Albany Seniors Shine in Sensational Win Over Vermont

ALBANY, N.Y. In their final home contest of their Great Dane careers, seniors Jess Antelmi and Rachael Burek combined for 12 points on 10 goals and two assists in the victory over Vermont, 21-9, on Saturday, April 27 at John Fallon Field. UAlbany finishes 5-1 in America East Conference play and will face the No. 3 seeded New Hampshire on Friday, May 3 at LaValle Stadium at 7:00 p.m.

Antelmi and Burek not only helped their team to win, but were both able to tie program records as well. Antelmi's eight-goal performance tied UAlbany's single-game goals record, which was set by Melanie Sosnowski against Niagara on March 6, 2010. With her two assists on the day, Burek tied the program record for most assists in a season (49), which was set by Taylor Frink in 2011. As a team, the Great Danes' 10 assists for the contest gave them 95 assists on the season, which broke the program's single-season record for team assists in a season (91 in 2006).

Vermont (7-9, 2-4 America East) grabbed an early 2-1 lead with 17:44 remaining in the first half. Sydney Mas scored the game's first goal two and half minutes in and teammate Jessica Roach followed for the Catamounts second and final lead of the contest.

Trailing 2-1 with 17:44 left in the half, UAlbany (11-4, 5-1 America East) went on an offensive tear, scoring six straight goals in an eight-minute span to tally its first lead of the game, 7-2, with 9:42 left to play. Antelmi wasted no time recording the game's first hat trick, which gave her 100 career points at UAlbany.

The Catamounts responded with the next three of four goals to cut the deficit to three, 8-5, with 4:18 left. Freshman Vanessa VanderZalm sparked the run and then was capped by Erica Estey.

Antelmi continued her scoring surge with two of the final three Great Danes goals of the half to extend the lead to six, 11-5. She was not done scoring as freshman Whitney Corby found Antelmi in the middle a minute and 20 seconds into the second half to bring the lead up to seven, 12-5.

Vermont's VanderZalm did not go away, as she found the back of the two more times, one on a free position opportunity and the other from a pass by Ariel Nicholas to keep the game within seven, 14-7, with 23:49 remaining.

With Burek being draped by a Catamount defender to not allow her to score, the Great Dane senior attack facilitated two goals behind the net, one from Nichole Eamer and the other by Antelmi, and put the lead to nine, 18-9, with 11:10 left to play. Burek's back-to-back assists put her in a tie with Frink's 2011 record for assists in a season at 49.

UAlbany's defense shut down Vermont for the final 11:10 of the contest and Antelmi scored the game's final goal for her eighth of the game to tie Sosnowski's single-game goals record set in 2010.

UAlbany goalie Anna Berman recorded seven saves on 16 chances to improve to 11-4. Vermont goalie Meg Hopkins tallied four saves on 20 chances to fall to 6-9 on the season.

The Great Danes improve to 11-4 overall and 5-1 in conference play, while the Catamounts fell to 7-9 overall and 2-4 in conference play.

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ALBANY, N.Y. Jess Antelmi tallied a game-high eight goals and Nichole Eamer chipped in six points to lead Albany past Vermont, 21-9, in the final regular season contest for both teams Saturday afternoon.

Albany improves to 11-4 overall and 5-1 in America East play, and will head to the America East playoffs as the No. 2 seed. Vermont falls to 7-10 overall and 2-4 in league play. The Catamounts secured the No. 4 seed in the America East semifinals after Binghamton lost its contest earlier in the afternoon.

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