BALTIMORE – After a close battle with the UMass Lowell River Hawks on Friday, the UMBC women's lacrosse team looks to continue on a winning streak as they travel to face the Binghamton Bearcats on Wednesday, April 4. The opening draw is set for 3 p.m. from the Bearcats Sports Complex.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (9-3, 1-1 America East)
UMBC picked up its first conference win on Friday as they defeated the UMass Lowell River Hawks, 9-7. The Retrievers battled through the contest, seeing the game tied at 4-all at halftime thanks to a last-second shot by the River Hawks.
UMBC came out with a hot hand in the second half as senior Carolyn Jamison gave the Retrievers the edge just 1:07 into the period. Classmate Caitlin Miller controlled the draw that followed, which ultimately led to a free-position goal from junior Sara Moeller to put UMBC up, 6-4.
Moeller helped put UMBC up by three before UMass Lowell scored back-to-back goals and cut the lead down to one. After UMBC called a timeout, the Retrievers tallied goals from Moeller, off an assist from junior Catherine Sims, and a player-up, free position goal from senior Taylor 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.
The Retrievers rank eighth in the nation and first in the America East in caused turnovers per game, forcing 11.50 miscues per contest. The Retrievers also have the 22nd ranked scoring defense, allowing just 9.75 goals per game.
SCOUTING THE BEARCATS (4-6, 1-1 America East)
Binghamton narrowly fell to the Albany Great Danes, 12-10, on Saturday. The Bearcats previously had snapped a four-game losing streak with a 15-8 victory over Vermont on March 24.
Against the Great Danes, the Bearcats took an early 3-1 lead before the Great Danes powered back to take an 8-4 lead at the half.
After Albany took a 10-7 lead in the second period, Binghamton stormed back to score three-straight to tie up the game with 9:15 left to play. The Great Danes, however, would score two in a row to seal the win.
Brianne Arthur and Rebecca Golderman each notched three goals for the Bearcats. In goal, Taylor Passuello and Emma Jehle combined to make seven saves on the day.
Arthur (21g, 3a), Golderman (20g, 4a), and Jacqueline Kennedy (19g, 5a) each have 24 points for the Bearcats. Arthur and Golderman also lead the team in shots with 44. Kennedy leads the Bearcats and the NCAA in caused turnovers per game, forcing 3.10 per contest.
In goal, Jehle has started eight of 10 contests for Binghamton, making 38 saves. Passuello has appeared in all 10 games, making 48 stops between the pipes.
INSIDE THE SERIES
UMBC holds a 13-1 series lead over Binghamton, winning the last three meetings. The Bearcats last victory came in 2014 when they defeated the Retrievers, 8-7.
Last season, UMBC rolled to a 21-10 victory Binghamton, picking up the team's fourth-straight victory. Lauren McDonald tied a career-high with eight points off eight goals, followed by Sam Nolan with six points off three goals and three assists. The team had 12 assists on the day helped to break the program record for most assists in a season with 113, breaking the previous record of 105, set by the 2002 squad.