Women’s Lacrosse Earns Opening Day Victory with 9-8 Overtime Win at American

Photo by Jack Miller
Photo by Jack Miller

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.

STRAIGHT FACTS

-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.

-After the Eagles scored twice to take a 4-3 lead, Lauren McDonald (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) took a feed from Catherine Sims (Elkridge, Md./Howard) to tie the game up at 4-all at halftime.

-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.