Women’s Lacrosse Back in Action Against VCU on Saturday

Photo by Jack Miller
Photo by Jack Miller

After a thrilling 9-8 overtime victory over American on Wednesday afternoon, the UMBC women's lacrosse team will head back on the road as they face the VCU Rams on Saturday, February 16. The opening draw from Cary Street Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Dawg Bites

-American took an early 2-1 lead, with Zoë Pekins (Columbia, Md./Hammond) scoring the first goal of the season for the Retrievers at the 24:48 mark.

-UMBC rattled off two straight goals to take a 3-2 lead as Payton Van Kirk (Ocean City, Md./Stephen Decatur) and Pekins both scored.

-After the Eagles scored twice to take a 4-3 lead, Lauren McDonald(Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) took a feed from Catherine Sims (Elkridge, Md./Howard) to tie the game up at 4-all at halftime.

-Just three minutes into the second half, Sims found Van Kirk to help the Retrievers take a 5-4 lead.

-The Eagles rattled off four straight goals to take an 8-5 lead before Lily Kennedy (Marriotsville, Md./Marriots Ridge) broke the streak on a free position attempt at the 10:33 mark to cut the lead to 8-6.

-Kennedy would be awarded another free position shot at the 4:59 mark but American's Fiona Geier would make the save.

-Kelsey Weishaar (Sykesville, Md./Century) scored her first career goal at the 2:33 mark off a feed from Van Kirk to cut American's lead to 8-7.

-After Carly Tolino (Middletown, Md./Middletown) launched a pass downfield into the stick of Levine), Levine was awarded a free position shot and sent the ball into the left side of the net as time ran out to tie things up at 8-all.

-After neither team scored within the first three minutes of overtime, McDonald controlled another draw control to give the Retrievers possession. Out of a UMBC timeout, Corbett took the ball to the net to score her first goal in a Retrievers uniform to give UMBC the 9-8 victory.

-This was the first overtime game for the Retrievers since UMBC beat Binghamton, 11-10, in double overtime on April 16, 2016.

Get to Know: VCU Rams

-VCU opened the 2019 season with a 13-10 victory over Old Dominion on Wednesday. The Rams led 9-3 at halftime, but the Monarchs would score five of the first seven goals out of the break to cut into the lead, 11-8.

-Molly Barcikowski scored two of her four goals at the end of the game to give VCU a 13-8 lead as the Rams held off a late Monarch rally.

-During the game, Barcikowski eclipsed the 100-goal mark for her career; she joins Sky Hyatt as the only VCU players to hit the mark. Barcikowski (36g,24a) and Hyatt (51g, 9a) led the team last season with 60 points.

-Jen (Kasper) O'Brien enters her fourth season as the head coach of the Rams. Last season, O'Brien was named Atlantic 10 Co-Coach of the Year after leading VCU to its first A10 Championship appearance. O'Brien graduated from UMBC in 2007 and was a standout attacker, finishing her career with 142 points (86g, 52a).

The Series

In just three meetings between the two teams, the Retrievers have won every meeting over the Rams.

Last season, UMBC defeated VCU, 21-9, on February 24. The Retrievers led by just three, 10-7, at the half, but UMBC's defense held VCU to just two goals in the second half, while the offensive side of the ball saw 12 points from Sara Moeller off six goals and six assists, followed by three from Lauren McDonald, Caitlin Miller, and Taylor Oliver.