The 2019 UMBC women's lacrosse campaign will open on Wednesday, Feb. 13 as the team travels to Washington, D.C. to take on the American Eagles. The opening draw at the William I Jacobs Complex is set for 3 p.m.
-Amy Slade enters her seventh season as the head coach of the Retrievers and her tenth overall with the program. In 2018, the Retrievers posted an 11-6 overall record, marking the first time they had double-digit victories in back-to-back seasons since the 2010-11 seasons.
-A trio of Retrievers earned America East All-Conference honors, as Lauren McDonald, Carolyn Jamison, and Sara Moeller all earned second-team honors. McDonald was also selected to the America East All-Academic team for the second year in a row, as well as the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll.
-Jamison finished her career as a Retriever as one of the most prominent players, ranking in the top five in program history with 217 points (second) off 156 goals (third) and 61 assists (third). She was named to the America East All-Conference first team in 2016 and 2017. She was also named to the America East All-Tournament Team in 2015 and 2017.
-Jamison was also selected to participate in the IWLCA North-South All-Star game and was named to the All-Region Second Team.
-Senior Caitlin Miller finished her career as UMBC's all-time draw control leader with 268. Miller broke her own single-season draw control record of 78 set back in 2015 with 87. She also ranked 34th in the country in draws per game, averaging 5.12.
-Slade returns 15 of her players from last season, including McDonald who was third on the team in points with 44 (38g, 6a) and second on the team in draw controls with 63. McDonald, who owns the school record for goals in a season with 62, returns for her final season after graduating from UMBC in three years. Senior Payton Van Kirk also return after scoring 20 goals and dishing out five assists a season ago.
-The defense, who returns almost every single starting player and gains back senior Sarah Turco, who was injured in the Maryland game last season, ranked 25th in the country last season in scoring defense, allowing just 10.47 per game.
-In goal, Kelsey Major started in 14 of the 15 games she appeared last season, posting an 8-5 record. Major posted an 11.58 goals against average and a .431 save percentage.
-Senior Carly Tolino returns to the goal, after a 3-0 record in goal last year. Tolino had a 7.01 goals against average and a .383 save percentage.
-Nationally, the Retrievers ranked 20th last season in ground balls per game, scooping up 20.59 per contest. This mark also ranked first among America East teams.
-The Retrievers were also 23rd in the country in caused turnovers per game, with 10.12 miscues per game.
-Senior Kayla Renehan finished the season with a career-high 28 caused turnovers and ranked third in the conference and 41st in the nation in caused turnovers per game (1.65).
-Stony Brook was the unanimous favorite for the seventh year in a row in the America East Coaches' Preseason Poll after winning its sixth-straight America East title last season. UAlbany came in second, followed by Binghamton, New Hampshire, UMBC, UMass Lowell, and Hartford.
Get to Know: American Eagles
The Eagles will enter 2019 under the direction of first-year head coach Jenna Petrucelli. Petrucelli comes to Washington, D.C. after spending a season as an assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati.
American returns eight of its nine top scorers from a season ago, including Erica Skowron (15g, 25a), Emma Vinall (35g), Izabella Jade (20g, 6a), and Peyton Smith (10g, 14a). Skowron finished seventh in the Patriot League in assists per game (1.47), while Vinall ended her rookie campaign ranked seventh in goals scored (2.69).
In goal, Fiona Geier returns for her senior season after finishing the 2018 season with 133 saves and a .459 save percentage; Geier broke the 400-career saves barrier in the season finale against Lehigh. The senior finished third in the Patriot League in saves per game, stopping 10.23 a contest.
UMBC and American are meeting for the 22nd time, with the Retrievers owning a 19-2 record over the Eagles. Currently, UMBC is on a 14-game winning streak, with its last loss coming back in 2003.
Last season, the Retrievers trailed, 8-5, at halftime but used a nine-goal second period to pull out a 14-12 victory over the Eagles. Moeller scored six goals during the contest, followed by Miller and Jamison with three.