Women’s Lacrosse Returns Home to Face American on Saturday Afternoon

Photo by David Sinclair
Photo by David Sinclair

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BALTIMORE, Md. – The UMBC women's lacrosse team opens a two-game homestand on Saturday afternoon as they welcome the American Eagles to UMBC Stadium. The opening draw is set for 4 p.m.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (3-1)

UMBC fell for the first time this season in a 21-12 loss at #4/2 Maryland on Wednesday night. The Retrievers kept the game close, pulling within six at one point but were unable to stop the Terrapins offense.

Junior Sara Moeller led UMBC with eight points off three goals and five assists followed by classmate Lauren McDonald (4g) and senior Carolyn Jamison (2g, 2a).

Senior Kelsey Major got the start in goal for the Retrievers, making 11 stops. The defense caused seven turnovers, including a game-high four from junior Kia Reinhardt.

Nationally, the Retrievers rank 13th in caused turnovers per game, forcing 11.75 per contest; junior Kayla Renehan is 13th in the country and third in the America East with 2.50 caused turnovers per game.

Moeller is fourth nationally and first in the conference in assists with 12 on the season. The junior, who broke the single-season record with 35 last year, is also first in the country and America East in assists per game, dishing out 4.00 per contest. She is also first in the nation and the conference in points per game, averaging 8.00 points a game.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES (1-3)

American picked up its first win of the season on Wednesday after defeating Howard, 19-8. Sophomore Erica Skowron set the school record for 11 points and six assists, while freshman Emma Vinall scored six goals in the victory.

Skowron leads the Eagles with 18 overall points off eight goals and 10 assists. Vinall leads the team with 13 goals and 25 draw controls.

In goal, junior Fiona Geier has started all four games, posting a 12.87 goals against average and making 40 saves. Sophomore Ana Freda, junior Sarah Lowe, and freshman Delaney Oliveria have all split time in the net. Grier ranks 20th in the country and second in the Patriot League in saves per game, averaging 10.00 per contest.

INSIDE THE SERIES

The Retrievers and the Eagles are meeting for the 21st time, with UMBC holding an 18-2 advantage in the series. UMBC is on a 13-game winning streak after defeating American, 10-8, last season.

The Eagles held an 8-6 lead with 16:13 remaining in the game, but the Retrievers used a four-goal run to seal the victory. Lauren McDonald scored twice, while Sam Nolan added a goal and Brittany Levine netted the final goal of the game.