Red Hot UMBC Women’s Lacrosse Takes on No. 1 Maryland in Midweek Clash

Red Hot UMBC Women’s Lacrosse Takes on No. 1 Maryland in Midweek Clash

BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse takes a three-game win streak into its midweek matchup against No. 1 Maryland on Wednesday, March 4. First draw is set for 7 p.m. at the Maryland Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.  

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (3-2):

-UMBC has defeated three straight opponents to improve to 3-2 on the season. The Retrievers are coming off a 7-5 victory against High Point on Saturday. Senior Abby Wilson recorded three points in the win, while sophomore Mackenzie Reese chipped in a pair of first-half scores.

-During its three-game win streak, UMBC has opened its contests strong, outscoring opponents 16-5 in the first period. The Retrievers' defense is holding opponents to 4.7 goals per game during the stretch, with freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Major recording 6.0 saves per game.

-Major earned the Retrievers' first conference award of the season, being named the America East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after helping UMBC to a pair of victories last week and registering the most saves in a game by a Retriever player since April 4, 2009. Major ranks sixth in the nation in goals-against-average (4.69) and 24th in save percentage (52.6).

-Wilson has a team-best 12 goals and 15 points on the season. She has accounted for two of the team's three game-winning goals and leads the team with 29 shots. Reese ranks second the squad with six goals and seven points.   

SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS (3-0):

-Maryland won the first three games of its season, including a 14-6 victory at Hofstra on Saturday. The Terps had a pair of freshman record hat tricks in the victory, while junior Taylor Cummings paced the squad with five points on three assists and two goals.   

-Maryland is averaging 14 goals per game on the season, led by nine from Cummings and eight from rookie Megan Whittle. Cummings has added in a team-best 18 draw controls and six caused turnovers.

-Red-shirt senior Alex Fitzpatrick has started all three games in net for the Terps, making 14 saves on 39 shots faced. Fitzpatrick is the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after tallying a season-high seven saves versus Hofstra.

INSIDE THE SERIES:

-The Retrievers opened up a two-goal lead in the opening half against the then-second ranked Terrapins last season but fell, 14-3, in the season-opener against Maryland. UMBC is winless in nine all-time meetings versus the Terps.

UP NEXT: The Retrievers return home from a three-game road trip on Wednesday, March 11 when UMBC hosts Drexel at 4:30 p.m. at UMBC Stadium.