UAlbany’s Parker Nets 100th Goal in Win over UMBC

ALBANY, N.Y. – Junior midfielder Ariana Parker notched her 100th career goal in the University at Albany's win over UMBC, 9-6, on Saturday, April 13 at John Fallon Field. The Great Danes move into second place and improve to 3-1 in America East Conference play, while the Retrievers fall to 2-2.

Parker became the ninth Great Dane all-time to reach the 100-goal plateau, tallying three goals in the contest. Jess Antelmi led all scorers with four goals and three of them were assisted by senior teammate Rachael Burek.

A slow moving first half saw both teams combine for five goals with UMBC (8-5, 2-2 America East) holding a slight 3-2 lead after 30 minutes. The Retrievers recorded the first two goals, one from Kristen Bilney and the other from Shannon Harkey, both coming off of free-position opportunities.

UAlbany's (8-4, 3-1 America East) senior tandem of Antelmi and Burek responded back with two goals to cut the deficit to one, 3-2, before the end of the half. Burek swung around the back of the net for both goals to find a cutting Antelmi to finish off both plays.

55 seconds into the second half, Antelmi created her own space in the middle of the Retriever defense and tied the game at three apiece.

The Retrievers retaliated with two goals of their own to extend their lead to two, 5-3, with 26:11 remaining in the contest. Bilney and Harkey both scored their second goals of the game during the stretch.

Then the Great Danes took control of the game, scoring six consecutive goals in a 22-minute span to grab their first lead of the game, 9-5, with 2:06 left. Parker scored UAlbany's final three goals of the run. The Port Ewen, N.Y. native's first goal was the eventual game-winner to improve the Great Danes' record to 3-1 in conference play.

UAlbany held advantages in shots, 21-10, ground balls, 13-9, and draw controls, 12-5.

Great Dane goalie Anna Berman held the Retrievers to six goals on 10 opportunities. Retriever goalie Kendall Mason recorded a game-high 10 saves on 19 chances in the loss.

The Great Danes finish their non-conference schedule in a mid-week contest against Columbia on April 17 at 5:00 p.m.

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ALBANY, N.Y. – UMBC senior netminder Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) matched a season-high with 10 saves, including seven stops in the first half, but it was not enough as Albany outscored the Retrievers 7-3 in the second half en route to a 9-6 victory on Saturday afternoon at John Fallon Field.

The Great Danes (8-4, 3-1 AEC) have won four of their last five to take sole possession of second place in the America East standings, while UMBC (8-5, 2-2 AEC) dropped its second straight contest for the first time this season.

UMBC was led offensively by Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley/Florida), who registered her second consecutive hat trick. All three of the junior midfielder's goals came on free position shots.

The Retrievers took a two-goal lead on a pair of free position goals from junior midfielder Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) and Harkey. Albany got one back as senior attacker Jess Antelmi finished on a pass from the league's assist leader, senior attacker Rachel Burek.

Freshman attacker Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md./Fallston) put the black and gold back up by two with her seventh goal of the season, an unassisted score with 14:33 left in the first half.

Antelmi and Burek connected again in the first half to bring Albany within one, 3-2, with 4:15 remaining in the half, but that is how the score would remain heading into the break.

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