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Women’s Lacrosse Concludes Regular Season Saturday at Binghamton With Playoff Berth on the Line
BALTIMORE—After nearly two weeks off, the UMBC women’s lacrosse team (9-6, 2-3 AE) travels to America East rival Binghamton (2-12, 1-4 AE) for the regular-season finale on Saturday at 12 p.m. with a playoff berth at stake. If the Retrievers win, they will advance to the four-team America East Championships for the first time since 2006.
Last Time Out: The Retrievers dropped a heartbreaker in their home finale, falling to
On the Bearcats: Binghamton is 2-12 overall and 1-4 in America East play after defeating Stony Brook, 12-10, last weekend for just the second conference win in program history. Midfielder Beth Moore leads the Bearcats with 36 goals and ranks second in the league with 2.57 goals per game, while attack Ali Castiglie – the America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year – is the team’s top scorer with 42 points on 30 goals and 12 assists.
Inside the Series: The Retrievers have never lost to the Bearcats in six meetings, including a 16-4 victory in
For Starters: The Retrievers’ nine wins on the season match their entire win total from the 2009 campaign, when they finished 9-8. At 9-6, UMBC has posted its best record through 15 games since 2002, when it was 11-4.
Helping Hand: With three assists against
UMBC Single-Season Assists
- Heather Komarnik, 28, 1998
- Emily Petrlik, 24, 1994
Jen Dragoni, 24, 2003
- Kori Kindbom, 22, 1984
- Meghan Keelan, 21, 2008
Erika Braerman, 21, 2010
Nifty Fifty: Braerman’s three points against
20/20: Five Retrievers –Braerman (29), junior midfielder Amanda Pappas (27), sophomore attack Emily Coady (26), junior midfielder Ashley Stodter (24) and sophomore attack Alicia Krause (21) – have scored at least 20 goals this season, the most players to reach that mark since the same number accomplished the feat in 2007.
Quick Stops: Quick ranks second in the America East and 14th in the NCAA in goals-against average (8.78). She has allowed double-digit goals just five times in 15 games this season. In addition, her .459 save percentage ranks third among league leaders.
Tenacious D: As a team, UMBC boasted the 12th-best scoring defense (8.73) in the nation entering the week and led the America East in caused turnovers (9.8pg).
Streaking: Braerman has tallied at least one point in all 15 games so far this season, while Pappas (
Retrievers Honored: Braerman and freshman midfielder Lindsay Cox (High Bridge, N.J./Voorhees) were named America East Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for the first week of the season, while Pappas and freshman midfielder Kerianne Allen (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) earned the same honors a week later. Pappas repeated as Player of the Week on March 29, while Quick earned the league’s Defensive Player of the Week on March 22, the third such honor of her career. The six weekly awards this season are the most UMBC has received in seven years in the America East Conference. Braerman was the first Retriever to garner Player of the Week since Levendusky on April 7, 2008, and Pappas is the first Retriever to earn the honor twice in a season since Levendusky that same year. In addition, it is the first time since 2004 that a pair of Retrievers has been named Rookie of the Week in the same season. Finally, when Braerman and Cox took home their awards for Week 1, it was the first time that two Retrievers earned America East honors in the same week since Levendusky and Susie Sweeney were named Player and Defender of the Week, respectively, on March 2, 2006.
Dawg Bites: The Retrievers are averaging 12.12 goals per game, their most since 2006… After scoring just five goals in her first 10 games this season, Phillips has tallied 14 times in her last five contests… UMBC’s loss to