Women's Lacrosse Travels to Take On New Hampshire in Saturday #AEWLAX Battle

Photo by Jack Miller
Photo by Jack Miller

BALTIMORE - The UMBC women's lacrosse team will look to continue a three-game winning streak as the team travels to New Hampshire to face the Wildcats on Saturday, April 13. The opening draw is set for 10 a.m.



The Retrievers extended their winning streak to three as they defeated the Hartford Hawks, 16-1, on April 6.


UMBC jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead within the first ten minutes of the game as Julia Hatmaker, Zoë Pekins, and Payton Van Kirk all scored.


Lily Kennedy connected with Grayson Corbett before Pekins scored her second of the day to give the Retrievers a 5-0 with 16:47 left to play in the first half. 30 seconds later, Corbett scored again to put UMBC up by six.


Olivia Docal scored three of the next four UMBC goals to go along with a score from Rachel Walchuck off a pass from Rachel Ridgley.


Van Kirk, off a pass from Kennedy, and Hatmaker scored the final two goals of the first half to give UMBC a 12-0 lead going into halftime.


Out of the break, Hatmaker scored twice more around a goal from Catherine Sims to put the Retrievers up 15-0 with 16:14 remaining in the game.


Van Kirk scored the final UMBC goal at the 3:48 mark before Hartford scored its only goal with 3:14 left on the clock.


On the day, Van Kirk notched her 100th career point; the senior now has 103 career points off 75 goals and 28 assists.


Van Kirk leads the team with 33 points off 18 goals and 15 assists, followed by Pekins (19g, 4a), Docal (15g, 6a), Kennedy (8g, 12a) and McDonald (18g, 2a), and Corbett (17g, 2a). Van Kirk (1.07) and Rachel Ridgley (1.00) rank eighth and ninth among America East players in assists per game.


Goalkeeper Carly Tolino ranks in the top 30 in the country in saves per game (9.64) and saves percentage (.479) while ranking 43rd in ground balls per game (2.86). She ranks within the top five among the America East in all the same categories.


Jenna Baverman was named #AEWLAX Defensive Player of the Week after she recorded eight caused turnovers and nine ground balls. Against Hartford, she notched career marks in both categories with five caused turnovers and six ground balls. Baverman ranks fourth in the America East in caused turnovers per game (1.43) and ninth in ground balls per game (2.07).



The Wildcats enter the contest at 3-1 in America East play and 8-5 overall on the season. New Hampshire has dropped its last two games, but only by a combined three goals.


On April 6, the Wildcats held an 11-9 against the UAlbany Great Danes before the Great Danes used a three-goal run, including two in the last minute of the game, to take a 12-11 victory.


In a midweek contest against Boston College, the Wildcats fought hard against the Terriers but ultimately fell, 12-10. After the game was tied at 7-7 with 18:26 to go in the second half, Boston College used a three-goal run to pull ahead. The Wildcats cut the deficit to one late in the game, but couldn't


Rylee Leonard leads the Wildcats with 39 points off 24 goals and 15 assists, followed by Catherine Sexton (24g, 14a), Devan Miller (29g, 5a), Mickenzie Larivee (21g, 5a), and Elizabeth Blanding (11g, 5a).



Heading into their 18th meeting, the Wildcats hold a 13-4 advantage over the Retrievers.


Last season, UNH and UMBC battled in the team's conference openers but it was the Wildcats that emerged victorious with an 11-9 win. The game was tied at 9-9 with under five minutes left to play before UNH scored two straight to seal the victory.