Men's Soccer Hosts UNH in #AEMSOC Championship Quarters on Saturday Evening

Men's Soccer Hosts UNH in #AEMSOC Championship Quarters on Saturday Evening

The third-seeded UMBC Retrievers host the sixth-seeded New Hampshire Wildcats in the America East Tournament quarter-finals at Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday, Nov. 7. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. The game will be streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv. and fans can also access the live video and live stats via UMBC Front Row, Retriever Athletics' mobile app or follow along on Twitter @UMBCMensSoccer.   

 

The Retrievers will participate in their ninth consecutive championship and their 11th in 13 league seasons. UMBC has won the last three league titles and four of the previous five overall. 

 

Coming off back-to-back shutout victories, UMBC (10-5-3) finished in a tie for second place in the league with a mark of 3-2-2. The Retrievers and Vermont Catamounts each posted 11 points, but UVM earned the second seed and first-round bye with a 3-0 victory over UMBC in mid-October. UNH (10-4-3, 3-3-1) started the season at 7-0-2 overall, but slipped from an early first place position to a tie for fourth and the sixth seed by finishing 1-3-1 in the final five league contests.  

 

The two squads played to a 1-1 double overtime draw at Retriever Soccer Park on Oct. 17.

 

In their latest outing, sophomore midfielder Gregg Hauck tallied his league-best third game-winning goal in America East play and freshman midfielder Patrick Jean-Gilles (Woodbridge, Va.) scored a pair of second half goals as the host Retrievers blanked Stony Brook, 3-0, in pristine autumn conditions at Retriever Soccer Park.

 

Hauck's goal, scored in the 17th minute, was his fourth of the season and the last three have been game-winners in all of UMBC's 2015 AE victories over Albany, U.Mass Lowell and Stony Brook.

 

Junior netminder Billy Heavner made seven saves to earn his seventh shutout of the season.  Heavner picked up the 15th shutout of his career, moving into sole possession of fifth place on UMBC's all-time list. Earlier in the week, Heavner was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Men's Soccer Team. He leads America East with 5.71 saves per game in league play.

 

UMBC had not scored multiple goals in a game since a 2-1 victory over Howard on Sept. 29.

 

Entering the tournament, UMBC has won three consecutive games, all by shutout and won for the 50th time in 13 America East seasons (50-33-16).

 

In the setback at Vermont on Oct. 14, UMBC's America East record unbeaten streak of 27 games came to a halt. The Retrievers had not lost in the regular or post season in league play since falling at Albany in October of 2012, winning 22 and drawing five times in that span.

 

UMBC has won four consecutive league tournament games and is 6-0-1 since a 1-0 loss to Hartford in the 2011 quarterfinals.

 

The Retrievers earned their 100th victory at Retriever Soccer Park with the 2-1 victory over Howard on Sept. 29. Opened in 1998, UMBC is now 103-23-26 (.763) in 152 games and on its Bermuda turf.  The two home losses (8-2-2) that UMBC has suffered at home in 2015 are the most since dropping three home games in 2011.

 

UMBC carries a 19-game unbeaten streak (16-0-3) into the contest versus UNH against America East opponents in games at Retriever Soccer Park. The last loss was a 2-1 setback to Vermont in the AE home opener in 2012. 

 

Senior forward Darius Madison leads the team in goals (6), total points (15), and shots attempted (45). Senior Michael Scott, who scored his third goal of the season versus Binghamton, owns a team-high six assists (tied for first in America East) on the campaign.

 

All-Conference: UMBC senior defender Malcolm Harris was selected as America East Conference's Defender of the Year, as the conference announced its major award winners and all-conference honors on the eve of the 2015 league championships.

 

Harris and Gregg Hauck earned First Team honors, with each cited for the first time. Michael Scott and Billy Heavner  each pulled down Second Team and All-Academic Team honors. Jean-Gilles  and defender Kyle Saunderson  were tabbed to the All-Rookie Team.

 

Harris is the fourth consecutive Retriever to earn the league's top honor for a fullback. Oumar Ballo was selected in 2013 and 2014, while Liam Paddock earned the award in 2012.

 

Honored: Junior goalkeeper Billy Heavner was tabbed co-America East Men's Soccer Player of the Week on Oct. 12 for his efforts versus Albany. Heavner tied a career high with six saves (since broken) in the Retrievers' hard-earned 1-0 victory over Albany in Saturday's Homecoming Day contest.

UMBC men's soccer captured both America East honors on Sept. 28, as senior forward Darius Madison and Patrick Jean-Gilles earned the league's Player and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively.

 

Madison earned the top honor for the second time this year, as game-winning goals versus Ohio State and Oakland netted him the award on Sept. 8. He recorded his third career two-goal game and first as a Retriever, keying UMBC's come-from-behind 3-2 victory at George Washington on Sept. 22. Madison's other two-goal games occurred versus Notre Dame and James Madison when he competed for the Virginia Cavaliers. 

 

Jean-Gilles has started the last 17 games at center midfielder and posted a highlight-reel goal in the tenth minute vs. George Mason. The 14-yard strike into the upper part of the cage accounted for his first collegiate goal and stood up as the game-winner. PJG tied Madison's UMBC season-best two-goal effort with a pair versus Stony Brook on Nov. 4.

 

Retriever Ramblings: The UMBC men's soccer program was ranked No. 12 in the 2015 National Soccer College Association of America Division I preseason rankings. The No. 12 ranking is the top preseason mark for the Retriever program. Last season, Pete Caringi's squad, coming off back-to-back America East titles, was tabbed at No. 19 in the August poll.

 

A season ago, UMBC became the first team in NCAA tournament history to win four consecutive road games and to post shutouts in four consecutive games to reach the College Cup.

 

With four America East tournament titles (in 12 years), UMBC trails only Boston University, with seven total America East championships. The Retrievers became the second team in league history to win regular season and tournament titles in back-to-back years. Boston U. achieved that feat in 1993-94.

 

The three-time defending league champions welcomed back 16 letterwinners and three starters from last year's 14-6-5 squad. In the first four games of the season, UMBC started three freshmen (Riley Collins, Kyle Saunderson and Tyler Ward) and a transfer (Bill Kerr) along the backline.

 

Seniors Malcolm Harris and Michael Scott and junior Billy Heavner are captains of the 2015 team.

 

Head Coach Pete Caringi, Jr., is celebrating his 25th season at the helm of the Retrievers. In 25 campaigns, under Caringi, UMBC is 163-49-32 (.734) at home and the Retrievers are 103-23-26 (.763) in 151 games on the Bermuda turf of Retriever Soccer Park. The Retriever mentor has an overall record of 270-155-62 (.618) during his tenure on Hilltop Circle and in 35 years as a head coach, he is 439-182-70 (.687).

 

New Hampshire : New Hampshire (10-4-3, 3-3-1 AE) is coming off a 3-1 loss in the regular season finale to the University of Vermont on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at Bremner Field. Vermont took a 2-0 lead, but the Wildcats cut the deficit to one in the 79th minute as rookie Chris Arling notched his fourth goal of the season on a through ball played by senior Connor Pauley. But Vermont regained the two-goal advantage in the 86th minute and would ultimately finalize the score at 3-1..

 

The Wildcats are led on offense by junior co-captain Chris Wingate who has recorded six goals and four assists for 16 points. Three of his goals have been game winners. Senior Fazal Nabi  is next in points with six goals and two assists for 14 points. Arling, who is now the fifth all-time leading freshman scorer, has 13 points on four goals and five assists.

 

All-Time Series: UMBC is 6-4-6 in 16 previous meetings versus UNH. The Retrievers are unbeaten in the last nine matches (4-0-5) after UNH got out to a 4-2-1 series edge. UMBC has hurt the Wildcats deeply in post-season with a semi-final victory in 2009 and penalty kick shootout wins in 2010 and 2012 title matches. .

 

UMBC is 4-1-4 versus UNH in Baltimore, with the lone home setback occurring in 2009. Last season, UMBC prevailed, 2-0, in Durham, N.H., as Kay Banjo and Oumar Ballo hit the net. UNH has scored only two goals in the last eight contests.

 

Michael Scott equalized an early New Hampshire score just 18 seconds later and the Retrievers and Wildcats played scoreless soccer for the remaining 102 minutes and ended in a 1-1 double overtime draw in chilly conditions at Retriever Soccer Park on Oct.17. Both goals occurred in the eighth minute of play. Shots in the game were even at 11-all, and Billy Heavner (since tied) set a new career mark with seven stops.

 

More Tournament Talk: UMBC is 9-5-3 in 17 America East playoff action… The Retrievers have never been a No. 3 seed in the tournament… They have won championships in 2010 (No. 2 seed), 2012 (No. 2 seed), 2013 (No. 1 seed) and 2014 (No. 1 seed).

 

Notable: UMBC went eight consecutive games without scoring multiple goals – the longest streak in the Retrievers' NCAA Division I history (1986)… The Retrievers are 7-4 in one-goal decisions in 2015, after a 9-2 mark in those decisions a year ago…

 

UMBC is guaranteed to post their fourth consecutive winning season, their longest streak since entering America East and longest since stringing eight winning seasons together from 1998-2005.

 

The Retrievers have won 10 or more games for four consecutive seasons and six times in the last seven campaigns.

 

UMBC had won all four games in 2015 when taking the lead, until the draw at Hartford on Oct. 4… They are 8-0-1 when scoring the game's first goal in 2015… The home loss to La Salle snapped a ten-game (9-0-1) unbeaten streak by UMBC at Retriever Soccer Park… UMBC is 21-3-5 in its last 29 games at home and 32-4-6 in its last 42 contests at the park.

 

UMBC is 0-2-8 in its last ten overtime contests – the Retrievers' last win occurred in the 2013 America East semifinals versus Albany (2-1 win).

 

With five goals scored vs. Central Arkansas, UMBC matched its season high of 2014, a 5-1 victory over Vermont on Nov. 1… UMBC's last shutout of five goals or more occurred in game No. 3 of the 2009 season, a 6-0 triumph over St. Joseph's… The seven goals scored in two games are the most since UMBC tallied seven in 2010.

Even great programs have difficulty rallying from two-goal (or more) deficits to earn draws or victories, as UMBC did in its 2-2 draw versus Fairfield… The last time UMBC made that style comeback occurred way back in 1997, as they rallied from a 3-1 hole to defeat Coastal Carolina, 4-3, in overtime on Oct. 11, 1997.

Malcolm Harris' missed penalty kick versus Fairfield was the first misfire by a Retriever since Daniel Welsh was unsuccessful vs. Albany on Oct. 1, 2011… The Retrievers had converted 10 in a row between misses and have started a new streak with Madison's two consecutive conversions and the good attempt by Scott at Binghamton.  

 

The come-from-behind win at GW marked the second time in the young season that the Retrievers have rallied from two scores down to earn a result… In the opener, UMBC fell behind Fairfield, 2-0, before tying the game up at 2-all

 

UP NEXT: The winner of the UMBC-UNH contest will face second-seeded Vermont on Wednesday, Nov. 11 in Burlington, in the AE semi-final contest.

 

 
 

 

Player Accolades

 

Gregg Hauck, So., M

  • 2014 America East Tournament Most Outstanding Player; All-Tournament Team 
  • 2015 All-Tournament Team (Hampton Inn BWI Kick-Off Classic) 
  • America East co-Player of the Week, Aug. 31, 2015 
  • 2015 America East First Team

 

Malcolm Harris, Sr., M (captain)

  • 2015 All-Tournament Team (The Westin/Sheraton BWI Classic)
  • 2015 America East First Team
  • 2015 America East Defender of the Year   

 

Billy Heavner, Jr., G (captain)

  • 2015 ECAC Division I Male Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • 2015 All-Tournament Team (Hampton Inn BWI Kick-Off Classic, The Westin/Sheraton BWI Classic) 
  • 2014 NCAA Elite 89 Award, America East Elite 18 Award
  • 2014 America East All-Academic Team
  • America East co-Player of the Week, Oct. 12, 2015
  • 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District (District 2) Team
  • 2015 America East Second Team
  • 2015 America East All-Academic Team
 

Patrick Jean-Gilles, Fr., M

  • America East Rookie of the Week, Sept. 28, 2015

 

Bill Kerr, Jr., B

  • 2015 All-Tournament Team (Hampton Inn BWI Kick-Off Classic, The Westin/Sheraton BWI Classic) 
 

Darius Madison, Sr., F 

  • 2015 All-Tournament Team (Hampton Inn BWI Kick-Off Classic, The Westin/Sheraton BWI Classic) 
  • America East Player of the Week, Sept. 7, 2015
  • College Soccer News Team of the Week, Sept. 7, 2014
  • America East Player of the Week, Sept. 28, 2015
 

Joseph Pratt, Sr., M 

  • 2015 All-Tournament Team (Hampton Inn BWI Kick-Off Classic, The Westin/Sheraton BWI Classic) 
 

Michael Scott, Sr., M (captain)

  • 2014 America East All-Academic Team
  • 2015 America East Second Team
  • 2015 America East All-Academic Team
 

Patrick Jean-Gilles, Fr., M

  • 2015 America East All-Rookie Team
 

Kyle Saunderson, Fr., B

  • 2015 America East All-Rookie Team