Women’s Lacrosse Travels to Johns Hopkins to “Stick it to Sarcoma”

BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's lacrosse team will conclude its fall season on Saturday, Oct. 29 when the Retrievers travel to Johns Hopkins, to take part in the Second Annual Blue Jays "Stick it to Sarcoma" Fall Play-Day. Admission to JHU will be five dollars for adults and three dollars for kids – which will include a sarcoma wrist band – with t-shirts and raffle tickets also available for purchase. All proceeds from Saturday's event will be donated to the Hopkins Sarcoma Program.

The Retrievers will be taking on the Blue Jays at 9 a.m., followed by a matchup with George Mason at 10 a.m. and Mount St. Mary's at noon.

"We are very excited not only to compete this weekend, but to help raise money for a great cause," co-head coach Amy Appelt said. "It's a great way to end fall ball."

Sarcoma is an extremely rare and rapidly malignant soft-tissue cancer. It can be contracted by both children and adults. Sarcoma is rare in adults, accounting for about one percent of all adult cancers, but represents about 15 percent of all cancers in children.

The Inaugural Blue Jays "Stick it to Sarcoma" Fall Play-Day was created by 2012 Johns Hopkins graduate and women's lacrosse player Rachel Ballatori to honor her father Ned Ballatori who was diagnosed with a cardiac angiosarcoma on Nov. 23, 2010. During the inaugural tournament, Ballatori and her teammates raised over $15,000, with all the proceeds being donated directly to the Hopkins Sarcoma Program to fund research to find a cure.

To hear more about the Ballatori's story click here.