BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse returns to action on after a week off when it opens a three-game home stretch with a midweek matchup against Drexel on Wednesday, March 11 at 4:30 p.m. at UMBC Stadium.
UMBC STADIUM PROMOTION:
-Free hot dog for the first 50 students (Chartwells Day)
-Post game meet and greet and poster signing
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (3-3):
-UMBC is coming off a tough 14-7 loss to No. 1 Maryland. The Retrievers received a valiant effort from freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Major, who tallied 17 stops versus the top-ranked Terrapins, the most for a Retriever in over 10 seasons. The rookie has started the last four contests and has snagged 37 saves on the year. Major earned her first America East Defensive Player of the Week honor last week and currently ranks ninth in country in save percentage (53.6) and 15th in goals against average (6.6).
-Senior Abby Wilson pilots the Retrievers' offense with 14 goals and 17 points on the season. Wilson has at least two goals in each of the last five games, including a pair of hat tricks. She is tied for first in the league in game-winning goals (two) and is sixth in goals per game.
-Freshman Caitlin Miller has led the Retrievers in draw controls on the season, pulling in 20 of the team's 45 draws. She ranks third in the conference in draws per game (3.33).
SCOUTING THE DRAGONS (1-5):
-After starting the season 1-1, Drexel has hit a rough patch, dropping all four of its contests during its current five-game road trip. The Dragons fell to a pair of nationally-ranked opponents during the stretch and were defeated by a pair of America East opponents. DU is coming off a 10-6 loss to New Hampshire on Sunday, in which sophomore Lacey Aghazarian tallied a team-best two goals in the contest.
-Drexel is led by a pair of six-goal scorers in sophomore Devin Nihill and Aghazarian. Nihill is also tied for first on the team in assists for a team-best nine points.
INSIDE THE SERIES:
-UMBC has won six of the last eight matchups to take an 8-5 lead in the all-time series.
-Two of the last three games in the series have been decided on by one goal, including a 9-8 victory for the Dragons last season.
-UMBC outscored Drexel, 6-5, in the second half last season, but DU pulled in 16-of-19 draw controls in the victory.
UP NEXT: The Retrievers continue a three-game home swing with a matchup against Manhattan on Saturday, March 14 at UMBC Stadium.