Men’s Soccer Hosts UMass Lowell in Pivotal #AEMSOC Matchup on Saturday on Spread Respect Night

Men’s Soccer Hosts UMass Lowell in Pivotal #AEMSOC Matchup on Saturday on Spread Respect Night

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Baltimore, Md.—UMBC men's soccer closes out their home stand with a key America East match against UMass Lowell on Saturday night on ESPN+. The Retrievers are coming off a 3-0 loss the Vermont last Saturday and are currently 4-4-1, 0-2-0 AE on the year.

UMass Lowell Match Info:
What:
UMBC Retrievers (4-4-1, 0-2-0 AE) vs. UMass Lowell River Hawks (6-3-2, 1-1-0 AE)
Where:
Retriever Soccer Park – Baltimore, Md.
When:
Saturday, October 6 – 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch:
Live video available on ESPN+ ($$) and live stats at UMBCRetrievers.com
Promotions: Spread Respect Night-
Promoting awareness and education to ensure equality, respect and safety for all athletes without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. That respect also extends to race, ethnicity, gender, religion and more.
Social Media: @UMBCMensSoccer, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEMSOC

Scouting the Retrievers:

-The Retrievers are coming off a 3-0 loss to Vermont on Saturday night. The Catamounts scored twice in the first half to take control of the match, adding a third goal in the final minutes to seal the victory. UMBC sits at 4-4-1, 0-2-0 AE on the year.

-Cesare Marconi (Loano, Italy) leads the team with 33 shots, with 15 being on goal. He also has a team high nine points on three goals and three assists. Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curly) and James Gielen (Edgewater, Md./DeMatha) have each scored two goals on the year with a total of six different Retrievers finding the back of the net this year.

-In goal, Ciaran O'Loughlin (Birkenhead, England) has played in all but one game for the Retrievers. He has given up 11 goals for a goals against average of 1.42 while making 34 saves for a save percentage of .756 with two shutouts.

Scouting the River Hawks:

-The River Hawks are 6-3-2, 1-1-0 AE on the year having lost their last two contests. Most recently, UMass Lowell fell 4-0 to Stony Brook on Friday. The Seawolves scored early in the first half, adding three second half goals in the win.

-Stanley Alves leads the River Hawks with four goals and one assist for nine points. Roko Prsa and Renato Kauzlaric have scored multiple goals with three and two respectively. In all, six different River Hawks have scored in 2018.

-In net, Zach Rowell has seen a majority of the time, playing in eight contests, giving up just four goals for a GAA of 0.50.He has stopped .810 percent of shots faced with four shutouts.

All-Time Series:

-UMBC and UMass Lowell will be meeting for the sixth time in the all-time series with the Retrievers leading the series 3-2. UMBC won the first three meetings, but the River Hawks have won two straight. 

-The River Hawks fought off a Retriever rally last year, 3-2. UML took a 2-0 lead into halftime, adding a third goal just minutes into the half. Sammy Kahsai started the comeback with a goal in the 63rd minute and Kyle Saunderson (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) added his fourth of the year in the 78th. However UMBC could not complete the comeback in the loss.

#SpreadRespect:

-#SpreadRespect games, formerly branded You Can Play Nights, were created with the purpose of promoting awareness and education to ensure equality, respect and safety for all athletes without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. That respect also extends to race, ethnicity, gender, religion and more. Sixteen #SpreadRespect events will take place this fall across all nine America East campuses in the sports of field hockey, men's and women's soccer and volleyball.

-America East has conducted You Can Play nights since 2014 after becoming the first Division I Conference to partner with the organization in 2012. Since then, the conference has helped further You Can Play's mission by sponsoring a speaker series and locker-room campaigns on its members' campuses in addition to You Can Play nights and creating videos to educate the general public. In 2016, America East's You Can Play nights were featured in USA Today.

-The conference also partnered with LGBT SportSafe in 2016, becoming the first conference in the organization's Founders' Club, and sponsored educational programming on each of its campuses.

Up Next:

-The Retrievers will have a short turnaround, hitting the road to take on Penn on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN+, NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus and NBC Sports Washington.