BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer looks to continue to climb in the America East standings on Thursday, Oct. 16 when it welcomes UMass Lowell to Retriever Soccer Park. First kick is set for 7 p.m., with all the action available live on UMBCRetrievers.tv, courtesy of the America East digital network.
Retriever Soccer Park Promotions
-UMBC Women's Soccer 123 days to "Mardi Gras" night!
-Watch UMBC Women's Soccer battle conference foe UMass Lowell and receive free black and gold bead necklaces from the UMBC Sports Marketing table.
-The first 50 fans that come to the game receive a free black and gold "Mardi Gras" mask!
Scouting the Retrievers (9-3-2, 1-1-2 AEC)
-UMBC is coming off a crucial America East victory against Maine on Sunday. Senior midfielder Paige Preston (Freehold, N.J./Freehold) scored her second career goal to help the Retrievers to a 1-0 victory.
-Goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) registered a pair of blank sheets last week, setting a program-record for shutouts in a single-season with seven. Nance is coming off a scoreless week and a career-best 11 stops against New Hampshire last Thursday. The junior netminder enters the week ranked 20th in the nation in save percentage (86.6) and 29th in goals against average (0.63).
-The Retrievers rank in the top-50 in Division I in save percentage (16th, 86.8), goals against average (23rd, 0.62), shutout percentage (24th, 57.1) and won-lost-tied percentage (41st, 71.4). The Dawgs lead the America East in goals allowed (nine) and shutouts (eight).
-Senior midfielders Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) and Lilly Rydon (Adelaide, South Australia/Concordia College) rank fourth in the America East in points per game and goals, respectively. Brown leads the squad with 14 points, while Rydon pilots with a team-best six goals on the year.
Scouting the River Hawks (5-8-1, 2-2-1 AEC)
-UMass Lowell is coming off a 1-0-1 week, tying Albany, 2-2, on Thursday and defeating Vermont, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon. Freshman back Delaney Savacool scored the game-winner versus the Catamounts, marking the second-straight double-overtime game for the River Hawks.
-UML has received goals from nine different players on the season, led by sophomore midfielder Taylor Chianese's team-best three scores. Freshman forward Shannon Groffie pilots the squad with a team-best eight points. Groffie has dished out six assists, good for second in the conference.
-Jane Hatzikonstantis and Jill Carlson have split action in net thus far this season. Carlson has started in 10 of her 11 appearances. The senior has made 57 stops and has recorded three shutouts.
Inside the Series
-UMass Lowell earned a victory in the only meeting between the two squads, which took place last season. The River Hawks defeated the Retrievers, 3-2, in double-overtime on their home field.