Women's Lacrosse Travels to UAlbany for #AEWLAX Regular Season Finale

Photo by Jack Miller
Photo by Jack Miller

BALTIMORE - In the regular season finale, the UMBC women's lacrosse team will head to the Empire State to take on the UAlbany Great Danes on Saturday, April 27. The opening draw is set for 12 p.m.

DAWG BITES

The Retrievers (6-10, 4-2 America East) secured a spot in the 2019 America East Championships after they defeated the UMass Lowell River Hawks, 11-5, on April 20.

The Retrievers opened the game on a 4-0 run, as Lily Kennedy, Catherine Sims, Olivia Docal, and Zoë Pekins all scored within the first ten minutes of the first half.

The period was silent until the River Hawks scored at the 3:27 mark to cut into UMBC's lead, 4-1, but Grayson Corbett counteracted a minute later to put Retrievers up, 5-1 before halftime.

Out of the break, Corbett extended UMBC's lead before UMass Lowell scored on a free position shot to cut the lead to 6-2.

Kennedy and Payton Van Kirk scored around a River Hawk's goal before UMass Lowell scored two straight to cut UMBC's lead to 8-5.

The Retrievers added insurance goals at the end of the game, finishing the game on a three-goal run from Corbett, Lauren McDonald, and Sims.

Goalkeeper Carly Tolino made ten saves in the victory for the tenth time this season, en route to her third #AEWLAX Defensive Player of the Week award.

Van Kirk leads the Retrievers with 37 points off 21 goals and 16 assists, followed by Corbett and Pekins (21g, 4a), Kennedy (11g, 14a), Docal (17g, 6a) and McDonald (20g, 3a).

Tolino has 153 saves and a .478 saves percentage on the season. The senior ranks in the top 30 in the country and the top five among America East goalkeepers in total saves, saves percentage and saves per game. She also ranks in the top 50 in ground balls per game.

 

GET TO KNOW: UALBANY GREAT DANES

The Great Danes enter the contest with a 9-6 overall record and a 5-1 America East record. Most recently, the team defeated Hartford, 23-5, on April 20.

UAlbany lead 16-2 at halftime, led by a four-goal period by freshman Hailey Carroll. Hartford opened the second half with two goals, but were outscored 7-1 in the remainder of the period.

Sam Tortora leads the Great Danes with 54 points off 18 goals and 36 assists; Tortora ranks 16th in the nation in total assists and assists per game (2.40). Carroll, who is a six-time AE Rookie of the Week is fifth on the team in scoring with 42 points (39g, 3a).

In goal, Georgia Schneidereith, who is the final of the Schneidereith quadruplets the Retrievers will face this season (Maggie plays for Johns Hopkins and Jamie and Lucky play for Drexel), has started all 15 contests for the Great Danes with a .448 saves percentage and a 12.39 goals against average.

 

THE SERIES

The Retrievers and Great Danes have met 20 times previous to this weekend, with UAlbany holding a 14-6 advantage.

Last season, the Great Danes lead 11-4 late into the second half, but the Retrievers used a late three-goal run at the end of the game to try and come back. Lauren McDonald led the team with six points off five goals, including two of the last three, and one assist.

 

FOR THE FANS:

Tolino was selected as UMBC's nominees for the #AEWLAX Fans' Choice of the Year.

Voting for the 2019 America East Fans' Choice Players of the Year opens Friday, April 26 and will go until Monday, April 29 at 11:30am. Fans will be allowed to vote once per day here. The winner will be announced that afternoon via release at AmericaEast.com.