LOWELL, Mass. – After a hard-fought battle across 60 minutes of play, the UMBC women's lacrosse team emerged victorious against the UMass Lowell River Hawks, 9-7, on Friday afternoon. The Retrievers move to 9-3 overall and 1-1 in America East play, while the River Hawks fall to 3-7 on the season and 0-2 in conference play.
The River Hawks took an early 1-0 lead after controlling the opening draw and converting on a player-up opportunity, just one of the game's six. Senior Taylor Oliver (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) found the back of the net for the Retrievers to tie the game up and started a back-and-forth scoring trend.
After junior Catherine Sims (Elkridge, Md./Howard) attempted to tie things up with a shot that was saved by Barrett, UML took a 2-1 lead on another player-up, free position goal with 16:58 remaining in the first half.
After senior Caitlin Miller (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) controlled the ensuing draw, she tied the game up at 2-all with her first goal of the game just 58 seconds later.
The River Hawks took the lead at the 14:05 mark, but Miller and senior Carolyn Jamison (Westminster, Md./Westminster) scored on two straight free-position goals to take a 4-3 lead with 8:57 remaining in the first half.
The rest of the period remained silent until the River Hawks forced a UMBC turnover with 17 seconds left and found the back of the net with just a second remaining in the game to tie things up at 4-all going into the half.
To start the second half, UMBC came out with a hot hand as Jamison scored her second of the day just 1:07 into the period. Miller controlled the draw that followed, which led to a series of shots from Jamison. After a foul from UML, junior Sara Moeller (Phoenix, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) netted her first goal of the day on a free position shot to take a 6-4 lead.
Moeller scored her second of the day at the 17:56 mark on another player-up, free position shot, extending the Retrievers' lead to 7-4. The River Hawks broke their scoreless streak with 14:49 left to play, scoring back-to-back goals to pull within one.
After UMBC called a timeout, the Retrievers tallied goals from Moeller, off an assist from Sim, and another player-up, free position goal from Oliver to take a 9-6 lead with 6:21 remaining on the clock.
UMass Lowell cut UMBC's lead back to two with 4:53 left to play but were unable to capitalize on another scoring attempt for the 9-7 final.
Moeller led UMBC with three goals, followed by Jamison, Oliver, and Miller with two. Jamison and junior Jenna Baverman (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School/Hofstra) each caused two turnovers and picked up four ground balls. Sims had one assist on the day to go along with four ground balls. Miller also controlled a game-high seven draws.
In net, senior Kelsey Major (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) finished the day with five saves in all 60 minutes of play to move to 6-2 on the season. For UMass Lowell, Courtney Barrett fell to 2-5 on the year, making 10 saves in net.
The Retrievers will remain on the road as they travel to Vestal, N.Y. to take on the Binghamton Bearcats on Wednesday, April 4. The opening draw is set for 3 p.m.