Baltimore, Md. – Sophomore Kelly Fiorani (Sykesville, Md./Liberty) posted a game-high five points and scored the would-be game-winner with 6:42 remaining to give UMBC (3-8, 2-1 America East)an 11-9 win over conference foe Albany (4-8, 1-1 America East) this evening at the UMBC Stadium.
The Retrievers started the scoring just into the game when sophomore Kate Worthington (Annapolis, Md./Old Mill) converted a pass from Fiorani. The Great Danes tied the game three minutes later on a goal by freshman Sarah Spillet, and took the lead at on senior Alexis DeDomenico’s 22nd goal of the season. Scoring went back and forth for the remainder of the half, leaving the score knotted at six apiece during the break.
In the second period, Albany’s Krissy Rajczak wasted no time in giving the Great Danes a 7-6 lead, just 56 seconds into the half. However, UMBC would go on a 5-0 run in the next 23 minutes, powered by two goals from senior Jen Dragoni (Morton, Pa./Ridley), and two from Fiorani. Albany attempted a comeback in the final minutes as DeDomenico scored two more goals within the final three minutes, but the Retriever defense held off the Great Danes for the 11-9 victory.
For the game, UMBC outshot Albany, 30-22, and picked up more ground balls, 17-13. In goal, UMBC freshman Kristina Raab (Amherst, N.Y./Amherst) improved to 3-0 as she stopped seven at the Retriever net. It was Raab’s first start of the season. Albany’s Jen Daly (4-8) took the loss, despite making nine saves at the Great Danes’ net.
UMBC returns to action on Sunday, when they host Vermont at for the final home game of the season.