Women’s Lacrosse Takes on Defending Champ Boston University in America East Title Game Rematch

Emily Coady scored four goals against Boston University in the 2010 America East title game.
Emily Coady scored four goals against Boston University in the 2010 America East title game.

BALTIMORE—The UMBC women's lacrosse team (7-3, 1-0 AE) visits six-time defending America East champion Boston University (5-4, 1-0 AE) in a rematch of the 2010 conference title game Saturday afternoon. Opening draw at the Terriers' Nickerson Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Last Time Out: Senior midfielder Amanda Pappas (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake), senior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and junior midfielder Alicia Krause (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron/Duquesne) scored three goals apiece in UMBC's 10-8 victory over New Hampshire last Saturday. With the Retrievers trailing, 3-2, Braerman sparked a 5-0 run that lasted more than eight minutes and gave UMBC a 7-3 lead. Krause was named the America East Player of the Game with four points on three goals and an assist, to go along with two ground balls and three draw controls. Senior goalkeeper Natalie Rau (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) finished with six saves.

On the Terriers: Boston University is 5-4 on the season and 1-0 in America East play after a 15-6 victory over Binghamton last Saturday. Attacks Hannah Frey and Danielle Etrasco scored for goals each to lead the Terriers. Etrasco and midfielder Corcoran Downey are the reigning America East Player and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively. Etrasco leads the Terriers with 26 goals and 32 points this season, while Attack Erica Baumgartner is tops with 19 assists and midfielder Rachel Collins leads BU with 22 ground balls, 28 draw controls and 12 caused turnovers. Goalie Christina Sheridan boasts a 9.51 goals-against average and a .458 save percentage with 54 saves in 400 minutes of action between the pipes. Etrasco and Baumgartner both rank among the conference's top five scoring leaders. The Terriers were picked to win their seventh straight America East title.

Inside the Series: UMBC is 1-10 all-time against Boston University, including 0-3 in America East Tournament games. The Retrievers' only win over BU occurred in 2006, when UMBC won, 16-13. Pappas has scored eight goals in four career games against the Terriers, while junior attack Emily Coady (Westminster, Md./Westminster) has six goals in three contests. The last time the two teams met was the 2010 America East championship game, an 11-10 victory for Boston U. Coady scored four goals for the Retrievers, while Pappas and midfielder Ashley Stodter (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) each notched hat tricks. McKinley Curro and Traci Landy each scored four goals for the Terriers. UMBC goalie Kate Quick made seven saves, while BU keeper Rachel Klein stopped 15 shots.

For Starters: At 7-3, UMBC has matched last year's squad for the best 10-game start in the school's Division I history and the best overall since opening the 1986 campaign with eight wins in its first 10 contests In addition, the Retrievers have won four straight America East openers following last Saturday's 10-8 victory over New Hampshire.

Pappas Steps Up: After scoring just seven goals through the first six games of the season, Pappas has tallied 17 in her last four contests, including six against Manhattan on March 13 and four each against Mount St. Mary's (March 19) and Loyola (March 23).

Helping Hand: Braerman is tied for sixth place all-time at UMBC with 52 career assists.

UMBC Career Assists

1. Jen Dragoni, 2001-04                      63

2. Laurie Linnell, 1984-87                     58

3. Laura Robinson, 1984-87                 57

4. Jamie Gerhart, 1999-2002                54

5. Jenny Held, 1990-93                        53

6. Kelly Fahey, 2004-07                      52

    Erika Braerman, 2008-                52

8. Jackie Abendschoen, 1985-88          50

9. Kelly Fiorani, 2003-06                    49

10. Meghan Keelan, 2005-08              46

Century Mark: Braerman became the 30th Retriever ever to record 100 career points on March 2 against Towson, and Pappas became the 31st on March 5 at Duquesne. Pappas now has 123 points, tied for 19th all-time at UMBC, while Braerman ranks 22nd with 119 points. They are the ninth set of teammates in UMBC history with 100 points apiece and the seventh in the last 11 seasons. In addition, Coady is just one point shy of reaching the century mark.

UMBC Teammates with 100 Career Points

1983: Robi Tamargo (125) and Wendy Heald (118)

1987: Laura Robinson (248), Laurie Linnell (187), Jackie Abendschoen (160) and Dolly Ginter (148)

2001: Renee Tirocchi (146), Jamie Gerhart (115) and Ashley Staines (109)

2002: Jamie Gerhart (173), Loree Miller (132) and Ashley Staines (121)

2003: Jen Dragoni (137) and Lauren Traber (105)

2006: Kelly Fiorani (189) and Kelly Fahey (110)

2007: Kelly Fahey (152), Jen Kasper (130) and Ali Levendusky (116)

2009: Kara Dorr (123) and Abbey Swift (101)

2011: Amanda Pappas (123) and Erika Braerman (119)

*Point totals through the end of that season

Century Mark, Part II: Pappas is three goals shy of becoming the 17th Retriever ever to score 100 goals in her career.

Home Sweet Home: The Retrievers saw their four-game home win streak snapped on March 23 against Loyola, but they are still 5-1 at UMBC Stadium this season, averaging 12.5 goals per game and allowing just 8.33.

First Time for Everything: When UMBC defeated New Hampshire last Saturday, it was the Retrievers' first-ever win against the Wildcats in 10 all-time meetings.

First Time for Everything, Part II: Several Retrievers have tallied their first career goals this season. Freshman midfielder Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) scored her first career goal at Florida on Feb. 23, while freshmen midfielders Jennie Ballenger (Mount Airy, Md./St. John's Catholic Prep) and Taelar Errington (Valley Lee, Md./Leonardtown) each found the back of the net for the first time against Manhattan on March 13.

Streaking: Stodter's 11-game goal streak was snapped on March 13 against Manhattan, but she has tallied  point in 15 straight games dating to April 10, 2010. In addition, Krause has found the back of the net at least once in all 10 contests so far this season, while Pappas has done so in six straight games. However, Braerman's eight-game streak was snapped on March 23 against Loyola, while Coady's seven-game streak ended last Saturday against UNH.

20/20: The 20 goals scored against Manhattan on March 13 were the most UMBC has scored since March 29, 2010, a 20-7 win against the same Jaspers squad in Riverdale, N.Y. Combined with the 15 goals scored against Mount St. Mary's on March 19, the Retrievers tallied 35 goals March 13-19, their best two-game stretch since combining for 38 against Iona and Stony Brook March 17-21, 2009.

Taking on the Best: UMBC will face three teams that were ranked in the top 20 in the most recent IWLCA poll, including No. 5 Loyola (March 23), No. 6 Florida (Feb. 23) and No. 11 Albany (April 30). In addition, Johns Hopkins (April 13) is also receiving votes in the poll. So far, the Retrievers are 1-2 against ranked opponents this season, falling to the then-16th-ranked Gators, 16-6, and to the then-sixth-ranked Greyhounds, 15-8, but upsetting then-No. 17 Towson, 10-9. UMBC is 7-86 against ranked teams since 1988 and has never beaten more than one ranked foe in the same season. The highest-ranked opponent the Retrievers have knocked off was 11th, accomplished three times (Boston University in 2006, George Mason in 2000 and Old Dominion in 1999).

Beasts in America East: Rau ranks third in the America East with an 8.98 goals-against average, and she is fifth with a .434 save percentage… Braerman ranks fifth in the conference with 1.30 assists per game, while Krause is tied for sixth (1.0 apg)… Braerman also ranks fifth in the league with 3.11 points per game, while Krause is tied for sixth (3.0 ppg) and Pappas is eighth (2.9 ppg)… In addition, Pappas ranks fifth with 2.40 goals per game, while Krause and Braerman are tied for eighth (2.0 gpg)… Finally, sophomore midfielder Lindsay Cox (High Bridge, N.J./Voorhees) is tied for the league lead with three game-winning goals… As a team, UMBC boasts both the third-best offense and defense in the America East, averaging 11.60 goals per game and allowing just 9.20 gpg… The Retrievers also rank third in the league in shot percentage (.460) and have committed the second-fewest turnovers, just 13.0 per contest.

Dawg Bites: Braerman took home the season's first America East Player of the Week award on Feb. 21, the second such award of her career… Sophomore defender Jamie Fahey (Baldwin, Md./Loch Raven) earned the conference's Defensive Player of the Week award on Feb. 21 and March 7… UMBC was  perfect 3-0 against Colonial Athletic Association opponents this season, defeating George Mason (19-7, Feb. 11), Towson (10-9, March 2) and Delaware (8-5, March 9)… Braerman leads the Retrievers with 33 points on 20 goals and a team-high 13 assists… Pappas is tops on the team with 24 goals… Fahey has picked up a team-high 21 ground balls and won a team-best 15 draw controls, and she is tied with senior defender C.J. Durham (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) for the team lead with 11 caused turnovers… UMBC was picked to finish third in the America East preseason poll.

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