FIELD HOCKEY TO TAKE ON LEHIGH, DREXEL THIS WEEK
Julie Moore is third on the Retrievers' all-time scoring list with 37 points.
, Md.- The UMBC field hockey team will be in action twice this week, hosting Lehigh Wednesday at 7 p.m. at UMBC Stadium before traveling to Philadelphia to take on Drexel Saturday at 1 p.m. The Retrievers (0-4) are coming off their second week of the season, in which they lost to California and West Chester.
A Look Ahead
Wednesday, September 14 – UMBC vs. Lehigh, 7 p.m., UMBC Stadium: Lehigh (2-4) snapped a three-game losing skid with a 4-2 victory over Georgetown Sept. 10. Maureen Harrington scored twice and Marissa Iannarone had two assists in the win. Mary Beth Kuenne leads the team with four goals and eight points, while Iannarone is tops with six assists. Goalie Meghan Gove has recorded 39 saves against 19 goals allowed, for a 3.17 GAA and .721 save percentage. The Mountain Hawks are averaging 13.3 shots per game, but opponents are out-shooting them, 91-80. Lehigh was picked to finish fourth in the Patriot League after making its first appearance in the conference tournament last year since 1996. The Mountain Hawks return 19 players from the 2004 team which fell to eventual league champion American in the tournament semi-finals.
Saturday, September 17 – UMBC at Drexel, 1 p.m., Buckley Field: Drexel (3-2) is coming off a 1-0 victory over Fairfield Sept. 10. Rachel Zeldin scored the game’s lone goal, while freshman goalie Colleen McAndrew registered her second shutout of the season. McAndrew has tallied 25 saves in five games and allowed only seven goals for a 1.40 GAA and a .781 save percentage. Rachael Bloemker is first on the team in points (5) and tied with Rachel Babcock for the team lead in goals (2). She was named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week last week after allowing just one goal in two games while recording eight saves. The Dragons are the Retrievers’ second CAA opponent of the season; UMBC lost to Towson, 8-0, in the season opener.
Looking Back: Week 2 (0-2)
Sept. 8 – California 6, UMBC 2: The Retrievers dropped their third straight game to California, 6-2, on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. Junior Julie Moore (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) led UMBC’s offense, scoring both goals, the team’s first two of the season. Moore tied the game at 1-1 just eight seconds before halftime with a shot off a penalty corner, but the Golden Bears opened the second half with four goals in a seven-minute span 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. Valentina Godfrid finished with a hat trick in the game and seven points, with all three of her goals coming in the second half. Freshman Emily Smith (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) was credited with assists on both Retriever goals, and senior Amanda Heinz (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) and freshman Paige Hartman (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) were also credited with assists, as both goals came off penalty corners. Senior Tiffany Deinzer (Encinitas, Calif./San Dieguito) recorded her fifth defensive save on the season, a new career high. Smith added her second of the season, while sophomore Natalie Hopkins (Ellicott City, Md./Wilde Lake) tallied the first of her career. 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 a career-high 10 saves 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.
Sept. 10 – West Chester 2, UMBC 0: Despite out-shooting West Chester, 15-13, the Retrievers dropped their fourth straight decision, 2-0, to the Golden Rams in their home opener. The teams were evenly matched for most of the game. West Chester scored both of its goals in the first 14 minutes of play. Deinzer recorded two defensive saves, giving her seven on the year, which surpasses her three-year total of six coming into the 2005 season. Smith added her third of the season, and freshman Courtney McNamara (Southampton, N.J./Lenape) tallied the first two of her career. Benitez recorded six saves while allowing both goals.
The Retrievers are 0-4 on the season with losses to Towson, Longwood, California and West Chester.
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 Benitez 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. Deinzer 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 Smith added the first of her career.
Moving Up the Ranks
Moore scored UMBC’s first two goals of the season in the loss to Cal. She leads the team with four points. With the goals, Moore, UMBC’s active career scoring leader, moves into third place on the Retrievers’ all-time scoring list with 37 career points, surpassing Kristin Ramsay. Moore is now five points away from tying Chris Marsiglia for second place with 42 points. Other active leaders include senior attack Katie Cutchall (Hustontown, Pa./Forbes Road), who is tied for seventh with 20 points, and junior midfielder/attack Kristi Troster (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn), who is 11th with 18 points.
Player G A Pts. Yrs.
1. Robi Tamargo 16 13 45 1979-82
2. Chris Marsiglia 15 12 42 1981-84
3. Julie Moore 16 5 37 2003-
4. Kristin Ramsay 15 4 34 2001-04
5. Monica Penn 13 2 28 1980-82
6. Althea Stewart 9 8 26 1981-84
7. Katie Cutchall 9 10 20 2002-
Cecile Banas 7 6 20 2001-04
9. Becky Cagle 8 3 19 1980-82
Leslie Chilcote 5 9 19 2001-04
11. Kristi Troster 6 6 18 2003-
Deinzer leads the nation with seven defensive saves and a 1.75 DSv/game average. She notched three last week, including two against West Chester. Her 2005 total through four games already surpasses her three-year total of six. Smith is tied for second in the country with three defensive saves and is second with 0.75 DSv/game, while McNamara is tied for fifth with two and 0.50 DSv/game.
Beast in the America East
Moore is third in the America East in shots per game at 3.00, and Troster is tied for ninth at 2.00. Moore is also tied for fourth in the conference in goals per game at 0.50 and points per game at 1.00. Smith is tied for second in the conference in assists per game at 0.50, while Hartman and Heinz are tied for ninth at 0.25. Benitez is fourth in the league in saves per game at 6.25 and third in goals against average at 2.33. The Retrievers are first in the America East in saves per game at 8.50 and fourth in shots per game at 9.50 and assists per game at 1.00.
Smith assisted on both goals in the loss to Cal for the first two assists of her career. The two dishes lead the team, while Hartman and Heinz are second with one apiece. Smith also had two defensive saves on the weekend and is second to Deinzer on the team with three. McNamara is third with two, followed by Hopkins with one…Benitez has played in all four games, including three starts, and has recorded a career-high 25 saves with a .781 save percentage. Her 10 saves against California surpassed her previous season total of nine…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.
After this week, the Retrievers have two more games before conference play begins. UMBC will travel to Loretto, Pa., to face former Northeast Conference foe St. Francis (Pa.) on Sept. 21 before returning home to host Appalachian State Sept. 25. The Retrievers then head to Burlington, Vt., to take on the Vermont Catamounts for their first America East action of the season.