Women’s Lacrosse Battles No. 12/11 Stony Brook For the Top Spot in the Conference
BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse continues America East action on Saturday, April 6 when it hosts No. 12/11 Stony Brook as the two squads put their perfect league records and the top spot in the conference standings on the line. Game time is set for 5 p.m. at the UMBC Stadium – as part of a UMBC lacrosse doubleheader, with the men's lacrosse team opening up the afternoon at 1 p.m. against Vermont. All the action can be seen live on UMBCRetrievers.tv.
The Retrievers (8-3, 2-0 AEC) have won five of their last six games and picked up their second conference win of the season on Wednesday against Binghamton. UMBC defeated the Bearcats, 17-9, to remain unbeaten in 10 all-time meetings versus BU. Junior midfielder Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) and sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) each scored five goals and combined for 12 points in the victory, while sophomore attacker Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) also added six points on two goals and four assists.
Semones' 28 goals and 37 draw controls on the season are each team-bests. Bilney has gathered 23 ground balls and has a career-best 24 goals on the year. Wilson, an America East All-Rookie Team honoree last season, has already eclipsed her point total from a year ago, having tallied 18 goals and a squad-best 17 assists on the season.
Senior goalie Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) has registered a career-high 70 saves on the season and is helping the Retrievers to rank in the top-20 nationally in scoring defense, allowing 8.57 goals per game.
Stony Brook (10-2, 2-0 AEC) has won each of its last five games, including a pair of conference victories, and leads the America East in every major offensive category. The Seawolves lead the country in scoring defense, allowing 4.75 goals per game, and scoring margin (11.0 goals per game). SBU also ranks third in Division I in scoring offense, scoring 15.75 goals per contest.
SBU garnered two of the league's three weekly awards on Monday, as senior midfielder Demmianne Cook was named the America East Offensive Player of the Week and junior netminder Frankie Caridi earned America East Defensive Player of the Week honors. Cook currently leads Division I in goals per game, averaging 4.75 a contest, while Caridi's 4.74 goals-against average and 0.560 save percentage also lead the nation.
UMBC leads the all-time series 7-2 against Stony Brook, but dropped two meetings to the Seawolves last season. The Seawolves earned a 16-6 victory against the Retrievers in the regular season matchup at Stony Brook and defeated UMBC 9-7 in the semifinals of the America East Championship.