UMBC Women’s Lacrosse Defeats American, 9-5, Behind Big First Half

UMBC Women’s Lacrosse Defeats American, 9-5, Behind Big First Half

WASHINGTON, D.C. – UMBC women's lacrosse used a 7-2 first-half to earn its second straight victory and even its season-record to 2-2 on the year with a 9-5 win against American in non-conference action on Wednesday afternoon at Jacobs Field. The Retrievers were led by a game-high six points, on four goals and two assists, from senior attacker Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) and received 12 stops from rookie goalkeeper Kelsey Major (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty), the most saves in a game for a Retriever player since April 4, 2009.

UMBC had six different players score in the opening half, as the Retrievers scored on seven of their 12 shots to take a 7-2 advantage into the break. American put the pressure on the Retrievers in the second half, tallying 15 shots, including five free position attempts, but Major recorded 10 of her 12 saves in the half, while Wilson piled in two scores to guide UMBC to victory.

The Retrievers scored three straight to open the contest, starting with the third goal of the year for rookie Laura Osborne (Chesapeake Beach, Md./Huntingtown) 3:13 into the contest. Classmate Tianna Wallpher (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) put UMBC out in front, 2-0, with 22:15 to go in the opening half on the unassisted score. Wilson, the Retrievers' leading scorer, registered her first of two first-half scores 2:26 later on a dish from sophomore Jennie Milligan (Crofton, Md./South River).

American put an end to the shutout 11:19 into the contest thanks to Olivia Mangan, but the Retrievers rattled off three more scores, the first coming from sophomore Mackenzie Reese (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School) off a pass from Wilson. Milligan and rookie Carolyn Jamison (Westminster, Md./Westminster) chipped in their third goals of the season two minutes apart to give the Retrievers a 6-1 advantage with 5:00 to go in the half.

American was able to connect on another score before the end of the period, but Wilson, who registered four points in the period, blasted home her second goal of the half and with 14 seconds remaining to give UMBC a 7-2 lead at the break. The Retrievers' defense helped to turn American over 10 times in the half.  

The Eagles outscored the Retrievers, 3-1, in the opening 12 minutes of the second half, despite Major doing her part in net. American was able to get on the board, netting a pair of goals in the opening 10 minutes of the period, including its only free position score of the contest, but Wilson took advantage of a man-up situation to pick up the hat trick and extend UMBC's lead back to 8-4.

The Eagles' were able to take capitalize on a Retriever turnover, netting their third goal of the period, this one coming from Jordan Harrington, however, Wilson once again had the response for UMBC, scoring her fourth of the afternoon with 14:26 to go to hold off the American charge.

UMBC freshman Caitlin Miller (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) helped the Retrievers hold a 5-1 lead in draw controls in the second period, finishing the game with a team-best four draws.  

American was led by Jessica Wojciechowski's two points on one goal and one assist, each coming in the second half. Eageels' goalkeeper Rose Redfoot tallied six saves on 15 shots in the contest.

UP NEXT: UMBC returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 25, with a matchup at High Point.