Women's Lacrosse Welcomes Coastal Carolina in Midweek Matchup

Photo by Jack Miller
Photo by Jack Miller
BALTIMORE, Md. - The UMBC women's lacrosse team continues a mini homestand as they welcome the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers to UMBC Stadium. The opening draw is set for 5 p.m.
UMBC surged back in the second half against American to take a 14-12 victory on Wednesday. The Retrievers fell behind 4-0 early in the contest and trailed 8-5 at the half.
After halftime, the Retrievers scored two goals in 13 seconds to close the gap to 8-7. Freshman Lily Kennedy scored on a man-up opportunity at 28:49, followed by a scored from junior Sara Moeller, off an assist from senior Carolyn Jamison 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 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.
Moeller led the team with eight points off six goals and two assists, while Miller and Jamison each had three goals. Junior Lauren McDonald had eight draw controls and four ground balls, each which were team highs.
In goal, junior Carly Tolino and senior Kelsey Major each played 30 minutes in the net, combining to make four saves on the day.
Through games on March 4, Moeller ranks first in the nation in points per game (8.00) and second in assists per game (3.50). Junior Kayla Renehan is 15th in the country in caused turnovers per game, forcing 2.40 per contest.
Coastal Carolina enters the contest with a 1-2 record, most recently falling to George Mason, 10-9, on Sunday. The Chanticleers only victory came in a 14-9 win over Campbell.
After trailing 6-3 at the half, Coastal Carolina was able to close the gap to 10-9 after scoring four straight goals. Haley Kyger attempted to knot the game up as time expired, but George Mason saved the shot.
Kyger (4g, 4a) and Haley Alexander (7g, 1a) lead the Chanticleers with eight points. Goalkeeper Harley Barrett, who was selected as the ASUN's Preseason Defensive Player of Year, has started all three games in goal for the Chanticleers. She's made 28 saves and has a 11.67 goals against average. 
Coastal Carolina was tabbed to finish first in the ASUN over 2017 tournament champions Jacksonville, and return 12 starters from a season ago.

This will be the first-ever meeting between the Retrievers and the Chanticleers.