Women’s Lacrosse Hosts Manhattan in Sunday Matinee

Meagan Linkous made her first start of the season on Wednesday.
Meagan Linkous made her first start of the season on Wednesday.


BALTIMORE—Following a dominating defensive performance against Delaware, the UMBC women's lacrosse team (4-2) hosts Manhattan (2-2) Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m. at UMBC Stadium. The game will be streamed live at UMBCRetrievers.tv.

Last Time Out: The Retrievers scored the first three goals of the game and never looked back in an 8-5 victory over Delaware on Wednesday. Senior midfielder Ashley Stodter (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) notched her second hat trick of the season, while senior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) tallied three points on two goals and an assist. Senior goalie Natalie Rau (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston), the America East Player of the Game, made a career-high nine saves.

On the Jaspers: Manhattan is 2-2 on the season following an 18-17 loss to Central Connecticut on Thursday. Attack Chrissy Gutenberg led the Jaspers with five goals, and goalkeeper Julia DiBernardo, the reigning MAAC Defensive Player of the Week, made six saves. Midfielder Phelicia VanOverbeke leads Manhattan with eight goals and 10 points on the season, while midfielder Elizabeth Dugan has recorded team bests with 14 ground balls and 11 draw controls and defender Breana Leonard has caused a team-high five turnovers. DiBernardo boasts a 12.55 goals-against average and a .439 save percentage with 36 saves in 220 minutes between the pipes. Manhattan was picked to finish sixth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference preseason poll, and Gutenberg was selected to the preseason All-MAAC team.

Inside the Series: UMBC is 2-0 all-time against Manhattan, with dominating wins in 2006 and 2010. Last season, the Retrievers defeated the Jaspers, 20-7, in Riverdale, N.Y. Attack Emily Coady (Westminster, Md./Westminster) and midfielder Bria Phillips each scored five goals, leading nine Retrievers who found the back of the net. VanOverbeke scored twice and added an assist to pace the Jaspers offensively, while DiBernardo made 10 saves.

Helping Hand: With one assist against Delaware on Wednesday, Braerman moved into a tie with former teammate Meghan Keelan for ninth place all-time at UMBC with 46 career helpers.

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

7. Jackie Abendschoen, 1985-88          50

8. Kelly Fiorani, 2003-06                      49

9. Meghan Keelan, 2005-08                 46

    Erika Braerman, 2008-                  46

Century Mark: Braerman became the 30th Retriever ever to record 100 career points on March 2 against Towson, and senior midfielder Amanda Pappas (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) became the 31st last Saturday at Duquesne. Braerman now has 106 points in her career, while Pappas has 102. They are the ninth set of teammates in UMBC history with 100 points apiece and the seventh in the last 11 seasons.

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)

*Point totals through the end of that season

Streaking: Stodter has scored a goal in 11 straight games dating to April 10, 2010, while Braerman and junior midfielder Alicia Krause (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron/Duquesne) have each found the back of the net at least once in all six contests so far this season.

What a Week: Sophomore defender Jamie Fahey (Baldwin, Md./Loch Raven) was named America East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after recording five ground balls, four caused turnovers and five draw controls in two games last week, helping the Retriever defense limit 17th-ranked Towson and Duquesne to just 8.5 goals per game. It was the second such award of the season and career for the reigning America East Rookie of the Year, as she was also honored on Feb. 21.

Taking on the Best: UMBC will face three teams that were ranked in the top 20 in the most recent IWLCA poll, including No. 6 Loyola (March 23), No. 14 Florida (Feb. 23) and No. 19 Albany (April 30). In addition, Towson (March 2) was also receiving votes in the poll. So far, the Retrievers are 1-1 against ranked opponents this season, falling to the Gators, 16-6, but upsetting then-No. 17 Towson, 10-9.

Beasts in America East: Rau leads the America East with a .500 save percentage, and she ranks second with a 7.96 goals-against average… She is also sixth with 5.5 saves per game… Braerman ranks fifth in the America East with 1.17 assists per game, while Krause is tied for sixth (1.0 apg)… Braerman also ranks sixth in the conference with 3.33 points per game, while Krause is 10th (3.0 ppg)… Stodter ranks ninth in the league with 2.33 goals per game… Sophomore midfielder Lindsay Cox (High Bridge, N.J./Voorhees) is tied for the league lead with two game-winning goals… Fahey ranks second in the conference with 1.67 caused turnovers per contest… As a team, UMBC is the second-best defense in the America East for the second year in a row, allowing 9.17 goals per game… The Retrievers also ranks second in the league with 9.67 caused turnovers per game.

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… Freshman Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) scored her first career goal at Florida on Feb. 23… 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)… The Retrievers are 3-0 at home this season, averaging 12.3 goals per game and allowing 7.0 at UMBC Stadium, but they are just 1-2 on the road with 8.7 goals per contest while allowing 11.3… Braerman leads the Retrievers with 20 points on 13 goals and a team-high seven assists, while Stodter has scored a team-best 14 goals… Fahey has picked up a team-high 14 ground balls and caused a team-best 10 turnovers, while junior midfielder Madi Bell (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech/Navy) leads the Retrievers with nine draw controls… UMBC was picked to finish third in the America East preseason poll.

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