March 1, 2014

Harkey Guides Women's Lacrosse Past La Salle, 7-6

PHILADELPHIA –UMBC women's lacrosse senior attacker Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley/Florida) broke a 6-6 tie with 4:39 to go in the contest with her second score of the game to lead the Retrievers to a 7-6 victory against La Salle on Saturday afternoon at McCarthy Stadium.

UMBC (2-2) picks up its second victory of the week and hands La Salle (3-1) its first loss of the season.

The Retrievers received two goals apiece from Harkey, sophomore attacker Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and junior midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) on the afternoon.

UMBC exploded out of the gates behind a pair of goals from Nolan, coming one minute apart, to take a 2-0 advantage three minutes into the contest. Semones and Harkey added to the Retrievers' cushion, 4-0, each scoring their first of the afternoon within the opening five minutes of action.

La Salle was able to get one back from freshman midfielder Toni Massetti with 10:49 to go in the opening half, however, junior attacker Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) gave the Retrievers back a four-goal advantage with five minutes to go before the break, scoring in her fourth consecutive game for her team-leading fifth goal of the season. The Explorers were still able to close the gap prior to the break with sophomore Kate Fay and Massetti scoring less than two minutes apart to make it a two-goal contest, 5-3, at the half.

La Salle continued its streak by scoring its third straight to come within one, 5-4, on a score from Katie Wherley three minutes into the second half. Semones gave UMBC back its two goal advantage off a pass from sophomore attacker Rachel Benzing (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial), but junior midfielder Caitlin Brostrand was able to respond with a score with 22:50 to go. The Explorers tied the contest at six 3:23 later when Kay setup a score for junior midfielder Kelly Furman with 20 minutes remaining.

A shot from Wilson and save from freshman goalkeeper Gabby Antonelli gave La Salle possession with less than five minutes to go, but a failed clear attempt and turnover from Antonelli setup the game-winning score from Harkey.

Benzing picked up her fourth draw control of the afternoon on the ensuing draw, but a turnover allowed for the Explorers to get off a pair of free position shots in the final 1:30, however, UMBC goalkeeper Anna Barnett (Midland, Texas/Midland) made a pair of saves to hang on for the victory. Barnett finished the contest with nine stops, while Antonelli totaled seven saves in the loss.

UMBC returns to action on Wednesday, March 5 when it hosts High Point at 5:30 at the UMBC Stadium.