Women's Lacrosse Hosts Vermont in Saturday #AEWLAX Contest

Photo by Jack Miller
Photo by Jack Miller
BALTIMORE - UMBC women's lacrosse will close out a two-game homestand as they welcome the Vermont Catamounts in an America East matchup on Saturday, April 14. The opening draw is set for 12 p.m.
 
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (9-5, 1-3 America East)
UMBC dropped its second straight contest and fell to 1-3 in conference play on Saturday in an 11-7 loss to Albany. 
 
Junior Lauren McDonald led the Retrievers with six points (5g,1a), and was 2-4 from free position shots. Senior Carolyn Jamison had two assists, two caused turnovers, and four ground balls, while classmate Caitlin Miller controlled a game-high six draws.
 
Jamison is second on the team with 46 points off 31 goals and 15 assists, followed by McDonald with 33 goals and four assists. Jamison leads the team with 39 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers, which is tied for sixth overall in a season. Miller leads the team with 66 draw controls, which is the fourth-most in a season and is second in the America East with 4.71 draws per game.
 
In goal, Kelsey Major is 6-4 and has made 99 saves on the year with a 46.7 save percentage. 
 
The Retrievers rank second in the America East in goals per game (11.86), points per game (16.14), draw controls per game (12.14), ground balls per game (20.21), and caused turnovers per game (10.57). 
 
On the national level, the Retrievers are 21st in caused turnovers per game and 29th in ground balls per game. UMBC also has the 25th-best scoring defense in the country, allowing just 9.93 goals per contest.
 
SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS (4-9, 0-4 America East)
Vermont is on a four-game losing skid, most recently falling in an America East matchup against New Hampshire, 17-6. The Catamounts' last victory came on March 22 when they defeated Sacred Heart, 11-6.
 
Elise Koehl leads the Catamounts with 31 goals and 35 points, while Alex Bernier leads the team with 17 assists to go along with her nine goals on the season. Jenna Janes is second on the team with 29 points (22g,7a). 
 
Maddy Kuras has started all 13 games in goal for Vermont, making 132 saves, which ranks fourth in the country, and posting a 43.9 save percentage. Kuras is averaging 10.15 stops per game, which is the fifth-best in the NCAA. Catherine Green has made five appearances between the pipes, making five saves.
 
The Catamounts currently boast the 19th best free position percentage in the country and the best in the America East, making 48.6 percent of their shots (35-72). 
 
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Retrievers and Catamounts are meeting for the 15th time, with UMBC holding an 8-6 advantage in the series. Last season, UMBC defeated Vermont, 23-16, in the regular season finale. 
 
Lauren McDonald netted eight goals in the game, helping her to reset the program record for most goals in a single season with 61. 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).