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Retrievers Fall to Penn, 3-0, in Non-Conference Field Hockey Action
Ashley Benitez tallied a career-high 15 saves against Penn.
Baltimore-In its final non-conference contest of the season, the UMBC field hockey team (1-12) fell to Ivy League opponent
The Quakers (7-7) out-shot the Retrievers, 25-1, including 13-0 in the first half, but UMBC junior goalie Ashley Benitez kept the game in check with a career-high 15 saves. She bested her season high in the first half alone, tallying eight stops in the first 35 minutes.
Meghan Rose put Penn on the board at the 10:37 mark, scoring after a penalty corner. Tracy Statter was credited with an assist on the play. The Quakers took a 1-0 lead into halftime, and the score remained the same for nearly 13 minutes into the second period before Rose fed Kara Bolger for Pennís second goal of the game at 47:45.
With just 52 seconds remaining, Nicole Black poked in a deflection off the stick of teammate Kathryn Rose for the 3-0 final.
In addition to Benitezís 15 saves, senior midfielder Kristi Troster and sophomore defender Courtney McNamara tallied defensive saves.
UMBCís lone shot was taken by sophomore forward Danielle Guldner, who got the ball past Penn goalie Alanna Butera, but Nicole Levi was there to reject the shot.
The Quakers held a 10-2 advantage on penalty corners, including 6-0 in the first half.
The Retrievers return to action Sunday, Oct. 22, when they head to America East foe