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Retrievers Knock Off Top-Seeded Albany in America East Championship Semifinals, 11-9
Emily Coady led all scorers with four goals against Albany.
It is UMBCís first-ever win in an America East Championship game and the teamís first postseason victory since winning the Northeast Conference title in 2003. The Retrievers are making their first appearance in the four-team league tournament since 2006.
The momentum carried into the second stanza, as the Retrievers scored three straight and seven of eight to open the period. Stodter and sophomore attack Alicia Krause (
Midfielder Olivia Jarem and attack Christine Grueniger tallied consecutive free-position goals less than a minute apart to pull the Great Danes to within one with four minutes to go, but Cox and Coady each found the back of the net to give the Retrievers a three-goal lead with 2:20 remaining.
Coady led all scorers with four goals, while Stodter and Pappas each tallied twice. Grueniger and Jarem both notched hat tricks to lead the Great Danes, while attack Taylor Frink tallied three assists.
The Retrievers will face the second-seeded and five-time defending conference champion Boston University on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the America East title game. The Terriers defeated No. 3 New Hampshire, 10-6, in Thursday's second semifinal contest. The contest will be streamed for free at AmericaEast.tv.
NOTE: The victory was the 11th of the season for UMBC, its most since winning 12 games in 2002.