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MEN'S SOCCER FACES KEY MIDWEEK TEST AGAINST STINGY NEW HAMPSHIRE
HOME, SWEET HOME: UMBC was 6-0-2 at home last season as they continue to play outstanding soccer in Baltimore. The Retrievers had a brief hiccough in 2002, but have been dominant since the Soccer Stadium has hosted games, beginning in 1998. In that span, UMBC is 45-8-9 (.798), with 3 losses and 2 ties occurring in the 2002 campaign.
UMBC has not lost a regular season home game since falling to Navy, 3-1, in September of 2002. They are unbeaten in 26 straight (18-0-8) in that span. UMBC is 7-1-2 vs. America East Conference opponents at home (7-0-2 regular season) and have outscored their league foes, 21-6 at home. In fact, AE foes have scored just two goals in the last nine games played in Baltimore. UMBC will play four of its final five games at home, including three of the remaining four conference games.
RANKED: The Retrievers are ranked in the South Atlantic region for the third consecutive week, coming in at #10 this week. It is the 13th time in Pete Caringi’s 15 years at UMBC that the Retrievers have dented the regional rankings.
STREAK HALTED: UMBC had qualified for its conference’s post season tournament for nine straight seasons until a seventh-place finish (4-5 America East, 8-6-3 overall) last season. The Retrievers’ last early November vacation occured in 1994, when they also posted a record of better than .500 (9-8-1).
HIGH PRAISE: America East coaches picked UMBC third in the pre-season league men’s soccer poll. Defending champion Boston University was the unanimous pick to retake the title, followed by Binghamton, UMBC and Stony Brook.
IN REVIEW: The UMBC and Navy men's soccer teams, tied for eighth place in the South Atlantic region, played to a 0-0 double overtime tie at UMBC Stadium on Wednesday. It was Navy that was the last team to win a regular season game at UMBC, in September of 2002. UMBC dominated the first half, outshooting Navy, 9-1, but its best chance went awry when freshman midfielder Dan Bulls knocked the ball over the net from close range after a long Retriever possession. Junior midfielder Kevin Mezzadra recorded seven shots in the game, putting three on goal. UMBC outshot Navy, 18-13, and freshman netminder
Steve King recorded his fifth shutout in six starts as he made four stops for the hosts. King is second in the America East Conference with a 0.60 goals against average, behind only his opposite number today, UNH’s Brian Levey, who has allowed only five goals in 13 games (0.45 gaa). Mezzadra leads the league in shots per game (3.00), but he has not scored in UMBC’s last six contests. The Retrievers have only scored once in the last 311 minutes of action and a shutout has been recorded in each of the last six games that UMBC has competed in.
Mezzadra and David Feazell are tied for the team lead with 11 points (5 goals, 1 assist) and Feazell is tied for the league lead with three game-winning goals.
SERIES HISTORY: The series is tied at one apiece, as UMBC won a 3-1 decision at UMBC Soccer Stadium in 2003 and the Wildcats bounced back with a 2-1 win in Durham, NH last season. David Feazell scored his first goal of the 2004 season to tie last year’s game in the 68th minute, but UNH’s Ross Fishbain notched the game-winner with 11:02 to play. Marcus Gross scored the game’s first goal as UMBC built a 3-0 lead in the 3-1 victory on October 15, 2003.
A LOOK AT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE WILDCATS
Last five results
Tue. S 27 at Northeastern W 1-0
Sat. O1 *Vermont L 0-1
Wed. 5 *at Maine T 1-1 (2OT)
Sat. 8 *Stony Brook L 0-2
Sat. 15 *Binghamton W 1-0
UNH Notes: New Hampshire spent the early part of the season in the national rankings as they got off to a 6-0-1 start....the Wildcats posted impressive wins over perennial powers Furman (2-1) and Coastal Carolina (2-0), but started league play at 0-3-1 until a 1-0 win vs. Binghamton on Saturday...the Furman game is the lone game this season that UNH and its opponent have combined for more than two goals...UNH netminder Brian Levey is seventh in the nation with a 0.45 goals against average and has eight shutouts (school single season record) in 13 games...All Conference forward Eric Masi got the game winning goal vs. Binghamton...Masi leads the Wildcats with five goals, three game-winning goals, and 11 total points.
UMBC RECORD SITUATIONS (2006)
At Home: 4-0-2
On Road: 2-2-1
On Grass: 2-4-0
On Artificial: 4-0-3
Day Games: 4-3-1
Night Games: 2-1-1
On Wednesday: 2-1-2
On Saturday: 2-1-0
Other Days: 2-2-1
When Scoring First: 6-2-1
When Allowing First: 0-2-0
One Goal Games: 3-2-0
Decided by >1 goal: 3-2-0
Outshooting Opponent: 4-2-2
In September: 4-3-2
In October: 2-1-1
In November 0-0-0