Field Hockey Hosts No. 22 Albany Saturday Afternoon
Tasha Klares and the Retrievers host their second straight nationally ranked opponent.
Baltimore-The UMBC field hockey team (1-10, 0-2 America East) returns home to face conference rival Albany Saturday, Oct. 14 at 12 p.m. at UMBC Stadium.
Looking Back: The Retrievers dropped their sixth straight decision, 9-0, to 21st-ranked Boston University (7-4, 2-0 America East) on Oct. 7 at the Terriers’ Nickerson Field. The Retrievers were shut out for the first time since Sept. 8. Reigning America East Offensive Player of the Year Sarah Shute posted a hat trick and added a helper for the defending conference champs, while Hayly Ross scored twice and eight different players tallied assists. Boston U. led at halftime by a score of 4-0. The Retrievers managed only one shot in the game, coming in the first period by senior midfielder Julie Moore. The Terriers held a 22-1 shot advantage and a 10-1 edge in penalty corners.
On the Great Danes: Albany (10-4, 2-0 America East) is tied atop the league standings with Boston University and is ranked No. 22 in the STX/NFHCA Division-I National Coaches Poll. The Great Danes are coming off a 2-1 loss at Syracuse on Wednesday. Michelle Simpson leads the team and the conference with 13 goals and 33 points, while Arlette Westdrop is tops in both with 16 assists. Michele Polizois (20pts, 9g), Jess Lindsey (17pts, 13a), Westdrop (16pts), Teska Koch (13pts, 5g), Kristen Holder (5g) and Simpson (7a) all rank among the top 10 in the America East in their respective categories. Goalie Ashley Ross has posted a league-best 1.11 goals-against average and a .797 save percentage. The Great Danes lead the conference in most categories, including scoring margin, scoring average, shutouts, GAA, shots, goals, goals per game and assists. Albany has out-scored its opponents, 44-15.
Last Time vs. the Great Danes: Albany defeated UMBC, 5-3, on Oct. 15, 2005 at the Great Danes’ Alumni Turf Field. Kristi Troster scored twice for the Retrievers. Julie Moore tied the score at 1-1 just before halftime and Troster knotted it again at 2-2 about eight minutes into the second period. Albany took the lead for good in the 48th minute. Amanda Heinz recorded two assists on the day for UMBC.
UMBC vs. Albany All-Time: The Retrievers have never beaten the Great Danes in three games since joining the America East Conference in 2003. All three games have been close, including a 6-5 overtime loss at Albany in 2003.
Moving Up the Ranks: Senior midfielder Julie Moore is UMBC’s all-time leading scorer with 20 goals and 48 points, while senior midfielder Kristi Troster ranks fourth all-time with 36 points.
Player Goals Assists Points
1. Julie Moore 20 8 48
2. Robi Tamargo 16 13 45
3. Chris Marsiglia 15 12 42
4. Kristi Troster 14 8 36
5. Kristin Ramsay 15 4 34
6. Katie Cutchall 12 8 32
Dawg Bites: The Retrievers have lost five straight dating to Sept. 15 and start the season 1-10 for the first time since 2003… UMBC has dropped 19 straight conference games since joining the America East in 2003… The Retrievers have been blanked four times this season, but the shutout against Boston U. was their first since Sept. 8 at Fairfield… The nine goals allowed to the Terriers are the most the Retrievers have given up since a 9-5 loss to Vermont on Oct. 1, 2005… Freshman forward Mary Strain and sophomore midfielder Amanda Yanulevich are tied for the team lead with five points apiece, while Strain, senior midfielder Julie Moore, sophomore forward Allyson Carter and senior midfielder Kristi Troster have two goals… Yanulevich and junior midfielder Amy Morrow lead the team with three assists, while Morrow has tallied two of UMBC’s three defensive saves… The Retrievers have been outscored 45-11 and out-shot 191-75 in 11 games.
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