BALTIMORE—The UMBC women's soccer team (0-11-2, 0-3-1 AE) continues America East Conference play this week, as it hosts Albany Thursday evening at 7 p.m. The Retrievers then head north to face nationally ranked and four-time defending America East champion Boston University Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Last Time Out: The Retrievers are coming off a 2-1 road loss to Maine on Sunday. Junior forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) scored her team-best sixth goal of the season, but it was not enough, as Black Bear defender Sandy Tobin scored twice. Sophomore goalie Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) made six saves between the pipes.
Scouting the Great Danes: Albany (4-9-0, 2-2-0 AE) is coming off a 2-1 victory over Vermont on Sunday. Goalie Jacky Ubert was named America East Rookie of the Week on Monday after tallying 13 saves against just one goal in two games last week. She ranks fourth in the league with an .816 save percentage, and she is second with 5.71 saves per game. Eight different players have found the back of the net for the Great Danes this season, led by forward Aubrey VanGorder, who has tallied four goals. She is tied with midfielder Rebecca Lee (3g, 2a) for the team lead with eight points. The Great Danes, who were picked to finish in a tie for third place in the America East preseason poll, rank third in the America East with 1.15 goals per game in 2011, but last with a 2.43 goals-against average.
Inside the Series: UMBC holds a 5-3-0 advantage in the all-time series, which dates to 2003, when UMBC joined the America East. Last season, the Great Danes defeated the Retrievers, 1-0, in Albany on forward Shayla Bergeron's goal in the 88th minute. Kadet equaled her season high with 11 saves, as the Danes outshot the Retrievers, 32-3. UMBC last defeated Albany in 2008, a 4-3 road win. The last meeting in Baltimore resulted in a 1-0 victory for the Great Danes in 2009.
Scouting the Terriers: Ranked 21st in the nation, Boston University (12-2-1, 5-0-0 AE) is coming off its seventh straight victory, a 4-1 win over Binghamton on Sunday. Reigning America East Striker of the Year Jessica Luscinski tallied a goal and two assists against the Bearcats. Ten Terriers have found the net this season to total a league-best 32 goals (2.13 per game). Luscinski and midfielder Kylie Strom lead the team with six goals apiece. Alice Binns and Kelly Kinghave split time in goal this season and have combined to allow just 10 goals for a 0.66 goals-against average.
Inside the Series: The Retrievers have never defeated the Terriers in eight all-time meetings, and BU has outscored UMBC, 18-2, in those contests. Last season, the Terriers defeated the Retrievers, 1-0. UMBC was the only America East team to hold BU to one goal, as the Terriers scored multiple times against the other seven conference opponents. Strom broke a scoreless tie with just 40 seconds remaining in the first half, and the Terriers made the goal stand despite several good UMBC opportunities. Kadet made eight saves in the game. The last time the teams met in Boston resulted in a 5-0 win for the Terriers.
McKee's the Key: McKee leads UMBC with six goals and 12 points on the year, the most by a Retriever since Jessica Young (12 goals, 25 points) and Amanda DiCarlo (10g, 20pts) in 2005. She ranks fifth in the America East with 1.00 points per game this season, and she is tied for second with 0.50 goals per contest. Moreover, she leads the league with 1.00 goals per game against America East opponents, as four of her six goals have come in league games, and she is tied for second with 2.00 points per outing against conference foes.
Twice as Nice: McKee's two-goal effort against Vermont on Oct. 2 was the first multi-goal game by a Retriever since Sandra Vacarino scored twice against New Hampshire on Oct. 22, 2009. In addition, UMBC scored two goals in a game for the first time since a 2-0 win over Vermont on Sept. 26, 2010.
Saving the Day: Kadet leads the America East with 5.91 saves per game this season. She posted a career-high 12 saves against Hartford on Sept. 25, stopping nine shots in the first half alone. The 12 saves were the most by a Retriever since senior Mo Van Vlerah (Germantown, Md./Northwest) stopped 14 shots at George Mason on Sept. 22, 2009. Kadet now ranks fifth all-time at UMBC with 173 stops in her career, while Van Vlerah is eighth with 160.
Clean Slate: UMBC's 0-0 tie against Navy on Sept. 21 was its first shutout since defeating Vermont, 2-0, on Sept. 26, 2010, and it was the second shutout of Kadet's career.
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