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Women’s Lacrosse Looks to Bounce Back Saturday at American
Ashley Stodter is one of six Retrievers with at least three goals so far this season.
BALTIMORE—Following a tough loss at 17th-ranked Florida on Wednesday, the UMBC women’s lacrosse team (1-1) looks to bounce back when it faces off with American (1-1) Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Eagles’ William I. Jacobs Recreational Complex.
Last Time Out: The Retrievers fell to No. 17 Florida, 16-6, on Wednesday. The Gators, who led, 6-1, at halftime, used a pair of 6-0 runs to take control of the game. Junior midfielder Alicia Krause (
On the Eagles: American (1-1) picked up its first win of the season on Wednesday with 17-8 victory over George Washington. Attack Kimberly Collins led all scorers with five goals, while three other players each notched hat tricks. Collins and midfielder Bernadette Maher lead the Eagles with five goals apiece, while midfielder Emily Stankiewicz has recorded a team-best five caused turnovers and six draw controls. Goalie Kaska Komosinski has posted a 12.06 goals-against average and a .273 save percentage. American, which posted a 6-10 record in 2010, was picked to finish fourth in the Patriot League preseason poll.
Inside the Series: UMBC leads the all-time series against American, 11-2 and has won six straight dating to 2004. While three of those wins came down to one goal, the Retrievers dominated last season’s matchup in
Honor Roll: Senior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) earned the first America East Player of the Week ward of the 2011 season on Monday, while sophomore defender Jamie Fahey (Baldwin, Md./Loch Raven) was named Defensive Player of the Week for their efforts in UMBC’s 19-7 victory over George Mason on Feb. 11. The awards covered all games through Feb. 20. Braerman scored a career-high eight points on five goals and three assists, while Fahey led the Retrievers defensively with four ground balls, a career-high four caused turnovers and two draw controls.
Streaking: Senior midfielder Ashley Stodter (
Back in the Mix: UMBC scored 223 goals in 2010 and returns 80 percent of its offense, including all four 30-goal scorers – Coady (35), Pappas (34), Stodter (33) and Braerman (32). Braerman, Fahey and Pappas were all named to the America East all-conference second team last season.
Retrievers Picked Third: UMBC was predicted to finish third in the America East preseason poll. The Retrievers garnered 27 points, including one first-place vote, and finished just two points behind second-place Albany, the 2010 regular-season champion. Six-time defending champion
Taking on the Best: UMBC will face four teams that were ranked in the top 20 in the IWLCA preseason poll, including No. 12 Loyola (March 23), No. 15 Towson (March 2), No. 17 Florida (Feb. 23) and No. 18 Boston University. In addition,