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UMBC hangs tough, but falls to UA in semis

Ashley Peacock made 14 saves against Albany to help keep UMBC in the game down until the final seconds.

In a back-and-forth game, very little separated UMBC women’s lacrosse and Albany, but by the time the 60 minutes ran off the clock the top-seeded Great Danes proved to be just one-goal better as they ended the Retriever’s season with a 14-13 defeat in the America East semifinals.

UMBC was much better this time than they were in late March when they suffered a 19-12 loss in Albany. This time on the neutral field at Stony Brook, UMBC refused to let them pull away.

Goalkeeper Ashley Peacock finished with 14 saves to make up for the 33-24 shot disparity. And UMBC also used a well spread-out offense with six different players scoring to their advantage.

Carolyn Jamison led the effort with four goals and one assist while Sara Moeller posted a hat trick. Lauren McDonald and Sam Nolan both scored twice and Zoe Perkins and Caitlin Miller both contributes a goal.

UMBC did get put in a bit of a hole early in the game when Albany build a 5-2 lead with 12 minutes left in the opening half. But the Retrievers were able to fight back. In late March, UMBC was out of the game in the first 10 minutes and saw a running clock start with nine and a half minutes left in the opening half.

Miller and Nolan scored back-to-back to end the first half and trimmed the UMBC deficit down to only one at 5-4. Albany again build up to a three-goal lead as Dakotah Savitcheff scored three of the first four goals of the second half, but again, UMBC responded with a pair to threaten the Great Danes. The time it was Nolan and Moeller to score in succession, just 29 seconds apart.

It was Albany’s three-goal run over less than a three-minute span that made things difficult for UMBC. Albany took an 11-7 lead with 17:53 remaining in the game. UMBC still refused to go away but was able to do any more than scoring two in a row. They did that three times down the stretch, but Albany was able to score just enough to keep their lead.

Jamison made it a one-goal game with 61 seconds remaining. UMBC got the ball late in the game and did have an opportunity to tie the game, but Brittany Levine’s shot went wide and time ran out.

UMBC set multiple program recorded during their 11-6 campaign. As a team, they scored a program-best 248 goals and also set a single-season record with 130 assists and 378 points. The 11 overall wins and four America East wins were the most since the 2011 season and most under head coach Amy Slade.

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