DURHAM, N.H. – In a back-and-forth battle with America East opponent New Hampshire on Friday, the UMBC women's lacrosse team prevailed with a 15-10 victory. The Retrievers move to 9-4 overall and 2-1 in conference play, while the Wildcats fall to 2-11 and 2-2 in America East matchups.
"It wasn't our best executed game but we really came together as a unit to make some tough plays," head coach Amy Slade said. "Our defense did a great job of getting New Hampshire to turn the ball over, getting the ball to the attack and then the attack converting from there. We had some big saves from goalkeeper Ashley Peacock (Crofton, Md./Elizabeth Seton/Louisville), which really fueled our defense to come up with some big ground balls. UNH played a great game, it was a competition from start to finish. I'm really proud of our girls for making the long trip and taking care of business."
Overall on the day, the defense caused four turnovers and saw UNH give up the ball a total of 17 times, including a few shot clock violations. The Retriever defense also held the Wildcats to only four goals in the second half.
"Our defense did a great job of staying composed and getting New Hampshire to turn the ball over on the shot clock two times and we had them wind down to single digits a few, which resulted in them not taking the best shots," Slade said.
Senior Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md./Fallston) led the team with eight points off three goals and five assists, followed by sophomores Sara Moeller (Phoenix, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) (2g, 3a) and Lauren McDonald (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) (5g) with five points; with her three assists, Moeller became the single season assists leader with 29, breaking Heather Kormanik's record of 28 set back in 1998. Nolan also became the program's all-time assists leader, bringing her career total to 65.
Junior Carolyn Jamison (Westminster, Md./Westminster) also recorded a hat trick on the day, including her 100th career goal, making her the 18th player in program history to hit the 100-goal plateau. Sophomore Jenna Baverman (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School/Hofstra) picked up a team-high three ground balls.
Between the pipes, Peacock set a new UMBC career-high with 13 saves and made big saves in each half to keep the game tied or to preserve the Retrievers' lead. For UNH, Kate Clancy made nine saves in all 60 minutes of play.
The Retrievers jumped out the an early 2-0 lead after Jamison scored almost two minutes into the first half. McDonald added another goal off a feed from senior Nolan before UNH was able get a goal on the board. From there, the Wildcats scored three unanswered to take a 4-2 lead with 16:29 remaining in the first half.
Jamison broke the Wildcats' scoring run with her golden goal on a man-up opportunity at the 13:55 mark to close the gap to 4-3 before UNH counteracted with another goal to take back their two-goal lead. McDonald and Moeller would score two quick goals to tie things up at five-all.
After a seven minute scoring drought by both team, UNH took the lead again before McDonald netted back-to-back goals to give UMBC a 7-6 advantage heading into the half.
With the one goal lead at the half, Slade was able to take her team aside at the break to make some adjustments that helped to benefit them as the game progressed.
"Our attack started a little slow to get into our game but we were able to make a great run," Slade said. "We had six different goal scorers and a lot of assisted goals. We made some changes at half time that really helped us put in a few good goals."
Coming out of the break, UMBC was quick to take an 8-6 lead after Nolan scored on a man-up goal just 19 seconds into the second half. UNH counteracted with two goals of their own to tie the game up at eight-all with 27:19 remaining in the game.
Nolan would score back-to-back goals, including a man-down goal, to give UMBC a 10-8 lead and start a six-goal run for the Retrievers. Sophomore Payton Van Kirk (Ocean City, Md./Stephen Decatur) ended an almost 11 minute drought with a man-up goal before Jamison took a draw control straight to the net to give the Retrievers the 12-8 advantage.
McDonald and Moeller each scored to put UMBC up, 14-8, with 4:38 left to go in the game before the Wildcats scored two straight, closing the gap to just a four-goal lead. Junior Caitlin Miller (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) scored the final goal of the game and sealed UMBC's 15-10 victory.
UP NEXT: UMBC will return home to Baltimore to face conference rival Binghamton on Wednesday, April 12. The opening draw is set for 2 p.m.