Senior Tiffany Deinzer equaled a career high with two defensive saves in the Retrievers' loss to Towson.
Towson, Md.-Towson sophomore Kajee Murangi scored a school record-tying five goals and added two assists, as the UMBC field hockey team dropped its season opener to the Tigers, 8-0.
Towson scored early and often, taking the lead just 46 seconds into the game when Emily Swartz scored a fast break goal off a lead pass from Murangi. With 26:27 left in the first half, Murangi scored her first goal when she gathered a loose ball in front of the cage and knocked it in for a 2-0 lead. She scored again with left and again with remaining on a behind-the-back goal over her right shoulder to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead.
With remaining in the half, Murangi took a pass from teammate Erica Houck in front of the cage and scored her fourth consecutive goal, giving Towson a 5-0 halftime advantage.
Swartz scored her second goal of the game off a pass from Murangi at the 38:09 mark to increase the Tigers’ lead to 6-0. Murangi scored her fifth goal of the game at the 44:53 mark when she deflected a shot by Jessica Auge on a penalty corner to put Towson ahead 7-0. Houck closed out the scoring with left in the game when she converted a pass by Swartz.
UMBC’s goalies, Kathryn Tag (Havre de Grace, Md./Havre de Grace/U.S. MerchantMarineAcademy) and Ashley Benitez (Sykesville, Md./Century) split time between the pipes, with Tag registering five saves and allowing five goals in the first half and Benitez tallying six saves and allowing three goals in the second half.
Senior captain Tiffany Deinzer (Encinitas, Calif./San Dieguito) recorded two defensive saves, equaling a career high, under heavy offensive pressure from the Tigers. Towson out-shot the Retrievers 30-7 and had 11 penalty corners to UMBC’s five.
The Retrievers fell to 0-1 on the season while the Tigers improved to 2-0. UMBC next travels to College Park, Md., on Sept. 8, where the team “hosts” California-Berkeley at at the Maryland Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park.