STONY BROOK, N.Y. – UMBC women's lacrosse freshman Caitlin Miller (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) matched the Retrievers' single-season record in draw controls, pulling in four in Friday's America East Championships semifinal contest against No. 6/5 Stony Brook to bring her year-long total to 78 draws. The Retrievers trailed by one goal at the break, but SBU outscored UMBC 12-2 in the second half en route to the 16-5 victory at LaValle Stadium.
Miller's 78 draw controls on the year also ranked ninth on the AMerica East's single-season record list. The Retrievers were led by three scores from freshman Carolyn Jamison (Westminster, Md./Westminster), while classmate Marissa Davey (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) chipped in a goal and an assist. Stony Brook's Courtney Murphy set a tournament single-game record with a game-high seven goals. Kylie OHlmiller chipped in two goals and four assists in the victory.
The fourth-seeded Retrievers end the season with an 8-9 overall record after making their first America East Championships appearance since 2012 and their seventh overall. The top-seeded Seawolves (17-1) move on to Sunday's championship contest and will take on the winner of second-seeded Albany versus third-seeded Vermont.
Stony Brook took the 1-0 lead 3:10 into the contest as Murphy finished into the top left corner off a pass from Taylor Ranftle. Davey responded with a shot low to tie up the contest at one apiece 4:04 into the game.
Miller tallied her seventh score of the year to give the Retrievers a 2-1 lead 10:33 into the matchup, but SBU responded with back-to-back scores from sophomore Samantha Jaffe and senior Amber Kurpres to take the 3-2 lead.
The Retrievers tied the contest at three with 6:14 remaining in the half on a score from Jamison off a pass from red-shirt sophomore Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md./Fallston), but Stony Brook had an answer 20 seconds later from sophomore Dorrien Van Dyke.
UMBC goalkeeper Kelsey Major (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) made a big save to end the opening half to send the Retrievers into the half with just a one-goal deficit, 4-3, against the nationally-ranked Seawolves. The Retrievers held a 5-2 advantage in draws in the opening half.
SBU got on the board first in the second half after a UMBC turnover, as Murphy connected on a shot as she was streaking to the goal for her second score of the day. The Seawolves went on to score the first four goals of the half, but Miller picked up the ensuing draw control to tie the Retrievers' single-season record (78) and Jamison netted her second goal of the game off a pass from Davey to put a stop to Stony Brook's run.
Murphy tallied her fourth goal of the game and her third of the half to extend UMBC's deficit back to five, 9-4, but Jamison registered her fourth hat trick of the year with 15:44 to go. Stony Brook tallied the final seven goals of the contest, with Ohlmiller and Murphy picking up the final five.
SBU held a 10-5 lead in draw controls in the second half and turned the Retrievers over 10 times in the period. Stony Brook outshot UMBC, 30-13, in the contest.
Major (7-9) finished the game with six saves on the day, while SBU goalkeeper Kaitlyn Leahy also made six stops.