Strong Second Half Pushes Women’s Lacrosse over American, 14-12

Photo by Jack Miller
Photo by Jack Miller

BALTIMORE, Md. – After falling behind 4-0 early in the first half and trailing 8-5 at the half, the UMBC women's lacrosse used a surge in the second period to edge out the American Eagles, 14-12, on Saturday afternoon. The Retrievers move to 4-1 on the season, while the Eagles fall to 1-4.


After halftime, the Retrievers scored two goals in 13 seconds to close the gap to 8-7. Freshman Lily Kennedy (Marriotsville, Md./Marriots Ridge) scored on a man-up opportunity at 28:49, followed by a scored from junior Sara Moeller (Phoenix, Md./St. Paul's School for Girl), off an assist from senior Carolyn Jamison (Westminster, Md./Westminster) at 28:36.


The teams exchanged goals as Moeller and Jamison scored to counter two Eagles goals before Emma Vinall converted a free position shot to give American an 11-9 lead with 22:38 remaining.


Senior Caitlin Miller (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) sent in a shot off a feed from Moeller to close the gap at 11-10, before Moeller tied it up off a free position attempt. Jamison would give the Retrievers the 12-11 lead at the 20:50 mark and they wouldn't look back.


Miller and Moeller added insurance goals down the stretch before Vinall added another goal for American at the 10:34 mark, being held scoreless for almost 12 minutes.


The Eagles got out to hot start, taking a 4-0 lead before Moeller and Jamison added goals for the Retrievers. American scored three straight to take a 7-2 lead over UMBC, before senior Taylor Oliver (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) broke the scoring drought for the Retrievers.


Moeller and Miller each converted on free position shots to close the gap to 7-5, but American would score with 12 seconds left in the first half to take an 8-5 lead into the half.


Moeller led the team with eight points off six goals and two assists, while Miller and Jamison each had three goals. Junior Lauren McDonald (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) had eight draw controls and four ground balls, each which were team highs.


In goal, junior Carly Tolino (Middletown, Md./Middletown) and senior Kelsey Major (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) each played 30 minutes in the net, combining to make four saves on the day. For American, Fiona Geier made 10 saves in all 60 minutes.


The Retrievers will return to the field as they welcome Coastal Carolina to UMBC Stadium on Wednesday, March 7. The opening draw is set for 5 p.m.