BALTIMORE - In the regular season home finale, the UMBC women's lacrosse team will play host to the UMass Lowell River Hawks on Saturday, April 20. The game is slated to begin at 3 p.m. and will follow the men's game against the River Hawks.
Prior to the game, the Retrievers will recognize their eight graduating teammates: Kayla Renehan, Lauren McDonald, Catherine Sims, Brittany Levine, Payton Van Kirk, Grayson Corbett, Jenna Baverman, and Carly Tolino.
The Retrievers' three-game winning streak was snapped on Saturday, April 13 in a 15-10 loss to the New Hampshire Wildcats.
New Hampshire used a five-goal run to take a 5-3 lead before Sims cut it with a free position goal at the 11:40 mark.
The Wildcats scored another four goals to take a 9-4 lead before Zoe Pekins scored the final goal of the first half. However, Lauren McDonald cut into UNH's lead, 9-6, after she scored 47 into the second half.
Lily Kennedy put the Retrievers ahead, 10-9 with 21:40 on the clock before the Wildcats tied it up five minutes later.
After the Wildcats scored two straight to take a 12-10 lead with 12:51 on the clock, the Retrievers saw shots from Corbett and Van Kirk, but New Hampshire was able to keep the Retrievers out of the net to preserve their lead.
The Wildcats closed out the last 1:41 of the game on a three-goal scoring run for the 15-10 victory.
Van Kirk leads the Retrievers with 36 points off 20 goals and 16 assists, followed by Pekins (20g, 4a), Kennedy (9g, 14a), Docal (16g, 6a), and McDonald (19g, 2a).
Carly Tolino ranks 18th nationally and third in the America East in total saves (143), 38th and second in saves percentage (.469), and 31st and third in saves per game (9.53). Tolino also ranks 42nd in the country and second in the conference in ground balls per game (2.80).
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UMass Lowell enters the contest at 4-11 overall and 1-4 in America East play after picking up its first America East victory on Saturday, April 13 after defeating Vermont, 19-18.
The two teams had things tied up at 10-10 at halftime before the River Hawks outscored the Catamounts, 5-1 in the first eight minutes of the second period.
UMass Lowell built up a 19-15 lead with under 10 minutes to go in the game, but Vermont came back to within three with two minutes to go in the game.
The River Hawks controlled the final draw of the game but would turn it over, giving the Catamounts a chance to tie the game up. However, Vermont also lost the ball and the River Hawks would hold on to its one-goal lead.
Paige MacEachern leads the River Hawks with 51 points off 38 points and 13 assists; she ranks fifth in the America East in goals per game (2.53) and sixth in points per game (3.40). Cameron McKelvin (27g,13a), Kristina Keith (31g, 8a), Kendyl Finelli (12g, 16a), and Jane Dudley (12g, 6a) round out the top five.
Renee Gonzalez has made 136 stops in net for UMass Lowell and has posted a .405 saves percentage. Gonzalez ranks 26th in the NCAA in total saves and 42nd in saves per game (9.07).
This will be the fifth meeting between UMBC and UMass Lowell. The Retrievers hold a 4-0 advantage in all previous meetings.
Last season, the teams went into the half tied at 4-all. The Retrievers took a 9-6 lead late in the game and was able to hold off the River Hawk's late attempt of a comeback for a 9-7 final.