Women’s Lacrosse Hosts Binghamton in #AEWLAX Play on Wednesday

Photo by Jack Miller
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The UMBC women's lacrosse team returns home to UMBC Stadium for one of its final two home games of the season as they welcome in Binghamton on Wednesday, April 12. The opening draw is set for 2 p.m. 

Scouting the Retrievers (9-4, 2-1 America East):
UMBC is riding a three-game winning streak after defeating New Hampshire, 15-10, on April 7. The Retrievers and Wildcats battled it out through the first half as UMBC took a 7-6 advantage into the half. The Retrievers used a 6-0 run in the second half to take a substansial lead over the Wildcats and held on for the win.

The game against New Hampshire provided a backdrop for some record-setting performances for UMBC. With three assists on the day, sophomore Sara Moeller became the single season assists leader with 29, breaking Heather Kormanik's record of 28 set back in 1998.Senior Sam Nolan set the program's overall assists record with 65 after dishing out five assists in the game. Senior Ashley Peacock set a career-high in saves with 13 and junior Carolyn Jamison became the 18th player in program history to reach the 100-goal plateau.

In their ten games with 10+ goals, the Retrievers are outscoring their opponents, 165-87. The team is also on track to set the program record for most assists in a season, which currently stands at 105. UMBC is sixth in the nation and third in the America East in assists per game (7.77). The Retrievers are also third in the conference in goals per game (14.08), points per game (21.85), and ground balls per game (17.62)while ranking second in draw controls per game (13.15).

Individually, sophomore Lauren McDonald ranks fourth among conference players in goals per game (2.92), while Nolan ranks sixth (2.77). Jamison (eighth, 2.55) and Moeller (ninth, 2.31) are also in the top 10. Moeller and Nolan rank fourth and fifth in assists per contest, respectively.

Scouting the Bearcats (5-8, 1-1 America East):
Binghamton enters the contest on a two-game losing streak, most recently falling to No. 4 Stony Brook, 20-4, on April 8. Junior Jacqueline Kennedy had a multi-goal performance and added one assist in the effort. The Bearcats also fell to Cornell, 17-3, on April 4.

Prior to the losing skid, the Bearcats had won three straight, including a 14-9 conference win over Vermont. Binghamton also picked up wins over Niagara and Mount St. Mary's. Against Vermont, the Bearcats scored five straight to open the game and built up a 7-2 lead before the half. The Catamounts scored four goals within the opening minutes of the second half to close the gap to 7-6, but the Bearcats' defense shut Vermont down and held them to just goals for the rest of the game.

Sophomore Rebecca Golderman leads the offense this season with 36 goals and four assists. Golderman is currently fifth in America East in goals per game with 2.83. In goal, Emma Jehle has made 131 saves with a .470 save percentage, which ranks third in among America East goalkeepers. Jehle averages 9.50 saves per contest, which takes the top spot in the conference standings.

Series History:
The Retrievers and Bearcats are meeting for the 13th time, with UMBC holding a 12-1 lead in the series. Binghamton's only victory in the series was a 9-8 win during the 2014 season.

Last season, the UMBC defeated Binghamton, 11-10, in double overtime. Junior Sam Nolan scored three goals on the day, including the game winner just 30 seconds into the second OT period, to go along with four assists. Goals from freshmen Payton Van Kirk and Brittany Levine, and sophomore Carolyn Jamison also helped the Retrievers to get a lead. Junior Ashley Peacock recorded six saves throughout the game. UMBC had strong draw control with 18 draws won compared to Binghamton's six.