BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse looks to take sole possession of second place in the America East and take control of the all-time series against Albany, as it travels to John Fallon Field on Saturday, April 13 to take on the Great Danes. First draw is set for 1 p.m.
After starting the season 7-2, UMBC (8-4, 2-1) has dropped two of its last three games. All four of the Retrievers' losses this season have come against ranked opponents, with the black and gold's latest casualty coming in a 15-9 defeat to then-No.12/11 Stony Brook on Saturday. UMBC was paced by junior midfielder Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley/Florida), who tied her career-high with three goals and a pair of assists.
Harkey ranks third on the team in goals, behind sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones(Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State), who pilots the team with 40 points on 29 goals and 11 assists, and junior Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron), who has tallied a career-best 24 goals on the season. Semones also ranks first on the team in draw controls (39), while Bilney paces the squad with 25 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers.
Albany (7-4, 2-1 AEC) has won three of its last four games, but has gone 10 days since playing its last game, a 17-9 victory against Boston University. Senior attack Rachael Burek tied her career-best of nine points, with three goals and six assists against the Terriers, en route to earning America East Player of the Week honors.
The Great Danes lead the league in shot percentage (.514), scoring 149 goals on 290 shots. Albany also ranks second in the league in goals per game (13.55), assists per game (6.0) and points per game (19.55).
Burek sits atop of the conference with 3.20 assists per game and 5.40 points per game. Junior defender Kathleen Lennon, who moved into second-place all-time at UMBC in draw controls, holds the top spot in the league in draws, averaging 6.73 per contest, and in caused turnovers, 1.91 a game.
The Retrievers snapped a two-game skid against the Great Danes and tied up the all-time series at six apiece with an 8-5 victory last season at the UMBC Stadium.