BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse looks to stay hot when it opens America East play on the road on Saturday, March 23, at Boston University as the Terriers begin a three-game homestand. First draw is set for 1 p.m. at Nickerson Field.
The Retrievers (6-2) have won six of eight contests on the season, with their only losses coming against a pair of nationally ranked opponents in then-No. 16 Towson and No. 1 Maryland. UMBC has been victorious in three straight contests and in four of its last five after Monday's 16-3 win against Wagner. Sophomores Alyssa Semones(Westminster/Westminster/Penn State) and Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) each tallied four goals in the victory against the Seahawks and added an assist apiece for a combined 10 points.
Semones, who leads the team with 20 goals and 29 points on the year, has scored at least two goals in five consecutive games to rank sixth in the America East in goals per game (2.50). The midfielder also ranks atop of the team with 32 draw controls – fourth in the league (4.0 dpg). Wilson is adding 16 goals and nine assists for 25 points, while junior midfielder Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) is chipping in a team-best 16 ground balls to go with 18 goals and six assists.
Goalkeeper Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) entered the week 27th in Division I in goals-against average (9.14) and has 49 stops on the season.
Boston University (2-4) faced a tough non-conference schedule that included four teams that were ranked in the top-15 nationally. The Terriers defeated then-No. 14 University of Massachusetts and then-No. 15 Ohio Stats for their two victories, but fell most recently to Boston College, 12-9, on Wednesday. Junior attacker Elizabeth Morse tallied a career-high five goals in the loss, three coming on free position shots.
Senior attacker Danielle Etrasco pilots BU's offensive efforts, registering a team-best 18 goals, eight assists, 26 points and 19 draw controls. Senior midfielder Kristen Mogavero and Morse also have 10-plus goals on the season with 13 and 10, respectively.
Junior goalkeeper Christina Sheridan has seen a bulk of the action in net for the Terriers. Sheridan has 58 saves on the season and has a .450 save percentage.