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WOMEN’S LACROSSE TAKES ON OLD DOMINION SATURDAY
Kelly Fiorani leads the Retrievers with 15 goals and 20 points.
A Look Ahead
Saturday, March 11 – UMBC at Old Dominion, 1 p.m., Foreman Field: The Lady Monarchs are 1-0 after a season-opening 14-12 win over American on March 4. Ashley Stanwick led all scorers with five goals, including the game winner, while Caroline Jacobs, a 2005 first team all-CAA selection, tallied a game-high six points with two goals and four assists. Goalies Michelle Gannon and Sara Larson split time in the net. The Monarchs were picked to finish eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association preseason coaches poll after going 3-12 overall last season and 0-7 in the conference.
Last Time vs. ODU
The Retrievers and Monarchs faced off last season, with Old Dominion winning, 16-7, at Loyola’s Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on March 12, 2005. The Monarchs scored seven of the first nine goals of the game, and UMBC could not put together a run. Six different Retrievers scored, but only senior Anna Jacobs managed to tally more than once. Stanwick notched five goals for ODU, while Jacobs and Colleen Carver each had four. Carver added three assists for a game-high seven points. The Retrievers are 1-15 all-time against Old Dominion.
Tuesday, March 7- UMBC 12, Delaware 9: Freshman midfielder Kara Dorr scored a career-high four goals and senior midfielder Kelly Fiorani added five points to lead the Retrievers past the host Blue Hens. Down 6-2 with 9:15 remaining in the first half, the Retrievers rallied to score the final four goals of the period and head into halftime with the score tied, 6-6. Dorr’s goal with 7:43 remaining gave the Retrievers the lead for good at 10-9, and they added two insurance goals before the final buzzer sounded. Dorr led the Retrievers with four goals on the night, while Fiorani posted a game-high five points on three goals and two assists. Sophomore attack Meghan Keelan had a goal and two assists for three points, while sophomore attack Ali Levendusky and junior attack Jen Kasper each tallied twice on the night. UMBC freshman goalie Susie Sweeney recorded 16 saves on the night. Sophomore defender Maggie Chizmar had a good night defensively for the Retrievers, picking up four ground balls and causing five
The Retrievers received four votes in the most recent Bounce Entertainment/Inside Lacrosse Women’s Media Poll, released March 6. The total leaves them just outside the national top 20.
Fiorani Climbs Charts
Fiorani has scored 15 goals on the season to give her 116 in her career, moving her past Jackie Seboda into eighth place all-time at UMBC. With 20 points on the season, Fiorani is eighth all-time with 156 points, just two behind Seboda. Fiorani also has 40 career assists, tying her with Heather Kormanik for ninth place in UMBC history in that category, as well.
Most Career Goals
5. Debbie Krastel 127
6. Jen Dragoni 123
7. Jamie Gerhart 120
8. Kelly Fiorani 116
9. Jackie Seboda 115
Most Career Points
5. Jackie Abendschoen 182
6. Jamie Gerhart 173
7. Jackie Seboda 158
8. Kelly Fiorani 156
9. Jenny Held 153
Most Career Assists
6. Jackie Abendschoen 50
7. Jackie Seboda 43
8. Shawne Heckler 42
9. Heather Kormanik 40
Kelly Fiorani 40
11. Kori Kindbom 38
Triple Your Pleasure
Keelan has already surpassed her goal total and tripled her point total from a year ago. She scored four goals and five points in 10 games in 2005, but she posted four goals and eight points in the first contest of the 2006 campaign. She has six goals and 14 points on the season.
Offensive Season Opener
Keelan and Kasper each scored four goals in the Retrievers’ 23-11 victory over Howard in the season opener. The last time the Retrievers had two players score four or more goals in the same game was April 3, 2004, when Fiorani and Lauren Hess each tallied five in the 24-10 win over America East rival Stony Brook. The 23 goals UMBC scored against the Bison are the most since that same win over the Seawolves. Nine Retrievers tallied multiple points against the Bison.
Freshmen Dorr, Abbey Swift and Ashley Lancer wasted no time in scoring their first collegiate goals, as they all tallied against Howard. Junior Lynnea Spinnenweber, a junior college transfer, also tallied in her UMBC debut, while senior Ede Carpenter posted the first two goals of her career in the game.
Fiorani leads the Retrievers with 15 goals on the season, followed by Levendusky with 11. Fiorani ranks first with 20 points, followed by Levendusky and Kasper with 15 each. Keelan has eight assists to lead the team, followed by Kasper with seven… Sweeney and fellow freshman goalie Jen Venter have combined to play all 300 minutes in the net this season. The last time two freshmen played the majority of the time in goal for the Retrievers was 2004, when Kristina Raab and Jena Goldstein played all 959 minutes at the position. Sweeney has seen the majority of the minutes in 2006, playing nearly 75 percent of the time, and she has posted an 8.63 goals-against average with a .568 save percentage.
Saturday, Feb. 18 – UMBC 23, Howard 11: Keelan scored a career-high eight points on four goals and four assists to lead an offensive barrage as the Retrievers defeated Howard, 23-11, in the season opener for both squads. The game marked the debut of Courtney Connor as UMBC’s head coach. Kasper made a triumphant return in her first game back after a knee injury that kept her out for the final 12 games of last season, as she scored seven points on three goals and four assists, setting new career highs in both points and helpers and tying her best in scores. Junior midfielder Kelly Fahey tied a career high with four goals and five points, while Levendusky picked up where she left off at the end of last season, scoring a career-high six points on three goals and three assists. Nine Retrievers tallied multiple points, including three newcomers playing in their first game at UMBC. The 23 goals are the most the Retrievers have scored since a 24-10 win over America East rival Stony Brook on April 3, 2004.
Friday, Feb. 24 – Virginia Tech 18, UMBC 12: Fiorani tied a career high with five goals, but the Retrievers suffered their first loss of the season, 18-12, to Virginia Tech. Fiorani added two assists for seven points, while Fahey and Levendusky each scored twice. Keelan added a goal and an assist for two points.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 – Loyola 8, UMBC 6: Just a year after falling to Loyola by a score of 20-8, the Retrievers dropped a heartbreaker to the 14th-ranked Greyhounds. The Greyhounds jumped out to a 4-0 lead midway through the first half before Carpenter and Dorr each scored to bring the Retrievers within two at 4-2. The Retrievers came out shooting in the second half and went on a 3-0 run to take the lead at 6-5 with 11:49 remaining on goals by Levendusky, Fiorani and Spinnenweber, but Loyola scored the final three goals of the contest. Sweeney was strong in the net, stopping 12 shots. Carpenter finished with a team-best two goals and two points. All six of the Retrievers’ goals were unassisted, the first time UMBC did not record a helper in a contest since the 16-7 loss to Old Dominion on March 12, 2005.
Saturday, March 4 – UMBC 15,