The top-seeded UMBC Retrievers' (10-5-3) men's soccer squad opens play in the 2014 America East Tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 12 when they entertain the fifth-seeded Vermont Catamounts (8-8-2). at 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, or via Championship Central on www.americaeast.com.
The first 100 students with UMBC identification will be admitted free to Saturday's game
RETRIEVER NOTABLES: UMBC clinched a spot in the America East Tournament for the eighth consecutive year and the ninth time in 12 league seasons. The Retrievers' 6-0-1 league record is their best in AE competition.
The Retrievers are looking to become just the second team in America East history to win three consecutive league titles. Boston University won five in a row from 1993-97.
With three AE tournament titles, UMBC joined Hartford, Stony Brook with the second-most in AE history. Boston University captured seven league tournament titles during their tenure in America East.
The Retrievers are hoping to become the second team in league history to win regular season and tournament titles in back-to-back years. Boston U. achieved that feat in 1993-94.
UMBC is now unbeaten in its last 19 America East regular season contests (16-0-3) and is unbeaten versus its last 23 league foes (include playoffs), an America East record. At Retriever Soccer Park, UMBC is unbeaten in its last 14 (12-0-2) contests when playing America East foes.
The Retrievers are 47-31-14 (.587) overall and 30-9-6 (.733) at home in 12 AE campaigns.
UMBC enters the tournament on a season-high four-game winning streak.
SR F Kay Banjo leads the America East Conference in goals per game (0.44) points per game (1.25) and assists per game (0.38). He is 42nd nationally in points per contest.
SR M Mamadou Kansaye is third in America East in points per game (0.78). His 19 career assists with the Retrievers are now tied for tenth place on UMBC's all-time list.
SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS: SO F Bernard Yeboah's blast from 25 yards out with four minutes left in regulation lifted the No. 5-seeded Vermont Catamounts to a 2-1 victory over No. 4 Albany in the first round of the America East Tournament. The Catamounts earned their first playoff win since 2008. Sophomore forward Brian Wright tallied his America East-leading eighth goal to knot the score at 1-1 in the 30'.
The victory snapped a three-game slide by Vermont to end the regular season.
Wright just surpassed UMBC's Kay Banjo for the league lead with eight goals on the season. No other Catamount player has more than a pair of goals. Senior goalkeeper Conor Leland has five shutouts on the year and a goals against average of 1.24.
Vermont has scored 21 goals on the season and allowed 24. Five of their eight victories on the campaign have occurred outside of Burlington.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC evened the all-time series at 5-5-2 with their 5-1 victory at Retriever Soccer Park on Nov. 1. UMBC has won two straight, but Vermont was the last America East team to win at UMBC, when they rallied to defeat the Retrievers, 2-1 two seasons ago. UMBC leads the series at 3-2-1 in games played at Retriever Soccer Park.
In the meeting on Nov. 1, senior midfielder Michael DiCesare scored three goals as the Retrievers defeated the Catamounts, 5-1. Michael Scott and Michael Burgos also added goals for UMBC, while Vermont's Mike Clayton tallied late in the game for the visitors.
The two teams have never met in the America East Tournament.
UMBC IN THE AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT
UMBC has now reached the America East Tournament in six consecutive years and nine times in 12 years. The Retrievers are 6-5-3 in eight previous championship appearances. The Retrievers have fared well in semifinal contests, winning the last four (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013) after a loss in 2007. UMBC won the America East Championship as the No. 2 seed in 2010 and 2012 and as the No. 1 seed in 2013. At home, UMBC is 4-3-2 in tournament play, and 3-2-2 at Retriever Soccer Park.
Since 2010, UMBC is 4-1-2 in its last seven America East Tournament games and advanced both times (2010, 2012 title games vs. UNH) that the contests went to penalty kick shoot-outs.