BURLINGTON, Vt.—The UMBC women's lacrosse team (9-4, 3-1 AE) sustained a late Vermont rally, but held on to beat the Catamounts (7-7, 1-3 AE) by a score of 14-13 Saturday afternoon in America East Conference action at Moulton Winder Field.
Junior midfielder Alicia Krause (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron/Duquesne) scored four times in the first 16:06 of action, including three straight during a 4-0 UMBC run, and the Retrievers led, 7-2, at the 11:36 mark of the first half. The teams then alternated goals for the remainder of the period, capped by a tally be senior midfielder Ashley Stodter (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) with 26 seconds to go, which gave UMBC a 10-5 lead at the break.
Junior attack Emily Coady (Westminster, Md./Westminster) gave the Retrievers a game-high six-goal lead, 11-5, less than six minutes into the second period before the Catamounts tallied three straight over the next five minutes to pull to within three, 11-8.
UMBC responded with its own 3-0 run over a three-minute stretch to regain the six-goal advantage, 14-8, with 15:16 remaining. But the Retrievers did not score again, and Vermont rattled off five in a row to pull to within one, 14-13, with 3:56 left.
The Catamounts had two possessions in the final two minutes, but they could not get a shot off.
Krause led the Retrievers with five points on four goals and an assist – all in the first half – and was named America East Player of the Game for the second straight contest. Coady finished with four points on three goals and a helper, while senior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) also notched a hat trick.
Sydney Mas, the reigning America East Rookie of the Week, tallied five points on four goals and an assist to earn her team's Player of the Game honors. She added three ground balls and five draw controls.
Senior goalie Natalie Rau (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) made nine save between the pipes for the Retrievers, while Laura Barber and Charlotte Lyons combined to stop four shots for the Catamounts.
Vermont out-shot UMBC, 25-23, including 15-6 in the second half. The Catamounts also held a 13-12 advantage on ground balls and a 15-14 edge in draw controls, winning nine of 13 in the second period.
The Retrievers return to action on Wednesday, when they step out of conference play to host cross-town rival Johns Hopkins at 6 p.m.
Notes: Krause's assist on Stodter's goal at the end of the first half was her 100th career point… She joins Braerman, Coady and senior midfielder Amanda Pappas (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) in the 100-point club, marking just the second time in UMBC history – and first since 1987 – that four teammates have each tallied 100 career points.