Susie Sweeney posted a 7.86 GAA and a .595 save percentage with 22 stops in two games last week.
BALTIMORE—The UMBC women’s lacrosse team (2-2, 1-0 AEC) hosts America East rival Vermont (1-0, 0-0 AEC) Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. at UMBC Stadium. Follow the game on your computer with LiveStats.
Last Time Out: Senior attack Ali Levendusky (Baldwin, Md./John Carroll) scored a career-high six goals and junior midfielder Abbey Swift (Baltimore, Md./Towson) tied her career best with four as the Retrievers defeated Binghamton, 15-8, in both teams’ America East Conference opener Friday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Retrievers scored the first three goals of the game and finished the first half with five unanswered tallies to take a 10-2 halftime lead. UMBC extended its run with the first two goals of the second period, but Binghamton scored six of the final nine goals of the game. While six different Retrievers tallied at least once in the first half, Levendusky and Swift were the only UMBC players to score in the second period, with each doubling their previous output. Levendusky posted a hat trick in each half. Swift’s four goals and five points tied career highs set last season. Sophomore midfielder Megan Cook (Towson, Md./Towson) and senior attack Meghan Keelan (Randallstown, Md./Mount de Sales) posted three points apiece, while junior midfielder Kara Dorr(Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) tallied two goals. Junior goalie Susie Sweeney (Madison, N.J./Madison) made seven saves while allowing five goals in 54:26 of action. Sophomore Kate Quick (Phoenix, Md./Maryvale Prep) played the final 5:34 in the cage and allowed three goals without making a stop. Dorr won a game-high six draws to lead the Retrievers to an 18-6 edge in draw controls. UMBC also out-shot Binghamton, 30-17.
On the Catamounts: Vermont is 1-0 on the season after a 15-9 victory over Connecticut on Friday. Midfielders Kristen Millar and Sara Buxton posted eight points apiece, with Millar tallying four goals and four assists and Buxton contributing six goals and two assists. Goalie Meghan Hanley made six saves in 60 minutes in the cage. The Catamounts were picked to finish sixth in the America East Preseason Coaches’ Poll after finishing tied for fifth last season with a 5-12 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the conference. It was Vermont’s highest finish in the league since 2003. Buxton and attack Kaitlyn Fuller both earned America East All-Rookie Team honors last season, while Millar is a two-time regional All-American who has also earned America East All-Conference accolades in each of her first two seasons at Vermont. Attack Emilie Clark was also named to the all-conference second team in 2007.
Last Time vs. the Catamounts: The Retrievers could not overcome a 15-3 first-half deficit and fell to Vermont, 20-10, on April 21, 2007, in Burlington, Vt. The Catamounts scored six of the first seven goals of the game and eight straight in the middle of the first half to take a commanding lead. Kristen Millar scored four times in the first period for Vermont, while Jennifer Maher and Becky Kenison each had hat tricks by halftime. The Retrievers scored six of the first eight goals of the second half to pull the score to 17-9 with 10:56 remaining. UMBC attack Jen Kasper scored twice during that stretch. But the Catamounts scored three of the final four goals of the game to seal the 20-10 victory. UMBC attack Ali Levendusky led the Retrievers with four points on two goals and two assists. Kasper and midfielder Kara Dorr also each scored twice for UMBC. Millar led all scorers with six points with a game-high five goals and an assist. Kenison, Maher and Emilie Clark also scored four goals apiece for Vermont.
UMBC vs. Vermont All-Time: The Retrievers are 3-1 all-time against the Catamounts, with last season’s loss their first in the series. The teams have met each year since UMBC joined the America East in 2004 but had never met previously.
Scoring Machine: Senior attack Ali Levendusky has started the season on a roll, scoring 16 goals in the first four games. She has scored at least three goals in each contest, but at Binghamton on Feb. 29, she posted a hat trick in each half. She finished the game with a career-high six goals, the most by a Retriever since 2002. It was the first time she had scored as many as five goals since April 15, 2006, against Vermont. The six points also tied a career high, which she had previously achieved three times, most recently Feb. 17, 2007, against Howard.
Milestone Watch: Senior attack Ali Levendusky scored her 100th career goal at Binghamton on Feb. 29, making her just the 14th Retriever to reach that milestone and the first since Kelly Fiorani in 2006. Levendusky currently has 102 goals and 133 points in her career as she climbs closer to reaching UMBC’s all-time top 10 lists. She is on pace to become just the 11th Retriever to reach 150 points in her career.
Taking on the Best: UMBC will face four teams in 2008 that were ranked in the top 20 in the most recent IWLCA Coaches’ Poll, including No. 11 Vanderbilt (Feb. 22), No. 13 Yale (April 13), No. 14 Johns Hopkins (April 9) and No. 16 Boston University (April 19). In addition, Hofstra (Feb. 17) and California (March 30) received votes in the rankings. In the current Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, Yale was ranked ninth, Vanderbilt 10th, Boston U. 14th, Johns Hopkins 16th and Delaware (March 10) 19th, while Towson (March 15) and California received votes. Vanderbilt, Yale, Boston U., Johns Hopkins and Hofstra all advanced in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
UMBC Picked Fourth: The UMBC women’s lacrosse team was predicted to finish in a tie for fourth place in the America East standings, according to a vote of the league’s head coaches. Both the Retrievers and Albany received 19 points apiece in the America East Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Three-time defending champion Boston University is the preseason favorite to win its fourth straight league title. The Terriers received four first-place votes and 35 total points. New Hampshire and Stony Brook each received one first place vote, but the Wildcats edged the Seawolves in the preseason standings, 29 points to 27. UMBC (19), Albany (19), Vermont (11) and Binghamton (6) round out the seven-team poll. The top four teams in the conference will advance to the America East Championships April 25-27. The Retrievers look to return to the America East Tournament after missing the postseason for the first time since UMBC joined the league in 2004.
Dawg Bites: Senior attack Ali Levendusky leads the Retrievers with 16 goals and 17 points, and she has posted a hat trick in each of the first four games this season…. Levendusky has scored a goal in 11 straight games dating to April 4, 2007, against American, and she has tallied at least one point in 13 straight games dating to March 24, 2007, against New Hampshire… In the Retrievers’ two losses this season, their opponents have held a 34-16 advantage on draw controls, but in the two wins, UMBC has won the battle, 30-17… Senior attack Meghan Keelan and sophomore midfielder Megan Cook are tied for the team lead with three assists apiece… Freshman midfielder Megan Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./North Harford) has picked up a team-best eight ground balls, while junior midfielder Kara Dorr leads the Retrievers with nine draw controls and five caused turnovers… Junior goalie Susie Sweeney has posted a 9.90 goals-against average and a .554 save percentage… UMBC defeated Loyola on Feb. 26 for the first time in 34 years dating to 1974, during which time the Retrievers had lost 22 straight games to the Greyhounds, including each of the last nine years… The Retrievers return three of their top five goal scorers from a year ago… UMBC welcomes a large incoming class of 11 freshmen for the 2008 season to go along with eight returning starters and 19 returning letter-winners overall.