UMBC Women’s Lacrosse Falls to No. 1 Maryland Despite 17 Saves From Major

UMBC Women’s Lacrosse Falls to No. 1 Maryland Despite 17 Saves From Major

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – UMBC women's lacrosse's freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Major (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) registered the most stops for a Retriever goalkeeper in over 10 seasons, stopping 17 shots, but it was not enough to silence No. 1 Maryland as the Terrapins defeated the Retrievers, 14-7, in non-conference action on Wednesday night at the Maryland Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.  

UMBC received scoring from six different players on the afternoon, including three that registered their first collegiate goals, but the Terrapins outscored the Retrievers, 9-2, in the opening half to cruise to victory. Maryland held a 17-5 advantage in draw controls on the evening and outshot the Retrievers, 43-21. UMBC's point's leader Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) paced the Retrievers with a pair of scores on the day.

The Retrievers (3-3) snap a three-game win streak, while the Terps remain unbeaten at 4-0.

The Terrapins wasted no time getting started, as junior Taylor Cummings pulled in the first draw control and freshman Megan Whittle scored her first of three goals on the night to put Maryland out in front, 1-0, 44 seconds into the contest. Cummings was able to cause a turnover to setup the second Terrapin score, this one coming off a pass from Brooke Griffin for Zoe Stukenberg to finish. Stukenberg and Cummings continued to be active, connecting for Maryland's third score of the evening 4:18 into the contest. Griffin dished out her second assist of the half, passing off the helper to Kristen Lamon with 21:16 to go in the first half, to put the Terps on top, 4-0.

Freshman Carolyn Jamison (Westminster, Md./Westminster) got the Retrievers on the board, netting a free position attempt 10:45 into the matchup, but Cummings grabbed the draw and went right to the cage for her first goal of the day. Wilson chipped in her 13th goal of the year less than two minutes later to cut the Retrievers' deficit to three, 5-2.

Cummings continued to add to her point total in the opening half, scoring two of her four goals 33 seconds apart to extend the Terps' advantage to 7-2. Stukenberg and Griffin each chipped in goals before the end of the half to help the Terrapins take a 9-2 lead into the break.  

Maryland put the pressure on UMBC's rookie goalkeeper and the reigning America East Defensive Player of the Week in the opening half, registering 30 shots, en route to Major finishing the period with 11 of her 17 saves.

Whittle started off the Terps' scoring again, this time 4:30 into the second half and 40 seconds later Stukenberg added her fourth of the evening to put Maryland up 12-2.

UMBC's freshman Caitlin Miller (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) scored the first of three straight goals for the Retrievers with the first goal of her collegiate career coming with 21:33 remaining. Sophomore Amber Kovalick (Davidsonville, Md./South River) followed with her first of the season and rookie Kalyn Crocetti (Joppa, Md./Maryvale Preparatory) pulled UMBC within seven, 12-5, by adding the first goal of her career.

Major continued to try and hold off the Terps' charge, tallying six stops in the half, but Taylor Salandra scored her first of the year and Cummings added her fifth point on a score. The Retrievers were able to net two more in the final 2:32, the first coming from Wilson and the second representing freshman Marissa Davey's (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) first collegiate score. Major moves to 3-3 on the season, while Maryland's three goalkeepers combined to make 10 stops, with Alex Fitzpatrick (4-0) earning the victory.

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.