BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer head coach Leslie Wray has announced the Retrievers' schedule for the 2014 season, as the black and gold will look defend their 2013 crown in Wray's third season at the helm.
"We put together another challenging schedule with high level competition in and out of the America East," Wray said. "Our non-conference schedule kicks off with home openers against Patriot League participants Navy and Loyola. As we head into September, we are excited to play in the first Annual Battle of Baltimore against Mount St. Mary's and Towson, at hosting schools Loyola and Towson. As we transition to our conference games we will need to be prepared for many highly competitive games. We are determined and look forward to defending our conference title."
The Retrievers are coming off an historic 2013 season in which they completed the biggest turnaround in league history by winning a share of the America East regular-season title and snagging its first-ever conference tournament crown. UMBC will once again face an array of local talent en route to getting ready to defend its crown in the always-tough America East.
The Retrievers open their 2014 slate with a pair of games in the friendly confines of the Retriever Soccer Park, starting with a meeting against Navy on Friday, Aug. 22, followed by a battle of the dogs versus local-rival Loyola on Tuesday, Aug. 26.
The black and gold hits the road to take on Howard on Aug. 30 and continues with its first of two trips to Pennsylvania when it takes on Bucknell on Sept. 2.
UMBC returns home, where it posted a 10-2 record last season, looking for its first-ever victory against St. Joseph's on Sept. 5.
The Retrievers take on a pair of local rivals in Mount St. Mary's (Sept. 12) and Towson (Sept. 14) in the Battle of Baltimore, before returning to the Retriever Soccer Park to take on Delaware State (Sept. 19) and American (Sept. 23). UMBC concludes its non-conference slate with a trip to Moon Township, Pa., to take on Robert Morris on Sept. 26.
UMBC begins its journey for a repeat title on Oct. 2 when it travels to Vermont to open American East action against the Catamounts. The Retrievers take on Stony Brook in its conference home-opener on Oct. 5, but jump back on the road on Oct. 9 to battle New Hampshire.
UMBC is home for back-to-back games for the only time during its league schedule starting with a homecoming matchup against Maine on Oct. 12, followed by a meeting with UMass Lowell on Oct. 16. The Retrievers travel north on Oct. 19 looking to break the series tie against Hartford, before making a trip to Albany on Oct. 23. UMBC concludes the regular-season and celebrates Senior Day on Oct. 26 against Binghamton.
The America East Championship quarterfinals are set for Thursday, Oct. 30, with the semifinals scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 2. The finals will take place on Saturday, Nov. 8, with all games scheduled to be held at the higher seed.
2014 UMBC Women's Soccer Schedule Notes
Fri. 22 vs. Navy Navy leads the all-time series 7-3-1
Tue. 26 vs. Loyola UMBC is 3-1 vs. Loyola at home and 3-4-3 overall
Sat. 30 at Howard UMBC is 11-0 vs. Howard all-time
Tue. 2 at Bucknell Won 1-0 last year, but has never won @ Bucknell
Fri. 5 vs. St. Joseph's 0-1-1 all-time. Tied 0-0 last year
Fri. 12 vs. Mount St. Mary's UMBC leads series, 12-2, but lost last two
Sun. 14 at Towson Series tied at 7. Will meet for the 4th time since 2007
Fri. 19 vs. Delaware State Undefeated in four meetings. First meeting since 2010
Tue. 23 vs. American Snapped a 7-game winless streak with 2-1 win in 2013
Fri. 26 at Robert Morris Defeated in 2013 for first win at home since Aug. 2010
Thur. 2 at Vermont* UMBC is unbeaten vs. UVM in its last 4 tries
Sun. 5 vs. Stony Brook* Defeated SBU in the 2013 tournament title game
Thur. 9 at New Hampshire* Earned its first win since 2003 last year
Sun. 12 vs. Maine* (Homecoming) 6 of the last 7 meetings have been decided by 1 goal
Thur. 16 vs. UMass Lowell* UMBC looks to avenge last season's 2OT loss
Sun. 19 at Hartford* Series is 3-3 in last six games
Thur. 23 at Albany* Broke series tie & snapped 4-game skid in 2013
Sun. 26 vs. Binghamton* Earned first-ever win in 2OT in 2013
Thur. 30 America East Quarterfinals
Sun. 2 America East Semifinals
Sat. 8 America East Finals
*America East contests