The UMBC women's lacrosse team (2-3) faces No. 16 Loyola (2-2) at Ridley Athletic Complex on Sat., March 10. The opening draw is set to take place at 3:30 p.m. The Retrievers are coming off their most productive game of the season, a 15-6 victory at Delaware on Wednesday.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
Senior midfielder Alicia Krause scored four goals and added a pair of assists to lead the visiting UMBC Retrievers (2-3) to a convincing 15-6 victory over Delaware (2-4) at Delaware Stadium on March 7. Junior midfielder Lindsay Cox added four goals and one assist and freshman attacker Abby Wilson contributed three scores and helper as the Retrievers recorded a season-high in goals.
The Retrievers never trailed in the game, using a 5-0 run midway through the second half to extend a 7-5 lead to 12-5 with 10:44 remaining.
Cox scored four goals on only five shots and leads UMBC with 13 goals and 17 total points through five games. She has already tied her season total of 17 points from the 2011 campaign when she started 11 of 17 games.
In just over two seasons at UMBC, Krause is approaching the 100-point plateau. She has 67 goals and 27 assists (94 points) in 40 games as a Retriever and 87 goals with 31 assists (118 points) in 45 total intercollegiate contests.
UMBC has attempted 33 free position shots this season, 19 more than their opponents. But the Retrievers have cashed in on only eight attempts, while the opposition has six goals in 14 chances.
SCOUTING THE GREYHOUNDS
The Greyhounds are 2-2 on the season, but are coming off a 12-10 overtime win at No. 12 Penn State on Wednesday. Loyola has a win over Hopkins and setbacks vs. Towson and Virginia.
Loyola trailed Penn State, 6-2 , late in the first half, rallied to knot the score at 10-all after regulation and scored the only two goals of overtime to pull off the upset. Junior attacker and Australian native Cass Cursaro scored the game-tying and go-ahead goals in the comeback. Freshman Sydney Thomas led Loyola with four goals in the game.
Cursaro leads Loyola with eight goals, while another native of Australia, Marlee Paton, leads the club with 12 points (6g, 6a).
Senior goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff has a 50.9 save percentage and 9.03 save percentage in four starts this season.
INSIDE THE SERIES
UMBC has faced cross-town rival Loyola 30 times, more than any opponent except Towson, but the Greyhounds hold a commanding 25-4-1 series advantage. The teams have faced off in each of the last 12 years, but the Retrievers' only victory in that span occurred in 2008 (11-10). Last season, sixth-ranked Loyola went to 7-0 on the campaign with a 15-8 triumph at UMBC Stadium. Krause had a goal and two assists for UMBC. Senior attacker Emily Coady managed just one assist, after scoring three goals at Loyola in a 7-4 loss to the Greyhounds in 2010.
UMBC returns home to entertain Colgate on Wed., March 14 at 4:00 p.m.