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Women’s Lacrosse Comes Up Short in 12-11 Loss to No. 8 Albany; Retrievers Earn Third Seed in America East Championship
Erika Braerman tallied four points on three goals and an assist against Albany.
UMBC will face second-seeded
The game was tied at 4-4 with 10:28 left in the first half before Albany scored four unanswered goals over the next nine minutes to take an 8-4 lead. The Retrievers tallied twice over the final minute of the period and trailed, 9-6, at halftime.
The Great Danes maintained an 11-8 lead midway through the second stanza, but sophomore midfielder Lindsay Cox (High Bridge, N.J./Voorhees) and senior midfielder Amanda Pappas (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) scored back-to-back free-position goals to pull the Retrievers to within one, 11-10, with 10:54 remaining.
Senior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) completed her hat trick with 5:37 to go in the game to bring the Retrievers back to within one, 12-11, but Albany midfielder Rachel Burek controlled the ensuing draw, and the Great Danes were able to play keep-away for the remainder of the game.
Braerman led the Retrievers with four points on three goals and an assist and was named the America East Player of the Game. She added three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Cox and Pappas also scored three goals apiece.
Burek earned her team’s Player of the Game nod with four points, also on three goals and an assist. Attack Taylor Frink, a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee, tallied six points on a goal and five assists, while Parker and attack Jodi Battaglia both posted hat tricks.
UMBC senior goalie Natalie Rau (
Notes: Pappas and Braerman moved into a tie for 15th place all-time at UMBC with 134 career points… Braerman also moved into a tied for third with 57 career assists… Junior midfielder Alicia Krause’s (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron/Duquesne) goal at the end of the first half was her 50th point of the season, giving the Retrievers a 50-point scorer four years in a row.