August 23, 2010

Vacarino Takes Home Season’s First America East Women’s Soccer Player of the Week Award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—UMBC senior midfielder Sandra Vacarino (Mantua, N.J./Clearview Regional) recorded a league-high three points and was named America East Women's Soccer Player of the Week for the first week of the season, the conference announced Monday.

Vacarino tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Retrievers to a 4-1 victory over Delaware State in the season opener on Friday, UMBC's first win in its opening game since 1998. Vacarino tallied the first goal of the game in the sixth minute, then assisted on the second, which proved to be the game winner, just 4:12 later. The team co-captain was named the America East Player of the Game.

UMBC's active career scoring leader with seven goals and 18 points, Vacarino has tallied five goals and three assists in her last nine games dating to Oct. 4, 2009, after registering just two scores and one assist over her first 44 games as a collegian.

Vacarino is UMBC's first women's soccer Player of the Week since Jessica Young earned the honor on Sept. 11, 2006, and she is just the fourth Retriever ever to win the award in UMBC's eight seasons in the America East Conference.

The Retrievers return to action Friday evening, when they continue their four-game road swing at Longwood.