The UMBC men's soccer team plays its final regular season road contest of the campaign when the seventh-ranked Retrievers face America East newcomer UMass Lowell at Cushing Field in Lowell, Mass. on Saturday, Nov. 2. UMBC (12-1-2, 3-0-2) has already clinched a spot in the league championship tournament, but will be trying to secure home field or a bye in its final two America East contests. UMBC is unbeaten in its last five games, including a 0-0 double OT draw at Binghamton on Oct. 26. UML is 1-0-1 in its last two league games, including a 1-1 2OT draw vs. Vermont a week ago. Kick-off time is set for 1:00 p.m. and live stats and video are available via www.umbcretrievers.com.
UMBC has re-established its top two rankings in school history in two polls for games ending Oct 20. In the NSCAA poll, UMBC is at No. 7, matching its top mark, which first occurred for games ending Sept. 29. The Retrievers' No. 5 ranking (Oct. 20) by Top Drawer Soccerwas its top position in any media-affiliated men's soccer poll. For the first time in school history, UMBC was ranked No. 1 in its (Northeast) region and has been ranked No. 1 for six consecutive weeks.
UMBC's road unbeaten streak was extended to nine (6-0-3) with the draw at Binghamton. That breaks the previous longest in school history, which was recorded in the 1999 campaign (6-0-2).
Entering play this weekend, UMBC leads the nation in winning percentage (.867). The Retrievers are tied for 14th in scoring offense and 22nd in scoring defense. SR Pete Caringi III is tied for 12th nationally in goals scored (10). JR M Geaton Caltabiano is tied for 17th in total assists (7).
INSIDE THE SERIES
This will be the first-ever meeting between UMBC and UMass Lowell.
SCOUTING THE RIVERHAWKS
Freshman Eric Martin accounted for the lone goal as UMass Lowell and the University of Vermont played to a 1-1 deadlock in double overtime last Saturday afternoon in an America East Conference men's soccer clash at the Archie Post Athletic Complex. With the draw, UMass Lowell currently stands at 3-12-1 overall and 1-3-1 in America East.
The River Hawks, in their inaugural Division I season, are 1-0-1 in their last two matches. Junior Homero Morais leads UML with seven goals and four assists, including a pair of goals in the 3-2 victory over Stony Brook. Morais is second in the America East Conference in scoring.
UML has allowed 34 goals on the season, the most in the America East Conference.
UMBC concludes the regular season at Retriever Soccer Park on Wednesday, Nov. 6 when they host Stony Brook. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m