Baltimore, Md.— The Retrievers fell to Stony Brook, 2-0 on Wednesday night at Retriever Soccer Park, but clinched the five seed in the upcoming America East Tournament. The Seawolves scored in the 17th minute and again late in the match to seal the victory.
UMBC drops to 7-6-4, 2-4-1 AE while Stony Brook improves to 7-5-5, 1-3-3 AE on the year.
The Seawolves had the first shot of the match, as Lars Togstad headed home the Serge Gamwanya corner kick off the post in the 17th minute.
The Retrievers threatened late in the half, garnering four straight corner kicks, but only shot came from Kyle Saunderson (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) that went high.
UMBC had the advantage in the first half with six shots to two by Stony Brook, including eight corner kicks in the opening 45 minutes.
The Retrievers came out aggressive in the second half, getting a pair of back-to-back shots early on. Senior Gregg Hauck (Linthicum, Md./North County) had a shot saved, followed by classmate Tom Paul (Stalybridge, Cheshire, England) having a header from point blank range saved off a Cormac Noel (Todmorden, England) corner kick.
Freshman keeper Ciaran O'Loughlin (Birkenhead, England) kept the Retrievers close with a pair of saves midway through the half. He stopped a shot from point blank range with 26 minutes to go, and followed it up with a diving save just minutes later.
UMBC went back on the offensive, as Sammy Kahsai (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) and Noel each had golden chances that just went to the right of the post each time.
Stony Brook added to their lead in the 84th minute, as Jarred Dass took a ball in the midfield and placed it past O'Loughlin to give the Seawolves a 2-0 win.
UMBC outshot Stony Brook 16-10, as O'Loughlin made five saves, all coming in the second half. Hauck and Noel led the Retrievers with four shots each.
The Retrievers will head to Albany on Saturday, Nov. 4 in the quarterfinals of the America East Tournament. Game time is set for 2 p.m. For more information on the tournament, stay tuned to umbcretrievers.com and @UMBCAthletics on Twitter.