Jon Bell is Retrievers' #AEMSOC Fans' Choice POY Candidate; Retrievers Head to Vermont for Saturday Afternoon Affair

photo by: Ian Feldmann
photo by: Ian Feldmann

BALTIMORE – UMBC senior left back Jon Bell (Silver Spring, Md./Richard Montgomery) was named one of eight nominees for the annual America East Fans' Choice Men's Soccer Player of the Year award. Fans can vote for the Retriever captain through November 7 at  


A pre-season MAC Hermann Trophy nominee, Bell has started 10 of 11 games he has played in this season and added a pair of assists. He has eight career helpers in 54 contests, which include 51 starts.    


The Retrievers (5-8-1, 0-4-1 America East) head to New England to take on the Vermont Catamounts (10-5-0, 4-1-0) on Saturday, Nov. 2. Kick-off time at Virtue Field is set for 2:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the America East digital network.


The Retrievers must defeat Vermont and Stony Brook (Nov. 5) and receive some help in order to qualify for the America East Tournament.


Retriever Review: Visiting UMBC controlled play for long stretches of the game, but host Binghamton scored midway through the second half to defeat the Retrievers, 1-0, at the Bearcats Sports Complex on Oct. 26.


The Retrievers outshot the Bearcats, 12-8, and took eight of the game's 11 corner kicks, but could not beat BU netminder P.J. Parker, who made seven saves for his side.


UMBC sophomore goalkeeper Quantrell Jones (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) responded with six stops, including  three aggressive saves when he came out to challenge shooters breaking in alone.


Stat Check: Freshman Ryan Becher (Hummelstown, Pa.) leads the team in goals (4) and points (11). Becher is ninth sixth in America East in goals and tenth points scored per game.  


Senior midfielder Colin Weyant (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) paces the team and is tied for seventh in the conference with four assists.


Becher and classmate Dadi Ingason (Hafnarfjoduer, Iceland) own three assists each. Ingason (2g, 3a) and senior Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) (3g, 1a) have contributed seven points apiece.


Jones has played every game so far in between the posts, registering 48 saves (3.43 per game, fifth in America East) to go along with a 1.19 goals against average.


Scouting the Catamounts: Vermont has won five of its last six games, outscoring its opponents, 16-2, in that stretch. The Catamounts have been outstanding on the road this year with a mark of 6-2, but are 4-3 at Virtue Field.


Senior midfielder Jon Amar Barddal became the first Catamount to record a hat trick since 2016 as a part of a 5-1 rout at Holy Cross on Tuesday night in the non-conference finale. It was the team captain's first three goals of the season.


Freshman Rasmus Tobinski leads UVM with eight goals and 18 total points. He is second in America East in goals and points.


Vermont and UAlbany are atop the conference in scoring with 2.00 goals scored per game.


Inside the Series: This will be the 19th meeting between the two schools, with the Catamounts holding a slim 9-6-3 overall lead. UMBC snapped a four-game losing streak in the America East quarterfinals in Burlington a year ago, as they advanced in penalty kicks, 5-4, after a 1-1 double overtime draw.


The Retrievers have not defeated UVM since a 3-1 AE quarterfinal decision in 2014. Their last win in Burlington occurred the year before, a 2-1 victory in 2013. In ten meetings in Vermont, the Retrievers are 2-6-2.


Up Next: UMBC hosts Stony Brook in the regular season finale on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7:00 p.m. The Retrievers will honor seniors Jon Bell, Jordan Dove, Nick Gumbs, Tre Pulliam, Trey Vinson and Colin Weyant before kick-off time.