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Women’s Lacrosse Tangles with No. 17 Towson Wednesday
Amanda Gable leads the America East in draw controls.
Last Time Out: Junior midfielder Amanda Pappas (
On the Tigers: Wednesday’s game marks the 2010 season opener for Towson, which returns to the field after capturing the 2009 Colonial Athletic Association championship, their third CAA title in the last four years. The Tigers will be led by CAA Preseason Player of the Year Hillary Fratzke, who is looking to rebound from an injury-marred 2009 and return to form from 2008, when she was named CAA Player of the Year with 62 goals and 86 points. Midfielder Nikki Marcinik led the league last spring with 50 goals and 55 draw controls, while goalie Mary Teeters ranked ninth in the nation with a .506 save percentage.
Inside the Series: Wednesday’s game marks the 33rd all-time meeting between UMBC and
Top Dawg: UMBC leads the America East with 12.0 goals per game, 30.0 shots per outing, 12.0 draw controls per game and 10.75 caused turnovers per contest. In addition, the Retrievers rank second in points (15.25 pg), ground balls (20.25 pg) and save percentage (.493). Pappas ranks second in the conference in goals (3.5 pg) and third in points (3.75 pg), while Coady is fifth in goals (2.25 pg). Junior attack Erika Braerman (
Tiger Tamer: UMBC first-year head coach Kelly Berger played collegiately for
Taking on the Best: UMBC will face five teams that were ranked in the top 20 in the most recent IWLCA coaches’ poll. The Retrievers will take on No. 11 Loyola (Feb. 23), No. 12 Boston University (April 10), No. 14 Vanderbilt (Feb. 27), No. 17 Towson (March 3) and No. 19 New Hampshire (April 3).
Retrievers Picked Fifth: UMBC was predicted to finish fifth in the America East standings, according to a vote of the league’s coaches. The Retrievers received 19 points in the America East preseason coaches’ poll. Five-time defending champion
Back in the Mix: The Retrievers return nearly 70 percent of an offense that scored 199 goals in 2009, the most since 2006. Pappas is the Retrievers’ top returning scorer wit h28 goals and 37 points a year ago, while Coady earned America East All-Rookie honors after posting 35 points on 22 goals and 13 assists. Also back is Stodter, a Second-Team All-Conference member whose breakout sophomore campaign resulted in 25 goals and 28 points. On the other end of the field, Quick was tabbed the conference’s top goalie with a 10.35 goals-against average and a league-best .483 save percentage.
Dawg Bites: Pappas leads the Retrievers with 14 goals and 15 points, while Braerman has 12 points on seven goals and a team-high five assists… Quick has posted an 8.50 GAA and a .493 save percentage with 33 saves in the first four games this season… Four Retrievers have picked up a team-high seven ground balls…