The UMBC women's lacrosse team will make a trip back to the postseason this week, as the third-seeded Retrievers travel to LaValle Stadium on the campus of Stony Brook University for the semifinals of the America East Championships.
The Retrievers will face off against the second-seed Albany Great Danes on Friday, May 5 with the opening draw at 8 p.m. Cam Boone will have the call on AmericaEast.tv. Live stats for the game will also be available via Stony Brook's athletic website.
The winner of the Albany-UMBC game will take on the winner of the game between No. 1 Stony Brook and No. 4 New Hampshire at 12 p.m. on Sunday, May 7.
2017 America East Women's Lacrosse Championships Information
Where: LaValle Stadium - Stony Brook, N.Y.
When: Friday, May 5 and Sunday, May 7
How to Watch: The semifinals will be broadcast on AmericaEast.tv, while the championship game will be on ESPN3.
Social Media: @UMBC_WLAX, @AmericaEast, #AEWLAX
Scouting the Retrievers (11-5, 4-2 AE):
-For the third consecutive season, UMBC will make an appearance in the America East Tournament. 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 11-5 overall record and 4-2 America East mark by the 2017 team are all program-bests under head coach Amy Slade and the highest marks for the team since the 2011 season, where they finished 11-7 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
-While the Retrievers had clinched their spot in the tournament following their loss to Stony Brook last weekend, the team closed out the regular season with an explosive 23-16 over Vermont. Sophomore Lauren McDonald was an offensive powerhouse, scoring eight goals for UMBC, followed by senior Sam Nolan and junior Carolyn Jamison with four goals a piece.
-In her eighth straight multi-goal game of the season, McDonald reset the record for most goals in a season with her eight goal game, bringing her tally for this year to 60; the previous record was 58, set back in 1985 by Laura Robinson.
-The Retrievers rank in the Top 25 in the NCAA in assists per game (fifth, 8.06), points per game (11th, 22.75), and scoring offense (16th, 14.69). Individually, McDonald ranks third in the country and first in the conference in goals per game (3.75) and ranks 33rd in the NCAA and seventh in the America East in points per game (4.13). Sophomore Sara Moeller is 26th in the nation and third in the conference in total assists (35), while Nolan is 18th in the country and fourth among America East players in total points (76).
Scouting the Great Danes (11-4, 5-1 AE):
-Albany enters its ninth-straight America East semifinals as the second-seed with a 5-1 conference record, most recently taking down Binghamton, 21-10, on April 29. Their victory over Binghamton marks a six-game winning streak as they head into the America East Tournament. The only loss in their conference play came in the form of an 18-11 loss against Stony Brook in early April.
-Against the Bearcats, four different players earned at least five points to finish out the America East regular season in second place. 21 goals marks the highest offensive output for the Great Danes since 2015.
-Before facing the Bearcats, the Great Danes had a ten day layoff after defeating Dartmouth. Sarah Martin had a standout performance with six goals and seven draw controls to help in the 11-8 win. Kenzie Neal and Dakotah Savitcheff were also instrumental with multi-goal performances.
-The Great Danes, who are receiving votes in the IWLCA Division I poll, are led offensively by Martin, who has notched 91 points off 56 goals and 35 assists, Emma Powlin (25g, 40a), and Savitcheff (44g). Martin ranks third in the country in total points (91) and 12th in draw controls per game (5.73), while Powlin ranks 11th in the country in total assists Erin Leghart has started fourteen games for Albany, making 82 saves for a 43.2 save percentage and has a 9.53 goals against average.
-The last meeting between these teams ended in a 19-12 loss for the Retrievers in their America East opener at Albany in late March. Lauren McDonald, Sam Nolan, Sara Moeller, and Payton Van Kirk all had multi-goal performances, but it was not enough to top the Great Danes. For Albany, the top scorers included Dakotah Savitcheff and Kaylee Richert with 5 goals a piece.
-The Retrievers and Great Danes are meeting for the 19th time, with Albany holding a 12-6 lead in the series. The Great Danes have won the last six games, including a victory in the opening matchup of the America East Championship last season.
-This will be the fourth meeting between UMBC and Albany in America East Championships, with the Great Danes holding a 2-1 advantage. The last postseason meeting came during the 2016 tournament when Albany beat UMBC, 19-3. The Retrievers defeated the Great Danes's in the 2010 semifinals of the America East Championships, 11-9.