BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse, the winners of six of its last seven games, looks to continue its recent momentum when it travels to Vermont for America East action on Saturday, March 28. Game time is set for 11 a.m. at Virtue Field, with all the live action available on Catamount TV.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (6-3, 1-0 AE):
-UMBC has posted back-to-back come-from-behind victories, including a 13-12 overtime win versus Binghamton in the Retrievers' America East opener on Saturday. Freshman Marissa Davey had a breakout performance that sparked UMBC to victory and earned the Ellicott City, Md., native America East Co-Rookie of the Week and ECAC Division I South Rookie of the Week honors. Davey recorded the Retrievers' final four goals in regulation and tallied the game-winner in overtime to finish the day with five goals on eight shots.
-Senior Abby Wilson leads the Retrievers' offensive efforts and is riding a 14-game scoring streak, dating back to last season. The veteran has a team-best 19 goals, sixth in the league, and 27 points on the season, while also ranking third on the team in ground balls (17). Wilson is one goal shy of her fourth 20-goal season and is four scores away from her career-best 23 scores (2013).
-Red-shirt sophomore Sam Nolan has excelled since returning to the lineup after an injury last season. Nolan ranks second on the team in scoring and has registered career-bests in goals (12), assists (six) and points (18).
-Freshman Caitlin Miller leads the America East and ranks ninth in the nation in draw controls per game (5.11). Miller has chipped in 15 ground balls and seven caused turnovers on the season.
-Rookie goalkeeper Kelsey Major ranks 20th in the country in goals against average (8.28) and has posted 43 saves in her nine appearances. Sophomore Kelly Gielner has seen action in each of the last two games and has nine total stops.
SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS (7-3, 0-0 AE):
-Vermont also enters Saturday's contest on a hot streak, winning four straight coming into its conference-opener against the Retrievers. The Catamounts are coming off a 15-11 victory against Central Connecticut State on Saturday. UVM was led by a pair of four-goal performers in senior Jessica Roach and junior Vanessa VanderZalm.
-Vermont ranks second in the league in goals per game (12.10) behind a league-best 3.90 scores per contest from Roach. Roach has posted 49 points in 10 games and is nine-for-14 in free position attempts on the year. VanderZalm ranks fifth in the AEC in goals per game, registering 21 goals and six assists on the season, and leads the conference in caused turnovers per game (2.38).
-Meg Hopkins has started all 10 contests in net for the Catamounts and has posted 63 saves. Hopkins is allowing 10.10 goals per game on the season.
INSIDE THE SERIES:
-UMBC has won four of the last five meetings against Vermont to take a 7-4 advantage in the all-time series. The Retrievers' lone loss during the stretch was a one-goal setback in 2013.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC steps out of America East action and returns home to take on local-rival No. 20 Johns Hopkins on Wednesday, April 1. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m. at UMBC Stadium.