The UMBC women's lacrosse team (1-3) hopes to snap a two-game slide when they take on the host Delaware Blue Hens (2-3) on Wednesday, March 7. The opening draw is set to take place at 4:00 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
Visiting Duquesne overcame a two-goal halftime deficit, and outscored UMBC, 6-1, in the second half to capture an 11-8 victory over the Retrievers at UMBC Stadium on Saturday. The Retrievers dropped their second consecutive contest and fell to 1-3 on the season.
Senior midfielder Alicia Krause led UMBC with three goals and one assist against her former team. Junior middie Lindsay Cox scored once and added three assists. Sophomore midfielder Kristin Bilney added two goals for UMBC.
Cox leads the team in scoring with nine goals and three assists.
The Retrievers are struggling to shoot the ball, as they are converting on less than 30 percent (29.4%) of their attempts. UMBC is just 7-of-29 on free position shots in the early going.
SCOUTING THE BLUE HENS
Delaware is 2-3 on the season, with victories over Villanova and Lehigh and losses to No. 2 Maryland, No. 18 Georgetown and La Salle.
They have dropped two straight, including Saturday's 9-8 loss to visiting La Salle. Trailing by three goals with 7:06 left to play, Delaware surged back behind two goals from freshman Caitlin McCartney in the final three minutes of action and had the chance to send the game into overtime but a free position shot by Shannon Burns with under a second left to play was knocked away.
Burns netted three goals to record her first career hat trick for the Blue Hens (2-3), who had a three-game home win streak at Delaware Stadium snapped.
Caitlin McCartney leads the offense with 11 goals and 2 assists, while Chelsea Fay has 10 goals.
Delaware is taking 21.4 shots per game and allowing 31.4 shots per contest.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Delaware leads the series, 6-4, but the Retrievers have won the last three contests, all by narrow margins. Last season, UMBC triumphed, 8-5, at UMBC Stadium. In 2010, the Retrievers nipped the Blue Hens, 9-7, and they were 9-8 winners in 2009.
UMBC travels over to Cold Spring Lane on Saturday, to take on Loyola at the Ridley Athletic Complex. Opening draw time is set for 3:30 p.m.