BALTIMORE – UMBC Women's Lacrosse Co-Head Coaches Tony Giro and Amy Slade have announced the squad's upcoming 16-game 2015 schedule, which features four squads from the Old Line State, including defending national champion University of Maryland.
The Retrievers will take on five teams that won their respective conferences last season, three of which will take place at the renovated UMBC Stadium.
"We are eager to take the next step in the progression of UMBC women's lacrosse," said Giro. "Our schedule is filled with tough challenges and I think a promising fall has everyone associated with the program ready to attack the championship season head on.
"For four months, we don't have any easy days – in our out of conference play – and that's the way we like it," Giro continued. "We are eager to see our team mesh along the way and we plan on opening some eyes this spring."
The Dawgs open the 2015 campaign on the road against Temple on Wednesday, Feb. 11. The Retrievers and Owls renewed their rivalry last season, with UMBC defeating TU, 11-9. The Retrievers return home for three straight contests, starting with a matchup against La Salle on Saturday, Feb. 14. The defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Towson Tigers make the trip to UMBC Stadium on Wednesday, Feb. 18, followed by a matchup between the Retrievers and Mount St. Mary's on Saturday, Feb. 21.
UMBC opens a tough round stretch with a matchup at American on Wednesday, Feb. 25. The road swing then features a pair of 2014 NCAA Tournament participants when the Retrievers travel to defending Big South champion High Point on Saturday, Feb. 28 for just the second-ever matchup between the two squads. The Dawgs conclude the trip against powerhouse Maryland on Wednesday, March 4.
UMBC looks to avenge last season's 9-8 loss to Drexel on Wednesday, March 11 when it welcomes the Dragons to UMBC Stadium in the first of three consecutive home games. The Retrievers will entertain Manhattan for the first time since the 2011 season on Saturday, March 14, before concluding the home stand in the Dawgs' America East opener against Binghamton (March 21).
The Retrievers look for their fifth win in the last six seasons against Vermont when they travel to Burlington on Saturday, March 28. The Dawgs host 2014 NCAA Tournament participant Johns Hopkins on April Fool's Day.
UMBC concludes the season with four America East matchups as the Retrievers try to return to the conference tournament for the first time since 2012. UMBC travels to New Hampshire on Saturday, April 4 before returning to familiar territory for matchups against first-year program UMass Lowell (April 11) and defending league champion Stony Brook (April 17). The Retrievers conclude the year at Albany on April 25.
The America East Championships are set for May 1 and May 3, with the highest seed hosting the tournament.
The Retrievers return 20 letterwinners and seven starters from last year's squad, including its top-two point scorers in seniors Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) and Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster). Wilson tabbed double-digit assists for the second-straight season and added 21 goals for a team-best 33 points, while Semones posted team-best numbers in goals (27), ground balls (37), draw controls (31) and caused turnovers (14) to earn America East All-Conference Second Team honors.