Julie Moore scored the Retrievers' first two goals of the season.
College Park, Md.-The UMBC field hockey team (0-3) fell to California (3-3), 6-2, on Thursday evening at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. Junior Julie Moore (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) led the Retrieversí offense, scoring both goals.
Moore tied the game at 1-1 just eight seconds before halftime at the 34:52 mark with a shot off a UMBC penalty corner. The goal was the Retrieversí first on the season, and freshmen Paige Hartman (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) and Emily Smith (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) were each credited with the first assists of their careers. But the Golden Bears opened the second half with four goals in a seven-minute span, including two by Valentina Godfrid, to take a 5-1 lead. The offensive outpouring turned out to be the difference in the game, as the teams played close for the other 63 minutes.
Godfrid opened the half with a shot off a California penalty corner less than three minutes into the second half, at the 37:45 mark, off assists from teammates Jenna Long and Teela Crosthwaite. Less than two minutes later, at 39:32, Andrea Lo scored her second goal of the game on a pass from Godfrid. Lo had previously scored the first goal of the game at the mark. Godfrid struck again at 43:31, and Crosthwaite finished off Calís offensive barrage less than a minute later at 44:20.
Godfrid scored a hat trick in the game, with all three of her goals coming in the second half. Her third goal came on a penalty corner with assists from Long and Crosthwaite at the 62:19 mark and gave the Bears a 6-1 lead. She finished with seven points, while Crosthwaite and Lo each had four.
Moore brought the Retrievers back to within four when she scored on another penalty corner at the 63:14 mark. Smith was credited with her second assist on the game, and senior Amanda Heinz (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) with her first on the season, already matching her total from 2004.
Senior defender Tiffany Deinzer (Encinitas, Calif./San Dieguito) recorded her fifth defensive save on the season, a new career high, and is now just one away from equaling her three-year total. She has tallied at least one defensive save in each of the Retrieversí first three games. Smith added her second of the season, while sophomore Natalie Hopkins (Ellicott City, Md./WildeLake) tallied the first of her career. Californiaís Briana Harney also had a defensive save.
Sophomore goalie Ashley Benitez (Sykesville, Md./Century) and freshman Rachael Drummonds (Elkton, Md./Elkton) split time between the pipes for the Retrievers. Benitez earned her second consecutive start, recording 10 saves, a new career high, and allowing only one Bear goal in the first half. Drummonds took over in the second half for her first collegiate playing time and recorded four saves while allowing five goals.
California out-shot the Retrievers, 33-11. The teams had eight penalty corners each.
UMBC returns to action Saturday for its home opener against West Chester at at UMBC Stadium.