UMBC FIELD HOCKEY OPENS CONFERENCE PLAY SATURDAY AT VERMONT
Katie Cutchall leads the Retrievers in scoring.
Baltimore, Md.-The UMBC field hockey team (1-7) travels to Burlington, Vt., this weekend to open America East Conference play against the Vermont Catamounts Saturday at 1 p.m. at Archie Post Field.
The Catamounts (3-7) are coming off a 3-2 penalty stroke loss to Dartmouth on Wednesday. The Retrievers are 0-2 against UVM since joining the America East. Last season at UMBC, Vermont eked out a 2-1 victory. Danielle Collins leads the Catamounts with 12 points and four assists and is tied with Kelly McClintock for the team lead in goals with four apiece. Going into the week, Collins ranked in the conference top 10 in shots per game, points per game, goals per game and assists per game. Goalie Ariel Erber has recorded two shutouts in six games, totaling 56 saves against only 11 goals allowed for a 1.66 GAA and a .863 save percentage.
Looking Back: Week 3 (1-1)
Sept. 21 – UMBC 6, St. Francis 5 (PS): The Retrievers notched their first victory of the season, defeating St. Francis (0-6), 6-5, in sudden-victory penalty strokes. The teams combined for seven goals in the second period to force overtime with a 5-5 score, but neither team could capitalize on several chances in the two extra periods, forcing a five-stroke penalty shot contest. Both teams scored once after five tries, forcing sudden death. Freshman midfielder Amanda Yanulevich (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg), who was the only Retriever to beat Red Flash goalie Kristen Onto in the first five strokes, got the ball past Onto again, and St. Francis couldn’t match, giving UMBC the victory. Junior attack Rebekah Krolus (Westminster, Md./Westminster) scored the first two goals of her career, while freshman attack Paige Hartman (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) also scored her first. Senior attacks Katie Cutchall (Hustontown, Pa./Forbes Road) and Sara Gray (Severn, Md./Old Mill) also scored for the Retrievers, while Cutchall, junior midfielder Julie Moore (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) and freshman defender Emily Smith (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) registered assists. Junior goalie Kathryn Tag (Havre de Grace, Md./Havre de Grace/U.S. Merchant Marine Academy) made the second start of her career, tallying a career-high seven saves while allowing two Red Flash goals in 65:00. The Retrievers out-shot the Red Flash, 32-15, and held a 20-4 advantage on penalty corners. The Retrievers’ six goals tied a school record for goals in a game.
Sept. 23 – Appalachian State 3, UMBC 1: Appalachian State (2-8) scored less than five minutes into the game and never looked back, defeating the Retrievers, 3-1. The Mountaineers took a 1-0 lead just 4:25 into the game. ASU struck twice in the second half for a 3-0 lead. UMBC was awarded a penalty corner as time expired, and the Retrievers were able to capitalize, as junior attack Kristi Troster (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) redirected a tip from freshman defender Courtney McNamara (Southampton, N.Y./Lenape) to put UMBC on the board. Cutchall was also credited with an assist. Retriever sophomore goalie Ashley Benitez (Sykesville, Md./Century) tallied three saves and allowed all three Appalachian State goals in 70:00 of play.
The Retrievers are 1-7 on the season with a victory over St. Francis (Pa.) and 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.
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.
Moving Up the Ranks
Moore scored UMBC’s first two goals of the season in the loss to Cal and registered an assist in the win over St. Francis (Pa.). Moore, UMBC’s active career scoring leader, is third on the Retrievers’ all-time scoring list with 38 career points. Moore is now four points away from tying Chris Marsiglia for second place with 42 points. Other active leaders include Cutchall, who is in seventh place with 25 points, and Troster, who passed Cecile Banas for sole possession of eighth place with 22 points after scoring against Appalachian State.
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 6 38 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 11 4 25 2002-
8. Kristi Troster 8 6 22 2003-
9. 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 0.88 DSv/game average. She registered at least one defensive save in each of the first four games of the season. Deinzer’s 2005 total through eight games surpasses her three-year total of six. Smith is tied for fourth in the country with four defensive saves and 0.50 DSv/game.
Beast in the America East
Moore leads the America East in shots per game at 3.38, and Cutchall is third at 3.12. Smith is fifth in the conference in assists per game at 0.38. Benitez is fourth in the league in saves per game at 6.14 and in goals-against average at 2.78. The Retrievers are third in the America East in saves per game at 7.38.
The Retrievers host America East rival Boston University next Saturday, Oct. 8, at 12 p.m. at UMBC Stadium, then travel to Moon Township, Pa., to face former Northeast Conference foe Robert Morris the next day, Sunday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m.