The UMBC women's lacrosse team opens a two-game road swing as they head to Connecticut on Saturday, April 6 to face the Hartford Hawks. The opening draw is set for 11 a.m.
The Retrievers are the winners of two straight games after defeating Binghamton, 10-9, in overtime on April 3.
The game was a battle with three ties, but it was the last three and a half minutes that proved crucial for UMBC. After the Bearcats took a 9-7 lead, Catherine Sims put the Retrievers within one before helping to tie the game up at 9-all just 11 seconds later after Zoë Pekins controlled the ensuing draw.
After Binghamton controlled the final draw of the game, the Bearcats' took two shots: one going wide and the other being saved by Carly Tolino. The Retrievers regained possession, but the game went into overtime.
Brittany Levine controlled the only draw of overtime and after the ball landed in the stick of Van Kirk, she found an open Hatmaker in front of the net for the score.
Van Kirk leads the Retrievers with 29 points off 15 goals and 14 assists. Lauren McDonald (18g, 2a), Zoë Pekins (17g, 2a), Lily Kennedy (8g, 10a), Grayson Corbett (15g, 2a) and Olivia Docal (12, 5a) round out the top five.
In goal, Tolino has started in all 13 games for the Retrievers, making 132 saves, which ranks seventh in the NCAA and second in the America East, and has a .473 saves percentage, which is 35th in the country and second among conference goalies. She also is 19th nationally in saves per game with 10.15.
GET TO KNOW: HARTFORD HAWKS
The Hawks enter the contest at 1-12 overall on the season and 0-3 in America East after falling 21-4 to Stony Brook on Wednesday.
The Hawks scored late into the first period after the Seawolves had opened up an 11-0 lead. Hartford saw three more goals in the second half, but it was too late to cut into Stony Brook's 17 goal lead.
The Hawks only victory on the season came back on March 18, when they defeated Delaware State, 20-2. Hartford scored six goals in the first ten minutes of the game and took a 12-1 lead into halftime. In the second half, the Hawks scored another eight goals and held the Hornets to just one score.
Megan Miller leads Hartford with 26 points (18g, 8a) followed by Debbie Phillips (11g, 3a), Billy McLaughlin (9g, 4a), Kaitlyn D'Andrea (8g, 4a), and Birdie Montes (5g, 5a).
The Hawks have used two goalies throughout the season as Cassidy Hock and Emma Privitera have both split time between the pipes. Hock has made 55 saves in goal with a .353 save percentage and Privitera has made 112 saves and has a .479 save percentage.
Privitera ranks ninth in among the NCAA and second in the conference in saves per game (11.20), 22nd and third in saves (112), 29th in the country and first in the America East in save percentage.
The two teams are meeting for just the second time, with the Retrievers holding a 1-0 advantage.
Last season, UMBC posted a 24-3 victory over Hartford on Senior Day. 12 different Retrievers recorded a point during the game, led by nine points off seven goals and two assists from Carolyn Jamison. Rachel Walchuck earned America East Rookie of the Week honors after netting her first collegiate hat trick, while Hatmaker and Docal each recorded their first career goals.
THE 100 CLUB
With her next point, Van Kirk will have amassed 100 career points. The senior attack currently has 72 goals and 27 assists in her four-year tenure at UMBC.