The first NCAA Tournament appearance was one to remember for the UAlbany Women's Lacrosse team.

The Great Danes rallied to down Dartmouth, 10-7, in the 1st Round of the NCAA Tournament.

Jodi Battaglia and Persy Sample keyed a second-half run as the unbeaten Great Danes advanced to meet second-seeded Northwestern in the NCAA quarterfinals on May 21 at 8:00 pm.

Dartmouth erased a 5-4 deficit in the final period with consecutive goals.  Hana Bowers curled from the left to the middle and sent a blast over the goalkeeper’s head to tie the contest.  After Kristen Giovanniello made a save leading to an offensive possession, the Big Green went ahead as Sarah Parks found Hilary Smith in the middle of the zone with 17:03 remaining.

UAlbany (18-0) regained the lead with three straight goals over a four-minute stretch.  Nikki Branchini, who moved up to offense from her defensive midfielder position, sent a free-position attempt into the right side of the cage to start the decisive run.  Sample, a freshman attacker, curled from the left and fired a low shot into the far right corner.  Battaglia then made a full-extended catch of Sample’s feed from behind to find the net and record an 8-6 advantage.

The Great Danes, who entered NCAA play as the only undefeated team at the Division I level, padded their margin in the final minutes. Jess Antelmi forced a turnover that led to an offensive possession where Allie Phelan drove from the right from a spread attack to beat the goalie low to the left side.  Taylor Frink added an empty-net goal for a 10-6 cushion after Dartmouth received a yellow card during a defensive double-team.

UAlbany goalkeeper Anna Berman matched a career-high with nine saves. Sample tied a career-best point total with one goal and two assists.

Paw Prints:  The Great Danes are the 17th team to enter the NCAA Tournament play undefeated or untied.  UAlbany made its first NCAA appearance since the women’s lacrosse became a varsity sport in 1992.  Jodi Battaglia set the program’s single-season record for goals (54), breaking a mark previously held by Rafaela Nikas, who scored 51 in 1998.  Persy Sample’s matched her career-high points total (1 goal, 2 assists) Taylor Frink is the school’s career assists leader with 82. UAlbany has had three programs record NCAA Division I Tournament wins, including men’s lacrosse and softball in 2007.