BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse freshman Caroline Haggerty (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School) connected on the first two goals of her career in her first collegiate start against High Point on Wednesday afternoon at UMBC Stadium, but it was not enough as the Panthers defeated the Retrievers, 16-6.
UMBC (2-3) falls for the first time in its last three games, while High Point snaps a two game skid to improve to 2-2 on the year.
The Retrievers cut an early 2-0 deficit in half when sophomore Rachel Benzing (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) threw a pass from behind the net to an open Ali Carpenter (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh/Loyola). Carpenter slipped a shot past goalkeeper Julia Burns for her third score of the year, bringing the Retrievers back within one, 2-1, 7:57 into the contest.
UMBC trailed by two goals, 3-1, with 10:00 to go in the half, but High Point was able to pour in six goals in the final 9:55 of the opening half, each coming from a different player, to take a 9-1 lead at the break. The Panthers held a 17-6 advantage in shots in the period.
HPU red-shirt sophomore Emilie Pugliese connected with senior midfielder Christie Dougherty for a pair of scores to start the second half, but the Retrievers responded with back-to-back goals coming from senior Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley/Florida) and Haggerty, making it an 11-3 contest with 19:41 remaining. UMBC controlled the ensuing draw and had a chance to further cut into its deficit, but junior Abby Wilson's (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) free position shot was saved by Burns.
The Panthers put two more on the board before the 10 minute mark, but the Retrievers were not done yet, scoring three times in a span of 2:46, the first coming from Haggerty, followed by junior Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) and freshman Amber Kovalick (Davidsonville, Md./South River) scoring 23 seconds apart. Kovalick's goal was the first of her career and brought the score to 14-6 with 5:01 to go. High Point would chip in two more scores for further insurance.
The Retrievers placed 11 of its 13 shots on net in the contest, but HPU finished with a 28-13 shot advantage.
UMBC hits the road for a pair of contests, starting with a matchup at Drexel on Saturday, March 8. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Vidas Field.