Women’s Lacrosse Hosts Boston U. on Saturday at Noon; Teams to Promote Young Adult Cancer Awareness

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) announces the inaugural "Team Fight Socks It To Cancer" women's lacrosse match between UMBC and Boston University.  The Retrievers (4-5, 1-0 America East) meet the Terriers (5-4, 1-0) in a key conference match on Saturday, March 31 at noon on the turf at UMBC Stadium.  

To drive awareness of young adult cancer, each team will wear UCF yellow colored socks with logos representing UCF, Team Fight, and their respective universities.

"This game is a re-kindling of awareness through sport," said UCF COO Brian Satola. "UCF was founded by a collegiate athlete, so we know the difference this population can make. Athletes, and college students in general, have such drive, passion, and commitment to improving their communities. They serve as our backbone for many volunteer and activation efforts." 

Kelly Berger, UMBC Head Women's Lacrosse Coach, adds, "It is an honor to be able to bring awareness to the outstanding TEAM FIGHT organization. The message that this organization sends out is one that can not be forgotten and the entire UMBC community is excited to stand by it and bring awareness to the cause of fighting cancer."

In addition to the custom UCF uniforms, both teams will receive pre-game pep talks from young adult cancer survivors. UCF and Teams Fight will also have ambassadors in attendance speaking with fans and distributing information.

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF), founded in 1997, is the national leader in providing specialized support for young adults affected by cancer.  With nearly 70,000 young adults diagnosed every year, our organization helps young people fight the disease and navigate treatment by providing access to information, support groups, and other specialized programs. UCF Patient Navigation Programs have set a national standard and can be accessed remotely or through onsite Patient Navigators at a growing number of hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region. UCF is a founding member of the LIVESTRONGTM Young Adult Alliance and a national pioneer in developing innovative approaches in cancer support. UCF enhances lives by supporting, educating and connecting young adults, and their loved ones, affected by cancer.  For more information, please visit, www.ulmancancerfund.org.

Scouting the Retrievers…

SO M Kristen Bilney scored a career-high three goals as UMBC upset 13th-ranked Albany, 8-5, in the America East Conference opener at rain-soaked UMBC Stadium last Saturday. The Retrievers improved to 4-5 on the season.

FR G Anna Barnett was named America East Conference Women's Lacrosse Defender of the Week for games ending March 24, 2012.  In her first collegiate start, Barnett made a team season-high nine saves and stopped four of five UA free position attempts, including a pair in the final 3:31 of the game.

Barnett now has a save percentage of 55.9 and a 7.02 goals against average in 222 minutes of action, ranking first and second respectively in the nation.

JR M Lindsay Cox leads UMBC in scoring and is 40th in the nation in goals scored with 24. She is sixth in America East in goals per game at 2.67.

The Retrievers are seeking their first back-to-back wins of the season.

UMBC is allowing 9.33 goals per game, 17th-best in the nation.

Scouting the Terriers…

Offensively, Boston U. (5-4) is led by JR A Danielle Etrasco, who is sixth in the nation in goals per game (3.56). Etrasco, the reigning America East Player of the Year, totaled eight points on six goals and two assists, and 13 draw controls in two Terrier wins last week. The junior scored five goals in the conference opener against Vermont, including four in the second half. She also won seven draws in the game, controlling the final draw of the game to clinch the 16-15 victory and earned the league's Player of the Week honor.

The Terriers have now won four games in a row. The 16 goals scored against Vermont matched a season-best set against George Mason on March 3.

SR A Catie Tilton had seven assists against Vermont, including six in the first half and is now eighth in the nation in assists per game (2.67). Tilton factored in seven of the Terriers' first eight goals against Vermont.

SR M Annie Stookesberry scored the game-winner against Vermont and collected nine total ground balls and nine draw controls during the week.

The Series…

The Terriers have won 10 of 12 meetings, but the Retrievers have the most recent victory, defeating Boston U., 12-11, in overtime in the 2011 America East semifinals in Albany. Emily Coady scored just 20 seconds into OT and the goal held up as UMBC rallied from a four-goal deficit.  Lindsay Cox had three goals in the game for the third-seeded Retrievers, while Danielle Etrasco had four for the Terriers.

UMBC is 1-4 vs. Boston U. at UMBC Stadium, with the lone win occurring in 2006. The Retrievers took that contest, 16-13. Seven of the previous 12 meetings have been decided by four goals or fewer.