No. 3 Retrievers Tangle with No. 2 Boston U. in America East Semifinal Tilt Thursday Afternoon
Retrievers at America East Championships
* UMBC returns to the America East Championship for the second year in a row after missing it the three previous seasons. In 2011, the Retrievers earned the No. 4 seed and defeated top-seeded and host Albany, 11-9, in the semifinals to earn their first-ever trip to the America East title game, where they fell to No. 2 Boston U. in an 11-10 heartbreaker.
* UMBC makes its fifth trip to the America East Championship in eight years in the conference. The Retrievers earned a berth in the four-team tournament in each of their first three years in the league, but their 2011 semifinal win over Albany was their first-ever tourney win. In 2004, UMBC's first as a member of the America East, the Retrievers earned the No. 3 seed and lost to No. 2 Boston U., 12-10, and in 2005, No. 4 UMBC fell to the top-seeded and evenutal champion Terriers, 20-5. Then in 2006, the Retrievers won a share of the regular-season title and hosted the tournament as the No. 1 seed but fell in the semifinals to No. 4 New Hampshire, 12-5.
* The Retrievers' semifinal win over Albany last season was their first postseason victory since 2003, No. 2 UMBC defeated No. 3 Wagner and No. 4 Mount St. Mary's to win the Northeast Conference Championship.
* The Retrievers were picked to finish third in the 2011 preseason poll, but finished tied for second with a 4-2 record. UMBC lost the tiebreaker to Boston U. based on a 13-9 regular-season loss to the Terriers. The Retrievers went 1-2 against the other three teams in the tournament, falling to BU and Albany but defeating New Hampshire for the first time ever.
Retrievers vs. Boston U.
* UMBC and Boston University met a month ago, on April 2, in Boston, when the Terriers defeated the Retrievers, 13-9. The score was tied, 5-5, at halftime, but BU outscored UMBC, 8-4, in the second period. Seniors Erika Braerman and Ashley Stodter and sophomore Lindsay Cox each scored two goals for the Retrievers, while Danielle Etrasco tallied five goals and Molly Swain scored four for the Terriers.
* UMBC is 1-10 all-time against Boston University, including 0-3 in America East Tournament games. UMBC's lone win over BU occurred in 2006, when the Retrievers won, 16-13, in Baltimore, to earn the top seed and the right to host the conference championship.
* Senior Amanda Pappas has scored nine goals and 10 points in five career games against the Terriers, including three goals in the 2011 America East title game. Junior Emily Coady has tallied seven goals in four contests, including four in last year's finals, while senior Ashley Stodter has six goals and seven points in five games, including a hat trick in the championship.
LAST TIME OUT
* Playing for the right to host the America East Championship, UMBC came up just short in its bid to upset eighth-ranked Albany, falling to the undefeated Great Danes, 12-11.
* Three Retrievers - senior attack Erika Braerman, sophomore midfielder Lindsay Cox and senior midfielder Amanda Pappas - notched hat tricks. Braerman added an assist, as well as three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
SCOUTING THE TERRIERS
* Six-time defending America East champion Boston University was 4-2 in conference play to earn the No. 2 seed in the league tournament. The Terriers defeated Vermont, 16-8, on Saturday in the regular-season finale. Attack Danielle Etrasco single-handedley outscored the Catamounts, tallying a program single-game record nine goals.
* The 2011 America East Co-Player of the Year, Etrasco leads the Terriers with 53 goals and 61 points. First-team midfielder Rachel Collins is tops on the team with 50 draw controls, and first-team defender Corcoran Downey has recorded a team-best 20 caused turnovers.
* Unanimous all-rookie goalkeeper Christina Sheridan has posted a 9.64 goals-against average and a .417 save percentage.
PERFECT 10: UMBC has won 10 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2002-03, but 2010 was the first time the Retrievers had won 10 games since 2006. This is UMBC's ninth 10-win campaign since 1987, its first season at the Division I level.
FOR STARTERS: UMBC's four America East victories this year were its most since going 5-1 in 2006 and claiming a share of the league's regular-season title.
ALL-CONFERENCE: Six Retrievers were named to America East All-Conference teams, the league announced Wednesday. Junior midfielder Alicia Krause and sophomore defender Jamie Fahey both earned first-team honors, while senior attack Erika Braerman, senior midfielder Amanda Pappas and senior defender C.J. Durham were each tabbed to the second team. In addition, freshman midfielder Kristen Bilney was a unanimous selection to the all-rookie team. Krause and Fahey are the first Retrievers to earn first-team honors since Kate Quick in 2009, and the two first-team selections are UMBC's most since placing three Retrievers on the squad in 2006. In addition, Bilney gives UMBC an all-rookie honoree for the eighth year in a row.
CENTURY MARK: Senior midfielder Amanda Pappas became the 17th Retriever ever to score 100 goals in her career on April 6, and she now ranks 14th with 108.
CENTURY MARK, PART II: Four Retrievers have reached the 100-point plateau this season – senior attack Erika Braerman (March 2), senior midfielder Amanda Pappas (March 5), junior attack Emily Coady (April 2) and junior midfielder Alicia Krause (April 9). It is just the second time – and first since Laura Robinson, Laurie Linnell, Jackie Abendschoen and Dolly Ginter in 1987 – that four UMBC teammates have each recorded 100 career points. (Krause scored 24 points as a freshman at Duquesne before transferring to UMBC, where she has tallied 83 points in two seasons.) In addition, Pappas and Braerman are tied for 15th all-time with 134 points apiece.
HELPING HAND: With her assist against Albany on Saturday, senior attack Erika Braerman moved into a tie with Laura Robinson for third place all-time at UMBC with 57 career assists. Braerman's 22 assists in 2010 are tied for the fifth-most ever by a Retriever in a single season. She has tallied 18 this season and ranks sixth in the America East with 1.12 assists per game.
NIFTY FIFTY: Junior midfielder Alicia Krause's goal against Albany on Saturday was her 50th point this season, giving the Retrievers a 50-point scorer in four straight seasons. Ali Levendusky tallied 59 points in 2008, and Kara Dorr posted 50 in 2009, while teammate Erika Braerman scored 54 last year. Krause ranks fifth in the America East with 3.12 points per game this season.
AGAINST THE BEST: UMBC has gone 1-3 against teams that were ranked in the top 20 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll at the time of the contest. The Retrievers defeated No. 17 Towson on March 2 for their lone win against a ranked opponent this season. 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).
STREAKING: Senior midfielder Ashley Stodter's 20-game point-scoring streak, which dated to April 10, 2010, was snapped on Sunday against Albany, when she was held scoreless. Junior midfielder Alicia Krause now boasts the longest point streak at a season-long 16 games, and she has a goal in the last five. Senior midfielder Amanda Pappas carries the longest goal-scoring streak at 12 games, dating to March 5. In addition, senior attack Erika Braerman has recorded a point in seven in a row, while junior attack Emily Coady has one in six straight.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Retrievers were 6-2 at home this season, averaging 11.5 goals per game and allowing just 8.75 at UMBC Stadium.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: UMBC defeated New Hampshire, 10-8, on March 26, its first-ever win over the Wildcats in 10 all-time meetings. Prior to this season, UNH had outscored the Retrievers, 134-67, since the teams' first meeting in 1989. The Wildcats' average margin of victory was 7.4.
HAT'S OFF: Six Retrievers have combined for 26 hat tricks this season, led by senior midfielder Amanda Pappas' seven, including in each of the last two games, while junior midfielder Alicia Krause has six and senior attack Erika Braerman has five.
THE MORE THE MERRIER: Senior attack Erika Braerman and junior midfielder Alicia Krause lead the Retrievers with 10 multi-goal efforts this season, while junior midfielder Amanda Pappas has nine. Krause has a team-best 14 multi-point performances, while Braerman has 12.
WHAT A WEEK: Two Retrievers have earned America East Player of the Week awards this season – senior attack Erika Braerman on Feb. 21 and junior midfielder Alicia Krause on April 11. In addition, sophomore defender Jamie Fahey, the reigning America East Rookie of the Year, was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Week on Feb. 21 and March 7. Krause was also tabbed the Synapse Sports Division I Offensive Player of the Week on April 12.
20/20: The 20 goals UMBC scored against Manhattan on March 13 were the most it had 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.
CONTROLLING THE COLONIAL: UMBC had a perfect 3-0 record 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). The Tigers were the CAA regular-season champions.
FOND FAREWELL: Seven Retriever seniors will graduate at the end of the season, taking with them 292 career goals, 102 assists, 344 ground balls, 202 draw controls and 200 caused turnovers. Midfielder Amanda Pappas is UMBC's active leader in goals (108) and tied with attack Erika Braerman for the points lead (134), while Braerman is the active leader in assists (57). In addition, midfielder Ashley Stodter is tops in draw controls (58), while defender C.J. Durham is the active leader in caused turnovers (70).
YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: At 25 years old, first-year head coach Kelly Berger is one of the youngest coaches in Division I lacrosse. However, Berger has plenty of experience to draw from. Prior to serving as an assistant at UMBC for the previous two seasons, Berger was a two-time All-American, the 2006 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and a 2007 Tewaaraton Trophy nominee at James Madison, where she finished her career with 184 goals and 262 points. She has also been involved with the U.S. National Team since 2005.
BEGINNER'S SUCCESS: Second-year head coach Kelly Berger is the fourth head coach in the 39-year history of UMBC women's lacrosse. UMBC Hall of Famer Kathy Zerrlaut led the Retrievers from the program's inception in 1973 until 1996, amassing a record of 150-140-4 (.510) in 24 seasons. Monical Yeakel took over in 1997 and compiled a 78-73 (.517) record in nine years ('97-'05), and Courtney Connor posted a 30-38 (.441) record in four years from 2006-09. In her first head coaching job, Berger is the most successful of the four in her first two years as the Retriever mentor, as she is the only one to boast a winning record through two seasons.
APPELT OF MY EYE: Second-year assistant coach Amy Appelt is one of the best players in NCAA history. A four-time All-American at Virginia, she led the Cavaliers to the national championship in 2004, when she won the Tewaaraton Trophy after leading the nation in scoring with 90 goals. She scored a goal in an NCAA-record 66 straight games, and her career totals of 258 goals and 373 points rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Division I record books. She has been involved with the U.S. National Team since 2002.
CHESAPEAKE TRIO: Three Retriever seniors came to UMBC from Chesapeake High School in Pasadena, Md., in 2008 - midfielders Amanda Pappas and Kristen Milligan and defender C.J. Durham. The trio has combined to make 144 starts over the last four years.