Women's Lacrosse Holds Off VCU, 11-8

Photo by Gail Burton
Photo by Gail Burton

RICHMOND, Va. - An hour and a half weather delay didn't hinder the UMBC women's lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon as they defeated the VCU Rams, 11-8.

STRAIGHT FACTS

-The Retrievers took an early 5-0 lead with 12:41 remaining in the first half, as Lauren McDonald scored twice, once off an assist from Lily Kennedy, along with Grayson Corbett, Zoë Pekins, and Payton Van Kirk.

-The Rams stopped the run at the 11:46 mark, bringing the score to 5-1 before Catherine Sims added another tally off a feed from Kennedy. VCU added another two before halftime to cut the deficit to 6-3.

-Out of the break, the Rams scored just 17 seconds into the period to close the Retrievers' lead to 6-4. VCU would add a second goal ten minutes later to cut the lead down to 6-5.

-Kennedy gave UMBC a little breathing room as she found the net at the 16:47 mark before VCU added another goal to close the gap back down to 7-6.

-McDonald and Van Kirk each scored again, thanks to assists from freshman Rachel Ridgley, before Pekins added one more to extend UMBC's lead to 10-6 with 8:34 remaining to play.

-VCU ended UMBC's scoring run with 6:35 on the clock. Sims would score her second of the game with 1:46 left to play to give the Retrievers the 11-7 lead before the Rams scored with just three seconds remaining.

FOR THE RECORD

UMBC moves to 2-0 on the season while VCU falls to 1-1.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

11 - Carly Tolino followed up her 17-save performance on Wednesday with 11 stops in net for the Retrievers to move to 2-0 on the season; UMBC was a perfect 11-11 on clears in the first half of the game.

4 - Cassie Evans led the team with four ground balls on the day; McDonald controlled four of the team's nine draws.

3 - McDonald and Kennedy led the team with three points.

2 - Van Kirk and Jenna Baverman each caused two turnovers for UMBC.

1.5 - The teams faced an hour and a half weather delay due to inclement weather in Richmond.

UP NEXT

UMBC will open the 2019 home season at UMBC Stadium on Wednesday, Feb. 20 as they welcome Mount St. Mary's at 5 p.m.