Women’s Lacrosse Travels to UMass Lowell for Friday #AEWLAX Matchup

Photo by Gail Burton
Photo by Gail Burton

BALTIMORE – After finishing the non-conference schedule with a 13-3 win over Siena on Wednesday, the UMBC women's lacrosse team will head to Massachusetts on Friday as they resume America East play against the UMass Lowell River Hawks. The opening draw is set for 4 p.m.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (8-3, 0-1 America East)

The Retrievers closed out their non-conference schedule with a 13-3 victory over Siena on Wednesday.

The three goals allowed by the Retrievers ties a season-low and is the seventh game this year that the defense has allowed 10 goals or less.

UMBC scored 55 seconds into the first half with a goal from junior Lauren McDonald off an assist from classmate Sara Moeller and went on to score four straight, including two from junior Catherine Sims to take a 5-0 lead.

After Siena scored its first goal with 11:41 remaining in the first half, but UMBC used another four-goal spurt to take a 9-1 lead into halftime. The Retrievers scored three straight out of halftime to take a 12-1 lead. Siena added two more goals in the second half around a second goal from McDonald to round out the second half.

On the day, UMBC outshot Siena, 35-19, with a 26-14 advantage on goal. The Retrievers controlled 12 draws, compared to the Saints' six. UMBC also caused 12 turnovers and scooped up 28 ground balls.

The Retrievers rank fourth in the country and first in the America East in caused turnovers per game (11.91). The team is also 24th in the country and second in the conference in scoring defense, allowing only 10.00 goals per game.

Moeller currently ranks in the top ten in total assists (fourth, 25), assists per game (sixth, 2.50), total points (second, 61), and points per game (fourth, 6.10). She also ranks in the top 15 in goals, coming in 12th overall with 36.

SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS (3-6, 0-1 America East)

UMass Lowell opened America East play on March 24, falling 20-7 to #1 Stony Brook. The River Hawks followed that loss up with an 11-6 victory over Central Connecticut State on Wednesday.

Against the Blue Devils, the River Hawks held a 7-1 advantage heading into halftime, holding CCSU scoreless for almost the entire first half of the game. The Blue Devils worked on a comeback bid, cutting into the River Hawks' lead to make the score 9-4 with 14:50 remaining in the game.

On the day, Cameron McKelvin led the team with four goals. Kendyl Finelli had six points (2g,4a) and broke the school's single-season scoring record with 35 points on the year.

Finelli leads the River Hawks with 35 points off 11 goals and 24 assists. As of March 28, Finelli ranks 14th in the country and third in the conference in total assists. Taylor Sokol leads the team with 22 goals.

In the net, Courtney Barrett has started six of the River Hawks' nine games this season, making 45 saves. Renee Gonzalez picked up her first win in the net against CCSU after making eight saves; on the season, she has 32 total stops.

INSIDE THE SERIES

This will be just the fourth overall meeting between the two teams, with UMBC holding a 3-0 advantage.

Last season, the Retrievers shut down the River Hawks defense that ranked eighth in the country in goals allowed, giving up only 8.00 goals per contest, and ranked second in caused turnovers per game with 13.71. UMBC would go on to win the game, 18-7 behind seven-point performances from Carolyn Jamison and Sam Nolan.