Women's Lacrosse Closes Non-Conference Play Against Siena on Wednesday

Photo by Gail Burton
Photo by Gail Burton

BALTIMORE - After opening America East play on Saturday against the New Hampshire Wildcats, the UMBC women's lacrosse team will play its final non-conference game on Wednesday, March 28 as they host the Siena Saints. The opening draw is set for 12 p.m.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

The Retrievers fell in their America East conference opener against the New Hampshire Wildcats on Saturday, 11-9.

UMBC held a 5-4 lead coming out of the half and quickly scored two goals from freshman Kristyn Staley and junior Sara Moeller to extend the lead by three.

New Hampshire scored three straight to tie the game up at 7-7 before taking the lead with 15:06 remaining in the game.

Moeller and senior Taylor Oliver each scored off a free position shot to give UMBC the 9-8 edge before UNH netted another goal to tie the game up again at 9-all with 4:57 left to play. But, the Wildcats would score the final two goals of the game to seal the victory.

Moeller led all players with six points off four goals and two assists. Five other Retrievers, including Staley and Oliver, recorded a goal in the game. Junior Lauren McDonald netted her 100th career goal during the game, making her the 19th Retriever to reach the mark.

In the net, senior Kelsey Major made 11 saves on the day. On the year, Major now has 65 saves and a 44.5 save percentage.

The Retrievers rank eighth in the country and first in the America East in caused turnovers per game (11.60).  Moeller ranks in the top ten in assists per game (10th, 2.44), total points (fourth, 56), and points per game (third, 6.22).

SCOUTING THE SAINTS

Siena saw a four-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday as they fell, 18-8, against Fairfield. The Saints come into the contest with a 4-4 record. The winning streak matched the Saints' longest since the 2009 season. 

During their streak, the Saints defeated LIU Brooklyn (15-11), Central Connecticut (10-8), Lafayette (15-11), and St. Bonaventure (12-11).

Against St. Bonaventure, the Saints led 9-5 out of halftime before the Bonnies tied things up at 10-all. Siena scored two to extend the lead back to two, holding on for the win.

Sophomore Alexis Deaken leads the Saints and the MAAC with 31 goals and 38 points. Freshman Kerry Gerety, who was named MAAC Rookie of the Week, has 26 points off 18 goals and eight assists.

Sammy Horton has started all eight games for the Saints, making 76 saves in 256 shots faced and recording a 41.1 saves percentage.

INSIDE THE SERIES

This will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.