In a rematch of the 2010 America East title game, the second-seeded UMBC Retrievers (11-4-4) host the No. 5 New Hampshire Wildcats (7-7-5) in the 2012 championship game. The winner of the match will receive America East's automatic bid to the NCAA College Cup. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park. The first 500 UMBC students with ID will be admitted free to this America East Championship event. Fans who can't be in attendance can watch the game for free at AmericaEast.com. America East will once again partner with Pack Network to produce a high-defintion telecast of the game. Coverage begins at 6:55 p.m. Saturday.
WHAT'S AT STAKE: The winner of the UMBC-UNH match will receive America East's automatic bid to the NCAA College Cup.
LAST TIME OUT: UMBC junior forward Kadeem Dacres scored in the 23rd minute of play and a stingy defense made the goal hold up as the second-seeded Retrievers (11-4-4) edged No. 3 Stony Brook (11-6-1), 1-0, in an America East Conference Championship semifinal contest played in less-than-ideal conditions at Retriever Soccer Park.
RETRIEVER STORY LINES:
- UMBC has won six consecutive games, outscoring their opponents, 19-3, in that span.
- The Retrievers will be competing in their third America East Championship game in the last four years.
- The contest will be a rematch of the 2010 title game, in which the seeds were exactly as they are this year. UMBC and UNH played to a scoreless draw, but UMBC advanced to the NCAA College Cup by prevailing in penalty kicks, 5-4.
UMBC TOURNAMENT HISTORY: UMBC has now reached the America East Tournament in four consecutive years and seven times in ten years.
The Retrievers are currently 4-6-2 in America East Tournament play … The Retrievers are 0-1-1 in title games, but did capture the championship in 2010, advancing via penalty kicks… UMBC won the America East Championship as the No. 2 seed in 2010.
At home, UMBC is 2-3-1 in tournament play, and 1-2-1 at Retriever Soccer Park.
Milo Kapor (2009 v. UNH) and Liam Paddock (2010 v. Stony Brook) were the only current Retrievers to record goals in tournament play until Kadeem Dacres struck vs. Stony Brook on Nov. 7, 2012.
INSIDE THE SERIES: By virtue of the 1-1 double overtime draw in Durham, N.H. on Oct. 6, the series remained knotted now standing at 4-4-4. The Retrievers are unbeaten (2-0-3) in the last five matches vs. UNH. UMBC is 3-1-2 in the six previous matches played in Baltimore. UMBC defeated UNH, 2-0, in the 2011 contest played before 2,463 and a national television audience at Retriever Soccer Park.
UMBC VS. NEW HAMPSHIRE
Series tied, 4-4-4
2003 H W 3-1
2004 A L 1-2
2005 H W 2-0
2006 A L 0-3
2007 H T 1-1, 2OT
2008 A L 2-3
2009 H L 0-2
A$ W 2-1
2010 A T 0-0, 2ot
H$ T 0-0, 2ot
2011 H W 2-0
2012 A T 1-1, 2OT
A GLANCE AT THE WILDCATS: UNH has taken the exact same path in 2012 that they took in 2010 to reach the title game. As the No. 5 seed, they have gone on the road and advanced past No. 4 Albany in penalty kicks and edged No. 1 Vermont, 1-0. JR M Robert Palumbo and SR BJordan Thomas share team scoring honors with three goals and two assists apiece. SO GTravis Worra has seven shutouts on the season and have a save percentage of 80.5. UNH is 4-4-2 away from home in 2012. They have not allowed a goal in over 300 minutes of action, dating back to a 2-0 loss at Stony Brook on Oct. 24.