The UMBC women's lacrosse team will return to Baltimore for a mid-week contest as they travel to #18 Johns Hopkins on Wednesday, March 8. The Retrievers and Blue Jays will see the opening draw at 5 p.m. at Homewood Field.
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC had a four-game winning streak snapped on Saturday after falling, 12-5, at Temple. The Retrievers led, 5-4, halfway through the second half before the Owls went on an 8-0 run to close out the game.
-Senior Sam Nolan notched her 21st goal of the season, which leads the team and ranks 11th in the country. Sophomores Brittany Levine, Sara Moeller, Lauren McDonald and Payton Van Kirk all added a score as well.
-Moeller currently ranks 15th among NCAA players and second in the America East with 12 assists. She needs just eight more to crack the top 10 all-time record for helpers in a season.
-Between the pipes, senior Ashley Peacock has made 51 saves, which ranks 14th in the country, and has a .451 save percentage.
Scouting the Blue Jays:
-18th-ranked Hopkins enters this game with a 5-1 record, most recently defeating Furman, 15-5, on March 5. The Blue Jays only loss of the season came in the form of a 10-7 loss against #13 Penn on February 25. As a team, the Blue Jays have outscored their opponents, 75-49, this season.
-Midfielder Haley Shweizer, who was named a Preseason All-American and Preseason All-Big Ten, leads the team with 14 goals on the season. Shweizer and attack Emily Kenul were both named to the initial watch list for the 2017 Tewaaraton Award. Sophomore attack Miranda Ibello leads in assists with 12; she also leads the team in points with 20 after adding 8 goals.
-Preseason All-Big Ten goalkeeper Caroline Federico has made 47 saves and has an 8.29 goals against average, which ranks 15th in the country, and a .490 save percentage.
-UMBC and Johns Hopkins have a long history that dates back to 1975, when the Retrievers beat the Blue Jays in a 15-0 shutout.
-The two teams have faced each other almost every season since, minus a six-year break from 1999-2005, and in 2010. Hopkins holds a four-game win streak against the UMBC; however, the Retrievers currently lead the series, 14-13-2.
-In their last meeting on April 13, 2016, the Blue Jays came out on top with a 17-12 win at Homewood Field. Midfielder Carolyn Jamison recorded nine points with four goals and one assist. Sam Nolan and Lauren McDonald added to the effort with two goals each. Ashley Peacock was also a key factor with six saves in the first half.