Women's Lacrosse Set to Face Albany in Saturday Morning #AEWLAX Battle

Photo by Jack Miller
Photo by Jack Miller
BALTIMORE - After spending two games on the road, the UMBC women's lacrosse team will return home to UMBC Stadium to face the Albany Great Danes on Saturday, April 7. Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the opening draw has been bumped up to 10 a.m.
 
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (9-4, 1-2 America East)
UMBC fell to 1-2 in America East play after dropping an 11-5 decision to the Binghamton Bearcats on Wednesday. 
 
Binghamton opened the first half with a four-goal run that junior Lauren McDonald broke up at the 10:45 mark. 
 
The Bearcats added another goal to take a 5-1 lead before senior Carolyn Jamison scored off a free position shot to cut the lead to 5-2. Binghamton scored two more goals to end the first half leading UMBC, 7-2.
 
The Retrievers came out blazing in the second half as they scored three straight to cut the Bearcats' lead to just two. Freshman Kristyn Staley scored the first goal of the period at 25:24 mark, followed by a goal from sophomore Zoë Pekins. Jamison added her second of the day to close Binghamton's gap to 7-5.
 
However, the Bearcats would end the game on a four-goal run to seal the victory. 
 
Junior Sara Moeller leads the Retrievers with 64 points (39g, 25a), followed by Jamison with 44 points (31g,13a) and McDonald with 31 points (28g, 3a). 
 
In the America East, the Retrievers are second in goals per game (12.23) and points per game (16.62). UMBC is also first in the conference in caused turnovers per game (10.85) and third in draw controls per game (12.08).
 
SCOUTING THE GREAT DANES (4-7, 3-0 America East)
After starting the season 0-7, the Albany Great Danes have won its last four games, including a 3-0 record in America East play. Most recently, the Great Danes defeated the Vermont Catamounts, 17-8, on Wednesday afternoon.
 
Against the Catamounts, freshman Kendra Harbinger and senior Emma Powlin combined to score 13 of Albany's 17 goals and helped to put the Great Danes's up 11-4 at halftime.
 
Harbinger finished the day with nine points (7g, 2a), a new program record for a freshman. Her seven goals in a day also tied for third-most by any player. The rookie also finished the day with a team-high eight draw controls.
 
Harbinger leads the Great Danes with 31 goals, while Powlin has 39 points off 28 goals and 11 assists. In goal, Erin Leghart has started every game for Albany, making 87 saves and posting a .418 save percentage. 

INSIDE THE SERIES

This will be the 20th overall meeting between the two teams, with Albany holding a 13-9 advantage.
 
Last season, the teams met twice during the year. In the regular season, the Great Danes defeated the Retrievers, 19-12. In the semifinals of the America East Tournament, UMBC attempted a comeback but fell to Albany, 14-13.