Baltimore, Md.-- No. 5 UMBC men's soccer continues their America East title hopes against top seeded Stony Brook on Wednesday night. The winner will face the winner of No. 2 New Hampshire and No. 3 UMass Lowell on Sunday, Nov. 11 on ESPN3. The Retrievers advanced to the semifinals with a 1-1 draw against No. 4 Vermont, advancing 5-4 on penalty kicks.
America East Tournament Semifinal Match Info:
What: No. 5 UMBC Retrievers (9-5-4) vs. No. 1 Stony Brook Seawolves (8-5-3)
Where: LaValle Stadium - Stony Brook, N.Y.
When: Wednesday, November 7 - 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video and live stats available at StonyBrookAthletics.com
Social Media: @UMBCMensSoccer, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEMSOC, #AEChamps
Scouting the Retrievers:
-The Retrievers come into the match at 9-5-4, taking down Vermont in the America East Quarterfinals last Saturday. UMBC fell behind in the second half, but got the equalizer on a Matt Bailey (Stevensville, Md./Saints Peter and Paul) goal in the 62nd minute. UMBC won in penalty kicks, as Ciaran O'Loughlin (Birkenhead, England) stopped three shots and scored once in the shootout.
-Cesare Marconi (Loano, Italy) and Bailey lead the team with five goals each. Marconi has four assists for 14 points, with Bailey adding an assist for 11 points. In total, nine different Retrievers have scored in 2018.
-Quantrell Jones (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) has seen the most action in net during the year, giving up nine goals (0.79 GAA) making 32 saves (.780 save pct) with four shutouts and a 6-1-2 record.
Scouting the Seawolves:
-The Seawolves enter the contest at 8-5-3 on the year, and earned the regular season title with a 2-2 draw against the Retrievers last week. The Seawolves are 5-2-1 at LaValle Stadium this year.
-Serge Gamwanya leads the offense with six goals and three assists for 15 points. Jarred Dass and Martieon Watson have also reached double digit points with Dass netting 15 (6 G, 2 A) and Watson with 11 (2 G, 7 A). In total, five Seawolves have double digit goals on the year.
-Christian Miesch has seen the majority of time in net for Stony Brook, starting in all 15 games he has played. He has given up 17 goals (1.12 GAA) making 55 saves (.764 save pct) with four shutouts on the year.
-This will be the 21st meeting all-time between the Retrievers and Seawovles with UMBC holding a slim 11-8-1 advantage in the series.
-Stony Brook has won two of the last three matchups in 2017 and 2016 by scores of 2-0. Before that, the Retrievers won five straight from 2012-15. Six of the last seven meetings have all been shutouts by the winning team. UMBC is 3-5-1 all-time on Long Island.
-The winner will face either No. 2 New Hampshire or No. 3 UMass Lowell on Sunday, Nov. 11. Gametime is TBD and will be streamed on ESPN3.