PITTSBURGH—Trailing by three with 11 minutes remaining, the UMBC women's lacrosse team (3-2) scored three straight to tie it up, only to see host Duquesne (2-2) score the game-winner with 58 seconds left, as the Dukes defeated the Retrievers, 8-7, Saturday afternoon at Rooney Field.
UMBC scored the first four goals of the game in an 18-minute stretch and led 4-1 at halftime. But including the final goal of the first period, Duquesne rattled off seven unanswered and led, 7-4, with 11:15 to go.
Junior midfielder Alicia Krause (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron/Duquesne), who transferred to UMBC from Duquesne before last season, started a 3-0 Retriever run that knotted the game at 7-7 with 5:38 to play.
But Duquesne attack Cailin Colegrove's third goal of the game, which came on a free-position shot with 58 seconds left, was the game-winner.
Senior midfielder Amanda Pappas (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) was the only Retriever with two goals, while senior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) tallied three points on a goal and two assists.
Colegrove and attack Katie Rekart both had three goals for the Dukes.
UMBC senior goalie Natalie Rau (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) recorded eight saves in 50 minutes, while sophomore Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Harbor Springs) tallied one in the final 10 minutes. Liz Walker stopped eight shots for the Dukes.
Duquesne outshot UMBC, 30-19, including 17-7 in the second half. The Retrievers held a 15-13 edge on ground balls, but the Dukes won the draw control battle, 10-7.
The Retrievers return to action on Wednesday, when they host Delaware at 4 p.m.