Q&A with UMBC attacker Alicia Krause

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April 28, 2011|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

Each week, The Baltimore Sun will publish a Q&A with an area college lacrosse player or coach to get you more acquainted with the player and his/her team. Today's guest is UMBC junior attacker and Mount Hebron graduate Alicia Krause, who has scored 14 of her team-leading 34 goals in the past four games to put the Retrievers women in position to bring the America East tournament to UMBC May 5-7 if they win at undefeated No. 7 Albany on Saturday.

After playing your freshman year at Duquesne, what attracted you to UMBC?

The coaches [Kelly Berger and assistant coach Amy Appelt], they're young and really experienced. They're the best lacrosse players, so I was very excited to learn from them. Talking to my sister Cassie — she played at Towson — she was saying how close her team was, and I didn't really have that at Duquesne. I knew talking to people from here when I visited that they were just really close. I couldn't be happier.

How have you been getting opportunities to score so many goals lately?

I think I've just been seeing the [one-on-ones] a little more. Some of the plays we do are more [one-on-one]-oriented, and I think I'm just more comfortable with the ball. We're staying spread plus the passes from my teammates, of course.

Your team's margin of victory is less than two goals a game. Does that put more pressure on the attack?

Of course (laughs), but we're doing really well stalling. We stall a lot, but I have confidence in our offense. We're getting a lot better at ballhandling and winning the turnovers. I wish it was more of a margin, but I have confidence in the girl with the ball, so it's OK. A win's a win.

Albany is one of only two undefeated teams in Division I along with Maryland. How critical is this game?

It's really crucial. If we win, we get home advantage. I have a lot of confidence coming into the game. I know the girls are really pumped. We beat them last year, knocked them out of the tournament. We're really excited to play them. It's a very important game for sure. It would be great to beat a ranked team too for our program.

What's the key to getting past Albany?

We need to finish our goals. We have a lot of shots throughout the game, and we just don't finish them. We really need to put the ball in the back of the net.

What would it mean to have the home-field advantage for the tournament?

That'd be awesome. It's a huge advantage. Not only would we not have to travel all the way to New York, but everyone's family's here, our facilities and our field. It would be great for our program.


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