WOMEN’S LACROSSE OPENS AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE PLAY AGAINST ALBANY SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Kelly Fahey has scored five goals in her last two games.
Baltimore, Md.-The UMBC women’s lacrosse team opens America East Conference play Sunday, March 26, hosting Albany at 12 p.m. at UMBC Stadium in the third game of a four-game home stand. The Retrievers are 4-4 on the season after defeating Canisius, 13-8, on Tuesday.
A Look Ahead
Sunday, March 26 – UMBC vs. Albany, 4 p.m., UMBC Stadium: The Great Danes are 5-2 on the season and have won two in a row, most recently a 10-6 victory over Le Moyne on Wednesday. Krissy Rajczak leads the team in scoring with 16 goals and 23 points, while Sarah Spillett has a team-best 14 assists to go along with her eight goals for 22 points. Kate Fontana is tops on the squad with 35 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers, and she also has 15 goals and 20 points, which rank second and third, respectively. Goalie Jen Daly has recorded 60 saves and allowed 45 goals for a 6.85 goals-against average and a .571 save percentage. The Great Danes have outscored their opponents, 81-45, in seven games.
Albany was picked to finish sixth in the America East preseason coaches’ poll after earning a berth in the four-team conference tournament as the third seed in 2005 with a 4-2 league mark and a 6-12 overall record. The Great Danes fell to No. 2 New Hampshire in the semifinals. The Retrievers fell to Albany, 13-12, last season, squandering a 7-4 halftime advantage. Anna Jacobs scored four goals and added two assists for a game-high six points to lead UMBC in the game. The Retrievers are 2-1 all-time against the Great Danes.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006 – UMBC 13, Canisius 8: With the score tied at halftime, the Retrievers outscored Canisius, 7-2, in the second half and went on to win the game, 13-8. The teams combined to score four goals in the first five minutes of the game and were tied, 3-3, with 18:05 to play before UMBC scored three straight to take a 6-3 lead. But Canisius fought back and tallied the final three goals of the first half to tie the game at 6-6 heading into halftime. The Retrievers came out shooting in the second half, as they notched the first three goals of the period to jump out 9-7 and never looked back. Canisius tallied twice to pull back to within one at 9-8, but UMBC scored the final four goals of the game for the 13-8 victory. Junior midfielder Kelly Fahey (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) and junior attack Jen Kasper (Eldersburg, Md./South Carroll) each scored two goals and added two assists for four points apiece, leading all scorers. Kasper was credited with the game-winner, and she also led the Retrievers with four draw controls while picking up three ground balls.
Senior midfielder Kelly Fiorani (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) leads the Retrievers with 21 goals, 29 points and 12 caused turnovers, and she is tied for second with eight assists. She now has 122 career goals, which ranks seventh on UMBC's all-time list. Her 165 career points also rank seventh, and her 43 career assists are tied for seventh-most in school history… Freshman midfielder Kara Dorr (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) was named America East Rookie of the Week on Monday after scoring twice in the Retrievers’ 14-12 loss to No. 11 William and Mary. Her second goal tied the game at 12-12 with 5:50 to play. Dorr is fifth on the team with nine goals and sixth with 10 points. She also leads the team with 21 draw controls and is tied for third with 22 ground balls... Fiorani and sophomore attack Ali Levendusky (Baldwin, Md./John Carroll) have each scored at least one goal in all eight games this season. Fiorani has tallied at least three times in four different games, with a career-high five goals against Virginia Tech, while Levendusky has five multi-goal games... Freshman goalie Jen Venter (Crownsville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) recorded her first career win against Canisius on Tuesday, as she made five saves and allowed only two goals in 30 minutes. Fellow freshman netminder Susie Sweeney (Madison, N.J./Madison) registered a career-high 17 saves against William and Mary. She has 67 saves on the season against 57 goals allowed for a .540 save percentage and a 9.99 GAA... Sophomore attack Meghan Keelan (Randallstown, Md./Mount de Sales) leads the Retrievers with 10 assists, while senior midfielder Ede Carpenter (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville/CCBC-Catonsville) is tops on the team with 25 ground balls and is tied for second with 11 caused turnovers... Keelan and Fahey each scored four goals in UMBC’s season opening 23-11 win over Howard. The last time two Retrievers scored four or more goals in the same game was April 3, 2004, when Fiorani and Lauren Hess each tallied five times in the 24-10 win over 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 Howard.