Women’s Lacrosse Continues #AEWLAX Play with Friday Matchup at New Hampshire

Photo by Jack Miller
Photo by Jack Miller

The UMBC women's lacrosse will look to win their third straight contest as they head to New Hampshire for a Friday afternoon showdown with the Wildcats. The opening draw is set for 12 p.m.

This game will serve as the Jimmy Fund Orange Game, as New Hampshire has been raising money for the Jimmy Fund all season in support of finding a cure for leukemia. Both teams will wear the color orange during the game in support of the organization. UMBC fans who wish to help New Hampshire with their cause can donate here.

Scouting the Retrievers (8-4, 1-1 America East):
-UMBC picked up its first conference win of the season on Saturday, defeating UMass Lowell, 18-7. The Retrievers effectively shut down the River Hawks' defense that was ranked in the top 10 nationally in goals allowed and caused turnovers.

-The Retrievers scored on three man-up advantages early in the first half and limited the River Hawks to just three goals in the second half. 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.

-Senior Sam Nolan (4 goals, 3 assists) and sophomore Sara Moeller (3g, 4a) led the team with seven points, followed by sophomore Payton Van Kirk (3g, 2a), classmate Lauren McDonald (4g), and junior Carolyn Jamison (2g, 2a). For her efforts during the week, Moeller was named America East Rookie of the Week.

-Nationally, UMBC ranks fifth in assists per game (7.67) and ninth in points per game (21.67). Among America East teams, the Retrievers are second in assists and points per game, as well as ground balls per game (18.08) and free position percentage (43.1). UMBC takes the top spot among conference teams in draw controls per game (13.25).

-Individually, Moeller ranks in the top 25 in three categories: total assists (12th, 26), total points (14th, 54), assists per game (23rd, 2.17), and points per game (17th, 4.50). Nolan also ranks in the top 25 in points (15th, 52) and points per game (21st, 4.33). Both players rank in the top five among conference players in those categories as well. McDonald and Nolan rank fifth among America East players in total goals (33) and goals per game (2.75), while senior Ashley Peacock ranks third in goals-against average (10.75).

Scouting the Wildcats (2-10, 2-1 America East):
-After starting the season 0-10, New Hampshire has won two straight America East contest. Most recently, the Wildcats defeated UMass Lowell, 10-7, on Wednesday. The River Hawks had a 6-4 lead early in second half before the Wildcats scored six straight goals to take the lead.

-New Hampshire is led by Krissy Schafer with 29 points (27g, 2a), followed by Devon Croke (20g, 5a), who scored a career-high five points against the River Hawks on Wednesday.

-Goalie Kate Clancy ranks 20th in the NCAA and second among America East goalkeepers in saves per game, averaging 9.64 stops per contest. Clancy also ranks 16th in the nation and second in the conference in total saves, making 106 stops so far this season.

Series History:
This will be the 16th meeting between the Retrievers and the Wildcats, with New Hampshire holding a 12-3 lead. However, UMBC has won the last two games of the series.

Last season, the Retrievers defeated the Wildcats, 12-7, to earn their spot in their second-consecutive America East Championship Tournament berth. Carolyn Jamison tied a season-high with five goals and goalie Ashley Peacock made a season-high 11 saves in net.  

Watch Out:
Junior Carolyn Jamison is on track to hit the 100-goal plateau this season and will become the 18th players in UMBC history to hit the century mark in her careers. Jamison currently has 98 goals. Sophomore Sara Moeller currently has 26 assists and needs just three more to break Heather Kormanik's record of 28 assists in a single season, set back in 1998.