BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse takes a break from America East action on Wednesday, March 27, when it hosts local-rival No. 17 Loyola (Md.) at the UMBC Stadium. The Retrievers, who are off to their best start through nine games since 1986, look to snap a four game losing streak to the Greyhounds. First draw is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen live on UMBCRetrievers.tv.
UMBC (7-2) completed a come from behind victory in its America East opener against Boston University on Saturday. The Retrievers eliminated a 5-1 second half deficit with a score from freshman attacker Kris Coppolino (Winter Springs, Fla./Winter Springs) with 24 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime and came away with the victory on a last second goal from junior midfielder Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley/Florida).
Goalkeeper Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) made a season-high 10 stops versus the Terriers, including eight in the first half, en route to earning her second America East Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season. Mason ranks 14th in Division I in goals-against average, allowing 8.03 goals per game on the year.
Sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) leads the squad with 22 goals, 31 points and 33 draw controls, while classmate Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) has added 16 goals and 11 assists for 27 points. Senior defender Jamie Fahey (Bladwin, Md./Loch Raven) has been a staple in the Retrievers defense, chipping in 14 draw controls and 12 ground balls.
Loyola (4-5) has faced a tough schedule thus far in 2013, with six of its nine opponents having been ranked nationally. The Greyhounds take a break from league action after opening BIG EAST action with back-to-back victories. In its latest contest, Loyola earned a 19-0 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon, recording its seventh shutout win in program history and the first since 1998.
Redshirt sophomore Taryn VanThof was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors after finishing the week with six points, five caused turnovers, five ground balls and 10 draw controls. VanThof leads the team in draw controls (38) and is tied with junior Marlee Paton for a team-best 12 caused turnovers and 10 assists. Sophomore Hannah Schmitt has recorded a team-best 18 goals on the season, while Patton's 23 points and 23 ground balls pilots the squad.