March 19, 2011

UMBC Upends Women's Lacrosse, 15-8

EMMITSBURG, Md. - UMBC defeated Mount St. Mary's 15-8 in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Saturday.

Esther Rufolo (Woodstock, Md./Chapelgate Christian Academy) paced the Mount (1-6) with four goals. Nicole Price (White Hall, Md./North Harford) added two goals and an assist while Jen Semler (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) found the twine twice in the loss.

Amanda Pappas fueled the Retrievers (6-2) with four goals and two assists while Emily Coady tallied three markers and three assists in the winning effort.

UMBC scored seven-straight goals to take the lead and never look back to improve to 11-1 against its in-state rival.

After Mount St. Mary's grabbed a 2-0 lead 4:05 into the match, Coady fueled a 7-0 run with two goals and two assists. She got the Retrievers on the scoreboard with an unassisted tally at 5:24 before she dished out an assist to Pappas at the six-minute mark to tie the game at 2. Stodter then scored unassisted at 8:23 before Pappas returned the favor to Coady at 8:55 for a 4-2 lead. After Jennie Ballenger converted a free-position attempt at 9:35, Coady fed Pappas again at the 11-minute mark and Erika Braerman capped the 7-0 run with an unassisted tally at 26:51 for a 7-2 lead.

Semler halted the run with a goal off an Alexis Salerno (South Setauket, N.Y./Ward Mellville) assist at 19:00, but Pappas answered with an unassisted marker at 26:51. Rufolo closed the scoring in the first half with a marker off a feed from Lindsay Diaz (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) with eight seconds left in the stanza to trim the margin to 8-4 at halftime.

Mount St. Mary's scored three of the first five goals in the second stanza to cut the deficit to 10-7. Braerman started the scoring with an unassisted goal at 32:20.

Rufolo then started a 3-1 surge when she took a pass from Mary MacAdam (Palmyra, N.J./Holy Cross at 33:35. After Coady set up 36:58, Rufolo converted an 8-meter chance at 37:13 and Semler found the back of the net off a Price feeder at 38:59 to make it a three-goal match.

The Retrievers then rolled off the next four markers to grab a 14-7 advantage. Kristen Bilney (46:45), Coady (48:19), Stodter (48:43) and Alicia Krause (51:54) each scored in the run.

Price ended the UMBC run with an unassisted tally at 55:29, but Pappas closed out her four-goal afternoon with an unassisted score with 16 seconds left in the game.

The Mountaineers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game. Price scored unassisted at 2:11 and Rufolo found the twine at 4:05 to give the Mount its only lead of the game. UMBC then scored the next seven goals and went on for the 15-8 victory.

Brigid McTavish (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll) made five saves for the Mount. Lucy Pompa (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) posted four draw controls and two ground balls while Aly Jost (Abington, Md./Bel Air) added two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Pompa became the eighth player in program history to grab 100 draw controls in her career and moved into seventh place with 102 draws.

Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Monday night at home against George Washington. Game time is 7 p.m.