WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an exciting opening day game, the UMBC women's lacrosse team earned an overtime victory over the American Eagles, 9-8, on Wednesday afternoon.
Brittany Levine (Middletown, Md./Middletown) tied things up at 8-all as time expired to send the game into overtime before Grayson Corbett (Ellicott City, Md./Wildelake) scored the golden goal – her first as a Retriever – with 1:56 remaining in the second overtime period to secure the win.
-American took an early 2-1 lead, with Zoë Pekins (Columbia, Md./Hammond) scoring the first goal of the season for the Retrievers at the 24:48 mark.
-UMBC rattled off two straight goals to take a 3-2 lead as Payton Van Kirk (Ocean City, Md./Stephen Decatur) and Pekins both scored.
-Just three minutes into the second half, Sims found Van Kirk to help the Retrievers take a 5-4 lead.
-The Eagles rattled off four straight goals to take an 8-5 lead before Lily Kennedy (Marriotsville, Md./Marriots Ridge) broke the streak on a free position attempt at the 10:33 mark to cut the lead to 8-6.
-Kennedy would be awarded another free position shot at the 4:59 mark but American's Fiona Geier would make the save.
-Kelsey Weishaar (Sykesville, Md./Century) scored her first career goal at the 2:33 mark off a feed from Van Kirk to cut American's lead to 8-7.
-After Carly Tolino (Middletown, Md./Middletown) launched a pass downfield into the stick of Levine), Levine was awarded a free position shot and sent the ball into the left side of the net as time ran out to tie things up at 8-all.
-After neither team scored within the first three minutes of overtime, McDonald controlled another draw control to give the Retrievers possession. Out of a UMBC timeout, Corbett took the ball to the net to score her first goal in a Retrievers uniform to give UMBC the 9-8 victory.
FOR THE RECORD
UMBC earns its first win of the season to move to 1-0, while American falls to 0-1.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
17 – Tolino finished the day with a career-high 15 saves, resetting her personal best of nine last season against Mount St. Mary's.
15 – UMBC extends its winning streak over American to 15; the last time the Eagles defeated the Retrievers was March 12, 2003.
3 - Van Kirk led the team with three points off one goal and two assists; Pekins (2g) and Sims (1g, 1a) had two points.
1 – Weishaar and Corbett each scored their first goals as Retrievers.