ALBANY, N.Y.– UMBC women's lacrosse's sophomore Jennie Milligan (Crofton, Md./South River) scored two of the Retrievers' five goals in America East action in Saturday afternoon's regular-season finale at John Fallon Field, but No. 19 Albany outscored UMBC 13-2 in the opening half en route to a 20-5 victory.
The Great Danes improved to 13-3 overall and 5-1 in league action to capture the No. 2-seed in the upcoming America East Championships. UMBC drops to 8-8 overall and 3-3 in conference play, but returns to the league tournament for the first time since 2012. The Retrievers will make their seventh appearance in the America East Championships next weekend and will enter the tournament as the No. 4-seed. The tournament begins with action on Friday, May 1 at LaValle Stadium with No. 1 Stony Brook battling the Retrievers at 5 p.m. and Albany taking on No. 3 Vermont in the nightcap.
UMBC had four different players score on the day. Freshman Caitlin Miller (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) picked up a score and added five draw controls to move into second on UMBC's single-season draw control list with 74 on the year. Senior Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) extended her scoring streak to 21 straight games, recording her 28th score of the season.
Albany's Maureen Keggins opened up the scoring 2:27 into the contest with a falling shot that finished high on UMBC goalkeeper Kelsey Major (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty). Junior Rachel Bowles finished a side-arm shot on a free position attempt 35 second later to put the Great Danes out in front, 2-0.
The Retrievers held possession for nearly five minutes before netting their first goal of the game on a pass from freshman Marissa Davey (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) to red-shirt sophomore Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md./Fallston) for the score. Albany responded with eight straight scores over the next 11 minutes to open up a 9-1 lead. Ali Jimerson picked up two goals and an assist during the stretch, while Dakotah Savitcheff chipped in a pair of scores and Keggins added in four assists.
Miller netted her sixth goal of the year with 10:54 to go in the half to put a stop to the run, but Albany rattled off three more scores before the break, two from Keggins, to take a 13-2 lead into the break. UMBC turned the ball over eight times in the period to help the Great Danes hold an 18-9 shot advantage in the half.
Albany scored seven straight to open up the second half, including three straight from Keggins and a pair from Bowles. The Retrievers ended the contest with three consecutive scores over the final 5:51 of the contest. Milligan started with back-to-back scores, the first unassisted and the second off a helper from freshman Carolyn Jamison (Westminster, Md./Westminster). Wilson netted her goal with 1:31 remaining in the contest.
Keggins finished with a game-high 11 points in the victory for the Great Danes. Jimerson added five points on three goals and two assists, while Bowles added five goals.
Albany goalkeeper Courtney Henderson (13-3) picked up the win in net, finishing with seven saves. Major falls to 7-8 on the year in net after making three stops on the day.