UMBC Uses Second Half Rally to Get Past Vermont

BALTIMORE-The UMBC women's lacrosse team (9-4, 2-1 AE) outscored America East rival Vermont (2-8, 0-3 AE) 10-3 in the second half en route to a 15-9 victory Wednesday afternoon at UMBC Stadium.

The Retrievers are off to their best start since also winning nine of their first 13 games in 2002. UMBC has also matched its entire win total from the 2009 campaign, when it posted a 9-8 overall record.

Junior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) equaled her career best with a game-high five goals, including three in the second half, and was named UMBC's America East Player of the Game.

After senior midfielder Amanda Gable (Mount Airy, Md./Glenelg) gave the Retrievers an early 1-0 lead at the 24:15 mark, Vermont scored five of the game's next six goals to take a 5-2 lead with 9:08 remaining in the half. UMBC knotted the score with three straight goals over the next 6:42 of action, but with 1:59 left, Vermont attack Samantha Stern gave the Catamounts a 6-5 lead, which they took into halftime.

Vermont attack Kaitlyn Johnson converted a feed from defender Adison Rounds to make it a two-goal game just two minutes into the second stanza, but the Retrievers scored four times in a span of 2:11 to take a 9-7 lead. Johnson made it 9-8 with a free-position goal at the 19:33 mark, but it was the last goal the visitors would get for 19 minutes, as UMBC tallied six in a row to take control of the game.

Sophomore midfielder Bria Phillips (Davidsonville, Md./Coronado (Calif.)) scored all three of her goals in the second half, while sophomore attack Emily Coady (Westminster, Md./Westminster) added three points on two goals and an assist.

Stern led the Catamounts with three goals and earned her team's America East Player of the Game nod.

Senior goalie Kate Quick (Phoenix, Md./Maryvale Prep) recorded a season-high 11 saves, while Vermont keeper Laura Barber also stopped 11 shots.

The Retrievers outshot the Catamounts, 38-27, including 25-12 in the second half, but Vermont held a 16-10 advantage on draw controls, including 10-2 in the first period.

The Retrievers return to action on Saturday, when they host defending America East champion Boston University at 12:00 p.m.

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BALTIMORE -The UMBC Retrievers out scored Vermont 10-3 in the second half to earn a come-from-behind 15-9 victory over the Catamounts in America East women's lacrosse action at UMBC Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

UMBC improves to 9-4 overall and 2-1 in America East. Vermont falls to 2-8 on the year and 0-3 in league play.

The Catamounts held a 5-2 lead after a goal by Samantha Stern (Cherry Hill, N.J.) at the 9:08 mark of the first half. The Retrievers answered with three straight goals to knot the game up, 5-5. Stern added the final tally of her three first-half goals with 1:59 remaining to give UVM a 6-5 advantage at the break.

Vermont opened the half with a goal by Kaitlyn Johnson (Meriden, N.H.) at the 27:51 mark to push UVM's lead to two, 7-5, but UMBC would rattle off four straight in a string of 10 of the next 11 goals in the game to take over the lead and go on to post the victory.

Erika Braerman led UMBC with five goals, three in the second half, and Bria Phillips added a hat trick.

Stern finished the game with her second straight hat trick to lead the Catamounts.

Laura Barber (Middlebury, Vt.) and Kate Quick made 11 saves each in the Vermont and UMBC net, respectively.

Vermont returns to action on Saturday (April 10) when it hosts Binghamton at noon at Moulton Winder Field.

Prior to the game the Catamounts will be taking donations at the ticket window in Gutterson Fieldhouse for the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.


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