BALTIMORE– The UMBC women's lacrosse team looks to continue its recent momentum, but will face a challenge when it travels to No. 7/5 Johns Hopkins for a mid-week matchup on Wednesday, April 16 at Homewood Field.
The Retrievers have won back-to-back contests to improve to 7-6 overall and 1-2 in America East play. Sophomore Rachel Benzing (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) and junior Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) are each coming off exceptional weeks. Benzing dished out seven assists in UMBC's two victories last week and added the opening goal in a 12-9 victory against Vermont on Saturday. Benzing leads the squad (16) and ranks fifth in the league in assists per game (1.33). Semones tallied a team-best six goals on the week and is tied for first on the squad with senior Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) with 20 goals on the season. Semones has chipped in a team-best 33 ground balls, third in the conference, while also adding 30 draw controls and 13 caused turnovers.
Junior Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) continues to pilot the team in points, representing the only Retriever with double-digit goals (16) and assists (10). Bilney leads the squad with 24 draw controls on the year, in addition to her 20 goals and three assists.
In net, red-shirt sophomore Anna Barnett (Midland, Texas/Midland) has started the last two contests to improve to 5-3 on the season. Barnett is allowing 8.8 goals per game and has made a team-best 59 stops.
Johns Hopkins (11-2, 2-2 ALC) snapped a two-game skid by defeating No. 5 Northwestern in double overtime on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Dene' DiMartino registered a career-best five goals in the victory. She ranks second on the team in points (41), goals (35) and draw controls (34). Senior Taylor D'Amore pilots the team's offensive efforts, registering 37 goals, 32 assists and 46 draw controls. Junior KC Emerson has started 12-of-13 games for the Blue Jays, holding opponents to 7.0 goals per game and making 55 saves.
UMBC is 14-10-2 all-time against Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays defeated the Retrievers, 11-5, last season at the UMBC Stadium, but the black and gold was victorious in the last meeting at Homewood field, a 7-6 win on April 25, 2012 against a nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins.