Burlington, Vt.- A shaken UMBC men's soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision in the regular season finale at Vermont, but received good news after the game as senior midfielder Andy Streilein (Rockville, Md.) was released from a Vermont hospital and will subsequently travel home with the team.
Streilein was involved in a collision with a Vermont player and suffered a head injury just five minutes into the contest.
UMBC (7-7-3, 4-3-0), the defending America East champions, will be the No. 4 seed in the America East Tournament and will host No. 5 Hartford on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Retriever Soccer Park. No. 3 Vermont (4-2-1, 9-6-1) will entertain No. 6 Albany in the other quarterfinal match.
"We are all disappointed by the result, but relieved that Andy has been released from the hospital," head coach Pete Caringi said. "It keeps things in perspective. Our goal now is to get our whole team back, hopefully healthy, and play a great quarterfinal game of soccer."
UMBC starting sophomore central defender Daniel Welsh (Fife, Scotland) missed his second consecutive game, serving a suspension for a red card received at Hartford on Oct. 22.
Vermont took the lead in the game in the 15th minute, as Zach Paul headed in a Juan Peralta cross.
The Catamounts led, 1-0, at intermission and played the final 31 minutes of a game up, as UMBC sophomore defender Travis Dennis (Bowie, Md.) was assessed red card for a tackle outside the penalty box. Vermont doubled the lead just three minutes later as Peralta's corner kick was headed in by Salvatore Borea.
But short-handed UMBC cut the deficit to 2-1 when senior midfielder Andrew Bulls(Millersville,Md./McDonogh) took advantage of a poor clear by Vermont and scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season with 11:13 remaining.
But the pressing Retrievers allowed two goals in the final seven minutes of play and dropped their fourth straight to conclude the regular season.
UMBC senior netminder Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del.) was steller in the cage, making six saves to keep the Retrievers within striking distance until the latter stages of the game.