March 25, 2014

Women’s Lacrosse Cruises Past Wagner, 10-5

BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse junior Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) tallied a goal and an assist in each half versus Wagner for a game-high four points, as the Retrievers cruised to a 10-5 victory against the Seahawks on a snowy Tuesday afternoon at the UMBC Stadium.

Wilson was one of three Retrievers to score two goals, joined by classmate Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) and senior Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron), as UMBC won its third straight game to improve to 5-4 on the season. Wagner drops back-to-back games for the first time this season to fall to 3-5 on the year.

UMBC was dominate on the draw, pulling in 14-of-17 draws, including an 8-0 advantage in the opening half. The Retrievers outshot Wagner, 30-15, in the contest and were a perfect 11-for-11 on clears.

The Retrievers held possession for the majority of the opening 12 minutes, taking the first six shots of the contest. Semones extended her scoring streak to seven straight games to break the scoreless tie 12:24 into the contest on a dish from senior Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley/Florida). Wagner evened the score at one apiece 1:48 later on a pass from Shea Gegan and shot from Gretchen Fay.

UMBC scored the next four goals, starting with a drop-off pass in front of the net from Bilney for the easy finish from sophomore Rachel Benzing (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) to help the Retrievers regain the lead with 8:07 remaining in the opening half. Less than a minute later, Bilney was on the receiving end of a pass from Wilson for her first of two scores in the contest to put UMBC on top, 3-1.

A flip pass on a give-and-go from Benzing to Semones extended the Retrievers lead to three with 5:43 to go in the period and an unassisted score from Wilson 1:55 later gave UMBC a 5-1 advantage.   

Wagner was able to get one back before the end of the half on an unassisted score from Nicole Luzzi. UMBC held a 16-5 shot advantage in the opening period en route to a 5-2 lead at the break.

It took freshman Jennie Milligan (Crofton, Md./South River) 3:17 into the second half to register the first goal of her career, bouncing home a pass from Wilson. The Seahawks had the answer, as sophomore Gretchen Fay gathered a bouncing ball and beat UMBC goalkeeper Kelly Gielner (Pasadena, Md./St. Mary's) to trim the Seahawks deficit to three, 6-3, with 22:29 to go in the contest.

The Retrievers rattled off the next three scores, starting with Ali Carpenter's (Baltimore, Md./MCDonogh/Loyola) sixth of the season. Bilney struck for her second of the day 2:42 later, beating her defender and finishing high on Seahawks' goalkeeper Katie Ferraro. Harkey capped off the run with her eighth of the season to extend the Retrievers advantage, 9-3.

Wagner got one back on a free position score from sophomore Stephanie Peterson, but Wilson had the response 2:38 later, beating Ferraro one-on-one following a pass from Carpenter. A falling down Kimmy Tumolo rounded up the scoring with an off balance shot and goal with 3:45 to go.

Bilney led the Retrievers with four draw controls, while Semones and freshman Mackenzie Reese (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School) each chipped in three. Gielner finished the game with three saves in her first collegiate start. Ferraro stopped 12 shots in the losing effort.

The Retrievers open America East action against Stony Brook on Saturday, March 29 at 1 p.m. at LaValle Stadium.