STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Despite a back-and-forth game between offensive powerhouses, the third-seeded UMBC women's lacrosse team fell, 14-13, against the two-seed Albany Great Danes in the America East Championship semifinal on Friday night at LaValle Stadium. The Great Danes move to 12-4 on the season, while the Retrievers fall to 11-6.
Junior Carolyn Jamison (Westminster, Md./Westminster) led the Retrievers with five points off four goals and one assist. Sophomore Sara Moeller (Phoenix, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) had a hat trick, while senior Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and sophomore Lauren McDonald (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) each had multi-goal games. Junior Caitlin Miller (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) controlled a team-high three draws and scooped up two groundballs, while senior Rachel Katzenberger (Kingsville, Md./Eastern Tech) had two caused turnovers.
In goal, senior Ashley Peacock (Crofton, Md./Elizabeth Seton/Louisville) made a career-high 14 saves for in all 60 minutes of play. For Albany, Erin Leghart made three saves in 60 minutes between the pipes.
The first half of the game opened with a two-goal advantage for Albany before Moeller notched her 36th goal of the season. The Great Danes and Retrievers exchanged goals, including a score by McDonald to close Albany's lead to 5-2.
UMBC would add goals from Miller and Nolan to close out the first half and head into halftime trailing, 5-4.
Albany opened the second half with a goal before Miller controlled the ensuing draw and found Jamison down the field for the score to keep things close at 6-5. The Great Danes rattled off two straight before Nolan and Moeller counteracted to cut Albany's lead to 8-7, starting an ongoing trend of keeping the score within reach.
The Great Danes used a three-goal run to take an 11-7 lead before Jamison and McDonald scored two quick goals to close the deficit to 11-9.
Moeller and Jamison were able to score twice for UMBC in order to pull the Retrievers back within two, 13-11, after Albany scored twice in a 40 seconds span.
After Albany took a 14-11 lead with 5:31 left in the second half, freshman Zoë Pekins (Columbia, Md./Hammond) notched a goal before Jamison scored her fourth and the final goal of the game.
While the Retrievers' season has come to an end, the 2017 squad has rewritten the record books. As a team, they reset the marks for most goals scored (248), most assists (130), and most points (378) in a season. The 11 overall wins and four victories in America East play this year are the most since the 2011 season and a personal-best under head coach Amy Slade.