WOMEN’S SOCCER HOSTS TWO THIS WEEKEND

Baltimore, Md.-The UMBC women's soccer team (4-4-0) is in action twice this weekend, hosting Longwood at 7 p.m. Friday before opening America East Conference play at 1 p.m. Sunday. Both games will be at UMBC Stadium.

A Look Ahead

Friday, Sept. 23 – UMBC vs. Longwood, 7 p.m., UMBC Stadium: In the midst of a four-game losing skid, Longwood (2-5) is coming off a 2-1 loss to Appalachian State on Sept. 17. One of the Lancers' wins came against Radford by a score of 3-2 on Aug. 28, a week before the Highlanders defeated the Retrievers, 1-0, in overtime. Anna Gravely leads the Lancers with four goals and eight points, while Tiffany Rice is tops with three assists. Goalie Anne Whitmore has recorded 10 saves against six goals allowed in 212:32 of play for a 2.54 GAA and a .625 save percentage.

Sunday, Sept. 25 – UMBC vs. New Hampshire, 1 p.m., UMBC Stadium: The Retrievers open conference play against New Hampshire (5-3). The Wildcats are ranked No. 15 in the Northeast Region. Since UMBC joined the America East Conference in 2003, the series is tied at 1-1-0. UNH won, 3-0, last season in Durham, N.H., a year after the Retrievers won, 1-0, in Baltimore. The Wildcats are coming off a 3-0 victory over Holy Cross on Sept. 21. Freshman forward Sara Hourihan has been named America East Rookie of the Week for the last three weeks. She has won all three Rookie of the Week awards the conference has handed out this season. Hourihan leads the Wildcats with 10 goals and 21 points, and at the end of last week led the league in points per game (2.43) and goals per game (1.14). Goalkeeper Julie Randall has recorded 43 saves against 18 goals allowed for a 2.35 GAA and a .705 save percentage.

"Obviously we are excited about conference play," UMBC head coach Michelle Salmon said. "We consider New Hampshire to be one of the top teams in the America East. It's a good challenge for us right out of the gate."

Looking Back: Week 4 (1-1)

Friday, Sept. 16 – Loyola 2, UMBC 0: The Retrievers fell to local rival Loyola, 2-0. The Greyhounds (4-3-0), 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, freshman goalie Catie Bukowski (Odenton, Md./Arundel/South Carolina) 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, freshman midfielder Kali Schwartz (Congers, N.Y./Clarkstown South) scored just over a minute into the second period to give UMBC a 1-0 lead. About 12 minutes later, sophomore forward Jessica Young (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) converted a pass from senior forward Missy Moore (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) to give UMBC a 2-1 advantage. Bukowski tallied four saves in 90 minutes.

Season Recap

The Retrievers are 4-4-0 on the season, with wins over George Washington, St. Peter's, Mount St. Mary's and Rider and losses to Liberty, American, Radford and Loyola.

Aug. 26 - Liberty 3, UMBC 2: The Retrievers dropped their season opener to Liberty, 3-2. Forwards Amanda DiCarlo (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada/St. Paul's) and Young each scored for UMBC, with midfielders Amy Morrison (Crofton, Md./South River) and Cara Palmer (Odenton, Md.) 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. Retriever 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 women's soccer team shut out the Peahens, 4-0, on day one of the UMBC Invitational at UMBC Stadium. Schwartz 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.

Moving Up the Ranks

With five more wins, Salmon will become the winningest women's soccer coach in UMBC history. In her sixth season at the helm, Salmon boasts a career record of 41-47-7. Former Retriever coach Jamie Watson was 46-44-3 in her five years at UMBC.

Moore is UMBC's active leader in points and goals scored in her career. She is currently fifth on the Retrievers' all-time scoring list with 60 points and third with 27 goals. Her next targets are Kristen Einarson's 63 points and Erin Lesh's 35 goals.

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. Kristen Einarson   25       13          63
5. Missy Moore        27        6          60


Most Goals/Career
Player Goals
1. Denise Schilte 55
2. Erin Lesh 35
3. Missy Moore 27
4. Kristen Einarson 25
5. Kasy Kruger 23

Morrison's six career assists leave her one away from the Retrievers' all-time top 10 list. Four players are tied for ninth place with seven assists apiece.

Beast in the America East

Young is second in the America East with 3.5 shots per game, second with 0.62 goals per game, tied for second with two game-winning goals and fourth with 1.25 points per game, while DiCarlo is sixth with 0.43 goals per game and eighth with 0.86 points per game. Morrison is second with 0.50 assists per game, while Hearin is ninth at 0.25. Schwartz is tied for seventh with 0.38 goals per game. Bacinski is fifth with 5.33 saves per game, a 1.07 GAA and 0.33. As a team, the Retrievers are third in the conference with 1.62 goals per game and fourth in points per game (4.12), GAA (1.11), saves per game (6.25) and shutouts per game (0.38). UMBC's 11.38 shots per game ranks fifth.

Dawg Bites
The Retrievers have won three of their last four games…Bukowski made the first two starts of her career this weekend, recording 14 saves, including a career-high 10 against Loyola. She has 18 saves on the season and has allowed only three goals in 225:00 of play for a 1.20 GAA and .857 save percentage after sitting out the first five games with an illness…Young scored the game-winner against Rider and leads the Retrievers with five goals, two game-winners and 10 points. She is just one goal away from equaling her 2004 total of six…Schwartz scored her third goal of the season Sunday at Rider. She is tied with for second on the team with three goals and six points…Morrison leads the team with three assists on the season. She is fourth on the team with a career-high five points, surpassing her 2004 total of three…Bacinski recorded the second shutout of her career against St. Peter's and has tallied 32 saves on the season, with a 1.07 GAA and .842 save percentage…DiCarlo is tied with Schwartz for second on the team with three goals and six points. All three of her goals have come on assists from Morrison.

Coming Up

The Retrievers host Howard at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at UMBC Stadium before traveling to Stony Brook for their second conference game of the season on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 12 p.m.