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Women’s Lacrosse Returns to America East Action Against Binghamton
BALTIMORE – UMBC women’s lacrosse looks to bounce back from its third loss of the season when it returns to America East action on Wednesday, April 3 versus Binghamton. The Retrievers host the Bearcats at 4 p.m. at the UMBC Stadium, with all the action available on UMBCRetrievers.tv.
UMBC (7-3, 1-0 AEC) snapped a four-game win streak with a 13-7 loss to No. 17 Loyola – it’s third loss to a ranked opponent this season. Sophomore attacker Jordan Lyons (Peterborough, Ontario/St. Peter’s Secondary) registered the second hat trick of her career and became the sixth member of the Retrievers to reach double-digit goals on the season.
UMBC’s scoring led by sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State), who has registered 23 goals, nine assists, in addition to 34 draw controls and 12 ground balls. Classmate Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) has chipped in 16 goals and team-best 13 assists. Juniors Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) and Shannon Harkey () have each added 19 scores on the year, while Bilney’s 22 ground balls is a team-best.
Senior goalkeeper Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) has helped the Retrievers to an 18th ranking nationally in scoring defense, allowing 8.6 goals per contest on the season. Mason has earned two America East Defensive Player of the Week honors thus far in her senior campaign and has registered 67 saves on the year.
Binghamton (2-6, 1-0 AEC) has won two of its last three contests and snapped a 10-game conference losing streak with a 7-6 victory against Vermont in its America East opener on Saturday. Sophomore Alex Fisher netted the game-winner versus the Catamounts with 7:42 to play in the contest.
Midfielder Katherine Hunsberger leads the squad offensively with 17 goals on the year. The senior also ranks second in the America East in draw controls per game, averaging 4.5 draws a contest and is third on the team in ground balls (12). Senior attacker Kimberly McGeever is the only other Bearcat with double-digit goals on the year, scoring 11 goals and adding four assists. Senior midfielder Kristen Stone has chipped in eight goals, three assists and 16 draw controls.
Goalkeepers Erin McNulty and Kara Pafumi have both seen action in net this season. McNulty has started seven of eight contests and has totaled 59 saves and team-best 16 ground balls.
UMBC has not lost a contest against Binghamton and is 9-0 all-time versus the Bearcats. The Retrievers squeaked past Binghamton in the last two meetings, defeating the Bearcats, 9-8, in 2011 and earning a 10-9 victory a year ago.