The UMBC women's lacrosse team (3-4) has its final tune-up for America East play when they face the Drexel Dragons (6-2) at Vidas Field in Philadelphia, Pa. on Saturday, March 17 at 1:00 p.m. Drexel is the fourth Colonial Athletic Association squad that the Retrievers have faced in the non-conference portion of the schedule.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
UMBC is looking to put back-to-back wins together for the first time this season. They defeated Colgate, 13-11, at UMBC Stadium in their last outing on Wed., March 14. Sophomore attacker Taelar Errington scored a career-best three goals and staked UMBC to an early lead as the Retrievers held off Colgate down the stretch. Junior midfielder Lindsay Cox led all Retriever scorers with three goals and one assist, while four other Retrievers scored multiple points in the game.
After struggling through the first five games, UMBC has now converted seven of its last eight free position shots in the last two games. The Retrievers only committed five turnovers vs. the Raiders.
Cox now has 20 goals on the season- she has three of more goals in four of seven games this season and multiple points in six straight. She has 25 total points, while senior midfielder Alicia Krause has 13 goals and 17 total points. Krause needs eight more goals to reach the 100-goal plateau in her career.
Entering the week, sophomore midfielder Kristen Bilney was 25th in the nation in draw controls per game at 4.17. Moreover, the Retriever defense was ranked 27th in the nation with 9.83 goals allowed per game.
SCOUTING THE DRAGONS
Drexel has won four straight games and is 6-2 on the season. They are coming off an 18-8 thrashing of Longwood at Vidas Field on Wednesday. The Dragons took an early 5-0 lead in the first half, but the Lancers scored four unanswered goals to close the deficit to two at intermission, 7-5. The Dragons scored 11 goals in the second half to hold off Longwood. Senior captain Charlotte Wood led the team with five goals and set a season-high with three assists for eight points. Wood has 23 goals through eight games to lead DU in that category. Drexel also has a win over Colgate, defeating the Raiders, 12-6, in Hamilton, N.Y.
INSIDE THE SERIES
UMBC leads the series with Drexel, 7-3, but the two teams have not met since 1998. The Retrievers have won five straight in the series and are 3-2 in five previous matches in Philadelphia.
UMBC opens America East Conference play by facing defending league champion Albany at UMBC Stadium on Sat., March 24. The opening draw is set for noon.