BALTIMORE—The UMBC women's lacrosse team (9-5, 3-1 AE) hosts America East rival Binghamton (3-10, 1-2 AE) on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Retrievers' final home game of the season. The game will be streamed live at UMBCRetrievers.tv.
Fond Farewell: Prior to the game, the Retrievers will honor seniors Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston), C.J. Durham (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake), Meagan Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./North Harford), Kristen Milligan (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake), Amanda Pappas (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake), Natalie Rau (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) and Ashley Stodter (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) in a Senior Day ceremony, as they will play their final home game at UMBC Stadium. The extremely accomplished group has a combined 275 career starts, 280 goals and 354 ground balls.
Last Time Out: The Retrievers could not overcome a 6-2 halftime deficit and fell to cross-town rival Johns Hopkins, 12-7, Wednesday evening at UMBC Stadium. Junior midfielder Alicia Krause (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron/Duquesne) posted her third hat trick in as many games to lead UMBC. Braerman had assists on both first-half goals, and Rau finished with nine saves, including seven in the first period.
On the Bearcats: Binghamton is 3-10 on the season and 1-2 in America East play. The Bearcats have not played since last Saturday, when they fell at Stony Brook, 10-9. Attack Beth Moore paced Binghamton with four goals against the Seawolves. She leads her team with 31 goals, while attack Lis Zuern is tops with 38 points on 27 goals and 11 assists. Three Bearcats rank in the top 10 in the America East in goals per game. Defender Siobhan Menz has picked up a team-best 31 ground balls, while midfielder Lena Amalfitano leads the Bearcats with 31 draw controls and defender Lauren Lukefahr was caused a team-high 20 turnovers. Goalie Lauren Scott has played all 777 minutes between the pipes and has posted a 12.28 goals-against average and a .426 save percentage with 118 saves, and she leads the league with 9.31 saves per game. Binghamton, which was picked to finish seventh in the America East preseason poll, has been outscored by its opponents, 159-120, and is averaging a league-low 9.23 goals per game.
Inside the Series: The Retrievers have never lost to the Bearcats in seven meetings, including a 19-9 victory in Vestal last season. UMBC scored 14 goals in the second half to overcome an early 5-0 deficit. Stodter and midfielder Lindsay Cox (High Bridge, N.J./Voorhees) each scored four goals for the Retrievers, while Braerman and midfielder Bria Phillips both notched hat tricks.
For Starters: UMBC is 9-5 after 14 games for the second year in a row. However, the Retrievers are 3-1 after four America East Conference contests for the first time since 2006, when they won a share of the league's regular-season title.
Home Sweet Home: The Retrievers are 6-2 at home this season, averaging 11.5 goals per game and allowing just 8.75.
What a Week: Krause was named America East Player of the Week on Monday and Synapse Sports Division I Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after scoring nine goals and 11 points in victories over league rivals Stony Brook and Vermont. She added five draw controls, four ground balls and three caused turnovers in the two games. The America East award is the first of Krause's career and the second for a Retriever this season, as Braerman garnered the first honor of the year.
Century Mark: With her two goals against Stony Brook on April 6, Pappas became the 17th Retriever ever to score 100 goals in her career, and she now ranks 14th with 102.
UMBC Career Goals
9. Jamie Gerhart, 1999-2002 119
Renee Tirocchi, 1998-2001 119
11. Jackie Seboda, 1987-90 115
12. Robi Tamargo, 1981-83 111
Dolly Ginter, 1985-87 111
14. Amanda Pappas, 2008- 102
15. Jenny Held, 1990-93 100
Kelly Fahey, 2004-07 100
Kara Dorr, 2006-09 100
Century Mark, Part II: Krause's assist on the last goal of the first half at Vermont last Saturday was the 100th point of her career. She is the fourth Retriever to reach the milestone this season, joining Braerman (March 2), Pappas (March 5) and Coady (April 2) and marking just the second time – and first since Laura Robinson, Laurie Linnell, Jackie Abendschoen and Dolly Ginter in 1987 – that four UMBC teammates have each tallied 100 career points. Krause scored 24 points as a freshman at Duquesne before transferring to UMBC, where she has tallied 79 points in two seasons. Stodter (93) is also nearing the mark. In addition, Pappas and Braerman both recently moved into the Retrievers' all-time top 20 scoring list, ranking 18th and 19th with 128 and 127 points, respectively.
UMBC Career Points
14. Debbie Krastel, 1996-99 143
15. Loree Miller, 1998-2002 132
16. Heather Komarnik, 1995-98 130
Jen Kasper, 2003-07 130
18. Amanda Pappas, 2008- 128
19. Erika Braerman, 2008- 127
20. Robi Tamargo, 1981-83 125
Helping Hand: With her two assists against Johns Hopkins on Wednesday, Braerman took over sole possession of fourth place all-time at UMBC with 55 career helpers.
UMBC Career Assists
1. Jen Dragoni, 2001-04 63
2. Laurie Linnell, 1984-87 58
3. Laura Robinson, 1984-87 57
4. Erika Braerman, 2008- 55
5. Jamie Gerhart, 1999-2002 54
Streaking: Stodter has tallied a point in 19 straight games dating to April 10, 2010, while Krause has one in all 14 contests so far this season. In addition, Pappas has found the back of the net at least once in 10 straight games dating to March 5.
Taking on the Best: UMBC will face three teams that were ranked in the top 10 in the most recent IWLCA poll, including No. 5 Loyola (March 23), No. 6 Florida (Feb. 23) and No. 10 Albany (April 30). In addition, Johns Hopkins (April 13) is also receiving votes in the poll. So far, the Retrievers are 1-2 against ranked opponents this season, falling to the then-16th-ranked Gators, 16-6, and to the then-sixth-ranked Greyhounds, 15-8, but upsetting then-No. 17 Towson, 10-9. UMBC is 7-86 against ranked teams since 1988 and has never beaten more than one ranked foe in the same season. The highest-ranked opponent the Retrievers have knocked off was 11th, accomplished three times (Boston University in 2006, George Mason in 2000 and Old Dominion in 1999).
20/20: The 20 goals scored against Manhattan on March 13 were the most UMBC has scored since March 29, 2010, a 20-7 win against the same Jaspers squad in Riverdale, N.Y. Combined with the 15 goals scored against Mount St. Mary's in the next game on March 19, the Retrievers tallied 35 goals in back-to-back contests, their best two-game stretch since combining for 38 against Iona and Stony Brook March 17-21, 2009.
Beasts in America East: Krause ranks fourth in the America East in both goals per game (2.29) and points per game (3.29), while Braerman is fifth in assists per contest (1.14).
Dawg Bites: The Retrievers have won four straight America East openers following their 10-8 victory over New Hampshire on March 23… It was UMBC's first-ever win against the Wildcats in 10 all-time meetings… Sophomore defender Jamie Fahey (Baldwin, Md./Loch Raven), the reigning America East Rookie of the Year, earned the conference's Defensive Player of the Week award on Feb. 21 and March 7… UMBC was a perfect 3-0 against Colonial Athletic Association opponents this season, defeating George Mason (19-7, Feb. 11), Towson (10-9, March 2) and Delaware (8-5, March 9)… Krause leads the Retrievers with 32 goals, 46 points, 22 draw controls and 15 caused turnovers, and she is tied with Fahey for the team lead in ground balls with 25… Braerman has a team-best 16 assists… UMBC was picked to finish third in the America East preseason poll.