BALTIMORE– UMBC women's lacrosse will open a Retriever doubleheader on Saturday, April 12 when they host Vermont at 11 a.m. at the UMBC Stadium. The UMBC men's lacrosse team follows with a 3:30 p.m. matchup against Hartford. All the live action can be followed on UMBCRetrievers.tv, courtesy of the America East digital network.
The Retrievers evened their season record to 6-6 (0-2 AEC) with Wednesday's 10-8 victory at Columbia. UMBC received a game-high four goals from junior Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) in the win, completing her third hat trick of the season.
Semones leads the squad with 18 goals and 19 draw controls, while also ranking fourth in the league in ground balls per game (2.33). She has contributed four assists and has caused 10 turnovers. Classmate Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) has posted a team-best 24 points on the season, with 14 goals and 10 assists. Sophomore Rachel Benzing (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) has registered a point in eight of her 11 appearances, including three multiple assist games. The attacker leads the squad with 12 helpers on the year.
Red-shirt sophomore goalkeeper Anna Barnett (Midland, Texas/Midland) returned to the starting lineup against Columbia on Wednesday and tallied a career-high 10 saves in the victory. Barnett has made nine starts in 2013 and has a team-best 53 stops on the year.
Vermont (10-3, 1-1 AEC) is coming off a 15-7 loss to No. 17/18 Albany last Saturday. Junior Jessica Roach scored a team-best four goals in the losing effort. Senior Sydney Mas tied for the program's all-time points leader after registering three points versus the Great Danes.
Roach and sophomore Vanessa VanderZalm each have tallied double-digit goals and assists on the season. VanderZalm leads the team in draw controls (64) and ground balls (35), while also ranking second on the squad and sixth in the league in points (49). Roach has dished out a team-best 15 helpers. Mas is scoring a league-best 3.77 goals per game in her final season and leads the conference in shots per game (7.77).
Goalkeepers Mackenzie Maher and Meg Hopkins have split time in net this season. Maher has posted a 7-1 record, making 57 saves and allowing 8.6 goals per game.