Women’s Lacrosse Resumes #AEWLAX Action at Vermont on Saturday

Photo by Jack Miller
Photo by Jack Miller

BALTIMORE - With the non-conference portion of the schedule behind them, the UMBC women's lacrosse team will resume #AEWLAX action as they travel to Vermont on Saturday, March 30. The opening draw is set for 12 p.m.


In the team's non-conference finale, UMBC fell to UC Davis, 10-7 on March 27.


The Aggies opened the game up with two quick goals before Payton Van Kirk netted a pass from Olivia Docal to cut the lead to 2-1.


After UC Davis went back up by two, Zoë Pekins scored and assisted on a Van Kirk goal to tie the game up at 3-3 with 12:56 left in the first half.


UC Davis closed the first period out with two goals to take a 5-3 lead into halftime.


Much like the Bucknell game, Docal got the Retriever offense started in the second half, scoring just 43 seconds into the new period before Grayson Corbett tied the game up at 5-all.


UC Davis put another tall on the board before Pekins put a shot into the net off an assist from Julia Hatmaker to tie everything back up at 6-6.


The Aggies went on a three-goal scoring run to take a 9-6 lead, cut by a free position goal from Corbett before UC Davis scored the final goal of the game.


Van Kirk leads the Retrievers with 23 points off 14 goals and nine assists, followed by Corbett (12g, 2a), Lily Kennedy (7g, 6a) and Pekins (12g, 1a).


In goal, Carly Tolino has started all 11 contest for UMBC, making 115 stops in net, which ranks seventh in the nation and second among AE goalies, and posting a .479 saves percentage. The senior is currently 16th in the NCAA in saves per game, making 10.45 stops per contest. Freshman Sophie Shucosky has seen action in three games, making 10 saves and posting a 10.46 goals against average.



Vermont sits atop the America East standings with a 7-1 overall record and a 1-0 mark in conference play after beating Hartford, 17-6, on March 23. The Catamounts only loss came back on February 24 in a 15-14 overtime defeat against Marist.


Most recently, Vermont took a 16-5 win over Central Connecticut State on March 27 to extend its winning streak to five. The Catamounts jumped out to an 11-4 lead at half time, due to a hat trick from Dani Paterno. Vermont allowed just one goal in the second half but made an offensive effort by scoring five straight goals.


Alex Vignona leads the Catamounts with 37 points off six goals and her team-leading 31 assists, which ranks fourth in the nation. Elise Koehl leads Vermont with 28 goals to go along with four assists; Jenna Janes (20g, 8a), Jenny Caoili (16g, 3a), and Grace Giancola (8g, 6a) round out the top five scorers.


In goal, Maddy Kuras has started in all eight games for Vermont, making 53 saves and posting a .457 saves percentage. Catherine Green has seen action in two games, posting a 7.51 goals against average.


The Catamounts as a team rank in the top 15 in the NCAA in assists per game (6th, 8.38), points per game (9th, 23.13), scoring defense (9th, 8.13), scoring margin (10th, 6.63), scoring offense (13th, 14.75), and shots per game (15th, 33.75).


Individually, Vignona ranks first in the country and the America East in assists per game (3.88). Kuras is seventh nationally and first among conference players in goals against average (8.13).



UMBC and Vermont are meeting for the 16th time, with the Retrievers holding a 9-6 advantage in the series.


Last season, the Retrievers used a second-half rally to take down the Catamounts, 16-14. After Vermont took an 11-10 lead, UMBC used a four-goal run to take a 14-11 lead and never relinquished it. Carolyn Jamison finished the day with six points (4g, 2a) while Van Kirk had a five-goal outing.