BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse's hits the road for the first of two road games when it travels to Wagner on Monday, March 18. The Retrievers look to continue to build momentum, having won three of their last four contests, as they enter into America East play on Saturday against Boston University. Monday's game time is set for 3 p.m. at Hameline Field.
The black and gold picked up an 18-4 victory against Mount St. Mary's on Friday night at the UMBC Stadium. UMBC (5-2) had seven different players score en route to their highest scoring total of the season, including a career-high five goals from junior midfielder Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron), while sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State), the Retrievers' points leader, added two goals and four assists for six points in the contest. Sophomore Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) and junior Mary Milligan (Edgewater, Md./South River/Anne Arundel CC) also registered hat tricks.
UMBC has five players with 10-plus goals, led by Bilney's team-best 17 scores. Semones pilots the squad with 26 draw controls, 16 goals, eight assists and 24 points. Junior Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley/Florida) has connected on six of nine free position shots on the season and has 14 goals on the year.
Goalkeeper Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor), who entered the week ranked 24th in Division I in saves, only needed to make one stop in the victory against the Mount. Mason has seen all the action in net this season for the Retrievers and has made 44 stops.
Wagner (4-3) dropped back-to-back contests last week, getting edged by Liberty University, 12-11, on Sunday and falling, 16-6, to Lafayette on Wednesday. Senior attacker Annie O'Connor scored two goals and assisted on two others against the Leopards, while sophomore attacker Jessica Mills, the team-leader in goals (15), assists (21) and points (36), also found the net twice.
O'Connor and freshman midfielder Casey McCarthy have also added 14 goals apiece for the Seahawks on the season. O'Connor has added seven assists on the year for 21 points, while McCarthy, the NEC Rookie of the Week, leads the team with 14 draw controls.