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SIXTH-SEEDED WOMEN’S SOCCER TO TAKE ON NO. 3 BINGHAMTON IN FIRST ROUND OF AMERICA EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS
Amy Morrison and the Retrievers head to the America East Championships this weekend.
Follow along with all America East Championship action at http://americaeast.com/local/championshiplive.htm
UMBC advances to its first America East Championship since 2003, when the Retrievers took the league by surprise in their first season in the conference. At 7-8-1 overall and 4-4-1 in America East play, UMBC was the No. 6 seed in the six-team tournament. The Retrievers lost to third-seeded
After missing out on the championships in 2004 with an overall record of 8-10 and a conference mark of 3-6, good for ninth place in the 10-team league, UMBC was picked to finish eighth in the 2005 preseason poll. But the Retrievers again surprised the league, going 3-4-1 in America East action and finishing sixth in the regular season.
In other America East Championship action, No. 5 New Hampshire (8-7-2, 3-3-2 AE) will face No. 4 Vermont (8-8-1, 4-3-1 AE) at 11 a.m. on Friday. The winner will face top-seeded and host
UMBC has not won a conference tournament game since 2001, when the second-seeded Retrievers defeated No. 3 Monmouth, 3-1, in the first round of the four-team Northeast Conference Championship. UMBC then lost to No. 4 Sacred Heart, 1-0, in the finals.
The Retrievers have never won at
First Round at
Friday, Oct. 28
Game 1: No. 5
Game 2: No. 6 UMBC vs. No. 3
Sunday, Oct. 30
Game 3: Winner Game 1 at No. 1
Game 4: Winner Game 2 vs. No. 2
Championship Game at higher remaining seed
Nov. 5 or 6
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, TBD
No. 6 Retrievers vs. No. 3
Since UMBC joined the America East in 2003, the Retrievers and Bearcats have faced off three times, with
No. 6 Retrievers vs. No. 2
If the Retrievers defeat third-seeded
Moving Up the Ranks
With the Retrievers’ last win, a 4-0 victory over
Senior forward Missy Moore (
In less than two full seasons, sophomore forward Jessica Young (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) has joined the Retrievers’ top 10 goals list with 18 and is just one point from the top 10 in scoring with 41 points. With an assist against
Player G A Pts.
1. Denise Schilte 55 38 148
2. Erin Lesh 35 17 87
3. Kasy Kruger 23 36 82
5. Kristen Einarson 25 13 63
1. Denise Schilte 55
2. Erin Lesh 35
4. Kristen Einarson 25
5. Kasy Kruger 23
6. Shannon Bagrosky 20
Kathy Zonis 20
8. Jessica Young 18
Ruth Higgins 18
Christa Gredlein 18
Nicole Grinspoon 18
7. Christa Gredlein 11
8. Shannon Bagrosky 10
10. Amy Morrison 7
Lee Custer 7
Debbie Tripp 7
Sue Feliciano 7
Eileen Sandleitner 7
Beast in the
Young is the conference’s top scorer, as she leads the league with 0.67 goals per game and 0.33 GWG per game. She also ranks second in with 1.39 points per game. DiCarlo is third in the America East with 0.59 goals per game and seventh with 1.18 points per game, while Moore and Morrison rank ninth in the conference with 0.22 assists per game. Bukowski ranks third in the conference with 5.46 saves per game.
As a team, the Retrievers rank second in the America East with 1.72 goals per game, third with 4.64 points per game and 6.00 saves per game and fourth with 12.00 shots per game and a 1.06 GAA.
The Retrievers head into the America East Championships on a four-game winless streak (0-3-1). They have been shut out in their last three games, all losses, and have not scored a goal since Oct. 13 at
Retrievers Earn Conference Honors
A pair of Retrievers have earned weekly conference honors this season. Young was named America East Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 2, after totaling seven points in two games. She scored three goals, including both game-winners, on the weekend. Young scored twice against Howard, giving UMBC a 2-0 halftime lead with the eventual game-winner, then adding another goal early in the second period. At Stony Brook, Young scored the first goal of the contest and assisted on the second, her first dish of the season.
A week later, Bukowski was tabbed both America East Rookie of the Week and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division-I Goaltender of the Week after notching two shutouts on the week and totaling six saves in two games. She tallied five saves in a 1-0 victory over conference rival
The nine wins are UMBC’s most since 2001, when the Retrievers won 11 games. With a 9-8-1 overall record, the team also finishes the regular season above .500 for the first time since 2001 (11-6-2)… In its nine victories this season, UMBC has won by a combined 22 goals. In eight defeats, the Retrievers have lost by a combined 10 goals. They have fallen by more than one goal only twice in 2005, both 2-0 losses, to Loyola and