Women’s Lacrosse Returns Home to Take on (rv) Drexel
BALTIMORE – UMBC women’s lacrosse looks to avenge last season’s one goal loss, 9-8, to Drexel on Saturday, March 9, when the Dragons travel to the UMBC Stadium for a 1 p.m. matchup. All the action can be seen live on UMBCRetrievers.tv.
UMBC (3-2) opened the season with two victories, but have since lost two of its last three contests – with both losses coming against teams ranked nationally in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Weekly Poll, a poll that the Dragons have been receiving votes in since defeating No. 11 Penn last month. The Retrievers fell, 17-10, to top-ranked Maryland in its latest contest. The black and gold came within three, 9-6, early in the second half, but the Terrapins went on to score five unanswered en route to defeating the Retrievers.
Junior attack Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley) and sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) each registered three points against Maryland, while senior goalkeeper Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) tallied eight saves.
Midfielder Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) has come on strong in her junior season with the Retrievers, leading the team in goals scored with 11 and picking up a team-best nine ground balls on the year. Sophomore attack Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) has a team-best 14 points and seven assists on the year after recording a goal and an assist versus the Terps on Tuesday. Semones leads the squad with 17 draw controls on the season and is contributing 2.0 goals per game.
Mason has played every minute in goal for the Retrievers this season and has totaled 35 saves in five games.
Drexel remained unbeaten on Wednesday night, defeating Villanova, 14-10, at Vidas Field. The victory marked the fifth straight win against a Philadelphia-area school for the Dragons. Senior attacker Alysa Maiden led the offense versus the Wildcats, tying a career-high with four goals in the contest. Maiden ranks second on the team in points (13) and third on the team in goals scored (eight.)
Senior midfielder Kelli Joran pilots the squad’s offensive efforts with 2.8 goals per game (14 goals on the season) and has added five assists on the year. Joran also had registered a team-best 20 draw controls on the year.
Sophomore goalkeeper Teresha Bradley has seen the majority of action in the net for the Dragons this season, recording all five of Drexels victories on the year. Bradley has 22 stops on the year and is allowing 6.0 goals per game.
UMBC holds a 7-4 lead in the all-time series against Drexel. The Retrievers won five straight versus the Dragons from 1994-98. After no playing since 1998, UMBC and Drexel reopened their series last season at Vidas Field, a matchup that the Retrievers dropped 9-8. UMBC has lost only once to the Dragons on their home field.