BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse returns to action on Saturday, March 22 when it hosts Temple at noon at the UMBC Stadium. Live action is available free of charge courtesy of the America East digital network at UMBCRetriever.tv.
The Retrievers and Owls meet for the first time since 1988 and just the third time in program history. Temple defeated UMBC in both meetings in the 1980's.
UMBC (3-4) has won three of its last five games, including last Saturday's 15-2 victory against Mount St. Mary's. The Retrievers exploded for an 11-goal first half against the Mount with senior Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) registering her team-best third hat trick of the season and sophomore Rachel Benzing (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) tallying a game-high five points on two goals and three assists.
The Retrievers have four players with seven or more goals on the season, led by Bilney's 10 scores. Junior Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) ranks second on the team with nine and senior Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley/Florida) and junior Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) have seven apiece. Wilson has added a team-best eight assists to lead the squad with 15 points. The junior has a point in all but one game on the season and is averaging 2.14 points per game.
UMBC used all three of its goalkeepers in the win against Mount St. Mary's. Red-shirt sophomore Anna Barnett (Midland, Texas/Midland) has seen a team-most 292:18 minutes of action and has made 38 stops on the year.
Temple (3-5) snapped a three-game skid with Wednesday's 9-8 overtime victory against Hofstra. TU trailed by six goals in the opening period, but the Owls scored the final five goals of the contest, including the game-tying and game-winning goals from sophomore Nicole Tiernan. Freshman Carly Demato captured her second straight hat trick, leading the squad with three goals against the Pride.
The Owls have a pair of 10-goal scorers in Tiernan and senior Jaymie Tabor. Tabor leads the squad with 15 goals and 16 points, while Tiernan has chipped in 10 goals and one assist. Red-shirt sophomore Jaqi Kakalecik has seen a majority of the action in net, tallying 38 saves for a .427 save percentage.