Women's Lacrosse Hosts #AEWLAX Rivals UMass Lowell on Saturday

Photo by Jack Miller
Photo by Jack Miller

To open the month of April, the UMBC women's lacrosse team will take on a America East rivals UMass Lowell on Saturday, April 1 as part of a doubleheader with the men's lacrosse team. The opening draw of the women's game is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Fans will be able to follow along with live stats at umbcretrievers.com, as well as view a live stream of the game via umbcretrievers.tv.

Scouting the Retrievers
-UMBC closed out its non-conference schedule with a 20-7 victory over UC Davis on Tuesday, March 28. The Retrievers finished the slate with a 7-3 record and end the month of March at 4-3.

-Against UC Davis, the defense held the Aggies to just one goal in the second half and forced 12 turnovers. For the eighth time this season, the Retrievers scored over 10 goals; when UMBC's offense scores 10 or more goals, the Retrievers have outscored their opponents, 132-70.

-On Tuesday, senior Sam Nolan became just the 17th player in UMBC women's lacrosse history to hit the 100-goal plateau in her career. Nolan also moved into the tenth spot in points scored in a career with 157 (100g, 57a).

-Nationally, the Retrievers rank eighth in assists per game (7.27) and 15th in points per game (20.91). Among America East teams, UMBC is third in assists and points per game, as well as goals (13.64) and ground balls (17.73) per contest. The defense also has caused 9.55 caused turnovers per game, which ranks third in the conference.

-Individually, Nolan ranks 15th in the country and fourth in the America East in total points (45). Sophomore Sara Moeller is 14th in the country and second in the conference  in total assists (22) and 13th in the NCAA and third in the conference in total points (47).

Scouting the River Hawks
-After starting the season 0-2, UMass Lowell has won six straight contests, most recently edging out Bryant, 10-9, in overtime on Wednesday, March 29. Kendyl Finelli scored off a free position shot with 13.7 seconds left to seal the win for the River Hawks. This is currently the longest winning streak in program history for the River Hawks.

-During their six-game winning streak, the River Hawks have outscored their opponents, 65-42, thanks in part to a strong defensive effort. UMass Lowell ranks second in the NCAA in caused turnovers (13.71) and is tied for eighth in goals allowed (8.00).

-Offensively, sophomore Rebecca Idson leads the team with 19 goals, followed by junior Taylor Sokol with 13.  Sophomore Jane Dudley leads the River Hawks with nine assists. Goalie Courtney Barrett has made 62 saves throughout the season with a 8.01 goals against average and a 49.2 save percentage.

Inside the Series
This will be the third meeting between UMBC and UMass Lowell, with the Retrievers holding a 2-0 advantage.

In the last meeting UMBC defeated the River Hawks, 16-5, at Cushing Field. Sophomore Carolyn Jamison and freshman Payton Van Kirk each tallied three goals Junior Sam Nolan added to the effort with two goals and two assists, while freshmen Lauren McDonald and Brittany Levine contributed one goal and one assist each. Goalie Ashley Peacock made seven saves throughout the game. UMBC also led in ground balls (24-19) and draw control (13-10.)

Watch Out
Junior Carolyn Jamison is on track to hit the 100-goal plateau this season and will become the 18th players in UMBC history to hit the century mark in her careers. Jamison currently has 96 goals. Sophomore Sara Moeller needs seven assists to break Heather Kormanik's record of 28 assists in a single season, set back in 1998.