Women’s Lacrosse Visits In-State Rival Mount St. Mary’s Saturday

Senior Kristen Milligan
Senior Kristen Milligan

BALTIMOREAfter a week off, the UMBC women's lacrosse team (5-2) returns to the field on Saturday when it visits in-state rival and former Northeast Conference foe Mount St. Mary's (1-5) at 1 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium.

Last Time Out: Nine Retrievers found the back of the net in UMBC's 20-6 rout of Manhattan on Sunday, led by senior midfielder Amanda Pappas (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake), who scored a game-high six goals. Senior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) led all scorers with seven points on two goals and a career-best five assists, and junior attack Emily Coady (Westminster, Md./Westminster) tallied  career-high six points on three goals and three assists, all in the first half. With the game tied at 1-1, junior midfielder Alicia Krause (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron/Duquesne) ignited  7-0 UMBC run, and she also notched a hat trick.

On the Mountaineers: Mount St. Mary's is 1-5 on the season after a 12-11 loss at Bucknell on Wednesday. Midfielder Esther Rufolo scored a career-high five goals against the Bison. Midfielder Nicole Price leads the Mountaineers with 11 goals and 12 points. Goalie Brigid McTavish has posted a 12.50 goals-against average and a .353 save percentage with 41 saves in 360 minutes. She has also picked up a team-best 15 ground balls, while Rufolo has won a team-high 19 draw controls and defender Lucy Pompa leads the Mount with six caused turnovers. As a team, Mount St. Mary's, which was picked to finish fourth in the Northeast Conference preseason poll, has been outscored, 75-41, on the season.

Inside the Series: UMBC is 10-1 all-time against its former Northeast Conference foe, but the in-state rivals have not met since 2007, a 14-8 victory for the host Retrievers. Abbey Swift scored four goals and Jen Kasper tallied five points to lead UMBC, and goalie Kate Quick made 11 saves.

For Starters: At 5-2, UMBC is off to its best start since 1994, when the Retrievers were also 5-2 after the first seven games of the season.

Helping Hand: With five assists against Manhattan on Sunday, Braerman moved into seventh place all-time at UMBC with 51 career helpers.

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. Erika Braerman, 2008-                     51

8. Jackie Abendschoen, 1985-88          50

9. Kelly Fiorani, 2003-06                       49

10. Meghan Keelan, 2005-08                 46

Century Mark: Braerman became the 30th Retriever ever to record 100 career points on March 2 against Towson, and Pappas became the 31st on March 5 at Duquesne. Braerman now has 113 points in her career, while Pappas has 108. They are the ninth set of teammates in UMBC history with 100 points apiece and the seventh in the last 11 seasons.

UMBC Teammates with 100 Career Points

1983: Robi Tamargo (125) and Wendy Heald (118)

1987: Laura Robinson (248), Laurie Linnell (187), Jackie Abendschoen (160) and Dolly Ginter (148)

2001: Renee Tirocchi (146), Jamie Gerhart (115) and Ashley Staines (109)

2002: Jamie Gerhart (173), Loree Miller (132) and Ashley Staines (121)

2003: Jen Dragoni (137) and Lauren Traber (105)

2006: Kelly Fiorani (189) and Kelly Fahey (110)

2007: Kelly Fahey (152), Jen Kasper (130) and Ali Levendusky (116)

2009: Kara Dorr (123) and Abbey Swift (101)

2011: Erika Braerman (113) and Amanda Pappas (108)

*Point totals through the end of that season

Home Sweet Home: The Retrievers are 4-0 at home this season, averaging 14.25 goals per game and allowing just 6.75 at UMBC Stadium. However, UMBC is just 1-2 on the road in 2011 with 8.7 goals per contest against 11.3 goals allowed.

First Time for Everything: Several Retrievers have tallied their first career goals this season. Freshman midfielder Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) scored her first career goal at Florida on Feb. 23, while midfielders Jennie Ballenger (Mount Airy, Md./St. John's Catholic Prep) and Taelar Errington (Valley Lee, Md./Leonardtown) each scored the first goals of their careers against Manhattan on March 13.

Streaking: Senior midfielder Ashley Stodter's (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) 11-game goal streak was snapped on Sunday against Manhattan, but she has tallied a point in 12 straight games dating to April 10, 2010. In addition, Braerman and Krause have each found the back of the net at least once in all seven contests so far this season.

20/20: The 20 goals scored against Manhattan on Sunday were the most UMBC has scored since March 29, 2010, a 20-7 win against the same Jaspers squad in Riverdale, N.Y.

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. 10 Florida (Feb. 23) and No. 17 Albany (April 30). 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: Senior goalie Natalie Rau (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) ranks second in the America East with a 7.68 goals-against average and a .493 save percentage, and she is eighth with 4.86 saves per game… Braerman ranks fourth in the conference with 1.71 assists per game, while Krause ranks ninth (0.86 apg)… Braerman also ranks fourth in the league with 3.86 points per game and Krause is tied for eighth (3.0 ppg)… In addition, the pair are tied for seventh with 2.14 goals per game, while Stodter is tied for 10th (2.0 gpg)… Finally, sophomore midfielder Lindsay Cox (High Bridge, N.J./Voorhees) is tied for the league lead with two game-winning goals… As a team, UMBC is the second-best defense in the America East for the second year in a row, allowing 8.71 goals per game, and they are the third-ranked offense scoring 11.86 goals per contest… The Retrievers also rank second in the league with 9.14 caused turnovers per game and have committed the second-fewest turnovers, just 12.29 per contest.

Among the Best: Rau ranks 13th in the NCAA in goals-against average and save percentage, while Braerman is 11th in the nation in assists and 25th in assists 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… Sophomore defender Jamie Fahey (Baldwin, Md./Loch Raven) earned the conference's Defensive Player of the Week award on Feb. 21 and March 7… UMBC was a perfect 3-0 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)… Braerman leads the Retrievers with 27 points on 15 goals and a team-high 12 assists… She is tied with Krause for the team led in goals… Fahey has picked up a team-high 17 ground balls and caused a team-best 10 turnovers, while junior midfielder Madi Bell (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech/Navy) leads the Retrievers with 10 draw controls… UMBC was picked to finish third in the America East preseason poll.