UMBC Women’s Lacrosse Blows Past UNH for First Road Win Against Wildcats in Program History

UMBC Women’s Lacrosse Blows Past UNH for First Road Win Against Wildcats in Program History
Durham, N.H.- The UMBC Women's Lacrosse team used 12 saves from freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Major (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) and ended the game on a 7-0 run to defeat New Hampshire 15-6 for first victory in New Hampshire in program history.

Red-shirt sophomore Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md. / Fallston) got the action started just 43 seconds in, crashing to the net and ripping one to give UMBC (7-5, 2-1 AE) the 1-0 lead. The Wildcats (4-8, 1-3 AE), however, would answer a little over a minute later to tie the game.

The Retrievers would then go on a run as both teams would trade chances until freshman Carolyn Jamison (Westminster, Md. / Westminster) took a feed from Nolan in transition and put it past the keeper to give UMBC a 2-1 lead with 21:02 left. A little under three minutes later, senior Lexi Bristow (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) would pick up a ground ball and send a long pass down the field to Jamison, who made a long pass of her own, to a wide open Jennie Milligan (Crofton, Md./ who finished to give the Retrievers a 3-1 lead. Just 40 seconds later, Milligan would make a move and bury the shot to put UMBC up 4-1.

The action would continue as both teams had plenty of opportunities, UNH would pull to within but the Retrievers would rattle off three goals in 1:45, thanks to free position goals from Nolan and freshman Marissa Davey (Ellicott City, Md./ Marriotts Ridge) and an unassisted high to low shot from senior Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./ Fallston). Just before the break, Wilson would strike again, converting a feed from Nolan to make it 8-3 with just 49 seconds left in the half to send UMBC into the half with an 8-3 lead.

UNH would score three goals in the first 2:31 of the 2nd half to cut the UMBC lead to 8-6. UMBC would end the run when Wilson one-timed in a free-positioned feed from freshman Caitlin Miller (Frederick, Md. / Tuscarora) to make it 9-6. Davey would give UMBC a 10-6 lead on  free position with 21:08 left. On the ensuing draw, UNH came down on a break, and hit the crossbar. The rebound bounced right back to a UNH player, but her point blank try was denied by Major. The freshman keeper would make another great save and it would lead to a Jamison goal off a loose ball scrum to give UMBC an 11-6 lead wih 16:50 remaining.

Davey would complete her hat trick off a feed from Miller to make it 12-6 moments after a Wildcat goal was disallowed after the follow-through on the shot hit a defender in the head. Jamison would extend the lead to 13-6 with the Retrievers down a player to a yellow card with 12:12 remaining. The freshman bounced home a gorgeous feed from Nolan who passed it over a double team.

Just under three minutes later, Nolan would send another beautiful feed through the middle to a wide open Milligan who completed her hat trick and gave UMBC a 14-6 advantage. Jamison would close the scoring with her fourth of the game off an assist from Davey with 2:39 left before the final whistle.

Nolan lead all scorers with two goals and four assists while Jamison had four goals and an assist, while Wilson, Davey and Milligan each finished with three goals, while Davey added an assist. Miller chipped in two assists in the win.

UP NEXT: UMBC quickly returns to action when they host cross-town rival Towson for a noon draw on Tuesday in a rescheduled contest from February 23rd.