BALTIMORE - The UMBC women's lacrosse team will return to the field on Saturday, March 9 as the team welcomes the Temple Owls to UMBC Stadium. The opening draw is set for 12 p.m.
UMBC stands at 2-3 on the season, most recently falling to Lehigh on Saturday, March 2. The Retrievers' matchup against Bucknell on Match 6 was postponed.
Against Lehigh, the Retrievers and Mountain Hawks battled through the first half as Lehigh led by one, 7-6, at the half. Payton Van Kirk and Zoë Pekins each scored twice in the first half, along with Catherine Sims and Lauren McDonald.
Out of the break, Lehigh netted four straight goals to extend its lead to 11-6 before Brittany Levine cut the scoring run with a goal to cut the lead to 12-7. However, Lehigh would rattle off three more unanswered goals to end the game.
Sophie Shucosky saw her first action in goal for the Retrievers against Lehigh, making two saves in almost 22 minutes in the net.
Carly Tolino, whose four-game streak of 10+ saves ended against Lehigh, ranks 18th in the nation in total saves (52) and 21st in saves per game (10.40).
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Temple is 2-4 on the season and is coming off a 13-10 victory against City Six rival La Salle on Tuesday, March 5. The Owls other win on the season came against Rutgers on February 13.
Against La Salle, the Owls and Explorers were tied 2-2 before Temple rattled off three goals to open a 5-2 lead. Going into halftime, the Owls led, 7-4, after scoring with just three seconds left in the half.
In the second half, Temple extended its lead to 12-6 and held off La Salle's late comeback attempt to hold on for the win.
Maddie Gebert and Olivia Thompson each recorded a hat trick in the victory against La Salle, while Thompson also added an assist for a team-high four points. Jen Rodzewich had team-high six ground balls and five caused turnovers.
On the season, Gebert leads the Owls with 13 goals and 14 points, followed by Thompson (10g, 1a) and Julia Ryan (8g, 2a). Olivia Martin got the start for Temple against La Salle, making seven saves in all 60 minutes of action.
The Retrievers and Owls will be meeting for the seventh time, with Temple holding a 5-1 advantage in the series.
The two teams last met in 2017, when Temple defeated UMBC, 12-5. The teams battled it out in the first half with the score just 2-2 after the first 30 minutes. In the second half, the Retrievers took an early 5-4 lead, but the Owls scored eight unanswered goals for the victory.
With her seven goals on this season, McDonald has cracked the top-ten in career goals with 120. The graduate student needs four more to take over ninth place (Jen Dragoni, 123).