BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's lacrosse team used an explosive first half of play to end the UMass Lowell River Hawks' six-game winning streak on Saturday, upending their rivals, 18-7. The Retrievers move to 8-4 on the season and 1-1 in America East play, while the River Hawks fall to 6-3 and 0-1 in conference play.
UMBC shut down UMass Lowell's defense that ranked eighth in the country in goals allowed, giving up only 8.00 goals per contest, and ranked second in caused turnovers per game with 13.71.
"I think the biggest thing to today's victory was for us to keep playing our game with whatever they threw at us, whether it was a good call or bad call, we continued to play our game," head coach Amy Slade said. "I think that's why came out successful because we stayed composed and we did what we needed to do which was finish the game."
The Retrievers started the first half out on a 5-0 run, including three man-up goals from sophomore Sara Moeller (Phoenix, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls), senior Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md./Fallston), and sophomore Brittany Levine (Middletown, Md./Middletown). Junior Carolyn Jamison (Westminster, Md./Westminster) also contributed a goal during the run off a feed from Nolan.
The teams exchanged goals before UMBC ended the first half by scoring three straight from Nolan, McDonald, and sophomore Payton Van Kirk (Ocean City, Md./Stephan Decatur) to take an 11-4 lead into halftime.
UMass Lowell was able to find the net once more before Moeller and McDonald closed out the game for the 18-7 victory.
Overall, the Retrievers outshot the River Hawks, 36-21, and won the ground ball battle, 22-15. UMBC also was a perfect 9-9 on clears in the first half and 20-22 overall.
On the day, Nolan (4g, 3a) and Moeller (3g, 4a) led the team with seven points apiece. McDonald added four goals of her own, while Van Kirk notched a hat trick and added two assists. Jamison added two goal and two assists on the day; the junior is now two goals away from becoming the 18th player in program history to reach the 100-goal plateau. Levine netted two goals, scooped up four ground balls, and caused a team-high three turnovers.
Between the pipes, senior Ashley Peacock (Crofton, Md./Elizabeth Seton/Louisville) notched her sixth win of the season after making seven saves and picking up a team-high five ground balls in all 60 minutes of play. For UMass Lowell, Courtney Barrett made five saves during the first half before Renee Gonzalez entered the game in the second half and made three saves.
UP NEXT: UMBC will continue America East play as they travel to New Hampshire to face the Wildcats on Friday, April 7. The opening draw is set for 12 p.m.