BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse looks to rebound from a heart-breaking overtime loss to Temple in its season opener when it entertains La Salle in its home opener on Saturday, Feb. 14. Game time is set for noon at UMBC Stadium.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS:
- UMBC was edged out in its season-opener against Temple, falling 10-9 in overtime in Philadelphia. Sophomore Mackenzie Reese registered her first collegiate hat trick in the contest, finishing the game with a career-best three goals, one assist and three ground balls.
- Red-shirt sophomore Sam Nolan tallied a career-best three assists, while also adding one goal in her first action since March 1 of 2014. Fellow red-shirt sophomore Meghan Milani made her first appearance since 2013 and led UMBC with five ground balls and two caused turnovers in the opener.
- Senior Alyssa Semones, last season's leader in goals scored, netted her only two shots of the game.
- Goalkeepers Kelly Gielner and Kelsey Major each saw action in net for the Retrievers on Wednesday. Gielner earned the start and made four saves in nearly 52 minutes of action, while Major came in to make one stop.
- The Retrievers had six rookies take the field in their season-opener against Temple on Wednesday, including midfielder Caitlin Miller, who pulled in six of the team's 10 draw controls.
SCOUTING THE EXPLORERS:
- La Salle opens the 2015 season at UMBC after registering a program-record 11 wins during the 2014 campaign and concluding the year with an Atlantic 10 Semifinal loss to second-seeded Richmond.
- Head coach Candace Taglianetti Bossell enters her seventh season at the helm of the program and is coming off her second Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year honor.
- The Explorers return the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in Toni Massetti and All-Conference and All-Rookie Team honoree Gabby Antonelli. Senior midfielder Caitlyn Brostrand also returns for La Salle after earning her second straight spot on the All-Conference First Team.
INSIDE THE SERIES:
- UMBC holds a 1-0 victory in the all-time series after defeating La Salle, 7-6, on the Explorers' home field last season.
- Sam Nolan and Alyssa Semones scored two goals apiece for the Retrievers in the victory versus La Salle in 2014, but it was Shannon Harkey's second goal of the game with 4:39 to go that broke a 6-6 tie.
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UP NEXT: The Retrievers host local-rival Towson on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 4:30 p.m. at UMBC Stadium.