The UMBC women's lacrosse team completes the 2012 regular season at No. 20 Johns Hopkins on Wednesday evening, April 25. For the third consecutive year, the Retrievers (7-8, 3-3 AE) have clinched a spot on the four-team America East Conference Championships, which will be held at Boston University on May 3 and 5. The Blue Jays enter tonight's contest at 7-7 and have lost five straight games, four in the very tough American Lacrosse Conference. The opening draw at Homewood Field is set for 7:00 p.m.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
The Retrievers (7-8, 3-3 America East) won three games in a row for the first time this season before falling, 12-11, at New Hampshire on April 21. That streak matched 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. American U. on April 17.
Coady set career marks with six goals and nine total points in UMBC's 19-11 victory over Vermont on April 14. 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 vs. Vermont and American and has tallied four or five scores in five contests this season. She leads the team in goals with 39 and total points with 47. Krause has 26 goals and 16 assists for 42 poitns and Coady is 24-10-34. Five Retrievers, including Wilson (22) and SO M Kristen Bilney (20) have scored 20 or more goals in 2012.
Coady, last week's America East Player of the Week, has recorded 142 points (102 goals, 40 assists) is now ranked 15th in school history. She is the 18th player in school history to amass 100 goals.
Krause added four goals and a helper in the 12-11 loss at UNH on April 21 and has a career-topping 16 assists on the campaign.
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 on April 16 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.
UMBC is 0-4 in one-goal decisions this season and have lost three games by identical 12-11 scores. The Retrievers have scored and allowed 155 goals in 2012.
SCOUTING THE BLUE JAYS
The 10th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions gave head coach Missy Doherty her 100th career win on April 21 as they defeated visiting Johns Hopkins, 12-9. The Blue Jays, who have suffered five straight setbacks , fell to 7-7 on the season with a 0-4 record in American Lacrosse Conference action. Johns Hopkins staged an impressive second half comeback against top-ranked and defending NCAA Champion Northwestern to tie the game at 11 goals apiece, but the hosts would score five of the last six goals to avoid the upset in their 16-12 win on April 15.
SO M Taylor D'Amore has equaled her goal total from her freshman campaign with 28 and has 28 assists to lead the Blue Jays in scoring. The 2011 Second Team IWLCA All-Mid-Atlantic and Second Team All-ALC honoree also leads the team with 58 draw controls in 2012. SR A Colleen McCaffrey leads the Jays with 34 goals and has 135 goals in her four-year tenure.
INSIDE THE SERIES
UMBC could not overcome a 6-2 halftime deficit and fell to cross-town rival Johns Hopkins (8-5) by a score of 12-7 in the last meeting with the Jays in April of 2011 at UMBC Stadium. Krause scored three goals – her third hat trick in as many games – and added four ground balls, two draw controls and five caused turnovers in the game. Wednesday's contest will be the the 24th all-time meeting between the Retrievers and Blue Jays in a series that began in 1976. UMBC leads the all-time series, 12-9-2, but Johns Hopkins has won six straight and eight of the last nine meetings. UMBC's last win was a 15-14 decision at Homewood in 1999.
UMBC will compete in its third consecutive America East Conference Championship when they take on either No. 1 and host Boston U. or No. 2 seed Stony Brook on Thurs., May 3. The Retrievers have made the championship game in each of the past two seasons.