UMBC WOMEN’S SOCCER GETS READY FOR TOUGH FINAL STRETCH

Baltimore, Md.-With only four games left in the regular season and a conference tournament berth at stake, the UMBC women's soccer team (9-5-0, 3-1-0 America East) heads into an important final stretch. The Retrievers travel to Vestal, N.Y., Thursday to take on America East rival Binghamton at 1 p.m., then return to UMBC Stadium for their final home game of the season and Senior Day on Sunday when they face league foe Vermont at 1 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 13 – UMBC at Binghamton, 1 p.m., West Gym Field: The Bearcats (7-6-2, 3-2-0 America East) are tied with the Retrievers for third place in the America East with nine points apiece. Binghamton had one three in a row before losing to first-place Boston University, 1-0, on Oct. 8. In their last seven games, the Bearcats have scored three goals three times and been shut out four times. Danielle White leads Binghamton with six goals and 14 points. Lauren Massey is second in the conference with five assists and 0.36 dishes per game. Goalkeeper Kristie Bowers is fourth in the league with a 0.86 goals against average, having allowed 12 goals in 1256:54. She has tallied 66 saves for a .846 save percentage. The Bearcats are fifth in the conference with 1.33 goals per game and recorded a league-high seven shutouts. Since UMBC joined the America East in 2003, Binghamton leads the series, 1-0-1. When the two teams met last season, the Bearcats defeated the Retrievers, 2-0, at UMBC Soccer Stadium.

Sunday, Oct. 16 – UMBC vs. Vermont, 1 p.m., UMBC Stadium: The Catamounts (6-6-1, 2-1-1 America East) are fifth in the America East with seven points. Vermont is coming off a 2-2 double-overtime tie with New Hampshire. Amy Cochran leads UVM with eight goals, seven assists and 23 points. She leads the conference with 0.54 apg, she is tied for second with 1.77 ppg and is fourth with 0.62 gpg. Goalie Laura Kissock leads the league with 6.10 saves per game. She has recorded 61 saves against 17 goals allowed in 797:26 for a 1.92 GAA and a .782 save percentage. Vermont is fourth in the conference with 1.62 goals per game and has recorded two shutouts on the season. Since UMBC joined the conference, the teams have split their two meetings. Last season, the Catamounts defeated the Retrievers, 2-1, at Vermont.

Retrievers to Honor Seniors on Sunday

Sunday's game against Vermont, the Retrievers' final home contest of the season, is Senior Day. UMBC will honor seniors Missy Moore (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) and Jessica Golibart (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) in a pre-game ceremony.

Retrievers Earn Conference Honors

Freshman goalie Catie Bukowski (Odenton, Md./Arundel/South Carolina) was named both America East Co-Rookie of the Week and Eastern College Athletic Conference Division-I Goaltender of the Week for the week ending Oct. 9. Bukowski notched two shutouts on the season, totaling six saves in two games. She tallied five saves in a 1-0 victory over conference rival Hartford on Oct. 6 before blanking league foe Albany with one save.

A week earlier, sophomore forward Jessica Young (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) earned America East Player of the Week honors after totaling seven points in two games. Young scored three goals, including both game-winners, on the weekend. She scored twice against Howard, giving UMBC a 2-0 halftime lead with the eventual game-winner, then adding another goal early in the second period. At Stony Brook, Young scored the first goal of the contest and assisted on the second, her first dish of the season.

Moving Up the Ranks

With the weekend's two wins, Head Coach Michelle Salmon tied Jamie Watson as the winningest women's soccer coach in UMBC history. In her sixth season at the helm, Salmon boasts a career record of 46-47-7. Former Retriever coach Watson was 46-44-3 in her five years at UMBC.

Moore is UMBC's active leader in points, assists and goals scored in her career. With six points on the season, Moore has passed Kristen Einarson for fourth place on UMBC's all-time scoring list with 65 points. She is also third all-time with 28 goals and ninth with nine career assists. Her next targets are Kasy Kruger's 82 points, Erin Lesh's 35 goals and Shannon Bagrosky's 10 assists.

In less than two full seasons, Young has joined the Retrievers' top 10 goals list with 18 and is just one point from the top 10 with 41. With an assist against Albany, sophomore midfielder Amy Morrison (Crofton, Md./South River) joins UMBC's top ranks, as she tied four others for 10th place with seven career dishes.

Most Points/Career
Player G A Pts.
1. Denise Schilte 55 38 148
2. Erin Lesh 35 17 87
3. Kasy Kruger 23 36 82
4. Missy Moore 28 9 65
5. Kristen Einarson 25 13 63 

Most Goals/Career
Player Goals
1. Denise Schilte 55
2. Erin Lesh 35
3. Missy Moore 28
4. Kristen Einarson 25
5. Kasy Kruger 23
6. Shannon Bagrosky 20
Kathy Zonis 20
8. Jessica Young 18
Ruth Higgins 18
Christa Gredlein 18
Nicole Grinspoon 18

Most Assists/Career
Player Assists
7. Christa Gredlein 11
8. Shannon Bagrosky 10
9. Missy Moore 9
10. Amy Morrison 7
Lee Custer 7
Debbie Tripp 7
Sue Feliciano 7
Eileen Sandleitner 7 

Beast in the America East

Young leads the America East in many offensive categories, including points (25), points per game (1.79), goals (12), goals per game (0.86), game-winning goals (6) and shots (46). She also ranks third in shots per game (3.29). Junior forward Amanda DiCarlo (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada/St. Paul's) is third in the conference in goals (9) and goals per game (0.69), fourth in points per game (1.38), fifth in points (18) and seventh in shots per game (2.62). She is also tied for fourth with two game-winning goals. Moore and Morrison are tied for fourth in the league with four assists and seventh with 0.29 assists per game. Bukowski is sixth in the conference in goals against average (0.93) and saves per game (4.89).

As a team, the Retrievers lead the America East in points (78), points per game (5.57), goals (30), goals per game (2.14) and shutouts (7). UMBC is also second in the conference in shutouts per game (0.50), third in shots per game (13.21) and fourth in goals against average (0.99).

Dawg Bites…

The Retrievers have won four in a row and eight of their last 10 games, and they are a season-best four games above the .500 mark. The nine victories surpass their entire 2004 season total of eight… Bukowski has blanked three consecutive opponents and has allowed only one goal in her last 360:00 to lower her goals against average to 0.93. She has recorded four shutouts on the season… Young scored twice against Albany and leads the team with 12 goals, 29 points and six game-winners, all career bests… DiCarlo scored three goals last weekend and has scored six goals in her last four games. She is second on the team with nine goals and 18 points… Morrison's two goals, four assists and eight points are all career highs.

Looking Back: Week 7 (2-0)

Thursday, Oct. 6 – UMBC 1, Hartford 0: DiCarlo scored in the 86th minute of play to give the Retrievers a 1-0 victory over America East foe Hartford at UMBC Stadium. Though both teams had several opportunities, the game remained scoreless until the Retrievers were awarded a corner kick, which freshman midfielder Cara Palmer (Odenton, Md.) sent to Golibart. Golibart headed the ball to DiCarlo, who converted it for her career-high seventh goal of the season at 86:43. Palmer and Golibart were each credited with their second assists of the year, and it was DiCarlo's second game-winner of the season, as well.

Sunday, Oct. 9 – UMBC 4, Albany 0: Young and DiCarlo each scored twice as the Retrievers defeated conference rival Albany, 4-0, at UMBC Stadium. Morrison and junior midfielder Andrea Perkinson (Laurel, Md./Laurel) each registered assists in the game.

Season Recap

The Retrievers are 9-5-0 on the season, including 3-1-0 in America East Conference play, with wins over George Washington, St. Peter's, Mount St. Mary's, Rider, Longwood, Howard, Stony Brook, Hartford and Albany and losses to Liberty, American, Radford, Loyola and America East rival New Hampshire.

Aug. 26 - Liberty 3, UMBC 2: The Retrievers dropped their season opener to Liberty, 3-2. DiCarlo and Young each scored for UMBC, with Morrison and Palmer registering assists. The teams scored four goals combined in the first half, taking a 2-2 tie into halftime, but neither scored again until the 80:17 mark, when Liberty's Sarah Davis knocked in the game-winner. Freshman goalie Christine Bacinski (Hampstead, Md./Mount de Sales) played all 90 minutes in the net and tallied six saves in her first collegiate game.

Aug. 28 – UMBC 1, George Washington 0: The Retrievers earned their first victory of the season, defeating a regionally ranked George Washington team on the Colonials' home field. The teams took a scoreless tie into halftime, but DiCarlo struck again in the game's 70th minute, converting a pass from Morrison for the game's only goal. It was the second time in as many games DiCarlo and Morrison hooked up for a goal, as the duo was responsible for UMBC's first goal of the season on Friday. Bacinski tallied six saves, equaling her total from Friday's game, and earned her first collegiate shutout in only her second career game.

Sept. 2 – American 2, UMBC 1: Despite an early goal from Young, the Retrievers lost to American, 2-1, as Eagles' midfielder Marcela Ricupero scored two unanswered goals. UMBC jumped out of the gate strong, as Young scored her second goal of the season on a breakaway just 1:58 into the game. Despite heavy pressure from American's offense, UMBC held a 1-0 lead for more than 30 minutes, thanks in part to clutch saves by Bacinski. She set a new career high with eight saves, and she had tied her previous career high of six by the end of the first half.

Sept. 4 – Radford 1, UMBC 0, OT: The Retrievers dropped a 1-0 overtime heartbreaker to the Highlanders on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University when Radford midfielder Lisa Channon scored from 12 yards out 8:41 into the extra period. Bacinski matched her career high with eight saves.

Friday, Sept. 9 – UMBC 4, St. Peter's 0: Four different Retrievers scored and UMBC shut down St. Peter's offense, as the Retrievers shut out the Peahens, 4-0, on day one of the UMBC Invitational. Freshman midfielder Kali Schwartz (Congers, N.Y./Clarkstown South) scored the first two goals of her career, while Young scored her team-leading third goal of the season and Morrison added the first of her career. Junior back Mary Hearin (North Potomac, Md./Watkins Mill) recorded her first assist of the season on Schwartz's first goal. The Retrievers out-shot the Peahens, 22-2, including 13-1 in the first half. Bacinski registered two saves while recording the second shutout of her career.

Sunday, Sept. 11 – UMBC 3, Mount St. Mary's 0: The Retrievers moved back to .500 on the season with a 3-0 shutout of Mount St. Mary's on the second day of the UMBC Invitational at UMBC Stadium. Young got UMBC on the board right out of the gates, scoring her fourth goal of the season just 1:05 in. Junior forward Kelly Fiorani (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) notched her first goal of the year and DiCarlo scored her third of the season. Hearin and Morrison registered assists. Bacinski and Bukowski split time between the pipes. Bacinski recorded two saves in the first half, while Bukowski tallied four in the second period in the first game action of her career. The Retrievers recorded their second shutout in as many games. UMBC out-shot Mount St. Mary's, 22-10, and is undefeated in 11 tries against their former Northeast Conference foe.

Friday, Sept. 16 – Loyola 2, UMBC 0: The Retrievers fell to local rival Loyola, 2-0. The Greyhounds, ranked sixth in the Mid-Atlantic region, out-shot the Retrievers, 28-5, and got two goals from senior forward Ali Andrzejewski to secure the shutout. Making her first start in only her second game action, Bukowski kept the Retrievers in the contest, recording 10 saves in 90 minutes.

Sunday, Sept. 18 – UMBC 2, Rider 1: The Retrievers moved back to .500 with a 2-1 victory over Rider on the Broncs' home field. After a scoreless first half, Schwartz scored just over a minute into the second period to give UMBC a 1-0 lead. About 12 minutes later, Young converted a pass from Moore to give UMBC a 2-1 advantage. Bukowski tallied four saves in 90 minutes.

Friday, Sept. 23 – UMBC 1, Longwood 0: Young scored in the 47th minute, and the goal was all the Retrievers needed, as UMBC shut out Longwood, 1-0. After a scoreless first half, Young converted a pass from Perkinson for the eventual game-winner. It was the first assist of Perkinson's career. Bukowski totaled nine saves and earned her first career shutout.

Sunday, Sept. 25 – New Hampshire 4, UMBC 3 (OT): Four combined goals in six and a half minutes late in the second half sent the game to overtime, but the Retrievers dropped their America East Conference opener at UMBC Stadium. New Hampshire was awarded a direct kick in the 95th minute, and Lindsey Smagula got the ball past Bukowski for the game-winner. Morrison, Fiorani and Young each tied the score at different points throughout the game. Moore tallied two assists, while Perkinson had one. Bukowski totaled four saves in the net. The Wildcats were ranked No. 15 in the Northeast Region.

Friday, Sept. 30 – UMBC 5, Howard 1: The Retrievers dominated Howard (1-8-1), 5-1. Moore scored her first goal of the season less than two minutes into the game, and Young and DiCarlo each scored twice. Howard's Kyrah Bacote scored the Bison's only goal of the night in the 64th minute. Bukowski tallied three saves in 90 minutes. UMBC out-shot the Bison 24-6 and held a 5-0 advantage on corner kicks.

Sunday, Oct. 2 – UMBC 3, Stony Brook 0: The Retrievers notched their first America East Conference victory of the season, shutting out Stony Brook (3-9-1, 0-3), 3-0. Young scored UMBC's first goal of the game in the 21st minute on a breakaway after a corner kick. Palmer converted a direct kick by Golibart in the 52nd minute for the first goal of her career. It was Golibart's first assist of the season. Just 19 seconds later, DiCarlo scored her third goal of the weekend, while Young and Moore were each credited with assists. Bukowski notched her second career shutout and tallied four saves on the day.

Coming Up:

The Retrievers end the season on the road with games at league-leading Boston University on Oct. 20 and second-place Maine on Oct. 23. The top six teams in the conference advance to the America East Championship, with the first-round games played Oct. 28 at the No. 1 seed.