BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) scored a game-high four goals for the third time this season, as the Retrievers exploded for an 11-goal second half, including eight-straight scores, in a 14-8 victory against Drexel on Saturday afternoon at UMBC Stadium. The black and gold handed the Dragons, who are receiving votes in the national poll, its first loss of the season.
Semones added an assist for a total of five points on the afternoon and pulled in six draws, while junior attack Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley) also chipped in five points, adding two assists to her hat trick.
UMBC sophomore attack Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) opened the game's scoring, picking up her eighth of the season on a free position shot to put the Retrievers out in front 1-0. Drexel went on to score three straight, two coming from senior attack Alysa Maiden, to take a 3-1 lead with 14:51 remaining in the first.
With less than a minute left in the opening half, the Retrievers knotted the contest up at three, with pair of goals coming within 16 seconds from Semones. Semones bounced her first underneath the crossbar on a free position shot, while the second came off a beautiful pass from junior midfielder Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial). The Dragons were able take back the lead before the half, scoring with six seconds left on the clock, on a long shot coming off the draw from junior midfielder Amanda Norcini to put Drexel up 4-3 at the half.
The Retrievers exploded out of the break, connecting on eight of their first 10 shots. Semones started the run, scoring the equalizer into the top right corner of the net at 26:08 off a pass from senior midfielder Lindsay Cox (High Bridge, N.J./Voorhees). Harkey came from behind the net and slipped past her defender, putting away one of her three unassisted goals on the afternoon 1:14 later to give the Retrievers the lead for good, 5-4.
UMBC netted four more goals in the next 1:32, two coming from Cox and a goal and assist for both Semones and Bilney, to give the black and gold a 9-4 advantage with 22:13 left. The Retrievers were not done yet, as Wilson tabbed her second goal of the contest and junior midfielder Mary Milligan (Edgewater, Md./South River/Anne Arundel CC) scored her first goal as a member of the Retrievers with 11:58 on the clock to put UMBC out in front, 11-4.
The Dragons looked to stop the bleeding, as Kelli Joran placed a shot inside the right post for her first score of the afternoon, but the Retrievers responded with two more goals, coming from Harkey and sophomore attack Jordan Lyons (Peterborough, Ontario/St. Peter's Secondary) to make it a seven goal deficit for the Dragons.
Drexel recorded three of the last four goals in the contest, but it was too little too late for the Dragons.
UMBC senior goalkeeper Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) made eight stops for the second-straight contest. Drexel goalkeepers Teresha Bradley and Amanda Santandrea each saw action in net for the Dragons. Bradley was credited with the loss, her first of the season, after allowing 11 goals.
The Retrievers connected on 14 of their 24 shots in the contest and held a 10-6 advantage on draw controls in the second half.
UMBC returns to the field on Friday, March 15 when it hosts Mount St. Mary's at the UMBC Stadium at 7 p.m.