Women’s Lacrosse Returns Home to Face Stony Brook Wednesday

Head coach Kelly Berger
Head coach Kelly Berger

BALTIMORE—The UMBC women's lacrosse team (7-4, 1-1 AE) hosts America East rival Stony Brook (3-7, 0-2 AE) Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. The game will be streamed live at UMBCRetrievers.tv.

Last Time Out: In a rematch of the 2010 America East title game, the Retrievers fell to six-time defending champion Boston University, 13-9, in Boston on Saturday. The score was tied, 5-5, at halftime, but the Terriers outscored the Retrievers, 8-4, in the second half. Three Retrievers tallied two goals, led by senior midfielder Ashley Stodter (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel), who added three ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers.

On the Seawolves: Stony Brook is 3-7 on the season and 0-2 in America East play and has dropped three straight following Saturday's 11-5 loss to Albany. Midfielder Kaila Gottlick led the Seawolves with three goals, while goalie Mickey Cahill made 10 saves in the loss. Stony Brook is 0-4 on the road this season. Freshman attack Alyssa Cardillo leads the Seawolves with 25 points on eight goals and a team-best 17 assists, while midfielder Melissa Cook has scored a team-high 22 goals. Cahill has posted an 11.96 goals-against average and a .432 save percentage with 73 saves in 481 minutes between the pipes. Defender Justyne Passarelli leads Stony Brook with 19 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers, while midfielder Victoria Cable has won a team-best 21 draw controls. Stony Brook, which was picked to finish sixth in the America East preseason poll, allows a league-worst 12.60 goals per game, and also ranks last in the conference in shots and ground balls per game.

Inside the Series: UMBC has never lost to Stony Brook in seven all-time meetings dating back to 2003, the Retrievers' first season in the America East. Last season, midfielder Amanda Pappas (Pasadena, Md./Good Counsel) scored the game-winner with four seconds left in overtime to lift the Retrievers to a 10-9 victory at the Seawolves LaValle Stadium. Pappas led UMBC with four points on three goals and an assist, while Cook had four points for the Seawolves on a goal and three helpers, and Cahill recorded eight saves in net. In three career games against Stony Brook, Pappas has tallied seven goals and eight points.

Pappas Steps Up: After scoring just seven goals through the first six games of the season, Pappas has tallied 18 in her last five contests, including six against Manhattan on March 13 and four each against Mount St. Mary's (March 19) and Loyola (March 23).

Helping Hand: Senior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) 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: Junior attack Emily Coady (Westminster, Md./Westminster) became the 32nd Retriever ever to record 100 career points on Saturday against Boston University, and she is the third to reach the mark this season, joining Braerman (March 2) and Pappas (March 5). They are the fifth trio of teammates in UMBC history with 100 points apiece. In addition, Pappas recently moved into the Retrievers' all-time top 20 scoring list, ranking 19th after passing former teammate Kara Dorr with a goal on Saturday.

Three Teammates with 100 Career Points

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)

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

2011: Amanda Pappas (124), Erika Braerman (121) and Emily Coady (100)

*Point totals through the end of that season

UMBC Career Points

15. Loree Miller, 1998-2002                132

16. Heather Komarnik, 1995-98          130

      Jen Kasper, 2003-07                     130

18. Robi Tamargo, 1981-83                 125

19. Amanda Pappas, 2008-                124

20. Kara Dorr, 2006-09                       123

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

Home Sweet Home: The Retrievers are 5-1 at home this season, averaging 12.5 goals per game and allowing just 8.33.

First Time for Everything: 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 freshman 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 has tallied a point in 16 straight games dating to April 10, 2010, while Krause has one in all 11 contests so far this season. In addition, Pappas has found the back of the net at least once in seven straight games.

Taking on the Best: UMBC will face three teams that were ranked in the top 10 in the most recent IWLCA poll, including No. 5 Loyola (March 23), No. 6 Florida (Feb. 23) and No. 10 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).

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, their best two-game stretch since combining for 38 against Iona and Stony Brook March 17-21, 2009.

Beasts in America East: Rau ranks fifth in the America East with a 9.48 goals-against average, and she is sixth with a .412 save percentage… Braerman ranks fourth in the league with 3.18 points per game, while junior midfielder Alicia Krause (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron/Duquesne) is tied for sixth (2.91 ppg) and Pappas is ninth (2.73)… Braerman also ranks fifth in the conference with 1.18 assists per game, while Krause is sixth (1.09 apg)… In addition, Pappas ranks fifth with 2.27 goals per game, while Braerman is 10th (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  team, UMBC boasts both the third-best offense and defense in the America East, averaging 11.36 goals per game and allowing just 9.55 gpg… The Retrievers also ranks second in the league in shot percentage (.470) and have committed the second-fewest turnovers, just 13.18 per contest.

Dawg Bites: The Retrievers have won four straight America East openers following their 10-8 victory over New Hampshire on March 23… It was UMBC's first-ever win against the Wildcats in 10 all-time meetings… 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), the reigning America East Rookie of the Year, earned the conference's Defensive Player of the Week award on Feb. 21 and March 7… UMBC was a 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 35 points on 22 goals and a team-high 13 assists… Pappas is tops on the team with 25 goals… Fahey has picked up a team-high 24 ground balls and is tied with Krause for the team lead with 15 draw controls, while senior defender C.J. Durham (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) leads the Retrievers with 13 caused turnovers… Pappas is the Retrievers' active leader in goals (98), points (124) and ground balls (68), while Stodter is the active leader in draw controls (53), Braerman in assists (52) and Durham in caused turnovers (69)… UMBC was picked to finish third in the America East preseason poll.

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