Women's Lacrosse Closes Non-Conference Play Against UC Davis on Wednesday

Photo by Jack Miller
Photo by Jack Miller

BALTIMORE - The UMBC women's lacrosse team will close out the non-conference portion of its schedule as they host UC Davis on Wednesday, March 27. The opening draw is set for 5 p.m.

DAWG BITES

The Retrievers dropped a hard-fought overtime battle against the Bucknell Bison, 11-10, on March 21.

Bucknell jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before Lily Kennedy found Catherine Sims in front of the net for UMBC's first goal.

The teams exchanged goals, as Olivia Docal helped to cut the lead to 3-2 before the Bison added another goal.

Kennedy scored with 16 seconds left to cut the deficit to 4-3, but the Retrievers tied it up right before the half as Docal found Grayson Corbett wide open in front of the net to tie the game up at 4-all with six seconds left.

Docal kept the Retriever momentum going as she scored her second of the day just 1:20 into the second half to put UMBC up, 5-4.

After the Bison tied it up two minutes later, Docal, Kennedy, Corbett, and Julia Hatmaker all scored to put the Retrievers up, 9-5, before the Bison ended the scoring run at the 16:02 mark.

Bucknell scored back-to-back goals off free position shots to close the gap to 9-8 at the 6:02 mark, before tying the game up at 9-all with 1:48 on the clock.

Docal broke the tie with her fourth goal of the game to push UMBC ahead, 10-9, with 22 seconds on the clock. But, the Bison scored with 00.6 on the clock to send the game to overtime.

It took four three-minute segments before the Bison scored the golden goal for the 11-10 victory.

McDonald (18g, 2a) and Van Kirk (12g, 8a) lead the Retrievers with 20 points, followed by Kennedy (7g, 6a) and Corbett (10g, 2a).

In goal, Carly Tolino has made 104 stops, which ranks 11th in the country, and has posted a .475 saves percentage, which is 37th among NCAA goalkeepers. Sophie Shucosky saw action in the net against Bucknell, bringing her season totals to 10 saves and a 10.46 goals against average.

 

GET TO KNOW: UC DAVIS AGGIES

UC Davis is making a trip around the East Coast this week, as the team most recently faced #22 Georgetown on Sunday, March 22. Against the Hoyas, the Aggies fell, 20-11, as Taylor Mathieson made a career-high 19 saves in goal and Amanda Outcalt recorded four goals and an assist.

Prior to the loss at Georgetown, UC Davis was 4-1 in its last four games, including a three-game win streak against Oregon, Central Michigan, and Bucknell.

After facing the Retrievers, the Aggies will head to Emmitsburg to take on Mount St. Mary's before returning California for the last two games of the season.

A national leader, Outcalt leads the Aggies with 50 points, which ranks eighth in the NCAA, off 21 goals and 29 assists, which ranks third in the country. Taylor Cuenin (30g, 2a), Sorana Larson (25g, 3a), Shannon Cross (14g, 11a), and Mar Alvear (13g, 5a) round out the top five scorers.

Mathieson has played in seven games, earning her second start in goal for UC Davis against Georgetown, making 49 saves and posting a 11.70 goals against average. Grace Richards has started between the pipes in 10 contests for the Aggies, stopping 67 shots with a .385 saves percentage.

 

THE SERIES

This is just the second meeting between UMBC and UC Davis, with the only meeting coming back on March 28, 2017.

The Retrievers closed out the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 20-7 victory over the Aggies. UMBC took a 13-6 advantage into the locker room at halftime before holding UC Davis to one goal in the second half. Sam Nolan became just the 17th player in program history to score 100 goals in the win.

 

LACE UP 4 PEDIATRIC CANCER

Tomorrow, the women's lacrosse team is Lacing Up 4 Pediatric Cancer to support the Go4theGoal Foundation to help kids battling cancer.

Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer began in the fall of 2011. Since then, professional, college and youth teams have participated in raising funds and awareness for the #1 disease killer of children. To date, over a half million athletes have supported our cause. $4 from every $5 pair of laces and 100% of all donations directly benefit kids and families in the state where the funds are raised.

Go4theGoal works to improve the lives of children battling cancer by providing financialassistance, granting special wishes, developing unique hospital programs, and funding innovative research. Learn more about Go4theGoal and how you can help to make a difference by visiting Go4theGoal.org.

Fans attending tomorrow's game will be able to make their own donations to the Go4theGoal Foundation at the UMBC Sports Marketing table at the UMBC Stadium entrance.