Bigelow, UC Davis' defense battle No. 21 Albany

Photo by Bob Ellis
Nov. 2, 2017

Final Stats

LOWELL, Mass. — Don’t be deceived by the final score. Despite No. 21 Albany’s 5-0 win over UC Davis, the Aggies consistently thwarted the efforts of the Albany offense throughout the entire match thanks to an outstanding combination performance of the UC Davis back line and goalkeeper Chelsea Bigelow. The Great Danes will continue their run at the America East Tournament, advancing to Saturday's semifinal match to face the winner of tomorrow’s California-New Hampshire matchup.

Despite competing against one of the most dominant offensive teams in the country, the Aggies' defense never wavered. Of the nine penalty corner opportunities earned by the Great Danes, only one would lead to a goal. Blocked shots by the defense and point-blank saves by Bigelow allowed the Aggie offense to gain momentum as the match progressed. Bigelow finished the day with 11 saves to record her seventh double-digit effort of the season. Bigelow’s final season total for 2017, and new program record for saves in a season, now resides at 148 saves.

The Great Danes were first to get on the board during Thursday afternoon’s match, taking an early 1-0 lead over the Aggies in the seventh minute of play.

However, over the next 27 minutes, UC Davis kept Albany at arms length, denying five Great Dane penalty corner shots.

But the Aggies would enter the halftime break down two goals after Albany found the back of the cage with just one minute remaining in the first period. Bigelow would end the first half with five saves under her belt.

The Great Danes were quick to score in the second half, capitalizing on a penalty corner opportunity in the 38th minute.

Albany then scored its fourth goal of the game by out-maneuvering the ball past Bigelow who dove into the lane to prevent a counter attack goal.

Down by four, the Aggies kept their composure and played with confidence, threatening with two well-executed plays by the penalty corner squad that forced two saves from the Great Danes.

In the 54th minute, Albany would go on to score its fifth and final goal of the match off a rebound shot, lifting the Great Danes to a 5-0 win over the Aggies.

With the result, UC Davis will end its 2017 season with a 1-17 overall record. Thursday’s contest also marked the final appearance in an Aggie uniform for Madison Cohen, Briana Sooy, and Kate Young.

No. 21 Albany improves to 12-6 on the season and advances to Saturday’s semifinal match where it will face the winner of tomorrow’s California-New Hampshire matchup.

Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and animal science programs.

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