Women's Lacrosse Faces Perennial Playoff UNH Squad in Durham at Noon on Saturday
The UMBC women's lacrosse team heads to Durham, N.H. on Saturday, April 21 seeking its first ever victory over New Hampshire on the Wildcats' home field. In fact, the Retrievers achieved their first ever triumph over UNH just last year after nine losses to start the series. With a victory, UMBC (7-7, 3-2 America East) would sew up a spot in the America East Championships, earn their fourth straight win and climb over the .500 mark for the first time in 2012. But UNH (4-9, 1-3) is coming off a convincing win at Columbia and has made a league-record 14th consecutive appearances in the America East Championship tournament. The opening draw is set for noon and live stats and video are available via http://livestats.prestosports.com/unhwildcats/.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
The Retrievers (7-7, 3-2 America East) have won three games in a row for the first time this season after a 13-11 victory vs. American on April 17. That streak matches UMBC's season-high of a year ago- the Retrievers do not have a longer streak since 2010, when they won six straight contests.
A pair of Retriever seniors hit the 100-goal plateau in back-to-back games. Midfielder Alicia Krause reached the milestone vs. Vermont on April 14 and attacker Emily Coady achieved the feat vs. American. Krause, Coady and senior defenders Shannon Harkey and Lauren Mundellcompeted in their final home contest vs. the Eagles.
UMBC exploded for 12 second half goals and ran past Vermont, 19-11, at UMBC Stadium on Saturday.
Coady set career marks with six goals and nine total points, Krause had a pair of goals, but tacked on a career-high five assists, and FR A Abby Wilson posted a season-best five goals and six total points.
Coady's nine-point effort is tied for the third-most in school history. The last nine-point effort was turned in by Loree Miller, who scored five goals and added four assists vs. St. Francis (Pa.) on April 10, 2002. Both Coady and Krause recorded at least 20 goals in all four of their collegiate playing seasons.
Wilson scored the most goals and amassed the most points in a single game for a UMBC freshman since Kelly Fiorani netted five and seven respectively at California on March 28, 2003
JR M Lindsay Cox scored four goals in each of the last two games and has tallied four or five in five contests this season. She leads the team in goals with 37 and total points with 45.
Coady, last week's America East Player of the Week, has recorded 140 points (100 goals, 40 assists) is now ranked 16th in school history.
Freshman goalkeeper Anna Barnett improved to 4-2 on the season as she earned her second collegiate start vs. American. Barnett, who was the league's Defender of the Week with nine saves and a 64.3 save percent against the nation's eight-highest scoring team in Vermont, made eight saves against the Eagles.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
New Hampshire (4-9, 1-3 AEC) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 14-8 win at Columbia on April 18. SR M Kate Keagins led the Wildcats with five goals and SR M Ilana Cohen added two goals and one assist. Keagins leads UNH with 27 goals and 32 total points, while Cohen is the team-leader with 16 helpers.
The Wildcats have a 12-11 win over No. 12 Vanderbilt to their credit this season.
UNH opponents are shooting 48.9 percent against them in 2012.
INSIDE THE SERIES
After nine losses to start their series with UNH, the Retrievers finally got in the win column in 2011, earning a 10-8 decision over the Wildcats at UMBC Stadium. Krause led UMBC with three goals and one assist. The Retrievers are 0-6 all-time in Durham.
UMBC completes the regular season with a contest at Johns Hopkins on April 25.