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Women’s Lacrosse Puts Three-Game Win Streak on the Line Wednesday Against No. 6 Loyola
Junior Lauren Mundell
BALTIMORE—The UMBC women’s lacrosse team (6-2) hosts cross-town rival Loyola (6-0) Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at UMBC Stadium. The Retrievers will put their three-game winning streak on the line against the Greyhounds, who are ranked sixth nationally. The game can be seen live at UMBCRetrievers.tv.
Last Time Out: Senior midfielder Amanda Pappas (
On the Greyhounds: Loyola is undefeated in six games this season, including an 11-7 win over 10th-ranked James Madison on Saturday. Midfielder Abby Rehfus and attack Grace Gavin each posted hat tricks in the game. Gavin leads the Greyhounds with 21 goals and 25 points this season. Midfielder Meg Decker, the reigning Big East Offensive Player of the Week, has recorded a team-best 18 draw controls, while defender Kellye Gallagher is tops with 20 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers. Goalie Kerry Stoothoff has posted a 7.51 goals-against average and a .506 save percentage with 43 saves in 335 minutes between the pipes. One of seven unbeaten teams in the nation, Loyola leads the NCAA in caused turnovers (12.83 per game) and ranks sixth in scoring defense, allowing just 7.5 goals per game. The Greyhounds have outscored their opponents, 76-45.
Inside the Series: UMBC has faced cross-town rival Loyola 29 times, more than any opponent except Towson, but the Greyhounds hold a commanding 24-4-1 series advantage. The teams have faced off in each of the last 11 years, but the Retrievers’ only victory in that span occurred in 2008. Last season, 11th-ranked Loyola handed UMBC a 7-4 loss at UMBC Stadium. Coady scored three goals for the Retrievers, while Gavin led the Greyhounds with three points on two goals and an assist. Stoothoff made a career-high 16 saves in goal for Loyola, while UMBC keeper Kate Quick stopped nine shots.
For Starters: At 6-2, UMBC is off to its best start since 1994, when the Retrievers were also 6-2 after the first eight games of the season.
Helping Hand: With one assist against Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday, senior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) moved into a tie for sixth place all-time at UMBC with 52 career helpers.
UMBC Career Assists
2. Laurie Linnell, 1984-87 58
3. Laura Robinson, 1984-87 57
4. Jamie Gerhart, 1999-2002 54
5. Jenny Held, 1990-93 53
8. Jackie Abendschoen, 1985-88 50
Century Mark: Braerman became the 30th Retriever ever to record 100 career points on March 2 against
UMBC Teammates with 100 Career Points
1983: Robi Tamargo (125) and Wendy Heald (118)
1987: Laura Robinson (248), Laurie Linnell (187), Jackie Abendschoen (160) and Dolly Ginter (148)
2001: Renee Tirocchi (146), Jamie Gerhart (115) and Ashley Staines (109)
2002: Jamie Gerhart (173), Loree Miller (132) and Ashley Staines (121)
*Point totals through the end of that season
Home Sweet Home: The Retrievers are 4-0 at home this season, averaging 14.25 goals per game and allowing just 6.75 at UMBC Stadium.
First Time for Everything: Several Retrievers have tallied their first career goals this season. Freshman midfielder Kristen Bilney (
Streaking: Senior midfielder Ashley Stodter’s (
20/20: The 20 goals scored against
Taking on the Best: UMBC will face three teams that were ranked in the top 20 in the most recent IWLCA poll, including No. 6 Loyola (March 23), No. 9 Florida (Feb. 23) and No. 14 Albany (April 30). So far, the Retrievers are 1-1 against ranked opponents this season, falling to the Gators, 16-6, but upsetting then-No. 17
Among the Best: Rau ranks 16th in the NCAA in save percentage and 17th in goals-against average, while Braerman is 17th in the nation in assists and 25th in points.
Dawg Bites: Braerman took home the season’s first America East Player of the Week award on Feb. 21, the second such award of her career… Sophomore defender Jamie Fahey (