BALTIMORE - The UMBC women's lacrosse team will travel across town to take on the #18 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays on Tuesday, March 19. The opening draw is set for 6 p.m. at Homewood Field.
In their last game, the Retrievers (2-6) fell to the Drexel Dragons, 10-6, on March 16.
Julia Hatmaker tied the game up early in the second half before Drexel used a three-goal run to take a 6-3 lead.
McDonald and Van Kirk netted their second goals of the game to cut the deficit to 6-5. After Drexel got a goal back, Zoë Pekins put UMBC back within one, 7-6, as she scored with 8:39 remaining in the second half.
The Dragons finished the game out with three straight goals for the 10-6 final. McDonald and Pekins each had free position attempts late in the game, but both shots were saved by the Drexel goalkeeper.
In goal, Carly Tolino made 15 saves, marking her second straight game with 10+ saves. The senior ranks first in the America East and 31st in the nation in saves percentage (.486) and is 12th in the nation in total saves (85) and 14th in saves per game (10.63).
With her two goals against Drexel, McDonald now has 128 career goals and owns sole possession of eighth place in program history.
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The 18th-ranked Blue Jays are 6-2 on the season, most recently falling to #25 High Point, 13-10, on March 13.
Johns Hopkins opened the game up with two goals from Maggie Schneidereith before High Point went on a three-goal run. The Blue Jays got two goals back before the Panthers closed the first half with three goals to take a 6-4 lead.
After High Point scored early in the second, Johns Hopkins closed the lead to 7-6 before the Panthers jumped out to a 9-6 lead. The Blue Jays would come close late in the second half to close the gap at 12-10, but High Point scored a final goal with 40 seconds left to seal the game.
Schneidereith, 1/4th of the Schneidereith quadruplets that UMBC will face this season (Jamie and Lucy play for Drexel and Georgia is the goalkeeper for Albany), leads the Blue Jays with 39 points off 26 goals and 13 assists, followed by Mackenzie Heldberg (18g, 13a) and Aurora Cordingly (15g, 11a).
In goal, Haley Crosson has started in all eight contests for Johns Hopkins, making 64 stops and posting a 10.79 goals against average.
UMBC and Johns Hopkins are meeting for the 32nd time, with the Blue Jays leading, 15-14-2, and winning the last six meetings.
Last season, the Retrievers and Blue Jays kept it close through the first half with Johns Hopkins taking a 7-5 lead into the break. UMBC cut the lead to 7-6 early out of halftime, but Hopkins pulled away late in the game for the 13-7 victory.
UMBC will travel to Bucknell on Thursday, March 21 for a 4:30 p.m. makeup contest with the Bison. The previous contest scheduled for March 6 was postponed.