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Women’s Soccer Concludes Regular Season Against New Hampshire, Boston U. This Week; Retrievers to Celebrate Senior Day Thursday
JoAnne Jackson is one of five seniors who will be honored before Thursday's game.
BALTIMORE--The UMBC women’s soccer team (2-12-1, 1-5-0 AE) closes out the regular season this week with a pair of America East Conference matches. The Retrievers will host New Hampshire (3-12-1, 2-4-0 AE) on Thursday at 3 p.m. at UMBC Soccer Stadium and will visit defending league champion Boston University (9-5-2, 5-1-0 AE) on Sunday at 1 p.m. Prior to Thursday’s game against the Wildcats, UMBC will honor its five seniors – defenders LaShawna Epps (Baltimore, Md./Mercy), Katie McKay (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech), Naomi Opaleye (Dallas, Texas/Lake Highlands) and Arielle Tagger (East Brunswick, N.J.) and midfielder JoAnne Jackson (Portland, Ore./Lincoln) – who will be playing in their final home game.
Last Time Out: The Retrievers fell to America East rival
On the Wildcats:
On the Terriers: Boston U., who will play non-conference foe Bryant on Wednesday before hosting UMBC, regained its position atop the America East standings with its 1-0 win over Hartford on Sunday… The Terriers have won nine of their last 10 games with six shutouts… Sophomore midfielder Jessica Luscinski leads
Vote Van Vlerah: Van Vlerah is among nine players nominated for the 2009 America East Women’s Soccer Fans’ Choice Player of the Year. Voting runs until 12 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26 at AmericaEast.com, and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Only one vote per person and per valid email address will be accepted. Click here to vote now.
Saving the Day: Van Vlerah leads the America East with 102 saves on the season and ranks second with 6.8 saves per game. She is the first Retriever to crack the 100-save plateau since 1995, and she boasts the fifth-highest single-season total in UMBC history. Van Vlerah stopped a career-high 14 shots at George Mason on Sept. 22, and she recorded her first career shutout against
Spreading the Wealth: Nine different players have scored for UMBC this season, the most since 12 Retrievers found the back of the net in 2004. The Retrievers are led by sophomore midfielder Danielle Kell (Willards, Md./Parkside) and junior midfielder Sandra Vacarino (Mantua, N.J./Clearview Regional), who each have six points on two goals and two assists.
Underclassmen on Top: Of UMBC’s 39 goals since 2007, 31 have been scored by underclassmen, including 21 by freshmen. Both of the Retrievers’ game winners this season have been scored by rookies in back Aly Gazarek (
Offensive Outburst: After scoring just two goals through the first eight games of the season, the Retrievers tallied nine in two contests against
Vacarino Vanquishes: Vacarino scored the first two goals of the game against the Catamounts, then added an assist on the final tally to finish with five points. It was the first multi-goal game for a Retriever since Morgan Warrington scored twice at Albany on Oct. 26, 2008, and the first five-point game by a Retriever since Lori Quintavalle posted six at Mount St. Mary’s on Oct. 25, 2002. Vacarino’s totals against
Extra, Extra: The Retrievers’ double-overtime tie with George Washington on Sept. 18 was their first overtime game since Oct. 7, 2007, at