BALTIMORE – In a battle of crosstown rivals, the UMBC women's lacrosse team (0-1) fell in its season opener to #19 Towson Tigers, 20-5. The Retrievers struggled to control draws but were able to convert 7-10 of their clear attempts.
After Towson scored the first three goals of the game, UMBC would close the gap to 3-2 after senior Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and sophomore Sara Moeller (Phoenix, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) both scored on free position shots.
Another 3-0 run from the Tigers would bring the score to 6-2 before Nolan netted her second goal of the night to cut the deficit to 6-3. Junior Carolyn Jamison (Westminster, Md./Westminster) scored her first of the game with less than two minutes to go in between four Towson goals as the Tigers took a 10-4 lead into the half.
Towson started the second half with a score before Jamison cut the deficit to 11-5, but the Tigers took over offensively as they finished out the game on a 9-0 run.
Senior goalkeeper Ashley Peacock (Crofton, Md./Elizabeth Seton/Louisville) made 12 saves through 60 minutes of playing time. The Tigers outshot the Retrievers, 37-17, and picked up 18 draws compared to UMBC's eight.
Carly Tellekamp led Towson offensively with seven points off six goals and one assists, while Samantha Brookhart and Natalie Sulmonte each had three assists and two goals. Angie Benson played 41:07 in the net, making seven saves and allowing five goals before Kiley Keating came in relief and made two saves.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC will head out on the road for the next three games, starting with a trip to VCU on Saturday, Feb. 18. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Cary Street Field.