UMBC Adds 12 Newcomers to the 2012-2013 Lacrosse Roster

BALTIMORE UMBC women's lacrosse will welcome 12 newcomers to its 2013 roster, as announced by co-head coaches Tony Giro and Amy Appelt. The group includes six All-Americans four Under Armour All-Americans and a wealth of championship experience.

"We are very excited about the incoming class," co-head coach Tony Giro said. "We graduated some great players, who really help raise the level of UMBC lacrosse. Unfortunately, you have to replace those players and Amy (Appelt) and I feel like we've done that with quality people and players. All over the field, we think this team will be quicker and more explosive."

Transfers Ali Carpenter (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh/Loyola), Mary Milligan (Edgewater, Md./South River/Anne Arundel CC), and Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) bring collegiate experience to the Retrievers. Carpenter played two seasons with Loyola, which won back-to-back Big East championships. The Baltimore, Md., native saw action in 12 games as a freshman, before suffering an injury and returning for five games during her second season with the Greyhounds.

"Ali comes from highly successful high school (McDonogh) and college programs (Loyola) that teach the game the right way," said Giro. "She is the kind of kid who will run through a wall to win a ground ball and has an innate desire to win. We think Ali will add a new level of aggressiveness and understanding to our attack and midfield units."

Milligan played two seasons at Anne Arundel Community College where she helped her team to District B and Region 20 championships in 2011 and earned First Team All-American and All-Conference honors as a sophomore on a NJCAA national runner-up squad.

"Mary had a tremendous experience in junior college and it really shows in her play," Giro said of Milligan. "She has a high lacrosse IQ which allows her to make quick and correct decisions on both ends of the field."

Semones saw action in three games at Penn State last season, tallying one assist on the year. Prior to her time with the Nittany Lions, the Westminster, Md., native posted a school record at Westminster High School with 229 career goals ranking third all-time in Carroll County history. She earned All-Conference and All-County honors all four years with the Owls and added Under Armour All-American recognition to her resume in 2011.

"Alyssa will battle for a starting midfield position from day one," explained Giro. "She is fast, strong, physical and plays with an edge which will help her fit right into the America East style of play."

Kris Coppolino (Winter Springs, Fla./Winter Springs) marks the only non-Maryland resident joining the Retrievers in 2013, coming north after a stellar career at Winter Springs High School. The Lacrosse Magazine and Seminole County Player of the Year in the South Region and US Lacrosse All-American, finished her career with 496 points the most in school history at Winter Springs and ranking ninth all-time on ESPN's list and helped her Bears' team to the state finals during her junior season.

"Kris comes to us after leaving Florida as one of the best players in the state's history," said Giro. "She is quick, skilled and deceptive with the ball which enables her to get through tight spaces and finish. Her communication on the field shows that she is a natural leader."

The Retrievers add four Howard County standouts in Megan Flock (Ellicott City, Md./Howard), Anne Zabel (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) Rachel Benzing (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) and Meghan Milani (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg). Flock saw great success on the field during both her high school and club careers. The Ellicott City, Md., native was an Under Armour All-American honoree during her junior season at Howard High School, in addition to helping her team to reach the regional finals as a senior. Her M&D 2012 Black Club team picked up a Club National Championship in 2010, in the midst of two straight undefeated seasons.

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