After overcoming a 15-2 halftime score, the UMBC women's lacrosse team dropped its America East conference opener as they fell, 19-12, to the UAlbany Great Danes on March 25. The Great Danes move to 5-3 (1-0 America East) on the season, while the Retrievers fall to 6-4 (0-1 America East).
After holding a 15-2 lead at the intermission, Albany opened the second period with an early goal to take the 16-2 lead, but sophomore Sara Moeller (Phoenix, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) would net her second of the day to counteract. After the Great Danes made the score 17-3, UMBC scored seven unanswered goals to close Albany's lead.
Junior Carolyn Jamison (Westminster, Md./Westminster) opened up the scoring run after netting a goal off a feed from Lauren McDonald (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville), before McDonald scored a goal of her own to make the score 17-5.
Sophomore Payton Van Kirk (Ocean City, Md./Stephen Decatur) and Brittany Levine (Middltown, Md./Middletown), and freshman Zoë Pekins each scored during the run, before senior Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and McDonald capped it off with back-to-back goals to pull the score to 17-10.
The Great Danes scored twice to lead by nine, but Van Kirk and Pekins would score the final two goals for the Retrievers before the final buzzer.
Albany struck first in the game, after converting a free position attempt to kick off an 8-0 run early in the first half. UMBC was able to break the scoring streak, as Nolan netted her 27th of the season off a feed from senior Caroline Haggerty (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School).
After Jamison won the draw control after Nolan's goal, the Retrievers added another goal to the board almost thirty seconds later as Moeller scored off a free position shot as the Retrievers looked to overcome an 8-2 deficit.
The Great Danes would use another large run to take a 15-2 lead into the intermission.
Moeller and Nolan led the team with four points off two goals and two assists, while McDonald, Van Kirk, and Pekins each scored twice in the game. Levine led with three draw controls, while Moeller picked up four ground balls.
Between the pipes, Erin Leghart picked up the win for the Great Danes after making four saves in 49:22 before Georgia Schneidereith took over to make one save and allow two goals. For UMBC, sophomore Carly Tolino (Middletown, Md./Middletown) made one save in 7:12 of time in the goal before senior Ashley Peacock (Crofton, Md./Elizabeth Seton/Louisville) played the remainder of the game.
UP NEXT: UMBC will close out its non-conference schedule on Tuesday, March 28 as they welcome to UC Davis to UMBC Stadium. The opening draw is set for 1 p.m.