Womenís Lacrosse Looks to Clinch Playoff Spot on Senior Day Versus New Hampshire
BALTIMORE Ė UMBC womenís lacrosse hosts New Hampshire on Saturday, April 27 as part of a Retriever lacrosse doubleheader. Womenís lacrosse opens up the afternoon as it looks to clinch its fourth-straight playoff berth on Senior Day at the UMBC Stadium. First draw is set for noon, followed by menís lacrosse playing host to Binghamton at 3:30 p.m.
With one week left in the regular season, two of the America Eastís four playoff spots have been decided. UMBC, New Hampshire and Vermont all head into their regular-season finales with 2-3 marks in conference play. The winner of Saturdayís contest between the Retrievers and Wildcats will guarantee itself a playoff spot.
UMBC (8-7, 2-3 AEC) has dropped its last four contests, including an 8-7 loss at Vermont last Saturday. Senior netminder Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) matched a career-high with 11 stops in the contest, including seven saves in the second half. The senior eclipsed the 100-save mark for the first time in her career, with 104 stops on the year.
Sophomore attacker Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) finished with a team-best four points, two goals and two assists, against the Catamounts and enters Saturday one helper shy of entering into the Retrieversí top-10 single-season assists list.
Sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) paces the offense with 32 goals and 44 points. Semonesí 44 draw controls is good for sixth on UMBCís single-season record list. Senior defender Jamie Fahey (Baldwin, Md./Loch Raven) ranks second on the team in caused turnovers (11) and third on the squad in ground balls (21) and draw controls (26).
New Hampshire (5-10, 2-3 AEC) has fallen in three of its last four contests, including a pair of America East matchups. The Wildcats most recently fell, 16-9, to Fairfield on Saturday afternoon. UNH had four players record three points apiece in the losing effort.
Senior attacker Jenny Simpson paces the Wildcats in scoring with 46 points on the season and is one of three UNH players with 20-plus goals on the year, with a team-best 41 goals. Freshman attacker Laura McHoul is the only member of New Hampshire with double-digit goals and assists, dishing out a team-best 30 helpers, to go along with 14 goals in her rookie campaign.
Goalkeepers Kathleen OíKeefe and Taylor Hurwitz have combined for a .435 save percentage on the season. OíKeefe has seen the majority of action in net on the season and is recording 8.27 saves per contest.