Women’s Lacrosse Looks for Third Straight Win at Duquesne on Saturday

Photo by Jack Miller
Photo by Jack Miller

BALTIMORE, Md. – The UMBC women's lacrosse team will go for their third straight win on Saturday as they head to Pittsburgh to take on the Duquesne Dukes. The opening draw is set for 12 p.m.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (5-1)

UMBC moved to 5-1 on the season after picking up a 13-10 on Wednesday night over Coastal Carolina. The Retrievers and Chanticleers were tied 5-5 at the half, but UMBC overpowered the visitors with an eight-goal second half to take the victory.

Senior Carolyn Jamison led the team with four goals, followed by juniors Sara Moeller and Lauren McDonald with three. Kelsey Major made seven saves in goal in all 60 minutes of play.

Moeller leads the team with 36 points off 21 goals and 15 assists. The junior leads the nation in points per game (7.20) and is second in the NCAA in assists per game (3.00).

The Retrievers are ninth in the country in caused turnovers per game (11.83). Jamison and junior Kayla Renehan are tied for 25th in the NCAA and third in the America East, causing 2.00 turnovers per game.

McDonald is currently nine goals away from becoming the 19th player in program history to hit the 100 goal mark in her career.

SCOUTING THE DUKES (1-3)

Duquesne enters the contest with a 1-3 record after picking up its first win of the season after defeating Saint Francis, 18-15, on March 1. The Dukes had previously fallen to Robert Morris, Penn State, and Niagara.

The Dukes held an 11-6 advantage at the half and were able to hold off the Red Flash's comeback attempt down the stretch.

Eight Dukes had a hand in scoring in the victory, led by Megan Buettner who scored a career-high four goals and Jill Vacanti who netted three goals on the day. 

Vacanti leads the team with 10 points off eight goals and two assists, followed by Michaela Connolly (4g, 5a). In goal, Emily McMinimee has started all four games for the Dukes, making 28 saves.

INSIDE THE SERIES

This will be just the sixth meeting between the Retrievers and the Dukes, with UMBC holding a 3-2 advantage.

Last season, UMBC defeated Duquesne, 20-6 at UMBC Stadium. Jamison and Moeller netted a career-high six goals, while McDonald scored four more for the Retrievers. UMBC scored four goals in the first five minutes of play and led 13-3 at the half.