The UMBC Retrievers' (9-5-3, 5-0-1 America East) men's soccer squad concludes the regular season slate when they face the Stony Brook Seawolves (4-12-1, 2-4-0 AE) on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at LaValle Stadium. Kick-off time is set for approximately 7:00 p.m. Live streaming and stats are also available via the links on www.umbcretrievers.com and you can also follow all the action via UMBC Front Row, the Retrievers' mobile app.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC senior midfielder Michael DiCesare scored three goals as the Retrievers thrashed Vermont, 5-1, and captured at least a share of their second consecutive America East Conference regular season title on Senior Night, this past Saturday at Retriever Soccer Park.
The Retrievers scored a season-high in goals and tallied the most goals since a 7-1 victory over Hartford in 2012. DiCesare's three-goal game was UMBC's first since Pete Caringi III netted four goals in that same contest versus Hartford. Junior Michael Scott and red-shirt sophomore Michael Burgos netted the first and fifth goals for UMBC respectively.
DiCesare earned Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Player of the Week and America East Player of the Week honors and earned spots on national teams of the week from Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News.
Senior forward Kay Banjo, who contributed an assist in the game, continues to lead the conference in all goal-scoring (7, 0.47 pg), assists (6, 0.40 pg) and total points (20, 1.33 pg) categories. He is ranked 31 st nationally in points per game and 34th (tied) in total goals.
UMBC is now unbeaten in its last 18 America East regular season contests (15-0-3) and is unbeaten versus its last 22 league foes (include playoffs), which is the longest such streak in America East history. At Retriever Soccer Park, UMBC is unbeaten in its last 14 (12-0-2) contests when playing America East foes.
SCOUTING THE SEAWOLVES: Stony Brook junior midfielder Alejandro Fritz scored his third goal of the season late in the first half to tie the game at 1-1, but the Binghamton Bearcats scored four second half goals to win 5-1 in Vestal, N.Y. on Saturday. Despite the loss, the Seawolves managed to secure a playoff spot thanks to UMass Lowell's victory over New Hampshire earlier in the day.
The Seawolves have dropped six of their last seven games, but did post a key 3-2 victory at Albany on Oct. 24. Junior midfielder Martin Giordano leads USB with four goals on the campaign, while Fritz has three goals and two helpers.
INSIDE THE SERIES: With three consecutive victories, UMBC has taken a 9-6-0 lead in the all-time series versus Stony Brook. All three decisions have been 1-0 margins of victory.
It was DiCesare who scored the game's lone goal, his first collegiate strike with 2:35 remaining, as the host Retrievers blanked Stony Brook, 1-0, to clinch its first America East regular season title since 2003 on Nov. 6, 2013.
UMBC lost its first four meetings at La Valle Stadium, but has prevailed the last two trips to Long Island, including a 1-0 victory in 2012. Stephen Ho scored the game-winning goal in the 73' in that contest.
NEXT UP: UMBC will host an America East Conference Tournament semifinal contest on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Retriever Soccer Park.