Women's Lacrosse Plays Host to #2 Maryland on Wednesday Afternoon

Photo by Dave Sinclair
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BALTIMORE -
 The UMBC women's lacrosse team will close out a two-game homestand as they play host to #2 Maryland on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The opening draw is set for 5 p.m. 


DAWG BITES

-The Retrievers fell for the first time this season on February 21 to the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers.

-UMBC opened the game on a 3-1 run, with scores from Lily Kennedy, Zoë Pekins, and Lauren McDonald.

-Mount St. Mary's rattled off three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead with 9:31 remaining in the first half.

-Kennedy and McDonald scored two more times before the end of the half to give the Retrievers a 5-4 lead going into halftime.

-Out of the break, Payton Van Kirk put the Retrievers up 6-4 off an assist from Kelsey Weishaar. However, the Mountaineers rattled off four straight goals to take the 8-6 lead with 7:40 remaining.

-On a woman-up opportunity, Van Kirk and Weishaar connected again to help cut the deficit to 8-7 before Grayson Corbett tied the game up at 8-8 with 1:52 left to play.

-The Mountaineers controlled the ensuing draw and took a 9-8 lead with 39.9 seconds left in the game.

-Van Kirk leads the Retrievers with eight points  (5g, 3a), followed by Kennedy (4g, 3a) and McDonald (6g).

-Carly Tolino made 11 saves against The Mount, marking her third game with 10+ saves to give her 39 on the season. She also ranks fourth in the country in save percentage (.609) and sixth in saves per game (13.00). 


GET TO KNOW: MARYLAND TERRAPINS

-Maryland has opened its season with a #2 ranking in the IWLCA polls and a 3-0 record. Most recently, the Terrapins defeated #3 North Carolina in double overtime, 13-12, on Sunday, Feb. 24.

-Against the Tar Heels, senior Caroline Steele controlled the opening draw of the second OT period and took it downfield to net the game-winning goal for the Terrapins.

-Maryland also has victories over George Mason (16-5) and #4 Florida (17-12).

-The Terps were selected as the Big Ten favorites after securing the regular season title and winning the conference title over Northwestern a season ago. In the NCAA tournament, Maryland fell in the semifinals to Boston College

-Cathy Reese, who picked up her 250th career win over Florida, was tabbed as the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the third-straight time last year. The Terps also return Julia Braig (Big Ten Defender of the Year), Megan Taylor (Big Ten Goaltender of the Year), and Grace Griffin (Big Ten Freshman of the Year).

-Currently, senior Jen Giles, who was named a Big Ten Player to Watch, leads the Terps with 16 points off 12 goals and four assists. Taylor has made 33 saves in goal for Maryland with a 9.29 goals against average and 53.2 save percentage.


THE SERIES:

-Despite the series starting in 1973, UMBC and Maryland will be meeting for just the 12th time, with the Terrapins holding an 11-0 advantage.

-Last season, the Retrievers traveled to College Park to face the Terrapins, the first meeting since 2015, with the host prevailing, 21-12.


RECORD WATCH

-With her six goals already this season, McDonald has cracked the top-ten in career goals with 119. The graduate student needs five more to take over ninth place (Jen Dragoni, 123).