The Mountaineers opened the 2018 campaign with a 12-8 victory over Manhattan on Saturday at Waldron Family Stadium. With the game tied at 8-8 in the final minutes of play, Carly Miller found Taylor Carhart with a nice feed in front of net, and Carhart fired one past Nikki Prestiano to put the Mount on top, 9-8, with 2:52 remaining. Miller netted an unassisted tally just over a minute later for her fourth goal of the game to give the Mount some breathing room, and Kate Kinsella and Alayna Pagnotta added insurance tallies in the final 19 seconds as the Mount went on for the 12-8 victory.
Miller led all scorers in the contest with five points on four goals and one assist, and rookie Beanie Colson tallied three goals and one assist to go along with a game-high nine draw controls in her collegiate debut. Jillian Petito stopped eight shots to earn in the win in goal.
Goals: Miller (4), Colson (3), Kinsella (2)
Assists: Carhart (1), Colson (1), Davis (1), Miller (1)
Points: Miller (5), Colson (4), Carhart (2), Davis (2), Kinsella (2)
Ground balls: Petito (5), Ridenour (3), Colson (2), Davis (2), Hurlburt (2), Oakley (2)
Draw controls: Colson (9), Hurlburt (2), Davis (1), Heller (1), Kinsella (1)
Caused Turnovers: Davis (3), Petito (2), Colson (1), Heller (1), Hurlburt (1)
Save Pct: Petito (.500)
Sophomore Carly Miller and freshman Beanie Colson were recognized with Northeast Conference weekly honors following the Mount's season-opening win against Manhattan on Saturday. Miller was named the NEC Player of the Week, while Colson earned Rookie of the Week honors. The duo combined for seven of the team's 12 goals in the victory.
The Retrievers, coming off an 11-6 record and America East Semifinals appearance in 2017, started off this season with a big 16-3 victory over Northeast Conference member LIU Brooklyn on Saturday. Lauren McDonald led the charge with a game-high seven points on six goals and one assist, and Carolyn Jamison added three goals and one helper. Carly Tolino posted the win in net for UMBC with a five-save performance.
INSIDE THE SERIES
UMBC owns a 15-1 advantage in the all-time series against the Mountaineers, with the Mount's lone win coming back in 2004. Last season, the Retrievers posted a 16-7 victory in Baltimore, paced by six points (5g, 1a) from Carolyn Jamison. Sammie Knapp (3g, 1a) and Taylor Carhart (2g) led the way for the Mount in the contest.
The Mount wraps up its three-game home stand on Saturday, February 24 against Army at 12 p.m.