Baltimore, Md.— UMBC men's soccer heads north to West Hartford for their final road contest of the regular season at Hartford on Saturday. The Retrievers are coming off a 3-1 loss to Vermont last Saturday that saw David Harris (Waimanalo, Hawaii/Reservoir (Md.)) score his second goal in as many games as UMBC fell to 7-4-4, 2-2-1 AE on the year.
Hartford Match Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (7-4-4, 2-2-1 AE) at Hartford Hawks (4-9-3, 0-4-1 AE)
When: Saturday, October 28 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium – West Hartford, Conn.
How to Watch: Live video on ESPN 3, live stats at HartfordHawks.com
Social Media: @UMBCMensSoccer, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEMSOC
Scouting the Retrievers (7-4-4, 2-2-1 AE):
-The Retrievers are coming off a 3-1 loss to Vermont last Saturday in Burlington. David Harris scored his second goal in as many games to tie the match in the early going. However, the Catamounts scored twice more in the half to take the match, dropping UMBC to 7-4-4, 2-2-1 AE.
-Senior Gregg Hauck (Linthicum, Md./North County) leads the team the with 11 points on four goals and three assists. Sammy Kahsai (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) and Kyle Saunderson (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) all have four goals this year, as ten different Retrievers have found the net in 2017.
-Freshman Ciaran O'Loughlin (Birkenhead, England) has started in every match for the Retrievers this year, stopping 49 shots (.721 save percentage), giving up 19 goals for a goals against average of 1.28.
Scouting the Hawks (4-9-3, 0-4-1 AE):
-Hartford comes into the match after dropping a 1-0 decision to Albany last Saturday. The Great Danes scored in the 34th minute, and kept the Hawks to just five shots in the contest.
-Alexis Triadis leads the team with ten points, scoring a team best three goals and dishing out a team high four assists on the year. Rasmus Karlsson and Nyrik Antoine have scored two goals each, as eight different Hawks have scored this year.
-Jimmy Slayton has played and started in every match in the 2017 season. He has given up 20 goals (1.24 GAA), making 62 saves with two shutouts this year.
-The Retrievers and Hawks will be meeting for the 20th time in the all-time series with UMBC holding a 10-6-3 advantage.
-Last year the Hawks defeated UMBC 1-0 in Baltimore. However, the Retrievers have not lost in West Hartford since 2011, going 1-0-1 in that span.
-UMBC can clinch a spot in the upcoming America East Tournament with win against Hartford, or a tie and a tie or loss by Stony Brook on Saturday.
-UMBC staff, students and fans packed the bleachers and hill at Retriever Soccer Park on Tuesday, September 26 to watch No. 1 Maryland take on the Retrievers. A total of 3,766 fans saw the Retrievers and Terrapins finish in a 1-1 draw.
-The previous attendance record was set earlier this year, when 2,873 fans saw the Retrievers and Howard Bison battle on August 28.
No Back-to-Back for Caringi:
-With their tie against Delaware, UMBC has guaranteed a non-losing season for 2017. After going 5-9-3 last year, the Retrievers have already surpassed last year's win total. In his 26-plus seasons as head coach, Pete Caringi Jr. has never had back-to-back losing seasons.
-Senior midfielder Gregg Hauck has eclipsed the ten-goal mark for his career as a Retriever. Of the 11 goals that he has scored, nine of them have either been a game winner or game tying goal.
-UMBC will close out the regular season against Stony Brook at Retriever Soccer Park on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Kickoff with the Seawolves is set for 7 p.m. on Senior Night.