WOMEN’S LACROSSE CONCLUDES FOUR-GAME HOMESTAND WITH AMERICA EAST SHOWDOWN AGAINST 11TH-RANKED BOSTON UNIVERSITY SATURDAY
Julie Libertini and the Retrievers host No. 11 Boston U. Saturday afternoon.
Baltimore, Md.-The UMBC women’s lacrosse team hosts No. 11 Boston University Saturday, April 1, at 1 p.m., concluding its four-game homestand against the defending America East champions. The Retrievers are 5-4 overall and 1-0 in conference play after defeating Albany, 9-8, in the league opener for both teams last weekend.
A Look Ahead
Saturday, April 1 – UMBC vs. Boston University, 1 p.m., UMBC Stadium: Riding a four-game winning streak, the Terriers are 6-2 on the season and 1-0 in America East action with a 16-5 win over Stony Brook on March 25. Jenny Hauser leads the team in scoring with 30 goals and 42 points, while Mary Beth Miller is tops with 16 assists and second with 31 points. Goalie Jenna Golden has recorded 61 saves against 60 goals allowed for a .504 save percentage and 8.08 goals-against average. The Terriers have outscored their opponents, 101-63, in eight games.
Boston University was a unanimous pick to repeat as America East Conference champions in the 2006 preseason coaches’ poll. Last season the Terriers went undefeated in league play at 6-0 and finished 18-2 overall, earning a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament before falling in the quarterfinals to eventual runner-up Virginia.
The Retrievers have never beaten the Terriers in five tries. The teams played twice last season, with Boston U. winning the regular-season match-up, 16-4, before defeating UMBC, 20-5, in the America East Championship semifinals.
Sunday, March 26 – UMBC 9, Albany 8: Freshman midfielder Kara Dorr’s (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) free-position goal with 18 seconds remaining lifted the Retrievers past Albany, 9-8, in both team’s America East Conference opener. Albany had a 5-4 lead at halftime, but with the Great Danes ahead, 8-6, with 8:15 to play, UMBC tallied three unanswered goals for the victory. Junior midfielder Kelly Fahey (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) and junior attack Jen Kasper (Eldersburg, Md./South Carroll) each scored twice, while sophomore attack Meghan Keelan (Randallstown, Md./Mount de Sales) tallied a goal and added two assists for a team-high three points. Dorr and junior attack Heather Licht (Sparks, Md./Hereford) each posted a goal and an assist for two points. Dorr also picked up a game-high five ground balls. Other scorers for the Retrievers included senior midfielder Kelly Fiorani (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty), who scored her team-leading 22nd goal, and freshman attack Abbey Swift (Baltimore, Md./Towson), who notched her fourth of the season. UMBC freshman goalie Susie Sweeney (Madison, N.J./Madison) stopped six shots while allowing eight goals. The Retrievers out-shot the Great Danes, 31-22, including 16-8 in the second half.
Fiorani leads the Retrievers with 22 goals, 30 points and 14 caused turnovers, and she is third with nine assists. She now has 123 career goals, which ties former teammate Jen Dragoni for sixth on UMBC's all-time list. Her 166 career points also rank seventh, and her 43 career assists are tied for seventh-most in school history… Fiorani has scored at least one goal in all eight games this season, including at least three in four different games, with a career-high five goals against Virginia Tech... Fahey has scored seven goals in her last three games, while Kasper has tallied six times during that span… Keelan leads the Retrievers with 12 assists, while senior midfielder Ede Carpenter (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville/CCBC-Catonsville) is tops on the team with 29 ground balls. Dorr leads the team with 23 draw controls and is second with 27 ground balls… UMBC is 0-2 against ranked opponents this season after losses to No. 14 Loyola and No. 11 William and Mary.