Women’s Lacrosse Completes Comeback to Defeat Manhattan, 12-11

Women’s Lacrosse Completes Comeback to Defeat Manhattan, 12-11

BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse was able to overcome a seven-goal deficit to edge out Manhattan, 12-11, in non-conference action at UMBC Stadium on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

The Dawgs fell behind by seven goals, 9-2, in the opening half before mounting its comeback. The Retrievers scored the final five goals of the first half to pull within two, 9-7, at the break. Despite the Jaspers scoring the first two goals of the second period, UMBC took control, netting five unanswered to come away with the victory.

The Retrievers were led by four goals and one assist from sophomore Jennie Milligan Crofton, Md./South River), but it was UMBC's scoring leader Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) that capped off the Retrievers' comeback victory with her conference-best third game-winner of the season. Wilson finished the afternoon with three points on two goals and one assist, while red-shirt sophomore Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md./Fallston)  and freshman Marissa Davey (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) each chipped in two scores apiece.

UMBC continues its hot streak, winning five of its last six contests to improve to 5-3 on the season, while Manhattan falls for the fourth time in five games to drop to 2-4.

Manhattan opened the contest with back-to-back scores in the opening four minutes of the game, the first coming from junior Claire Roediger. The Retrievers had a pair of free position attempts to even the score at one apiece, but goalkeeper Christina Fiorinelli registered saves on both attempts. Roediger struck again to give Manhattan a 2-0 edge less than four minutes into the contest.

The teams traded scores, beginning with Milligan getting the Retrievers on the board 4:53 into the contest. Roediger helped the Jaspers respond, dishing off a pass to junior Kaitlyn Cunningham. The Retrievers took advantage of a free positon opportunity, with freshman Carolyn Jamison (Westminster, Md./Westminster) tossing a pass to Milligan for the sophomore's second goal of the afternoon to pull UMBC back within one, 3-2.

Manhattan helped to preserve its lead, netting its fourth goal on its fifth shot, this one coming on a pass in front of the net from Roediger to freshman Kara Hodapp for the score. A minute and half later Roediger helped the Jaspers increase their advantage to 5-2 with 16:01 to play in the period with her sixth goal of the season. Senior Donna Jo DiNorcia netted Manhattan's third of six straight scores, finishing high on UMBC goalkeeper Kelsey Major (Eldersburg, md./Liberty). Junior Megan Yarusso got in the action, connecting a free position attempt to give the Jaspers a 7-2 advantage, while Hodapp chipped in two more scores to conclude the run.

The Retrievers awoke over the final 11 minutes of the contest, scoring five unanswered to end the half. Wilson got the Retrievers started and continued her scoring streak with her 17th goal of the season. A minute later, freshman Laura Osborne (Chesapeake Beach, Md./Huntingtown) drilled a shot off the post, but Nolan was there to pick up the loose ball and drill home the shot. Junior Paulina Christ (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) netted her first goal of the season with 8:47 to go in the half to bring the Retrievers within four, 9-5.

Milligan and Nolan each netted scores in the final five minutes of the half to cut the Retrievers' deficit to two, 9-7, at the break. Manhattan held a 10-7 advantage in draw controls in the period, while UMBC held 15-14 edge in shots.

The Jaspers looked to get their offense going early in the second half, once again starting out the period with the first two scores, the first coming from junior Stefanie Ranagan, followed by a free position goal from Cunningham.

From there it was all the Retrievers. UMBC rattled off five straight goals over the final 20 minutes of the contest, while the Jaspers were able to get off just three more shots in the period. Osborne netted her seventh of the season 11:54 into the half to ignite UMBC's rally. Less than a minute later, Davey tallied her first of two second-half goals, this one coming on a free position attempt to pull UMBC within two, 11-9.

Milligan registered her fourth of the afternoon and her sixth in the last two games off a pass from rookie Tianna Wallpher (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) with 11:57 to go in the contest. Davey knotted up the contest at 11 apiece with less than 10 minutes remaining off a helper from Milligan. Both teams tried to maintain possession down the stretch, but a costly turnover from Fiorinelli opened the window for Wilson to give the Retrievers their first lead of the contest at 12-11 with 7:57 to go. The Retrievers kept the pressure on Manhattan and were able to hold off the Jaspers for the victory.

Major made one save for the Retrievers before sophomore Kelly Gielner (Pasadena, Md./St. Mary's) came in to take over. Gielner (1-0) earned her first win of the season after making three saves in 41 minutes of action. Fiorinelli (3-3) finished the day with 10 saves.

UP NEXT: The Retrievers conclude a three-game home swing when they open up America East action against Binghamton on Saturday, March 21. Game is scheduled for noon at UMBC Stadium.