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Milo Kapor Named America East Player of the Week and to College Soccer News' Team of the Week; UMBC Welcomes La Salle on Tuesday Evening
Cambridge, Mass.- UMBC senior midfielder Milo Kapor (Toronto, Ontario/Emily Carr) was named America East Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for games ending Sept. 23, 2012. Kapor and the Retrievers (4-2-2) welcome La Salle (5-2-0) to Retriever Soccer Park on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Kapor factored in all four UMBC goals last week, scoring once and adding three assists, to earn the honor for the first time in his career. The senior midfielder, whose eight assists are tied for the most in the country, set up both scores in the Retrievers' 2-0 win over Loyola on Wednesday. He then had a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over George Washington on Saturday, converting a penalty kick in the 15th minute, then setting up Jordan Becker's game-winning score just three minutes later.
Kapor, who was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week, has contributed to all 10 of UMBC's goals this season (2G, 8A). He has moved into a tie for tenth place on UMBC’s all-time assist list with 18.
LAST TIME OUT: UMBC erased an early 1-0 deficit, scored twice in a five-minute span, and finished strong to defeat host George Washington, 2-1, at GW Soccer Field on Sept. 22.
REGIONAL RANKINGS: UMBC’s two wins earned the Retrievers a No. 10 ranking in the Northeast regional rankings for games ending Sept. 23. The Retrievers were No. 10 on Sept. 3, moved up to No. 9 on Sept.10, and dropped from the rankings on Sept. 17. It is the fourth consecutive year that the Retrievers have made an appearance in the regional rankings.
NOTES: UMBC was ranked 25th in the nation in home attendance in 2011 with 911 fans per game and are averaging 995 through the first four games of the 2012 campaign… The lightning delay held the Sept. 1 attendance down to 525… UMBC is 27-3-12 (.786) in September home games since the 2003 season.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC leads the all-time series vs. La Salle, 6-2-0 and is 4-0-0 at home vs. the Explorers. The two teams have met in five of the past six seasons. UMBC picked up a 2-1 win at home (UMBC Stadium) in 2010, but La Salle turned the tables with a 2-1 victory in Philadelphia last season.
Rob Frisky scored with 13 seconds remaining to give his side the 2-1 win in 2011. Pete Caringi tied the 2010 game in the 86’ minute, before Levi Houapeu won it in the first OT.
A GLANCE AT THE EXPLORERS: La Salle just saw its three-game unbeaten streak end with a 2-1 loss at Villanova on Sept. 20. A late goal by Rob Friskey was not enough to counter a 2-0 Villanova lead as the Wildcats took a 2-1 decision on Thursday afternoon. Villanova held a 21-8 advantage on shots and 3-0 lead on corner kicks. GK John McCarthy stopped seven shots in the effort.
Tom Baker and Kevin Pink scored in the second half to erase a 1-0 deficit and propel the Explorers to a 2-1 win over LIU in their final non-conference home match on Sept. 15. Eleven of La Salle’s 13 goals on the season have occured after the halftime break. They have outscored foes, 11-2 in that span. Joe Farrell and Jason Plumhoff each have two game-winning goals for the Explorers in 2012.
UP NEXT: UMBC opens season No. 10 of America East Conference play this Saturday, Sept. 29 when they host Vermont. Kick-off at Retriever Soccer Park is set for 7:00 p.m.