BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse jumped out in front early on No. 20 Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays stormed back to defeat the Retrievers, 12-6, in non-conference action on Wednesday afternoon at UMBC Stadium.
UMBC scored the game's first three goals, but the Blue Jays responded with eight straight to take control of the game en route to victory. The Retrievers held a 12-8 advantage in draw controls on the day, but finished with 24 turnovers.
Red-shirt sophomore Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md./Fallston) paced the Retrievers with her third hat trick of the season, finishing with three goals on seven shots. Caitlin Miller (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) recorded one goal and five draw controls to move into fourth on UMBC's single-season record list in draws with 58 on the season.
The Retrievers fall for the second straight game to drop to 6-5 on the season, while Johns Hopkins improved to 9-2 on the year.
UMBC started the contest hot, scoring on three of its first four shots of the day. Nolan put the Retrievers out in front 3:09 into the contest with her 14th goal of the season. Senior Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) reached 20 goals on the season for the fourth consecutive year to put UMBC out in front, 2-0. Nolan chipped in her second of the game, this time off a pass from freshman Marissa Davey (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) to give the Retrievers a three-goal cushion less than eight minutes into the contest.
The UMBC defense helped to keep the Blue Jays off the score board for the first 16 minutes and JHU's first seven shots. It was sophomore Alexia Maffucci that got Johns Hopkins on the board to pull within two, 3-1, with 13:12 remaining in the half. JHU's Haley Scweizer netted the Blue Jays' second straight goal, coming off a pass from Emily Kenul to pull JHU within one, 3-2.
CeCe Finney scored JHU's third consecutive to knot the contest at three apiece and 15 seconds later Dene' DiMartino gave the Blue Jays their first lead of the day, 4-3. Johns Hopkins added to the run with two scores from Jen Cook, the first coming from Kenul and the second from Maffucci to make it six unanswered heading into the half.
JHU held a 6-4 lead in draws and outshot the Retrievers, 15-9, in the opening 30 minutes of play.
Kenul added to her point total with a free position goal to put Johns Hopkins on top, 7-3, 3:05 into the second half. Finney used a free position goal 8:40 into the period to add to the Blue Jays' lead, 8-3.
Nolan stopped the JHU run and picked up the hat trick 9:40 into the period to come within four, 8-4.
DiMarinto scored her second of the day on a free position attempt with 17:43 to go in the contest and added a helper in Maffucci's score that extended the Blue Jays' advantage to 10-4.
UMBC continued to fight, as Miller registered her third goal of the season 15:58 into the second half for the Retrievers' fifth score of the day.
Maffucci added further insurance for the Blue Jays with 3:26 to go in the contest, netting her fourth point of the day, but UMBC's Rachel Katzenberger (Kingsville, Md./Eastern Technical) picked up the ensuing draw and dished off a pass to freshman Laura Osborne (Chesapeake Beach, Md./Huntingtown) for the response.
JHU's Kristen Cannon concluded the scoring with her 18th goal of the year with 30 seconds left on the clock.
The Retrievers held an 8-2 advantage in draw controls in the second half, but turned the ball over 14 times in the period.
UMBC goalkeeper Kelsey Major (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) (5-5) registered seven saves on the day. JHU goalkeeper KC Emerson improved to 8-0 on the season after making five stops.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC returns to America East action on Saturday, April 4 when UMBC travels to New Hampshire.