Women's Lacrosse Opens Ninth Season Of America East Play Hosting Defending Champ Albany on Saturday at Noon
The UMBC women's lacrosse team (3-5) opens its ninth season of America East Conference play by taking on No. 13 and league defending champion Albany (6-2) at UMBC Stadium on Sat., March 24. The opening draw is set for 12:00 p.m. Live streaming is available at www.umbcetrievers.tv.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
In its last home game, UMBC defeated Colgate, 13-11, at UMBC Stadium on Wed., March 14. SO A Taelar Errington scored a career-best three goals and staked UMBC to an early lead as the Retrievers held off Colgate down the stretch.
JR M Lindsay Cox scored all three of her goals on free position attempts (3/3) vs. Colgate. Cox now has a team-high 22 goals on the season- she has three of more goals in four of eight games this season and multiple points in seven straight.
Drexel's Lindsey Kovar scored on a free position shot with 10 seconds remaining in regulation, as the host Dragons rallied to nip UMBC, 9-8, on Saturday. FR A Abby Wilson led all scorers with three goals, while Cox added a pair. UMBC fell for the second time this season when leading (7-5) at the half.
The Retrievers have 18 more shots than their foes to date, but opponent goalies have 24 more saves and a 50 percent save mark vs. UMBC.
UMBC is 26-22 in eight previous America East seasons. The Retrievers reached the four-team championships in 2004-06 and 2010-11, competing the title game in each of the past two seasons.
SCOUTING THE GREAT DANES
Host Albany saw its five-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday, as they fell, 12-11, in overtime to No. 17 U. Mass at John Fallon Field. FR M Nichole Eamer produced a career-high five points on the day with two goals and three assists for the 13th-ranked Great Danes. Mel Rorie and Jess Antelmi each collected three goals, as three of the six came off free position opportunities. Rachael Burek, Ariana Parker and Amanda Pollock tabbed one goal each.
The Great Danes, suffering their first loss at home since the 2010 season, held a 26-21 shot advantage and 15-7 ground ball edge. UMass controlled 17 of 27 draws and converted on both free position shots.
Seven Albany players are already in double figures in scoring, led by JR M/A Jess Antelmi, who has 16 goals and 14 assists for 30 poijnts. SO M Ariana Parker leads the squad in goals with 21.
The Great Danes were 18-1 last season, falling in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to the eventual national champion Northwestern Wildcats.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Albany took a 6-5 lead in the series after two wins over UMBC last season. UA defeated UMBC, 12-11, in the regular season finale and captured the conference title with an 11-4 victory. Both games were played in Albany. Lindsay Cox was one of three Retrievers to post a three-goal game in the 12-11 setback played on April 30, 2011. The last four regular season clashes have all been decided by three goals or fewer.
UMBC goes from one America East heavyweight to another as they entertain Boston University next Saturday, March 31 at noon.