April 3, 2012

Women's Lacrosse Heads to New York for Wednesday Evening Clash With Vastly Improved Stony Brook

The UMBC women's lacrosse team (4-6, 1-1 America East) will try to bounce back from a disappointing setback vs. Boston University when they play the first of two league road clashes this week at Stony Brook on Wednesday evening, April 4. The Seawolves (8-3, 1-0 America East) are one of the most improved clubs in the nation in 2012. The opening draw is set for 7:00 p.m. at Kenneth Lavalle Stadium.  

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

Visiting Boston University rallied from a seven-goal deficit in the second half and defeated host UMBC, 12-11 on March 31. After a victory over No. 13 Albany seven days prior, UMBC (4-6, 1-1) failed for the fourth time this season to win back-to-back contests.

UMBC sophomore Kristen Bilney scored a career-high four goals vs. the Terriers and has seven goals in two league games to date. Senior midfielder Alicia Krause and junior midfielder Lindsay Cox each had a pair of goals, while freshman attacker Abby Wilson had a goal and two assists for the Retrievers.

Cox leads the Retrievers with 26 goals and 32 total points. She had a brilliant month of March, amassing 24 points in seven games. Bilney has 16 goals on 29 shots this season and leads the squad in shooting percentage at 55.2 percent.

In their last meeting, UMBC had defeated Boston U. by the identical 12-11 score at the 2011 America East semifinals.

UMBC is +12 in goals scored in the first half this season, but a -12 in the second half.

SCOUTING THE SEAWOLVES

Stony Brook (8-3, 1-0 AE) won both of its games last week to push its winning streak to three games. The Seawolves won at Iona, 18-5, and then defeated Binghamton, 19-8, in their America East opener. Stony Brook was 4-11, 1-5 in 2011.

Adelphi transfer JR A Claire Petersen broke her own Seawolves' single-game record in assists with eight at Iona. She had seven goals and 12 assists in two games for a 19-point week, the best two-game scoring performance in school history. Petersen leads the nation in scoring at 6.56 points per game and is only four assists away from tying the program single-season record of 42.

Another Adelphi transfer, JR M Demmianne Cook led all Seawolves with 11 goals last week. She posted six in the conference win over Binghamton. She has eight hat tricks this season and four games of five goals or more. She is only three goals away from tying the school's single-season record of 47.

Sophomore goalkeeper Frankie Caridi returned after missing five games due to injury to stop nine of 17 shots at Binghamton. She made five of her nine saves on free position attempts. She remains undefeated as a collegiate goalie and sports a 6.30 goals against average.

INSIDE THE SERIES

Alicia Krause tallied six points on five goals and an assist to lead the UMBC women's lacrosse team to a 10-8 victory over America East rival Stony Brook in the 2011 meeting at UMBC Stadium. The Retrievers rallied from an early 4-1 deficit and trailed, 5-4, at intermission. Cox gave the Retrievers the lead for good, 8-7, with 15:45 to play.

UMBC has never lost to Stony Brook in eight all-time meetings dating back to 2003, the Retrievers' first season in the America East. In the previous meeting at Stony Brook, UMBC won a 10-9 overtime decision vs. the Seawolves.  

UP NEXT

UMBC heads right back up to the Empire State to take on Binghamton on Saturday, April 7 at noon.