Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC men's soccer looks to cap their strong second half of the season with their fifth America East Championship at No. 2 New Hampshire on Sunday on ESPN3. The Retrievers are 6-1-3 since the start of October, and have advance to the title game after playing the first two rounds on the road. Most recently UMBC knocked off No. 1 and regular season champ Stony Brook on Wednesday night. Junior Jordan Dove (Gambrills, Md./DeMatha) netted the game winner in the 60th minute.
America East Tournament Championship Match Info:
What: No. 5 UMBC Retrievers (10-5-4) at No. 2 New Hampshire Wildcats (11-3-2)
Where: Wildcat Stadium - Durham, N.H.
When: Sunday, November 11 - 2:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live stream on ESPN3 and Watch ESPN app, live stats at UNHWildcats.com
Social Media: @UMBCMensSoccer, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEMSOC, #AEChamps
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC comes into the title match at 10-5-4 on the year, having lost just one game since the start of October. The Retrievers defeated No. 4 Vermont in penalty kicks and No. 1 Stony Brook en route to Sunday.
-Sophomore Cesare Marconi (Loano, Italy) leads the team offensively with 14 points, scoring five goals and dishing out four assists. Classmate Matt Bailey (Stevensville, Md./Saints Peter and Paul) has also scored five times and is second on the team with 11 points. In all, 11 different Retrievers have found the back of the net in 2018.
-Freshman Quantrell Jones (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) has been the starter in net the last half of the year, posting a 6-1-2 record since the start of October. He has only given up nine goals (0.73 GAA) making 33 saves (.786 save pct) with five shutouts.
Scouting the Wildcats:
-New Hampshire comes into the match at 11-3-2, defeating No. 3 UMass Lowell in the semifinals on Wednesday. The Wildcats have not lost a home match since they made the switch to Wildcat Stadium last season and have only surrendered nine goals all year.
-Antonio Colacci leads the Wildcat offense with 13 points on five goals and three assists. America East Defensive Player of the Year Josh Bauer has three goals, one of five Wildcats with multiple goals on the year.
-America East Goalkeeper of the Year Lars Huxsohl has played in all but one game in 2018, giving up nine goals (0.58 GAA) making 23 saves with eight shutouts in the year.
-This will be the 21st meeting between the two schools with the Retrievers holding a slim 8-6-6 lead in the series. The Retrievers and Wildcats will be playing against each other for the fifth time in America East Tournament play, with the Retrievers holding a 2-0-2 record in those matches.
-This will also be the third time the two meet in the championship match, with UMBC winning the previous two on penalty kicks. The last time they met in in the tournament was back in the 2015 quarterfinals, with UMBC taking home a 1-0 victory in Baltimore.
UMBC in America East Tournament Championship History:
-The Retrievers are making their sixth appearance in the title game in the last ten years, winning four of the last five appearances. The only loss in a title game came at Stony Brook in 2009.
-The match against the Wildcats is the second time the Retrievers will be on the road in the title game and will be the third time playing New Hampshire for the championship.
-Should UMBC win the championship, the Retrievers will earn an automatic birth into the NCAA Tournament. The Retrievers will learn their opponent and game time during the selection show.