BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse continues home non-conference action on Friday, March 15 when it hosts in-state rival Mount St. Mary's at the UMBC Stadium. First draw is set for 7 p.m., with all the action available live on UMBCRetrievers.tv.
The Retrievers (4-2) have won two of their last three games, thanks in large part to their performances in the second half. UMBC is outscoring its opponents 44-28 in the second half this season, including a 20-5 advantage in their latest victories against Colgate and (rv) Drexel.
The black and gold are averaging 11 goals per contest through six games and have four players that have 10-plus goals on the season. Sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) has a team-best 14 goals on the year and has also notched a team-high 23 draw controls.
Junior midfielders Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) and Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley) have also produced for the Retrievers thus far in 2013. Bilney is first on the team in ground balls (nine) and second in points (17), while Harkey has already surpassed last season's scoring production, with 12 goals and three assists on the year.
Goalkeeper Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) ranks in the top-25 in Division I in saves with 43 stops on the season. The senior has tallied eight stops in each of the past two games and is averaging 7.2 saves per game on the year.
Mount St. Mary's (1-6) dropped its second straight contest on Wednesday, falling to George Washington, 16-7. Sophomore attack Erin Seipp registered two goals for the second consecutive game to bring her season total up to seven, while junior attack Hannah Gutcher also tabbed two scores against the Colonials.
Junior midfielder Lindsay Diaz snapped a streak of goals in four straight games, but still leads the team in goals (10), points (12) and draw controls (14). Senior attack Kaitlyn Larrimore has chipped in six goals and three assists on the year.
Steph Rurkowski and Sarah Jane Leder have split time in goal for the Mount. Leder leads with 58 saves on the year.
UMBC has won 11 of 12 meetings against Mount St. Mary's, including last season's 15-8 victory on the Mount's home field.