Albany Downs New Hampshire in America East Semifinal

STONY BROOK, N.Y. Albany senior Rachael Burek is leaving her mark before she finishes her career, following a 13-6 win over New Hampshire in the America East semifinals on Friday, May 3 at LaValle Stadium. With her five points, which included an assist, she became the program's record holder for most assists (50) and points (84) in a single season.

The first half of the America East Semifinals saw both Co-Rookie of the Year award winners shine. New Hampshire's (6-11) Laura McHoul came out and scored the game's first goal within five minutes.

The Great Danes' Rachel Bowles retaliated with back-to-back goals to swing the lead back, 2-1, in their favor with 21:13 left in the first half. The redshirt- freshman dashed on the left side of the net and swiftly cut in front of the net both times to beat the UNH goalie.

Bowles' scored her third goal of the game to extend the lead to two, 4-2. Then McHoul mimicked Bowles with her second goal of the game to cut the deficit to one, 4-3, with 3:02 remaining in the half.

With a 5-3 lead going into the second half, Allie Phelan facilitated a pass to Co-Player of the Year Burek for her first goal of the game a minute and 27 seconds in.

The Wildcats refused to go away, scoring two of the next three goals to bring the game within two, 7-5, with 18:46 remaining in the contest. McHoul tallied her fourth point of the contest with an assist to teammate Nicole Grote and then was followed by Laura Puccia's first goal.

UAlbany's defense clamped down for the final 18 minutes and 45 seconds, allowing just one goal. On the offense end, the Great Danes went on 6-1 run to finish out the contest with a seven-goal victory. During the run, Burek rattled off three goals with her final goal giving her five points on the day and 85 on the season to break the program's previous record of 84 set by Taylor Frink in 2011.

The Great Dane goalie, Anna Berman, recorded four saves on 10 chances. Wildcat goalie Kathleen O'Keefe tallied three saves on 16 chances in the loss.

UAlbany advances to its third straight America East Tournament Finals, facing Stony Brook for the second consecutive time on Sunday, May 5 at LaValle Stadium. The game is slated for noon on ESPN3.

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) recorded five points but University of New Hampshire to was defeated 13-6 Friday night by the University at Albany in an America East Championship semifinal game at Stony Brook University's LaValle Stadium.

UNH, the tourney No. 3 seed by virtue of a 3-3 conference record, ends the 2013 season with a 6-11 overall record. Second-seeded Albany, which recorded an 11-6 home win against the Wildcats in late March and ousted the 'Cats in the 2011:00 a.m.erica East semifinals, advances to play host and top-seeded Stony Brook in the May 5 championship game.

McHoul, the America East co-Rookie of the Year, finished with two goals and three assists. Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.), Nicole Grote (Ellicott City, Md.) Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) netted UNH's other goals and Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) was credited with an assist. Puccia also tallied one ground ball, two draw controls and two caused turnovers while Simpson had one GB, two DC and one CTO.

UNH goalkeeper Kathleen O'Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) made three saves and UA counterpart Anna Berman stopped four shots. The Great Danes' attack was led by Rachel Burek (four goals, one assist), Nichole Eamer (2g, 2a), Allie Phelan (2g, 2a), Rachel Bowles (3g) and Whitney Corby (3a).

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