Women's Lacrosse Closes Out Homestand Against Drexel on Saturday

Photo by Jack Miller
Photo by Jack Miller

BALTIMORE - The UMBC women's lacrosse team closes out a three-game homestand on Saturday, March 16 as they welcome the Drexel Dragons. The opening draw is set for 3 p.m. and is part of a doubleheader with the men, who will face Vermont at 12 p.m.

DAWG BITES

The Retrievers fell in their America East opener to the Stony Brook Seawolves, 16-5, on March 13.

Stony Brook opened the game on a four-goal run before Lauren McDonald and Rachel Ridgley scored back-to-back off assists from Payton Van Kirk to cut the Seawolves' lead to 4-2.

The Seawolves scored three more before Grayson Corbett netted a pass from Lily Kennedy with 40 seconds left in the first half to make the score 7-3 at halftime.

Out of the break, Stony Brook took a 9-3 lead before McDonald and Van Kirk teamed up again to bring the score to 9-4.

The Seawolves scored three goals to extend their lead to 12-4 before McDonald broke it up by scoring on a free position shot. Stony Brook would close out the game on a four-goal run.

Against Stony Brook, Carly Tolino made 15 saves between the pipes. The senior ranks fifth in the America East in saves percentage (.467) and third in saves per game (10.00).

With her three goals against the Seawolves, McDonald is now tied for eighth in program history with 127. The attack needs one goal to take over sole possession of eighth place and three to take over seventh (129, Laurie Linnell).

GET TO KNOW: DREXEL DRAGONS

Drexel is 3-4 on the season after picking up a 13-7 victory over Manhattan on March 12. The Dragons upended the Jaspers, who currently boast one of the top five scoring defenses in the country.

The Dragons held the Jaspers to just two goals in the first half while scoring seven of their own - three coming from Karson Harris, who led the team with a career-high five on the day.

Manhattan closed the gap to 7-4 early in the second half but Drexel held off any chance of a comeback, including extending its lead to 13-6 late in the second half.

The Dragons other victories have come against Iona, 11-7, on Feb. 16, and Rutgers, 18-12, on March 2.

Colleen Grady leads the Dragons with 21 points off 12 goals and nine assists, followed by Harris (11g, 8a) and Lucy Schneidereith (11g, 2a). In goal for Drexel, Zoe Bennett has started all seven contests, making 65 saves with a 12.15 goals against average. Sigourney Heerink has seen action in two games, making ten stops with a .556 saves percentage.

Jamie and Lucy Schneidereith, who both play for the Dragons, are just two of the four Schneidereith quadruplets that the Retrievers will face this season; Maggie plays for Johns Hopkins and Georgia is a goalkeeper for Albany.

THE SERIES

UMBC and Drexel will be meeting for the 16th time, and first since 2016. In the overall series, the Retrievers lead, 10-5, and have won the last two meetings.

In 2016, the Dragons held a 7-6 lead at halftime, but a staunch Retriever defense kept the team scoreless through the second half. On offense, UMBC scored three goals to prevail, 9-7.