March 5, 2013

No. 1 Maryland Downs UMBC Women’s Lacrosse, 17-10

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Early in the second half, UMBC women's lacrosse came within three, 9-6, of No. 1 Maryland, but the Terrapins scored five unanswered over the next 3:21 to shut the door on the Retrievers and remain undefeated with a 17-10 victory on Tuesday night at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.

Maryland (6-0) held a 21-8 advantage on draw controls in the contest, including a game-high seven draws from freshman middie Taylor Cummings. Senior attack Alex Aust piloted the Terrapins with 11 points on the evening, scoring four goals and setting a school record with seven assists.

Junior attack Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley) and sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) each registered three points on the night for the Retrievers. Senior goalkeeper Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) tallied eight saves, including two stops on free position shots by the Terps.

Following a save on a free position shot from Mason, the Retrievers jumped on the offensive, with sophomore Jordan Lyons (Peterborough, Ontario/St. Peter's Secondary) netting her second goal of the year from Semones, to put UMBC on the board first.

Maryland immediately responded, scoring three within a 1:46 time span. Katie Schwarzmann dished off a pass after winning the draw control to, setting up Halle Majorana for the Terps first score. Schwarzmann assisted UMD's first two goals and then put away a score of her own, to give the Terrapins a 3-1 advantage.  

Semones got one back for the Retrievers (3-2), causing a turnover, picking up the ground ball and finding the back of the net for the ninth time this season, but Schwarzmann notched her fourth point of the contest, finding the back of the net for the 4-2 advantage, the first of four-straight goals for the number one team in the nation.

Harkey connected on her fifth free position shot of the last week, to cut the Retriever deficit to four, 7-3 with 8:52 to go in the half. Aust gave the Terrapins back their five-goal advantage, coming from behind the cage for the score, her second of the contest.  

Wilson slipped one past senior netminder Kasey Howard high on a free position shot for her seventh goal of the year to make it 8-4 in favor of the Terps, but Aust – Maryland's scoring leader – struck again.

Junior midfielder Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) beat Howard and the clock, scoring her first of the game with five seconds remaining in the half. The Retrievers would go into the break trailing 9-5.

Bilney opened the second half with her second-straight goal to come within three, 9-6. UMBC seemed to gain the momentum, as Mason deflected another Maryland shot, but a timely turnover led to a Cummings goal – the first of five Terrapin goals in a 3:21 span.

Harkey took one to the net herself to put an end to the run, but not before Maryland was able to go up 14-7. The Terrapins continued their scoring outburst with three more in less than a minute time span.  

The Retrievers ended the contest with three-straight scores, coming from freshman Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md./Fallston), Semones and freshman Rachel Benzing (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) – her first collegiate goal.

UMBC returns to action on Saturday, March 9, when it takes on Drexel at the UMBC Stadium. Game time is set for 1 p.m.