BALTIMORE—Following a tough loss to Duquesne on Saturday, the UMBC women's lacrosse team (3-2) looks to bounce back when it hosts Delaware (2-2) Wednesday at 4 p.m. at UMBC Stadium. The game will be streamed live at UMBCRetrievers.tv.
Last Time Out: After taking a 4-0 lead, the Retrievers allowed seven straight goals to the host Dukes. Despite a UMBC rally that tied the game with 5:38 remaining, Duquesne scored the game-winner with 58 seconds left to hand the Retrievers an 8-7 loss. Senior midfielder Amanda Pappas (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) was the only Retriever to score two goals, while senior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) tallied a team-high three points on a goal and two assists. Senior goalie Natalie Rau (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) recorded eight saves in 50 minutes between the pipes.
On the Blue Hens: Delaware is 2-2 on the season following a 13-5 loss to Rutgers on Saturday. Midfielder Corrine Drost and attack Chelsea Fay each scored two goals for the Blue Hens, while goalie Makenzie Worthington made nine saves in 60 minutes. Drost leads Delaware with seven goals this season, and she is tied with attack Ali Libertini for the team lead with nine points apiece. Midfielder Morgan Leonard has posted team bests in ground balls (7), draw controls (7) and caused turnovers (8). Worthington has played all 246 minutes in net for the Blue Hens, recording a 10.49 goals-against average and a .403 save percentage with 29 saves. Delaware, which was selected fifth in Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Coaches' Poll, has been outscored, 43-35, in four games.
Inside the Series: Delaware leads the all-time series, 5-3. This is the sixth straight year the teams have met, and the Retrievers are 3-2 in that span, including last season's 9-7 victory in Newark. After falling behind, 4-2, UMBC scored seven of the final 10 goals of the game. Attack Emily Coady (Westminster, Md./Westminster) tallied three points on two goals and an assist, while Pappas also recorded three points on a goal and two helpers. Delaware attack Julianna Jeffers led the Blue Hens with two goals. Goalie Kate Quick made 10 saves for the Retrievers, while Worthington stopped 13 shots for Delaware. Pappas has scored a team-high seven points on five goals and two assists in three career games against the Blue Hens, while Coady has tallied six points on four goals and a pair of helpers in two contests.
What a Week: Sophomore defender Jamie Fahey (Baldwin, Md./Loch Raven) was named America East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after recording five ground balls, four caused turnovers and five draw controls in two games last week, helping the Retriever defense limit 17th-ranked Towson and Duquesne to just 8.5 goals per game. It was the second such award of the season for the reigning America East Rookie of the Year, as she was also honored on Feb. 21.
Helping Hand: With two assists against Duquesne on Saturday, Braerman moved into 10th place all-time at UMBC with 45 career assists.
UMBC Career Assists
1. Jen Dragoni, 2001-04 63
2. Laurie Linnell, 1984-87 58
3. Laura Robinson, 1984-87 57
4. Jamie Gerhart, 1999-2002 54
5. Jenny Held, 1990-93 53
6. Kelly Fahey, 2004-07 52
7. Jackie Abendschoen, 1985-88 50
8. Kelly Fiorani, 2003-06 49
9. Meghan Keelan, 2005-08 46
10. Erika Braerman, 2008- 45
Century Mark: Braerman became the 30th Retriever ever to record 100 career points last Wednesday against Towson, and Pappas became the 31st on Saturday at Duquesne. Braerman now has 103 points in her career, while Pappas has 101.
Streaking: Senior midfielder Ashley Stodter (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) has scored a goal in 10 straight games dating to April 10, 2010, while Braerman and junior midfielder Alicia Krause (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron/Duquesne) have each tallied at least once in all five contests so far this season.
Taking on the Best: UMBC will face three teams that were ranked in the top 20 in the most recent IWLCA poll, including No. 6 Loyola (March 23), No. 14 Florida (Feb. 23) and No. 19 Albany (April 30). In addition, Towson (March 2) was also receiving votes in the poll. So far, the Retrievers are 1-1 against ranked opponents this season, falling to the Gators, 16-6, but upsetting then-No. 17 Towson, 10-9.
Beasts in America East: Braerman ranks fifth in the America East with 1.2 assists per game, while Krause is tied for sixth (1.0 apg)… Braerman also ranks fifth in the conference with 3.4 points per game, while Krause is eighth (3.2 ppg)… Sophomore midfielder Lindsay Cox (High Bridge, N.J./Voorhees) leads the league with two game-winning goals… Fahey ranks second in the conference with 1.8 caused turnovers per game.
Dawg Bites: Braerman took home the season's first America East Player of the Week award on Feb. 21, the second such award of her career… Freshman Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) scored her first career goal at Florida on Feb. 23… Braerman leads the Retrievers with 17 points on 11 goals and a team-high six assists… She is tied with Stodter and Krause for the team lead in goals… Fahey has picked up a team-best 12 ground balls and caused a team-high nine turnovers, while junior midfielder Madi Bell (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech/Navy) leads the Retrievers with nine draw controls… UMBC was picked to finish third in the America East preseason poll.