teamed up to put the Retrievers back on top with 16:38 remaining.
But the Great Danes answered right back, as midfielder Olivia Jarem tallied a free-position goal just 22 seconds later to tie the score at 7-7.
UMBC again held a two-goal advantage with 12:24 left in the game, but Albany netted three straight to take its first lead in nearly 20 minutes at the 4:33 mark.
With two minutes remaining, sophomore midfielder Bria Phillips (Davidsonville, Md./Coronado (Calif.)) was awarded a free-position shot, which she converted to knot the game at 10-10, the sixth tie of the contest.
But Albany won the ensuing draw, and one minute later, Jarem found Burek for the game-winner. The Retrievers never had a chance to tie it in the waning seconds, as Albany attack Taylor Frink controlled the draw, and the Great Danes maintained possession until the final buzzer.
Phillips led the Retrievers with three goals – her third hat trick in as many games – and was named UMBC’s America East Player of the Game. All three of her goals came in the second half, and two knotted the score.
Junior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) three assists, to give her 21 on the season, matching former teammate Meghan Keelan for the fifth-most in a single season in UMBC history. Pappas, junior midfielder Ashley Stodter (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) and sophomore attack Emily Coady (Westminster, Md./Westminster) also scored twice for the Retrievers, while Krause posted three points on a goal and two helpers. Willis picked up five ground balls and caused three turnovers, while freshman defender Jamie Fahey (Baldwin, Md./Loch Raven) won four draw controls.
Jarem earned Albany’s Player of the Game honor with a game-high five points on three goals and two assists. Attack Christine Grueniger and midfielder Mel Rorie also tallied twice for the Great Danes, while Grueniger won four draw controls. Midfielder Nikki Branchini posted six ground balls, three draw controls and three caused turnovers.
Quick recorded five saves between the pipes, while Albany keeper Ashley Ross stopped seven shots.
The Retrievers outshot the Great Danes, 24-17, and held a 13-10 advantage on draw controls, but Albany edged UMBC, 18-16, on ground balls.
The Retrievers have nearly two weeks off before closing out the regular season on May 1 at America East rival Binghamton.