BALTIMORE – UMBC Women's Lacrosse Co-Head Coaches Amy Appelt and Tony Giro have announced the Retrievers' 2014 schedule. The 16-game slate features matchups against four squads that won their respective conferences a year ago, including national tournament runner-up Maryland.
"We are eager to take the next step in the progression of UMBC women's lacrosse," Giro said. "Our schedule is filled with tough challenges and benchmarks – six ranked opponents and four NCAA Tournament qualifiers – but we have a young, competitive bunch that is desperate to take the program where it needs to be.
"For four months, we don't have any easy days – in or out of conference play – and that's the way we like it. We can't wait to find out who we are in 2014," explained Giro.
The Retrievers open their second campaign under the direction of Appelt and Giro in tough fashion, taking on a pair of local 2013 NCAA Tournament participants in Maryland and Towson during the first week of the season. The black and gold start with a tough matchup against the powerhouse Terrapins at UMBC Stadium on Thursday, Feb. 13, marking the first trip to UMBC for the Terps since 2007,followed by a trip to the defending Colonial Athletic Association champs on Feb. 19.
The Retrievers return home to take on American on Feb. 22, in the nightcap of a UMBC lacrosse doubleheader, which follows the UMBC men's lacrosse contest against Monmouth. UMBC travels for another challenging contest for its first-ever meeting with La Salle (March 1), a program that is coming off a season in which it tied the program's all-time wins record with a 10-6 overall mark.
UMBC returns home to take on the defending Big South Tournament champions in High Point on Wednesday, March 5, before hitting the road for back-to-back games for the only time in 2014 with match-ups against Drexel (March 8) and Mount St. Mary's (March 15).
The Retrievers return home for back-to-back games, taking on Temple (March 22) for the first time since 1988 and following with a match-up versus Wagner on March 25. UMBC opens America East action on March 29 when it travels to the defending AEC champions, Stony Brook Seawolves. The black and gold's league home-opener is the following Saturday, April 5 when the Retrievers host New Hampshire.
UMBC travels to New York, N.Y., for its first-ever meeting versus Columbia on April 9, before rounding out its schedule by taking on America East opponents in three of the last four games of the season. The Retrievers host Vermont in the first of two games at the UMBC Stadium on April 12, and then hit the road to take on Johns Hopkins (April 16). UMBC celebrates Senior Day on April 19 versus Albany before concluding the regular-season at Binghamton on April 26.
The Retrievers return 18 letterwinners and 10 starters from a season ago and look to get back to the America East Championships after missing out on the tournament last season, snapping a streak of three straight appearances. The AEC Championships open with semifinal action on May 1, followed by the championship game on May 3, which will be hosted by the highest remaining seed.