The UMBC women's lacrosse team will close out the regular season on the road, as they travel to Vermont to take on the Catamounts in a Saturday matinee. The opening draw is set for 11 a.m. at Virtue Field.
Scouting the Retrievers (10-5, 3-2 America East):
UMBC saw a four-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday, April 22, as the Retrievers fell to #4 Stony Brook Seawolves, 19-8. The Retrievers close out the season at UMBC Stadium with a 6-2 record.
Sophomore Lauren McDonald notched her seventh straight multi-goal game, scoring six times for UMBC. The Catonsville native also eclipsed the 50-goal plateau on the season, moving into sixth place in the season record books with 52 goals.
Despite the loss, UMBC clinched a spot in the America East Conference Tournament for the third straight year. 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.
The Retrievers have set two team records this season - most assists (121) and most points (333). Both of these break the previous marks of 105 and 329 set by the 2002 squad.
As a team, the Retrievers still rank in the top 50 in major NCAA categories, such as assists per game (4th, 8.07), points per game (11th, 22.20), caused turnovers per game (33rd, 10.07), and scoring offense (20th, 14.13).
Individually, several Retrievers rank among the tops in the NCAA. McDonald ranks 14th in the country in total goals with 52, while senior Sam Nolan is 19th in the NCAA in total points (68). Sophomore Sara Moeller ranks 19th in total assists with 35, as well as 25th in total points with 67. Junior Carolyn Jamison is 13th in the country in shots per game, averaging 7.23 per contest.
Scouting the Catamounts (1-14, 0-5 America East):
Vermont enters the contest on a five-game losing streak, most recently falling to UMass Lowell, 14-8, on Sunday, April 23. Baltimore native Jenna Janes recorded her fifth hat trick of the season and caused a pair of turnovers in the effort. Alison Bolt and Meredith Moore also contributed with two goals apiece. Goalkeeper Maddy Kuras made six saves between the pipes.
Vermont picked up their only win of the season against St. Bonaventure in its non-conference finale. The 17-10 win recorded head coach Sarah Dalton's first career win with the Cats.
Bolt is leading the squad in points (42), goals (28), and free position goals (10). In the net, Kurus holds a .411 save percentage and has made 99 stops so far this season.
This will be the 14th meeting between the Retrievers and the Catamounts, with UMBC holding a 7-6 lead. Vermont enters the game on a two-game winning streak in the series.
In their last meeting on April 23, 2016, the Catamounts came out on top with a 13-10 win. Vermont dominated the game in draw controls, winning 18 to UMBC's seven. It was a record-breaking game for junior Sam Nolan as she reached the Retrievers's all-time top-ten in points and assists on a three goal, three assist game. Sophomore Carolyn Jamison and freshman Lauren McDonald also had multi-goal performances, contributing two goals apiece. In goal, junior Ashley Peacock tied her season high of 11 saves.
UMBC will travel to LaValle Stadium on the campus of Stony Brook University to face No. 2 Albany in the America East Tournament semifinals. The opening draw is set for 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast through AmericaEast.tv.