BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse scored the most goals for the program since April 3, 2013, netting 17 goals in a 17-10 victory against Drexel in non-conference action on Wednesday at UMBC Stadium. The Retrievers were led by a career-high seven points from red-shirt sophomore Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md./Fallston).
UMBC (4-3) received three points apiece from Nolan, senior Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) and freshman Tianna Wallpher (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) in the first half, to outscore the Dragons, 8-2, in the period. In a second half that combined for 17 goals, Drexel (1-6) would come as close as four goals, but the deficit proved to be too big as the Retrievers coasted to their fourth victory in the last five games. Nolan paced the Retrievers with a career-best five goals, while Wilson added to her team-best point total with five points on the day. Wallpher did a little bit of everything for UMBC, registering three goals, two assists, four caused turnovers and four ground balls.
Drexel wasted little time getting on the board first, scoring 59 seconds into the contest on a shot from sophomore Nadia Pelham-Lacey. The Retrievers did take advantage of their first offensive opportunity as Wallpher finished high for her third goal of the year to tie the game at one goal apiece, 3:59 in.
Wilson circled around the cage and netted her 15th goal of the year inside the low corner of the post for the second of three straight scores for the Retrievers. Wallpher followed with her second of the contest less than a minute later to give UMBC a 3-1 lead.
Drexel put a stop to the Retrievers' run with a bouncer from sophomore Lacey Aghazarian that finished high on UMBC goalkeeper Kelsey Major (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty), to pull the Dragons within one, 3-2, 12:59 into the contest. That did not stop UMBC, as the Retrievers rattled off five unanswered goals over the final 13:30 of the half, including a hat trick from Nolan. The attacker's first goal of the evening came on a dish from Wallpher. Nearly a minute later, sophomore Jennie Milligan (Crofton, Md./South River) drilled a shot over the top of Drexel goalkeeper Teresha Bradley for her third score of the season, extending the Retrievers' advantage to 5-2.
Nolan registered back-to-back scores within a minute of each other, both coming on passes from behind the net from Wilson to an open Nolan, who finished high for her second and third goals of the game. Freshman Laura Osborne (Chesapeake Beach, Md./Huntingtown) rounded out the Retrievers' scoring spurt, pulling down a pass from classmate Caitlin Miller (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) and finishing the turnaround shot for her fourth goal of the year.
The Retrievers outshot the Dragons, 13-7, in the period en route to the six-goal advantage at the break. UMBC's defense helped the cause, forcing eight turnovers in the half.
Drexel did not give up, opening the second half much like it did in the first, this time scoring 45 seconds into the period on a shot from Joelle Hartke. The senior scored her second straight to pull the Dragons within four, 8-4, 3:04 into the period, this time taking advantage of a fallen Retriever defender and slotting a shot home for her second goal of the day.
The Retrievers broke the short scoring run from the Dragons by answering with three straight goals, starting with Osborne's second score of the day with 26:02 left. Freshman Carolyn Jaminson (Westminster, Md./Westminster) got in the scoring action with her first of the day, followed by a free position attempt from Nolan that brought on a change in goalkeepers for Drexel. A score from DU's Milan White looked to have stopped the Retrievers momentum, but UMBC responded with scores from Milligan and Nolan to take a 13-5 lead with 15:23 to go.
Aghazarian bounced home a shot on a free position attempt for her first of two straight goals that helped bring the Dragons back within six, 13-7, with 12:14 remaining in the contest. After a UMBC mishandle on the offensive end, Osborne picked up the ground ball and bounced home her third score of the day. It was much of the same for the following possession as rookie Marissa Davey (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) picked up a ground ball and netted her second goal of the year to extend the advantage back to eight at 15-7. Wilson and Wallpher rounded out a four-goal run for the Retrievers with scores.
Drexel reached double-digit goals, netting three straight to end the contest.
Major (4-3) made three stops on the day, while Bradley tallied two saves and Carlee Ries added one.
UP NEXT: The Retrievers continue a three-game home swing with a matchup against Manhattan on Saturday, March 14 at UMBC Stadium.