Women's Lacrosse Routs Vermont, 23-16, to Close Out Regular Season

Sophomore Lauren McDonald broke the program record for most goals scored in a season (61) and tied the record for most goals in a game (9) (Photo by Jack Miller)
Sophomore Lauren McDonald broke the program record for most goals scored in a season (61) and tied the record for most goals in a game (9) (Photo by Jack Miller)

BURLINGTON, Vt. – The UMBC women's lacrosse team closed out the regular season with a 23-16 victory over the Vermont Catamounts on Saturday, April 29. The Retrievers move to 11-5 overall on the season and 4-2 in America East play, a record-best under head coach Amy Slade. The Catamounts fell to 1-15 overall and 0-6 in conference play.

In continuing with breaking records this season, sophomore Lauren McDonald (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) reset the record for most goals in a season with her eight goal game, bringing her tally for this year to 61; the previous record was 58, set back in 1985 by Laura Robinson.

The 23 goals scored in the game was the most in a contest this season, topping the 21-goal victory over Binghamton earlier in April. The 39 total goals scored is the most in program history, breaking the record of 36 (UMBC 25, Kutztown 11; UMBC 24, Mount St. Mary's 12).

McDonald led the team with ten points off her nine scores and one assists, followed by senior Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md./Fallston) with four goals and four assists. Junior Carolyn Jamison (3g, 2a), sophomore Sara Moeller (Phoenix, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) (3g), and senior Caroline Haggerty (Bel Air, Md/John Carroll School) (2g) all recorded multi-goal games. McDonald, Haggerty, and junior Caitlin Miller (Frederick,Md./Tuscarora) controlled a team-high four draws, while Miller caused three turnovers.

In goal, senior Ashley Peacock (Crofton, Md./Elizabeth Seton/Louisville) moved to 9-3 on the season after making 10 saves on the day and picked up a team-high four ground balls. For Vermont, Catherine Green picked up the loss after allowing 10 goals and making two saves in almost 20 minutes of play. Maddy Kuras came in for relief of Green, making 16 saves between the pipes.

The Retrievers started the game with two quick goals from Nolan and McDonald, all within a 59 second span. However, the Catamounts used a four-goal spurt to take a 4-2 lead with 26:29 remaining in the first half.

McDonald ended the run with a free position goal to close the gap to 4-3 before Jamison tied things up at four-all with 19:35 on the clock. After the team began to exchange goals, Vermont took a 7-6 lead with 13:10 left in the half. Moeller then started a five-goal run for the Retrievers, including two free position goals and a score from Zoë Pekins (Columbia, Md./Hammond) to give UMBC an 11-7 lead over the Catamounts with 8:41 remaining in the first half.

Vermont would claw back, scoring three towards the end of the period, but UMBC would hold onto a 12-10 lead heading into the half.

The Retrievers opened the second half outscoring the Catamounts, 5-1, to take an early 17-11 lead before the team exchanged goals again. Two straight goals from Nolan and one from McDonald helped UMBC take a 21-13 lead.

Haggerty and Miller scored the final two goals for UMBC in between three goals from Vermont, but the Retrievers would hold on for their 23-16 victory.

UP NEXT: UMBC will travel to Stony Brook for the America East semifinals as the No. 3 seed in the tournament, where they will face No. 2 Albany on Friday, May 5. The opening draw is set for 8 p.m. on AmericaEast.tv.