FIELD HOCKEY PREPARES FOR CALIFORNIA, WEST CHESTER
Julie Moore and the Retrievers host West Chester on Saturday.
Baltimore, Md.-The UMBC field hockey team will be in action twice this weekend, taking on California Thursday at 7 p.m. in College Park, Md., before returning home to face West Chester Saturday at 2 p.m. at UMBC Stadium. The Retrievers (0-2) are coming off their first week of the season, in which they lost to Towson and Longwood.
A Look Ahead
Thursday, Sept. 8 – UMBC vs. California, 7 p.m., Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex, College Park, Md.: California (2-3) is coming off a 1-2 weekend that included loss to Michigan State (4-1) and Iowa (2-1) and a 3-1 win over Syracuse. Freshman Andrea Lo earned NorPac Rookie of the Week honors with a start and an impressive debut against Delaware on Aug. 28. Thursday’s game will be played at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex on the University of Maryland, College Park campus.
Directions to the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex: Take I-95 South to I-495 West/Capital Beltway (Exit 27, Silver Spring). Follow signs to Exit 25 (U.S. 1 South toward College Park). Turn right onto U.S. 1 and proceed approximately nine-tenths of a mile to Rt. 193 West/University Blvd. Turn right onto Rt. 193. Turn left at first traffic light onto Paint Branch Dr. Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex is on the left.
Saturday, Sept. 10 – UMBC vs. West Chester, 2 p.m., UMBC Stadium – The Retrievers host West Chester for their home opener at UMBC Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Golden Rams (2-2) are coming off a 4-1 win over Ursinus on Sept. 3 and will take on Lehigh on Sept. 7 before facing the Retrievers. Mary Ellen Wells leads West Chester with four goals and two assists. Goalie Carrie Hanshue has recorded 44 saves and allowed eight goals in four games. The last time the two teams faced, on Sept. 12, 2004, the Retrievers came away with a 2-1 victory when Julie Moore redirected a crossing pass from Leslie Chilcote into the West Chester net for the game-winner in the 51st minute. A year earlier, the Golden Rams knocked off UMBC in overtime, 3-2. The teams have played four of the last five years, with West Chester holding a 3-1 series advantage.
Looking Back: Week 1 (0-2)
Aug. 31 – Towson 8, UMBC 0: The Retrievers dropped their season opener at Towson, 8-0. Tiger sophomore Kajee Murangi scored a school record-tying five goals and added two assists. UMBC’s goalies, Kathryn Tag (Havre de Grace, Md./Havre de Grace/U.S. Merchant Marine Academy) 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.
Sept. 4 – Longwood 1, UMBC 0: The Retrievers played Longwood much closer than Towson but came up on the short end of a 1-0 decision on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. The game was scoreless until the 67th minute, when the Lancers were awarded a penalty stroke, which midfielder Katy Lernihan lifted into the upper-right corner past Benitez to give Longwood the lead and ultimately the victory. Making her first career start, Benitez played all 70 minutes between the pipes and recorded three saves for the Retrievers. Deinzer matched a career high with two defensive saves for the second consecutive game, and freshman Emily Smith (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) added the first of her career.
Deinzer leads the team with four defensive saves, equaling her total from 2004. She is just two away from matching her career total through her first three seasons at UMBC…Junior Julie Moore (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) is the Retrievers’ active career scoring leader and is fourth all-time with 33 points. With her next point, she will tie Kristin Ramsay for third place. Other active leaders include senior Katie Cutchall (Hustontown, Pa./Forbes Road), who is tied for sixth with 20 points, and junior Kristi Troster (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn), who is ninth with 18 points…The Retrievers return 14 players, including six starters, from last year’s squad, which finished 4-13 overall and 0-6 in the America East. UMBC lost five seniors to graduation, all of whom had a major impact on the 2004 season, as well as on the field hockey program in their four years as Retrievers.