BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse looks to continue its recent momentum on Saturday, Feb. 28 when the Retrievers head to High Point for a 2 p.m. matchup at Vert Stadium.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (2-2):
-After dropping its first two games of the season in dramatic fashion, UMBC has won back-to-back contests to improve to an even 2-2 on the year. The Retrievers are coming off a 9-5 victory at American, in their first of three straight road contests. Senior attacker Abby Wilson led the Retrievers with a game-high six points on four goals and two assists in the win, while sophomore Jennie Milligan chipped in her second straight two-point performance.
-Rookie goalkeeper Kelsey Major has earned back-to-back starting nods for the Retrievers and is coming off a 12-save effort versus the Eagles, the most saves in a game for a UMBC player since April 4, 2009. Major entered the week ranked sixth in the nation in goals against average.
-Wilson has scored on 10 of her 18 shots to pace the team in goals and points (12). Sophomore Mackenzie Reese ranks second out of 10 UMBC scorers with four goals, while red-shirt sophomore Sam Nolan leads the team in helpers (four) and is second in points (six).
-Freshman Caitlin Miller has made an early impact, pulling in a team-best 4.3 draws per game, while senior Lexi Bristow and red-shirt sophomore Meghan Milani have helped the Retrievers' defensive efforts, combining for 21 ground balls and nine caused turnovers.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS (1-3):
-High Point has dropped three of its first four games of the season, including a pair of contests to nationally ranked teams. Most recently, the Panthers fell, 16-8, to No. 20 James Madison. Junior Allie Foard recorded a team-high three points in the loss.
-Foard pilots the team with 11 points on the season, with seven goals and four assists. She has placed all nine of her shots on goal and has scored on all but two of her attempts on the year. Senior attacker Kendyl Gardner has chipped in six scores.
-Senior goalkeeper Julia Burns has started all four games for the Panthers and is averaging 12.3 saves per game on the year.
INSIDE THE SERIES:
-The Retrievers and the Panthers meet for just the second time in history. The two opened their all-time series against each other on March 5 of last season, with High Point picking up a 16-6 victory at UMBC Stadium.
UP NEXT: The Retrievers close out a three-game road stretch at No. 1 Maryland on Wednesday, March 4.