The UMBC women's lacrosse team will compete in their final home game of the season at UMBC Stadium as they welcome No. 4 Stony Brook on Saturday, April 22. The opening draw is set for 11 a.m.
Scouting the Retrievers (10-4, 3-1 America East):
UMBC won its fourth straight after taking down Binghamton, 21-10, on Wednesday, April 12. The 21 goals put up in the victory is the highest scoring output from the Retrievers so far this season.
Sophomore Lauren McDonald continued her breakthrough season by putting up a career-high eight goals, which ranks second for most goals in a UMBC and America East contest. McDonald was named America East Co-Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts.
Senior Sam Nolan had six points (3g, 3a), while junior Carolyn Jamison and sophomores Payton Van Kirk and Brittany Levine each had multi-goal games. Jamison also led the team with five draw controls and was one of six players to pick up two ground balls.
For the tenth time this season, the UMBC defense held their opponents to 10 goals or less. Against the Bearcats, the Retriever defense caused 13 turnovers and forced at least two shot clock violations.
After dishing out 12 assists against Binghamton, the team broke the program record of most assists in the season, currently with 113 on the year. The previous record was 105, set by the 2002 squad.
Scouting the Seawolves (13-1, 4-0 America East):
No. 4 Stony Brook enters today's game with a 13-1 overall record and a 4-0 conference record. The Seawolves are in the midst of an eight-game winning streak with their only loss coming via a 22-14 setback to No. 3 Florida on March 11. The Seawolves most recently defeated Vermont, 20-6, in America East play on April 14.
During the season, the Seawolves have outscored their opponents, 216-101. They've also had a strong defensive effort, as Stony Brook ranks third in the nation for caused turnovers per game (12.23), as well as fourth in scoring defense, allowing just 7.31 goals per game.
Kylie Ohlmiller leads the Seawolves with 50 goals and 53 assists for the season. Ohlmiller tallied five goals and six assists in the win against Vermont, making her the first player in the nation to reach 100 points in the 2017 season. Ohlmiller leads the nation in points per game (3.62) and assists per game (7.08). Goalie Anna Tesoriero ranks third in the NCAA in goals-against average, allowing only 7.31 goals per contest. Tesoriero has recorded 99 saves and has a .495 save percentage.
The Retrievers have made spots for themselves within the rankings of the NCAA and the America East. As a team, the Retrievers rank fourth in the country in assists per game (8.07), ninth in the NCAA in points per game (22.64), and 17th in the country in scoring offense (14.57); all of these figures all rank second among America East teams. UMBC also has the 18th-best scoring margin in the country at 4.50.
Individually, several Retrievers rank among the tops in the NCAA. McDonald ranks 17th in the country in total goals with 46, while Nolan is 11th in the NCAA in total points (66) and 29th in total assists (27). Jamison is 11th in the country in shots per game, averaging 7.42 per contest. Sophomore Sara Moeller ranks 11th in total assists with 33, as well as 19th in total points with 64.
This will be the 16th meeting between the Retrievers and the Seawolves, with UMBC holding a 8-7 lead. However, Stony Brook has won the last seven games of the series.
In their last meeting on April 6, 2016, the Seawolves came out on top with a 17-5 win. Junior Sam Nolan and freshman Payton Van Kirk each scored twice for the Retrievers. Freshman Lauren McDonald also netted a goal. Freshman Carly Tolino made five saves in her first appearance in goal after taking over for junior Ashley Peacock.
The Retrievers will end the regular season on the road as they head to Vermont to face the Catamounts on Saturday, April 28. The opening draw is set for 11 a.m.