Baltimore, Md. Ė UMBC (4-8, 3-1 America East) won their second straight and fourth in the last five games as they defeated league foe Vermont (4-9, 0-4 America East) by a score of 15-7 this afternoon, on Senior Day, at the UMBC Stadium. The Retrievers were led by seniors Jen Dragoni (Morton, Pa./Ridley) and Emily Sawyer (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake), as each played in their final home game at UMBC. Dragoni had a team-high six points with four goals and two assists, while Sawyer led the Retriever defense with four draw controls, four ground balls, a caused turnover and a goal.
UMBC got on the board first on an unassisted goal by sophomore Kelly Fiorani (Sykesville, Md./Liberty) just into the game. Vermontís Ashleigh Wilson and Katie Sobocinski would counter to give the Catamounts a 2-1 lead at the mark. However, the Retrievers would go on a 6-1 run to end the half with a 7-3 advantage.
UMBC continued to dominate in the second half, this time going on a 6-0 run within the first nine minutes of the period. In that span, Dragoni would notch three goals and an assist to pace the Retriever offense. Vermontís Becky Kenison and Kristin Vavoules would later score to pull the Catamounts within eight, but seniors Dragoni and Sawyer would notch a goal apiece within the final ten minutes, as the Retrievers went on to the 15-7 victory.
Freshman Kristina Raab (Amherst, N.Y./Amherst) improved to 4-0 as she allowed five goals, while stopping seven shots in 49:27 at the UMBC net. Vermontís Kate McBride took the loss, despite making sixteen saves. She allowed 15 goals in 60 minutes of play.
UMBC returns to action on Friday, April 23, when they travel to Mount St. Maryís for a non-conference match-up beginning at