Baltimore, Md.—UMBC men's soccer released their 2016 schedule, featuring ten games at Retriever Soccer Park, head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. announced today.
The Retrievers will play six of their ten non-conference matches at RSP, including a four game home stand to kick off the campaign.
UMBC has won three of the last four America East Championships, including a run to the College Cup run in 2014, and will look to win their fourth America East title in five years as conference play kicks off against New Hampshire on September 30 in Durham. The Retrievers play just three road conference games, hosting the other four in Baltimore.
The season kicks off on Friday, August 26 with a home game against A-10 foe Fordham at 7 p.m. in the Hampton Inn/BWI Kick Off. UMBC starts the month of September with a pair of games in The Westin/Sheraton-BWI Classic against Northern Illinois (Friday, September 2) and UNC Wilmington (Sunday, September 4) at home with both games starting at 7 p.m.
The Retrievers end their home stand with a meeting against Monmouth on September 10 at 7 p.m. This will be the first meeting between the two since 2002, as UMBC has never lost against the Hawks.
UMBC will then head to the road for two of their next three against West Virginia (Sept. 14) and La Salle (Sept. 24), both at 7 p.m. The Black and Gold host George Washington in between those two on Sept. 17 on the university's 50th anniversary ceremony at 3 p.m and Howard on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.
The rest of the non-conference schedule features road games at Navy (Oct. 15) and Drexel (Oct. 25) at 7 p.m.
"We are very excited about our schedule, and have some great non-conference matches against schools we have not played before, or have not played in some time," Caringi said of the non-conference slate. He continued, "Schools like West Virginia, UNC Wilmington and Northern Illinois will be a tremendous challenge for us."
The America East portion of the schedule features four home games and three road games. The first conference game will be at New Hampshire on Oct. 30 before a two game stretch against UMass Lowell (Oct. 8) and Binghamton (Oct. 12) at RSP.
The Retrievers close the regular season with matches at Albany (Oct. 15) and Stony Brook (Nov. 2) with home games against Hartford (Oct. 22) and defending America East champion Vermont (Oct. 29, Senior Night).
"Last year proved that our conference has gotten better and better each year. It will be a dog fight each and every game to come out with a victory," Caringi said about the state of the America East.
Date Opponent Time Series History/Notes
Fri. 26 Fordham 7:00 P.M. UMBC leads 1-0, last meeting 1990 (4-3 win)
Fri. 2 Northern Illinois& 7:00 P.M. First Meeting
Sun. 4 UNC Wilmington& 7:00 P.M. UNC Wilmington 1-0-1, Last meeting 1979
Sat. 10 Monmouth 7:00 P.M. UMBC 6-0-0, Outscored Hawks 22-2 all-time
Wed. 14 at West Virginia 7:00 P.M. UMBC 3-0-0, First meeting since 1996
Sat. 17 George Washington 3:00 P.M. UMBC 9-4-3, UMBC has won last six meetings
Tues. 20 Howard 7:00 P.M. UMBC 12-2-2, Outscored Bison 12-3 in last four meetings
Sat. 24 at La Salle 7:00 P.M. UMBC 6-3-1, Explorers have won two of last three
Fri. 30 at New Hampshire* 7:00 P.M. UMBC 7-4-6, UMBC defeated Wildcats 1-0 in AE Tournament last year
Sat. 8 UMass Lowell* 7:00 P.M. UMBC 3-0-0, Outscored River Hawks 5-1 in three meetings
Wed. 12 Binghamton* 7:00 P.M. Binghamton 7-6-3, UMBC won two straight home matches versus the Bearcats
Sat. 15 at Albany* 7:00 P.M. UMBC 7-4-3, UMBC has never lost to Albany at RSP
Tues. 18 at Navy 7:00 P.M. Navy 18-5-4, UMBC last road win was 2012
Sat. 22 Hartford* 7:00 P.M. UMBC 10-5-2, Won last four home games, outscoring Hawks 15-3
Tues. 25 at Drexel 7:00 P.M. Drexel 4-2-1, UMBC has never won at Drexel (0-4-1)
Sat. 29 Vermont* (Senior Night) 7:00 P.M. Vermont 7-6-2, UMBC won two of last three home matches
Wed. 2 at Stony Brook* 7:00 P.M. UMBC 11-6-0, Retrievers won last five meetings
Sat. 5 AE Quarterfinals TBA Hosted by No. 3 and No. 4 seeds
Wed. 9 AE Semifinals TBA Hosted by No. 1 and No. 2 seeds
Sat. 12 AE Championship TBA Hosted by highest remaining seed
*-America East match