BALTIMORE—The UMBC women's lacrosse team (4-2) scored the first three goals of the game and never looked back in an 8-5 victory over Delaware (2-3) Wednesday afternoon at UMBC Stadium.
The Retrievers led off the game with three goals in just over six minutes of action, with two by senior midfielder Ashley Stodter (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel). That brief run proved to be enough, as the teams alternated goals for the rest of the game.
Midfielder Corinne Drost scored Delaware's first two goals of the game, putting the Blue Hens on the board for the first time at the 17:05 mark. UMBC led, 5-3, at halftime.
Senior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) opened the second-period scoring with an unassisted goal just 1:21 into the half, and neither team scored again for more than 10 minutes.
With the Retrievers leading, 7-5, and time winding down, junior attack Emily Coady (Westminster, Md./Westminster) gave the home team some breathing room with an unassisted tally with 1:28 to go, accounting for the final score of the game.
Stodter notched her second hat trick of the season, leading all scorers with three goals, while Braerman tallied three points on two goals and an assist. Drost led the Blue Hens with a pair of goals.
The America East Player of the Game, senior goalie Natalie Rau (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) made a career-high nine saves for the Retrievers, while Makenzie Worthington stopped five shots for Delaware.
UMBC outshot Delaware, 20-18, and held an 8-6 edge in ground balls, but the Blue Hens dominated the draw controls, 12-3.
The Retrievers return to action on Sunday, when they host Manhattan at 12 p.m.