BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse looks to get back on track after a three-game skid and clinch a spot in the America East Championships when it travels to Vermont on Saturday, April 20. The Retrievers can solidify their fourth-straight playoff appearance with a win against the Catamounts. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Virtue Field.
Despite a hat trick from freshman attacker Kayley Jones (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales), the first of her career, the Retrievers (8-6, 2-2 AEC) were unable to pull off the upset against No. 19 Johns Hopkins on Wednesday, falling, 11-5, to the Blue Jays.
Sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) moved into the top-10 in UMBC's single-season record book for draw controls, after registering her 42nd draw of the season on Wednesday. The sophomore also leads the team in goals (30) and points (42). Junior attacker Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley/Florida) ranks second on the squad in goals, with 27 on the year, while classmate Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) has tacked on 26 goals, a team-best 25 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers.
In net, senior Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) is on the verge of her first 100-save season, with 93 stops thus far on the year. Senior defender Jamie Fahey (Baldwin, Md./Loch Raven) has helped protect the net for Mason and has chipped in 26 draw controls, 20 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.
Vermont (6-9, 1-3 AEC) looks to stay in the playoff hunt with two weeks remaining in the conference schedule. The Catamounts have dropped two in a row, including a 12-6 contest to then-No. 19 Boston College on Friday, April 12. Junior attacker Sydney Mas paced Vermont with a team-high four goals, while sophomore attacker Anna Carr scored her first-career goal and also added an assist.
The Catamounts lead the league and rank sixth in the country in ground balls per game, averaging 19.4, paced by the conference leader freshman attacker Vanessa VanderZalm's 2.79 ground balls per game. VanderZalm also leads the team in draw controls, with 57, and has chipped in 23 goals. Mas has a team-best 44 goals and 52 points on the season, while sophomore attacker Jessica Roach has 44 points on 26 goals and 18 assists.
Junior goalkeeper Charlotte Lyons is second in the America East in saves per game, averaging 8.54 stops a contest.
The Retrievers hold a 6-3 advantage in the all-time series against the Catamounts and have won each of the last three meetings, including last season's 19-11 victory.