BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's lacrosse team battled tough against #4 Stony Brook, but ultimately fell to the Seawolves, 19-8, on Saturday, April 22. The Seawolves move to 14-1 overall and 5-0 in America East play, while the Retrievers fall to 10-5 overall and 3-2 in conference contests.
Despite the loss, UMBC clinched a spot in the America East Conference Tournament for the third straight season. This is first time that the team will be making a back-to-back-to-back appearance in the conference tournament since the 2010-2012 seasons. The Retrievers will head to Stony Brook as the No. 3 seed and will face No. 2 Albany on Friday, May 5.
Sophomore Lauren McDonald (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) led the team with six goals, followed by classmate Sara Moeller (Phoenix, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) and senior Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md./Fallston), who each scored once. McDonald now has 52 goals on the season, which ranks sixth in UMBC program history. Junior Carolyn Jamison (Westminster, Md./Westminster) dished out three assists on the day and junior Caitlin Miller (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) controlled a team-high five draws.
Defensively, senior Rachel Katzenberger (Kingsville, Md./Eastern Tech) and sophomore Brittany Levine (Middletown, Md./Middletown) each had two caused turnovers, while senior goalkeeper Ashley Peacock (Crofton, Md./Elizabeth Seton/Louisville) scooped up a team-high three ground balls. Peacock also made 10 saves while in between the pipes. In goal for Stony Brook, Anna Tesoriero made 12 saves on the day.
As a team, the Retrievers kept par with the Seawolves, as the visitors outshot the Dawgs, 39-33, and controlled 14 draws, compared to UMBC's 13. Stony Brook also picked up 16 ground balls, while UMBC had 14.
Both teams kept each other scoreless for the first eight minutes of the game, before Stony Brook opened a four-goal run. McDonald put the Retrievers on the board at the 17:55 mark off a feed from Jamison to end the drought.
The Seawolves added another score to the board before Moeller took the resetting draw and fed it straight to McDonald for the Retrievers's second goal of the game and cut Stony Brook's lead to 5-2.
Stony Brook used another three-goal run to take an 8-2 lead before Moeller scored for UMBC to cut the deficit to six. However, the Seawolves ended the first period with three straight goals to take an 11-3 lead into the half.
Just 40 seconds into the second half, McDonald netted her third goal of the game off an assist from Jamison to bring the score to 11-4. Stony Brook would extend their lead to 12-4 with 27:44 on the clock, but McDonald would counteract 12 seconds later after Miller took a draw control and fed the ball directly to her to cut the Seawolves's lead to seven.
Stony Brook scored two straight before the teams started to exchange goals, including a goal from Nolan and two from McDonald for a 16-8 score. However, the Seawolves would close out the game on a three-goal tear for the 19-8 win.
UP NEXT: UMBC will travel to Vermont on Saturday, April 29 to face the Catamounts to close out the regular season. The opening draw is set for 11 a.m.