BURLINGTON, Vt. - Holding off a late rally, the UMBC women's lacrosse team snapped a nine-game losing streak as they defeated the America East-leading Vermont Catamounts, 14-13, on Saturday afternoon.
Vermont put up three straight goals to take a 4-2 lead, but Julia Hatmaker (Woodbine, Md./Century) and Olivia Docal (Glenwood, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) - off an assist from Payton Van Kirk (Ocean City, Md./Stephen Decatur - tied the game at 4-4 with 14:13 remaining in the first half.
After the Catamounts went up by one, it was all Pekins for the rest of the half as the junior scored three unanswered goals for the Retrievers, two off assist from Docal and Van Kirk, to give UMBC a 7-5 advantage heading into halftime.
Vermont was able to tie the game up quickly at 7-7 less than two minutes into the second half, but Docal and Grayson Corbett (Ellicott City, Md./Wilde Lake) pushed the Retrievers back up to a two-goal lead.
After the Catamounts cut the lead down to one, Lily Kennedy (Marriotts Ridge, Md./Marriottsville) and Hatmaker extended the Retriever lead to 11-8 with 22:48 remaining in the game.
Vermont threatened late in the half, scoring three straight goals to tie the game up at 11-all; but UMBC countered with woman-up goals from Docal and Van Kirk and a score from Sims to take a 14-11 advantage.
The Catamounts looked to mount a late rally, scoring two goals in the last three minutes, including one with 40 seconds to play. However, Brittany Levine (Middletown, Md./Middletown) controlled the last draw of the game and the Retrievers were able to hold the ball until the final horn.
FOR THE RECORDS
The Retrievers move to 3-9 overall and 1-1 on the season as the Catamounts fall to 7-2 on the year and 1-1 in conference contests.
BY THE NUMBERS
23 - Levine stuffed the stat sheet, controlling nine draws, picking up five ground balls, and causing two turnovers.
15 - The Retrievers edged out the Catamounts in draw controls battle, 15-14.
10 - Carly Tolino (Middletown, Md./Middletown) made 10 stops between the pipes for the Retrievers, her ninth game this season with double-digit saves.
4 - Pekins recorded a team-high four goals on the day; four different Retrievers recorded multiple-goal games (Pekins, Docal, Sims, Hatmaker).
2 - Four Retrievers caused two turnovers in the game - Hatmaker, Pekins, Levine, and Jenna Baverman.
The Retrievers will return to UMBC Stadium for their final midweek matchup of the year as they host the Binghamton Bearcats on Wednesday, April 3. The opening draw is set for 3 p.m.