BALTIMORE—Coming off a 13-10 win over American, the UMBC women's lacrosse team (2-1) looks for its second straight win when it hosts cross-town rival Towson at 4 p.m. at UMBC Stadium. The game will be streamed live at UMBCRetrievers.tv.
Last Time Out: Senior midfielder Ashley Stodter (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) fueled the Retrievers with five goals, and senior goalkeeper Natalie Rau (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) had seven second-half saves to secure the 13-10 victory at American on Saturday. Junior midfielder Alicia Krause (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron/Duquesne) recorded a career-best six points on two goals and a career-high four assists.
On the Tigers: Towson, which is ranked 17th in the most recent IWLCA poll, opens its season against the Retrievers on Wednesday. Four Tigers were named to the Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association team, including attack Jess Dunn, who ranked second on the team with 47 goals last season and earned IWLCA All-Region honors. Goalkeeper Mary Teeters, a 2010 second-team All-CAA pick, posted 10 or more saves seven times last season, while midfielder Ashley Waldron, a CAA All-Rookie selection, scored 17 goals and added 12 assists. Towson, which was picked to finish fourth in the CAA, has advanced to three straight NCAA Tournaments.
Inside the Series: Wednesday's game marks the 34th all-time meeting between UMBC and Towson, and the Tigers hold a 28-5 series advantage. Towson has taken six straight, including last season's 14-8 decision at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Stodter led the Retrievers with four goals, while Krause tallied twice and goalie Kate Quick recorded nine saves. For the Tigers, Dunn and attack Jacie Kendall each scored four points on three goals and an assist.
Honor Roll: Senior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) earned the first America East Player of the Week award of the 2011 season on Feb. 21, 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.
Back in the Mix: UMBC scored 223 goals in 2010 and returns 80 percent of its offense, including all four 30-goal scorers – junior attack Emily Coady (Westminster, Md./Westminster) (35), senior midfielder Amanda Pappas (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) (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 Boston University was the preseason favorite. The top four teams in the conference will advance to the America East Championship May 5-7. Under first-year head coach Kelly Berger, the Retrievers had a breakout season in 2010, posting an 11-7 record and reaching the America East title game for the first time ever, despite missing the tournament in each of the previous three seasons.
Taking on the Best: UMBC will face three teams that were ranked in the top 20 in the most recent IWLCA poll, including No. 7 Loyola (March 23), No. 14 Florida (Feb. 23) and No. 17 Towson (March 2). In addition, Albany (April 30) and Johns Hopkins (April 13) were also receiving votes in the poll. So far, the Retrievers are 0-1 against ranked teams this season following last Wednesday's 16-6 loss to the Gators. UMBC's 2010 America East semifinal win over the Great Danes, who were ranked 19th at the time, was its first over a top-20 team since knocking off the No. 11 Terriers on April 1, 2006, snapping a skid of 16 straight losses.
Dawg Bites: Stodter has scored a goal in eight straight games dating to April 10, 2010… Freshman midfielder Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) scored her first career goal at Florida on Feb. 23, while junior midfielder Madi Bell (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech/Navy) scored her first Retriever goal against American on Feb. 26… Krause leads the Retrievers with 13 points on eight goals and five assists… She is tied with Stodter for the team lead in goals… Fahey has picked up a team-best seven ground balls and caused a team-high five turnovers, while Bell leads the Retrievers with seven draw controls.