Baltimore, Md.-The UMBC women's soccer team (7-5-0, 1-1-0 America East), off to its best start since 2001, will host two America East Conference games this week. The Retrievers take on Hartford Thursday at 4 p.m. before Albany hits town Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games are at UMBC Stadium.

A Look Ahead

Thursday, Oct. 6 – UMBC vs. Hartford, 4 p.m., UMBC Stadium: Hartford (3-8-1, 1-0-1 America East) is coming off a 0-0 double-overtime tie with America East foe New Hampshire, the same team which beat the Retrievers, 4-3, in overtime on Sept. 25. Kacey Busque leads the Hawks with four goals and nine points. Goalie Liz Cook has 53 saves against 17 goals allowed for a 1.86 GAA and a .757 save percentage. Since joining the America East, the Retrievers have not beaten the Hawks. Last season at Hartford, the Hawks came away with a 3-1 victory.

Sunday, Oct. 9 – UMBC vs. Albany, 1 p.m., UMBC Stadium: Albany (1-12-0, 0-3-0 America East) is coming off a 3-0 loss to defending America East champion Binghamton on Sept. 2 and will take on Boston University on Thursday before heading to Baltimore. The Great Danes fell, 2-1, to the same Howard team which the Retrievers defeated, 5-1, last weekend. Jamie Dougherty leads the Great Danes with three goals and six points. Since joining the America East, UMBC is 2-0 against Albany. Last season, the Retrievers shut out the Great Danes, 4-0, at UMBC Soccer Stadium.

Young Named America East Player of the Week

Sophomore forward Jessica Young (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) was named America East Player of the Week on Monday for the week ending Oct. 2. Young scored three goals in two games last weekend, including both game-winners. Young scored twice in the Retrievers' 5-1 win over Howard, giving UMBC a 2-0 halftime lead with the eventual game-winner, then adding another goal early in the second period. In UMBC's 3-0 victory over conference foe Stony Brook, she scored the first goal of the contest and assisted on the second. Young totaled seven points over the weekend.

Moving Up the Ranks

With two more wins, Head Coach Michelle 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 44-47-7. Former Retriever coach Jamie Watson was 46-44-3 in her five years at UMBC.

Senior forward Missy Moore (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) is UMBC's active leader in points, assists and goals scored in her career. With three points last weekend, including her first goal of the season against Howard and her team-leading fourth assist against Stony Brook, she 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.

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

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

In less than two full seasons, Young is just five points and two goals from the Retrievers' top 10 lists. With six assists, sophomore midfielder Amy Morrison (Crofton, Md./South River) is just one away from the Retrievers' all-time top 10 list.

Beast in the America East

Young is second in the America East with 0.83 goals per game and third with 1.75 points per game and 3.42 shots per game. She also leads the league with five game-winning goals. Junior forward Amanda DiCarlo (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada/St. Paul's) is fourth in the conference with 0.55 goals per game and fifth with 1.09 points per game. Moore is tied for second in the league with 0.33 assists per game, while Morrison is eighth with 0.25 dishes per contest. Freshman goalie Catie Bukowski (Odenton, Md./Arundel/South Carolina) is sixth with 5.43 saves per game and seventh with a 1.22 GAA, while freshman Christine Bacinski (Hampstead, Md./Mount de Sales) is seventh with 5.33 saves per game and fifth with a 1.07 GAA.

As a team, the Retrievers lead the America East with 2.08 goals per game and 5.33 points per game and are fourth in assists per game (1.17), shots per game (12.92), goals-against average (1.15) and shutouts per game (0.42). UMBC is fifth with 5.83 saves per game.

Dawg Bites…

The Retrievers have won six of their last eight games after starting the season 1-3. At 7-5-0, they are a season-best two games above the .500 mark. Their seven victories are one shy of their entire 2004 season total, when they finished the season 8-10…Young leads the team with 10 goals, 21 points and five GWG – all career highs. She has scored the game-winner in each of the Retrievers' last five victories. Young also notched her first assist of the season Sunday at Stony Brook…Bukowski notched her second career shutout against Stony Brook and tallied seven saves on the weekend while allowing just one goal in two games…DiCarlo scored three goals over the weekend and is second on the team with six goals and 12 points, both career highs…Moore leads the team with four assists, tying her career high set in 2001…Morrison is second on the team with three assists and third with a career-high seven points.

Looking Back: Week 6 (2-0)

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. Freshman midfielder Cara Palmer (Odenton, Md.) converted a direct kick by senior midfielder Jessica Golibart (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) 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. The Retrievers out-shot the Seawolves 18-10, but Stony Brook held a 6-5 advantage on corner kicks.

Season Recap

The Retrievers are 7-5-0 on the season, including 1-1-0 in America East Conference play, with wins over George Washington, St. Peter's, Mount St. Mary's, Rider, Longwood, Howard an Stony Brook 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. Bacinski 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 at UMBC Stadium. 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 (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, 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 (2-6-0), 1-0, at UMBC Stadium. After a scoreless first half, Young converted a pass from junior midfielder Andrea Perkinson (Laurel, Md./Laurel) 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 (6-3-0, 1-0-0 America East) 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.