BALTIMORE, Md. – After an explosive 21-9 victory over VCU on Saturday, the UMBC women's lacrosse team will head down the road to College Park as they face the No. 4/2 Maryland Terrapins on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The opening draw is set for 7 p.m. The contest will be available for streaming on BTN Plus.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
UMBC is off to a 3-0 start this season, its first since 1995, most recently putting up a 21-9 victory over VCU on February 24 behind a second-half surge and a strong defensive effort. The Retrievers held their third straight opponent to under 10 goals this season and boast the third-best scoring defense in the country, allowing just 6.67 goals per contest.
The Retrievers came out to a hot start as they scored four straight goals, including two in the first minute of play. The Rams answered back with four of their own in a back-and-forth battle that resulting in UMBC's 10-7 lead at halftime.
In the second period, the Retrievers overpowered the Rams, scoring 11 goals and allowing just two. Junior Sara Moeller tallied 12 points off six goals and six assists to lead the team, followed by senior Caitlin Miller and junior Lauren McDonald with three.
Moeller was named America East Offensive Player of the Week after she tallied 16 points between the VCU and Mount St. Mary's games. Junior Kayla Renehan was named the conference Defensive Player of the Week after scooping up five ground balls and causing five turnovers.
Nationally, the Retrievers rank fifth in the country in caused turnovers, forcing 13.33 per contest. Renehan is fifth in the nation and second in the America East in the same category, causing 3.00 per game.
SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS
Maryland enters the contest ranked No. 4/2 after falling in overtime, 16-15, to No. 8/7 North Carolina last Saturday. It was the first time in 56 regular season matchups that Maryland has lost, dating back to April 5, 2014.
The Terps found themselves in a 3-1 hole early in the game but rattled off five straight goals to take a 7-3 lead. North Carolina then scored three in a row to close the gap, but Maryland responded with goals of their own and took a 9-8 lead into the half.
Two Terrapin goals early into the second half extended their lead to 11-9. Maryland led, 15-13, late in the period, but North Carolina scored two late goals to force overtime. The Tar Heels scored roughly a minute into the overtime period to take the victory.
Junior Jen Giles led the team with four points off three goals and one assist, while sophomore Kali Hartshorn posted a career-best 11 draw controls.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Retrievers and Terrapins are meeting for the 11th time, with Maryland holding a 10-0 advantage.
The two teams last met on March 4, 2015, with the Terps claiming a 14-7 victory. Goalkeeper Kelsey Major made 17 saves, the most of any Retriever keeper in 10 seasons. Abby Wilson led the team with two goals on the day.
UMBC will return home to face American at UMBC Stadium on Saturday, March 3. Game time has been rescheduled to 4 p.m.