BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse clinched a spot in its first America East Championships since 2012 and will look to improve its seeding as the Retrievers close out its regular season against No. 19 Albany on Saturday, April 25. First draw is set for noon at John Fallon Field, with all the live action available, free of charge, on the America East digital network.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (8-7, 3-2 AE):
-UMBC has split its last four games, but the Retrievers won two of their last three conference games to take control of the tiebreakers and clinch a spot in the upcoming America East Championships. The Retrievers are coming off a 13-7 loss to No. 6/5 Stony Brook last Friday. Freshman Carolyn Jamison finished with her third hat trick in the last four games to pace UMBC with four points.
-The Retrievers' offense has five players with double-digit goals, including three with players with over 20 scores. Freshmen Marissa Davey and Jamison have picked up their play during conference action, combining for 26 goals and 34 points to help the Retrievers rank second in the America East in goals per game during conference play (12.8).
-Senior Abby Wilson has tallied a point in every game on the season and has extended her point streak to 20 games, dating back to last season. Wilson stands seven goals shy of reaching the 100-goal plateau and nine points shy of reaching 150 points for her career. The veteran, who is the team's nominee for the America East Fans' Choice Player of the Year, paces the Retrievers and ranks 10th in the league in goals per game (1.80). Sophomore Sam Nolan leads the team in helpers (15) and ranks sixth in the America East in assists per game (1.07). Nolan and Wilson are the only two on the squad with 20-plus goals and double-digit assists for the season.
-Freshman Caitlin Miller ranks 15th nationally in draw controls per game. The rookie sit two draws away from moving into second on UMBC's single-season draw list and is nine away from the record with 69 draw controls on the year.
SCOUTING THE GREAT DANES (12-3, 4-1 AE):
-Albany, which stands at second in the league with a 4-1 record, has won three of its last five games, but fell in its latest contest at No. 9 Syracuse on Sunday, 14-12. Senior Maureen Keggins and Alie Jimerson each registered five points versus the Orange.
-The Great Danes are holding opponents to 5.8 goals per game on the season, while its offense is leading the league in scoring at 14.5 goals per game on the season. Sophomore Dakotah Savitcheff and junior Rachel Bowles ranks in the top five of the conference in goals per game, scoring 55 and 44 goals, respectively. Keggins and Jimerson rank one and two in the AEC in assists per game, with Keggins pacing the squad with 46 helpers.
-In net, Courtney Henderson has started all 15 contests and has made 76 stops en route to a 12-3 record.
INSIDE THE SERIES:
-Albany has won the last two matchups to take hold of the all-time series at 8-6.
-All six of the Retrievers' victories against the Great Danes have come at UMBC Stadium.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC will make its seventh appearance in the America East Championship, beginning with semifinal action at Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium on Friday, May 1.