BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse steps out of America East action on Wednesday, April 9 when it travels to Columbia for the first-ever meeting between the two squads. Game time is set for 5 p.m. at Robert K. Kraft Field.
After winning three in a row, the Retrievers (5-6, 0-2 AEC) have dropped two in a row in America East action. UMBC jumped out in front early against New Hampshire on Saturday, but the Retrievers' offense slowed down the rest of the way, as the Wildcats defeated UMBC, 8-2. Freshman Mackenzie Reese (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School) tallied both of the Retrievers' goals in the contest, her second multiple goal game of her rookie campaign.
Junior Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) is the only Retriever with double-digit goals (12) and assists (10) on the season and leads the squad with a total of 22 points on the year. Senior Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) has a team-best 15 goals on the year and has added 17 draw controls and 16 ground balls. Junior Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) has done a little bit of everything for the Retrievers this season, tallying 14 goals, 18 points, 24 ground balls, 18 draw controls and 10 caused turnovers.
UMBC's defense has held opponents to 7.2 goals per game over the last five games, including two goals scored for UNH in the second half of Saturday's game. Junior Lexi Bristow (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) has helped to guide the defense, causing a team-best 11 turnovers on the season and picking up 13 ground balls. Freshman goalkeeper Kelly Gielner (Pasadena, Md./St. Mary's) has started the last three games and made 29 saves on the year, including seven against New Hampshire on Saturday.
Columbia (3-5, 0-4 Ivy League) snapped a two-game skid with an 11-0 victory against Mount St. Mary's on Sunday, March 30. Senior Paige Cuscovitch leads the team with 20 goals and 23 points on the season. The midfielder has also chipped in 19 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers. Senior Ashley Rinere is the second of four Lions to posted double-digit goals on the season. She has 13 scores and four assists on the year. Goalkeeper Colleen Packer has seen all the action in net for Columbia. She is allowing 9.6 goals per game and has made 42 stops.