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WOMEN'S LACROSSE TO FACE NORTH CAROLINA IN FIRST ROUND OF NCAA'S
Sophomore attacker Jen Dragoni scored eight goals and added an assist to earn NEC Tournament MVP honors.
The UMBC Retriever women's lacrosse team (12-4)will face #3-seed North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Championships, in a game to be played in Chapel Hill, NC on Thursday. Game time is now set for 4:00 p.m. in Chapel Hill. For the fourth time in the past five years, the UMBC women's lacrosse team has captured the Northeast Conference championship by defeating Monmouth 15-5 in today's title game at UMBC Stadium. With the victory, the Retrievers will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. UMBC sophomore attacker Jen Dragoni was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after scoring nine points (8 g, 1 a) in the two games, including four goals and an assist today. The win marked the eleventh in a row for the Retrievers, a new school record, as they moved to 12-4 on the season.In the game, UMBC would take the lead early, scoring the first four goals of the contest, including two by Dragoni. The Retrievers would continue to put pressure on the Hawks' net as they tallied seven more scores before halftime to take an 11-2 advantage. At 38:18, NEC Player of the Year Jamie Gerhart put UMBC ahead 13-2 with her third goal of the game. Monmouth (9-9), who never really threatened from the start, would score two straight goals, one by senior attacker Beka Murphy and one by senior midfielder Steph LaGrossa, to trim the Retriever lead to 13-4. It would not be enough, however, as the Retrievers ran out the clock for the 15-5 win.Dragoni and Gerhart led UMBC with four goals and an assist each while senior attacker Loree Miller added three goals and two assists. For the Hawks, LaGrossa had two goals. In net, Retriever junior goalkeeper Courtney Stringer made seven saves while Monmouth senior Stacy Makris stopped nine shots in a losing effort.UMBC will now wait to hear who their first round opponent will be in the NCAA Tournament as the selection show will take place live on the internet at 8:30 p.m. next Sunday, May 5. 1 2 FMonmouth 2 3 5UMBC 11 4 15Scoring: MU- LaGrossa (2-0-2), Beka Murphy (1-0-1), Jennifer Versaggi (1-0-1), Erin Reilley (1-0-1), Laura Levins (0-1-1). UMBC- Dragoni (4-1-5), Gerhart (4-1-5), Miller (3-2-5), Lauren Traber (1-2-3), Shannon Gallup (2-0-2), Stephanie Allen (1-1-2), Beth Milani (0-1-1).Goalies: MU- Makris (60 min., 9 saves, 15 goals allowed) UMBC- Stringer (60 min., 7 saves, 5 goals allowed)