MEN'S SOCCER TRAVELS TO NAVY FOR WEDNESDAY SHOWDOWN WITH MIDSHIPMEN
Derek McElligott scored 2 goals and added an assist in UMBC's 3-0 win over Vermont. He became the school's all-time leading scorer in its 19-year Division history with 105 points (47g, 11a). He also got the game-winning goal, the 18th of his career, also taking over the top spot in that category. He needs 4 goals to tie Ray Ford (1977-80) for the all-time leader in goals scored by a UMBC soccer player.
On the season, McElligott has 8 goals and 2 assists. He is tied for 24th in the nation in goals per game, after finishing 7th in that category last year.
Freshman Matt Watson (Redditch, England/Bridley Moor) continues to be a consistent point scorer since he entered the starting lineup in his second collegiate game vs. N.C.State. He has points in each game that UMBC has posted at least one goal in, including both this week. He set up David Feazell (Fallston, Md./Bel Air) for a game-tying goal in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss at UNH. In the 3-0 win over Vermont, he drew the primary assist on Derek McElligott’s GWG in the sixth minute, then scored a key insurance goal to put UMBC ahead, 2-0, in the 67th minute. Watson has tied Powell Cucchiella (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech) for the team lead in assists with six. Watson is ranked fourth in the nation with .75 assists per game, while Cucchiella is tied for 17th at .60 per outing. Cucchiella’s four assists vs. NJIT in the season opener on September 4 is the top figure in the nation this season and also tied a 14-year old school record.
The Retrievers are 14th in the nation in scoring with 2.4 goals per contest. The 10 goals scored vs. NJIT is tied for the second highest figures of Division I goals scored in a game this season.
UMBC snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over Vermont on Saturday. The slide was the Retrievers worst since dropping four straight to end the 1997 season…they had not had a losing streak longer than two games since then…the Retrievers are now 11-0-5 in their last 16 regular season home games…junior netminder Andy Marchica (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) moved into a tie for fourth place on UMBC’s all-time list with his 11th career shutout vs. UVM…the Retrievers are winless this season when allowing the game’s first goal (0-3-0).
The Retrievers face Navy in Annapolis in UMBC’s next-to-last non-conference game of the season…they will host Howard on October 27…the Midshipmen hold a prohibitive 15-3-1 lead in the all-time series, and won 3-1 at UMBC in the last meeting in September of 2002… that game marked UMBC’s last home defeat in a regular season game... UMBC had won the meeting prior to that, a 5-2 home decision in 1998.