Women’s Lacrosse Holds Off Columbia, 10-8

Women’s Lacrosse Holds Off Columbia, 10-8

NEW YORK – UMBC women's lacrosse's junior Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) registered a game-high four goals on five shots, including a critical score that stopped a late run by Columbia, as the Retrievers held off the Lions, 10-8, in non-conference action on Wednesday evening at Robert K. Kraft Field.

Semones added four ground balls in the victory, while junior Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) and senior Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) chipped in two scores apiece. Sophomore Rachel Benzing (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) tallied her third multiple-assist performance of the season, dishing out three helpers for the Retrievers, while goalkeeper Anna Barnett (Midland, Texas/Midland) returned to the starting lineup and made a career-high 10 stops in the victory.

UMBC snaps a two-game skid to improve to 6-6 on the season, while Columbia has fallen in three of its last four contests to drop to 3-6 on the year.

It was all Retrievers in the first half, as UMBC broke a scoreless tie on a goal from red-shirt junior Ali Carpenter (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh/Loyola) 9:08 into the contest. UMBC registered two more goals during the next 4:23, one from Wilson and the second from Bilney, to put the Retrievers out in front, 3-0.

Columbia's Taylor Quinn registered the only goal of the period for the Lions with 15:15 to go in the half to make it a two-score game, 3-1, but the Retrievers responded with three more goals. Semones finished on a pass from Benzing for her first score of the day and her 15th of the season. Senior Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley/Florida) got in on the action, tallying her ninth goal of the year 2:11 later. Bilney punched home her second score of the day on a pass from Carpenter to give the Retrievers a 6-1 advantage at the break.

UMBC held an 11-6 advantage on shots in the opening period, but Columbia was awakened during the break, as the Lions outshot the Retrievers, 21-7, in the second period.

Taylor struck again, her second of three goals in the contest, 7:30 into the second half, scoring on a free position shot for her second of the day to bring Columbia within four, 6-2. Semones responded with back-to-back goals as part of a three goal run, completing her third hat trick of the season. Wilson chipped in with her second goal of the contest to cap off the run that left the Retrievers with a 9-2 advantage.

The Lions did not go down without a fight, scoring six unanswered, including three times over a 1:27 span, to come within one, 9-8, with 6:40 to go in the contest. Junior Kaitlin Brophy started the run, followed by Quinn's third of the day. Senior Paige Cuscovitch tallied back-to-back scores, the second with 8:40 remaining. Senior Ashley Rinere registered her first point on a score 21 seconds later and sophomore Kate Murphy recorded her second point of the contest with her ninth goal of the year.

Semones grabbed the draw control following Murphy's score and put a stop to Columbia's run with her fourth score of the game, her third assist by Benzing.

Columbia goalkeeper Colleen Packer finished the contest with seven saves.

The Retrievers return to America East action on Saturday, April 12 when they host Vermont. Game time is set for 11 a.m. and is part of a UMBC lacrosse doubleheader at the UMBC Stadium.