UAlbany beats UMBC to get to NCAAs

"We just find openings. There is no secret behind it," said Battaglia of her on-field chemistry with Frink, who assisted on three of Battaglia's five goals.

"Their timing was a bit off early on, and credit UMBC for that," said Battaglino. "But they find a way."

The Great Danes scored three more goals in the first eight minutes of the second half before settling into a pattern where they held the ball in UMBC's half of the field and took only a handful of shots.

"We were still going to goal, but there was nothing forced about what we did," said Battaglia.

UMBC ended its scoring drought with 2:10 left in the second half, but the Retrievers were hopelessly too far behind to make a comeback.

Ariana Parker and Rachael Burek each added a pair of goals for UAlbany, which held a 19-10 advantage in shots.

The Great Danes will now try to make a run in the NCAA tournament starting with Sunday's game against a Dartmouth team that handed defending national champion Marlyand (18-1) its only loss of the season, a 9-8 double overtime game.

"I've coached a lot of great teams, and this one had to overcome a lot to get here," said Battaglino, who coached Bethlehem to six straight Section II girls lacrosse titles . "We've had some injuries, but these girls stepped up.""

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