FIELD HOCKEY PREPS FOR FINAL TUNE-UPS BEFORE CONFERENCE PLAY
Katie Cutchall and the Retrievers are in action twice this week.
Baltimore, Md.-The UMBC field hockey team (0-6) will be in action twice this week, traveling to Loretto, Pa., to take on former Northeast Conference foe St. Francis on Wednesday at 4 p.m., before returning home to face Appalachian State on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. The games are the Retrievers’ final tune-ups before conference play begins next Saturday, Oct. 1 at Vermont.
A Look Ahead
Wednesday, Sept. 21 – UMBC at St. Francis (Pa.), 4 p.m., Stokes Athletics Field: The Retrievers have not faced the Red Flash since 2002 when both were members of the Northeast Conference. The Retrievers are 4-0 against St. Francis since 2000, when field hockey returned to UMBC as a varsity sport. The last time the teams met, on Oct. 9, 2002, the Retrievers won, 3-1. The Red Flash (0-5) are coming off a 7-0 loss to Sacred Heart on Sept. 18. Samantha Nonweiler and Erin Davis lead St. Francis with three points, each registering a goal and an assist. Opponents are out-shooting the Red Flash 124-35.
Sunday, Sept. 25 – UMBC vs. Appalachian State, 11 a.m., UMBC Stadium: The Retrievers have faced the Mountaineers each of the last two years, with both games going to overtime. In 2004, ASU eked out a 3-2 win in the second extra period, while UMBC won the year before, 3-2, on penalty strokes. The Mountaineers (1-7) are coming off a 7-1 loss to Iowa on Sept. 18 and will face Radford on Wednesday before coming to Baltimore. Erica Muschamp leads ASU with two goals and four points, while goalie Kate Ryno has recorded 80 saves against 26 goals allowed for a 3.38 GAA and a .755 save percentage in 538:54 of play. Opponents are out-shooting the Mountaineers 168-42.
Looking Back: Week 3 (0-2)
Sept. 14 – Lehigh 3, UMBC 2: The Retrievers and Lehigh battled hard for 70 minutes, but in the end, UMBC lost to the Mountain Hawks, 3-2. Junior midfielder/attack Kristi Troster (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) scored her first goal of the season just 1:07 into the game to give the Retrievers a 1-0 lead. UMBC’s lead stood for 12 minutes until Lehigh’s Maureen Harrington put the ball in the cage to tie the game at 1-1. Just 45 seconds before halftime, Marissa Iannarone scored to give Lehigh a 2-1 advantage. Mary Beth Kuenne scored the eventual game-winner on a penalty corner at the 45:46 mark, giving Lehigh a 3-1 lead. Despite a two-goal deficit late in the game, the Retrievers did not go down without a fight. Senior attack Katie Cutchall (Hustontown, Pa./Forbes Road) scored her first goal of the season at 63:05 to bring UMBC back to within one goal at 3-2.
Sept. 17 – Drexel 3, UMBC 0: Drexel's Rachael Bloemker scored a pair of goals to lead the Dragons to a 3-0 win over the Retrievers. Drexel out-shot UMBC, 25-8, but sophomore goalie Ashley Benitez (Sykesville, Md./Century) kept the Retrievers in the game with a career-high 13 saves. The Dragons got on the board early when Bloemker scored on a penalty corner less than three minutes into the game. Just over a minute later, the Dragons found the back of the net again when Amanda Mouser picked up a rebound and beat Benitez to increase Drexel's lead. The score remained 2-0 well into the second half until Bloemker scored again at 50:53. The goal was again the result of a penalty corner.
The Retrievers are 0-6 on the season with losses to Towson, Longwood, California, West Chester, Lehigh and Drexel.
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. Senior defender Tiffany Deinzer (Encinitas, Calif./San Dieguito) 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.
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 total points, with all three of her goals coming in the second half. Smith 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 Deinzer recorded her fifth defensive save on the season, a new career high.
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. 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. Freshman Courtney McNamara (Southampton, N.J./Lenape) tallied the first two of her career. Benitez recorded six saves while allowing both goals.
Moving Up the Ranks
Moore scored UMBC’s first two goals of the season in the loss to Cal. She leads the team with two goals and 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 Cutchall, who is in seventh place with 22 points after her goal against Lehigh, and Troster, who is tied for eighth with 20 points after scoring against the Mountain Hawks.
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 10 10 22 2002-
8. Kristi Troster 7 6 20 2003-
Cecile Banas 7 6 20 2001-04
10. Becky Cagle 8 3 19 1980-82
Leslie Chilcote 5 9 19 2001-04
Deinzer leads the nation with seven defensive saves and a 1.17 DSv/game average. However, her four-game defensive save streak was snapped against Lehigh. Deinzer’s 2005 total through four games already surpasses her three-year total of six. Smith is tied for second in the country with four defensive saves and is third with 0.67 DSv/game.
Beast in the America East
Moore leads the America East in shots per game at 3.17, and Cutchall is tied for 10th at 1.67. Moore is also tied for ninth in the conference in goals per game at 0.33. Smith is tied for fifth in the conference in assists per game at 0.33. Benitez is fourth in the league in saves per game at 6.67. The Retrievers are second in the America East in saves per game at 8.17.
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 is also second to Deinzer on the team with three defensive saves. McNamara is third with two, followed by sophomore defender Natalie Hopkins (Ellicott City, Md./Wilde Lake) with one…Benitez has played in all six games, including five starts, and has recorded a career-high 40 saves with a .755 save percentage…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.