BALTIMORE – UMBC looks to snap a two-game skid and pick up its first victory against a ranked team this season when it hosts No. 19 Johns Hopkins on Wednesday, April 17 at the UMBC Stadium. First draw is set for 4 p.m., with all the action available live on UMBCRetrievers.tv.
The Retrievers (8-5, 2-2 AEC) dropped back-to-back contests for the first time this season, following Saturday's 9-6 loss to Albany. Senior goalie (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) matched a season-high with 10 saves, including seven stops in the first half, but the Great Danes outscored UMBC, 7-3, in the second half en route to taking sole possession of second place in the America East standings.
Junior midfielder Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley/Florida) has led the Retrievers in scoring in each of the last two games, registering hat tricks in both contests. On the season, 13 of Harkey's 26 goals have come on free-position shots, including all three scores against Albany on Saturday. Classmate Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) is tied with Harkey for second on the team in goals scored (26) and also leads the squad in caused turnovers (12) and ground balls (25).
Sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) continues to lead the Retrievers' offense in scoring, tallying 29 goals and 11 assists for 40 points. Semones also leads the team with 41 draw controls, ranking fifth in the America East in draws per game (3.15).
Johns Hopkins (8-5, 1-2 ALC) has won two of its last three games. Freshman Jenna Reifler scored with 19.5 seconds remaining against No. 11 Virginia on Thursday to give the Blue Jays a 9-8 upset victory. Junior Taylor D'Amore, the squad's assists and points leader, dished out five assists in the win against the Cavaliers. D'Amore, who ranks ninth in the country in assists (35), also leads the team in ground balls (22) and draw controls (43), in addition to tallying 23 goals on the year.
Junior Sarah Taylor has registered a team-high 29 goals on the year and has added 15 ground balls and 22 draw controls, while freshman Dene' DiMartino has netted 26 goals and pulled in 29 draws.
Senior netminder Cosette Larash made a season-high 14 stops in Thursday's win, including nine in the second half. Larash has seen a majority of the action in net this season and has recorded 84 stops on the year.
UMBC owns a 14-9-2 advantage in the all-time series. The Retrievers snapped a six-game skid against Johns Hopkins last season, when they beat 19th-ranked team on the road, 7-6.