BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse makes its return to the America East Championships on Friday, May 1 when the Retrievers take on the league's regular-season champion Stony Brook in the conference tournament semifinals. First draw is set for 5 p.m. at LaValle Stadium, with all the live action available, free of charge, on the America East digital network.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (8-8, 3-3 AE):
-UMBC dropped its final two contests of the regular-season, but beat out New Hampshire for the final spot in the tournament. The Retrievers played a trio of nationally-ranked teams in the final month of the season, including a matchup against No. 19 Albany in the regular-season finale.
-The Retrievers are 2-1 in their last three America East semifinal appearances. UMBC returns to the America East Championships for the first time since 2012 and the seventh time overall.
-UMBC had five players finish with double-digits goals, including a trio of Retrievers with 20-or-more scores. Senior Abby Wilson registered a point in all 16 games on the season and in the midst of a 21-game point streak, dating back to last season. Wilson posted a team and career-best 28 goals on the season, marking the fourth consecutive season of 20-plus goals for the veteran, while also chipping in 10 assists to move into 10th place all-time in career assists (48).
-The Retrievers had a pair of sophomores come on strong this season, with red-shirt sophomore Sam Nolan returning strong after last season's knee injury. Nolan led the team in assists (15), placing 10th in the league in assists per game (1.00), while also ranking second on the squad in goals (22) and points (37). Jennie Milligan had a breakthrough season after posting one goal and five assists as a rookie. Milligan registered 23 goals and nine assists for the Retrievers.
-UMBC also saw great production from its rookie class, led by Carolyn Jamison and Marissa Davey, who combined for 38 goals and 14 assists between them. Jamison registered 19 goals and eight helpers in her rookie campaign, while Davey tallied 15 of her 19 goals during conference play to lead the Retrievers in points (19) and rank 10th in the conference during America East action. Classmate Caitlin Miller played a critical role for the Retrievers, pulling in 44 percent of the team's draw controls on the season. Miller led the league and ranked 14th in the nation in draw controls per game (4.63), posting the second most draw controls in a single-season at UMBC (74).
-Defensively, senior Lexi Bristow and junior Megan Flock each posted career-best numbers. Bristow, the team's lone captain, tallied 31 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers in her final campaign with the Retrievers, while Flock ranks second on the team in draw controls (25) and has chipped in 22 ground balls and a team-best 16 caused turnovers, fifth in the conference.
-Rookie goalkeeper Kelsey Major saw a majority of the action in net, starting in 14 of her 16 appearances. The freshman tallied 97 saves on the campaign and held opponents under 10 goals per game on the season.
SCOUTING THE SEAWOLVES (16-1, 6-0 AE):
-No. 6/5 Stony Brook captured the America East regular-season title and the number-one seed in the conference tournament with a perfect 6-0 record in conference play. The Seawolves have won five straight coming into the tournament, including a 22-1 victory against UMass Lowell on Senior Day on Saturday, April 25.
-Stony Brook ranks second in the league in scoring, but it has been their defense that has helped to their 16-1 record. The Seawolves lead the America East in caused turnovers (8.29 per game) and goals against average (5.24 goals per game). Goalkeeper Kaitlyn Leahy has started all 17 games in net for SBU and has posted 62 saves on the year.
-Offensively, Courtney Murphy has paced the team with 60 goals, second in the league, while also chipping in seven helpers. Kylie Ohlmiller pilots the squad and ranks third in the America East with 73 points, tallying 38 goals and 35 assists.
INSIDE THE SERIES:
-UMBC leads the all-time series against Stony Brook, 7-5, but the Seawolves have won five straight matchups.
-The Retrievers' last win came on March 27, 2010, a 10-9 overtime victory on Stony Brook's home field.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: The winner of No. 1 Stony Brook versus No. 4 Albany moves on to the championship game on Sunday, May 3 and will play the winner of No. 2 Albany versus No. 3 Vermont.