Women's Lacrosse Looks to Pick Up Fourth Straight Win; Welcomes Crosstown Rivals #24 Johns Hopkins Wednesday

Photo by Jack Miller
Photo by Jack Miller

BALTIMORE, Md. – Looking to build upon a three-game winning streak, the UMBC women's lacrosse team will welcome crosstown rivals #24 John Hopkins to UMBC Stadium on Wednesday, March 14. The opening draw between the Retrievers and the Blue Jays is set for 5 p.m.

 

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
UMBC is on a three-game winning streak and moved to 6-1 on the season as they defeated Duquesne, 16-10, on Saturday.

 

The Dukes opened the contest with three goals before senior Caitlin Miller and junior Lauren McDonald scored two straight for the Retrievers to cut the lead to 3-2.

 

Duquesne added two more goals to take a 5-2 lead before UMBC scored four in a row from Miller, senior Carolyn Jamison, and two from junior Sara Moeller to take a 6-5 lead into the half.

 

At the start of the second half, Miller, freshman Lily Kennedy, and McDonald each added a goal before the Dukes added two to make the score 9-7 in favor of the Retrievers. UMBC ended the game on a 6-3 run to end the game.

 

Moeller led the team with six points off four goals and two assists, followed by Miller (3g, 2a) and Jamison (3g, 1a). In goal, senior Kelsey Major picked up the win, making 13 saves between the pipes.

 

In the latest NCAA stat rankings, the Retrievers rank 13th in caused turnovers per game (11.29), 20th in points per game (20.00), 36th in assists per game (5.57), 24th in scoring offense (14.43), 32nd in scoring defense, and 18th in scoring margin (4.00).

 

Individually, Moeller ranks in the top 10 in assists (sixth, 17), assists per game (fourth, 2.83), goals per game (10th, 4.17), points (second, 42), and points per game (first, 7.00).

 

Jamison was named America East Offensive Player of the Week after her performance in both the Duquesne and Coastal Carolina games, tallying seven goals and one assist.

 

SCOUTING THE BLUE JAYS

Johns Hopkins enters the contests at 6-2 on the season, most recently defeating Hofstra, 15-6. The Blue Jays only losses this season came at Penn and Georgetown. In the latest IWLCA poll, the Blue Jays were ranked 24th.

 

The Blue Jays scored two goals in a 72 second span before the Pride responded to pull even. After Hopkins scored another goal to take a 3-2 lead, Hofstra scored three straight to take the lead with 5:39 remaining in the game.

 

Johns Hopkins used a four-goal run at the end of the period, including a goal with 33 seconds left to take a 7-5 lead into halftime. The Blue Jays used that same momentum going into the second half as they opened with a five-goal run. The Pride scored one more goal in the contest as the Blue Jays closed the game on a three goal streak.

 

Emily Kenul leads Johns Hopkins in goals, scoring 20 so far on the season. Miranda Ibello leads the team in points (31) and assists (15). In goal, Haley Crosson has started all eight games for the Blue Jays, making 65 saves and posting a 9.80 goals against average.

 

INSIDE THE SERIES

The Retrievers and the Blue Jays are meeting for the 31st time, with the series tied at 14-14-2.

 

Last season, Johns Hopkins picked up its fifth straight win in the series, defeating UMBC, 12-8, at Homewood Field. UMBC took an early 3-0 lead in the game, thanks to goals from Moeller, Payton Van Kirk, and McDonald. Hopkins used a four-goal run to take the lead, but Sam Nolan netted a goal to tie things up at 4-4 before halftime.

 

Out of the locker rooms, the Retrievers took a 5-4 lead after Miller scored off a feed from Nolan. The Blue Jays scored two more to take the 6-4 lead before Moeller notched another goal to even things up again. Hopkins then used a five goal spurt to take the lead to 11-6. McDonald scored two more times to try and pull a comeback, but Hopkins scored a final goal for the 12-8 victory.