Posted: Mar 23, 2018
BALTIMORE, Md. - The UMBC women's lacrosse team will open America East conference play on Saturday, March 24 as they welcome the New Hampshire Wildcats to UMBC Stadium. The opening draw is set for 11 a.m. and is part of a doubleheader at the stadium, with the men facing off against Michigan at 3 p.m.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
UMBC enters the weekend with a 7-2 record after the Retrievers defeated the Longwood Lancers, 13-10, on Saturday, March 17.
The Retrievers and Lancers battled back and forth in the first half as the game was tied at 5-5, but UMBC used a three-goal run to take an 8-5 lead into halftime.
After UMBC took a 10-6 lead, Longwood used a three-goal run to cut the Retrievers' lead down to just one.
After the Retrievers were able to extend the lead back to two, the Lancers attempted a comeback and cut the lead to 11-10, but UMBC scored two straight to end the game.
Senior Carolyn Jamison led the day with six points off three goals and three assists followed by juniors Lauren McDonald (4g) and Sara Moeller (2g, 2a).
In goal, senior Kelsey Major picked up her fourth win of the year after making four saves in a little over 22 minutes of play between the pipes. Junior Carly Tolino played the remainder of the time in goal, making one save.
McDonald is now just one goal away from becoming the 19th player in UMBC program history to score 100 career goals.
Moeller currently holds the NCAA individual game record for most points scored in a game after her 12 point performance (6g, 6a) against VCU on Feb. 24.
As a team, the Retrievers rank ninth in the country in caused turnovers per game, forcing 11.44. They also rank 26th in scoring margin (3.00), scoring 13.67 goals per game, while only allowing 10.67.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
New Hampshire enters the contest on a three-game losing streak with a 2-5 record, most recently falling to Monmouth, 10-8, on March 12.
The Wildcats two wins have come against Sacred Heart in the season opener and Central Connecticut State.
New Hampshire held a 6-3 lead over Monmouth at the half, but the Hawks would dominate in the second half to tie things up at 8-all, before scoring two straight at the end of the game to take the victory.
Carly Wooters led the team with three points (2g, 1a), while Krissy Schafer and Teagan Northrup each had two goals.
Schafer leads the Wildcats with 19 points off 19 goals this season.
In goal, Kate Clancy has started all seven games for New Hampshire, making 38 saves between the pipes and posting a 40.4 save percentage.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Entering their 17th meeting, the Wildcats hold a 12-4 advantage. However, the Retrievers are currently on a three-game winning streak.
Last season, UMBC and New Hampshire battled, but the Retrievers took home a 15-10 victory. Sam Nolan had eight points off three goals and five assists, while Moeller (2a,3g) and McDonald (5g) each had five points. Jamison recorded three goals on the day, including her 100th career goal.