BALTIMORE – In a stout offensive and defensive performance by the UMBC women's lacrosse team, the Retrievers defeated the Siena Saints, 13-3, in the team's non-conference finale on Wednesday afternoon. The Retrievers move to 8-3 on the year, while the Saints fall to 4-5.
The three goals allowed by the Retrievers ties a season-low and is the seventh game this year that the defense has allowed 10 goals or less.
UMBC came out with a hot hand, as junior Lauren McDonald (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) scored just 55 seconds into the game off a feed from classmate Sara Moeller (Phoenix, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls).
The Retrievers scored four straight goals to take a 5-0 lead of two goals from junior Catherine Sims (Elkridge, Md./Howard), Moeller, and senior Carolyn Jamison (Westminster, Md./Westminster). The Saints finally got on the board with 11:41 remaining in the first half, but the Retrievers used another four-goal spurt at the end of the half, including two within 33 seconds from senior Caitlin Miller (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) to end the first half up, 9-1.
UMBC started the second half with three more goals from junior Payton Van Kirk (Ocean City, Md./Stephen Decatur) off an assist from freshman Lily Kennedy (Marriotsville, Md./Marriots Ridge), Jamison, and Miller for the 12-1 lead.
Siena added two more goals in the second half around a goal from McDonald to round out the second half.
On the day, UMBC outshot Siena, 35-19, with a 26-14 advantage on goal. The Retrievers controlled 12 draws, compared to the Saints' six. UMBC also caused 12 turnovers and scooped up 28 ground balls.
Moeller led the team with five points off two goals and three assists, followed by Jamison (3a,1a) and Miller (3g). Jamison also led the team with five draw controls and four caused turnovers. Jamison, Kennedy, Miller, and junior Jenna Baverman (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School/Hofstra) scooped up four ground balls.
In goal, senior Kelsey Major (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) moved to 5-2 on the season after making 11 saves between the pipes. For Siena, Sammy Horton made 13 saves on the day.
The Retrievers will travel to Massachusetts on Friday as they resume America East play against the UMass Lowell River Hawks at 4 p.m.