Baltimore, Md.-The UMBC women's soccer team (9-8-1, 3-4-1 AE) heads to Boston this weekend for the America East Championships and will take on defending conference champion and third-seeded Binghamton (9-6-3, 5-2-1 AE) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Boston University's Nickerson Field. With 10 points, the Retrievers are the No. 6 seed at the tournament. The winner of the game will face No. 2 Maine on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

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Retrievers at America East Championship

UMBC advances to its first America East Championship since 2003, when the Retrievers took the league by surprise in their first season in the conference. At 7-8-1 overall and 4-4-1 in America East play, UMBC was the No. 6 seed in the six-team tournament. The Retrievers lost to third-seeded Maine, 3-1.

After missing out on the championships in 2004 with an overall record of 8-10 and a conference mark of 3-6, good for ninth place in the 10-team league, UMBC was picked to finish eighth in the 2005 preseason poll. But the Retrievers again surprised the league, going 3-4-1 in America East action and finishing sixth in the regular season.

In other America East Championship action, No. 5 New Hampshire (8-7-2, 3-3-2 AE) will face No. 4 Vermont (8-8-1, 4-3-1 AE) at 11 a.m. on Friday. The winner will face top-seeded and host Boston University (11-4-4, 7-0-1 AE) at 12 p.m. on Sunday. Boston U. and No. 2 Maine (11-5-1, 6-1-1) each have first-round byes. The finals will be held either Nov. 5 or 6 at the higher remaining seed, with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

UMBC has not won a conference tournament game since 2001, when the second-seeded Retrievers defeated No. 3 Monmouth, 3-1, in the first round of the four-team Northeast Conference Championship. UMBC then lost to No. 4 Sacred Heart, 1-0, in the finals.

The Retrievers have never won at Boston University's Nickerson Field, the site of the 2005 America East Championships. The Terriers defeated UMBC, 2-0, in 2003 in the teams' first-ever meeting in Boston, and again won, 1-0, a week ago, on Oct. 20.

2005 America East Women's Soccer Championship At a Glance
First Round at Boston University's Nickerson Field (Boston, Mass.)
Friday, Oct. 28
Game 1: No. 5 New Hampshire vs. No. 4 Vermont, 11 a.m.
Game 2: No. 6 UMBC vs. No. 3 Binghamton, 1:30 p.m.

Semifinals at Boston University's Nickerson Field (Boston, Mass.)
Sunday, Oct. 30
Game 3: Winner Game 1 at No. 1 Boston University, 12:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner Game 2 vs. No. 2 Maine, 2:30 p.m.

Championship Game at higher remaining seed
Nov. 5 or 6
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, TBD

No. 6 Retrievers vs. No. 3 Binghamton

UMBC and Binghamton met just two weeks ago, on Oct. 13, in Vestal, N.Y. The teams played to a 1-1 tie in 70:20. The game was ended by on-field officials in the 71st minute as heavy rain battered the playing field. The tie was the Retrievers' first and only of the season. Binghamton's Lauren Massey scored in the sixth minute to give the Bearcats a 1-0 lead before UMBC junior forward Amanda DiCarlo (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada/St. Paul's) knotted the score at 1-1 about 20 minutes later. Retriever freshman goalie Catie Bukowski (Odenton, Md./Arundel/South Carolina) matched a career-high with 10 saves, while Binghamton keeper Kristie Bowers stopped five shots.

Since UMBC joined the America East in 2003, the Retrievers and Bearcats have faced off three times, with Binghamton holding a 1-0-2 series advantage. In their first meeting in 2003, the teams tied, 1-1. The next season, the Bearcats defeated the Retrievers, 2-1, en route to the conference championship.

No. 6 Retrievers vs. No. 2 Maine

If the Retrievers defeat third-seeded Binghamton on Friday, they will face No. 2 Maine in the semifinals on Sunday. The two teams met just last week, on Oct. 23, in the regular season finale, with the Black Bears taking the game, 2-0. UMBC has never defeated Maine in four tries.

Moving Up the Ranks

With the Retrievers' last win, a 4-0 victory over Albany on Oct. 9, Head Coach Michelle Salmon tied Jamie Watson for the most wins by a women's soccer coach in UMBC history. In her sixth season at the helm, Salmon boasts a career record of 46-48-8. Former Retriever coach 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 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, sophomore forward Jessica Young (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) has joined the Retrievers' top 10 goals list with 18 and is just one point from the top 10 in scoring with 41 points. 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 is the conference's top scorer, as she leads the league with 0.67 goals per game and 0.33 GWG per game. She also ranks second in with 1.39 points per game. DiCarlo is third in the America East with 0.59 goals per game and seventh with 1.18 points per game, while Moore and Morrison rank ninth in the conference with 0.22 assists per game. Bukowski ranks third in the conference with 5.46 saves per game.

As a team, the Retrievers rank second in the America East with 1.72 goals per game, third with 4.64 points per game and 6.00 saves per game and fourth with 12.00 shots per game and a 1.06 GAA.

Streaky Retrievers

The Retrievers head into the America East Championships on a four-game winless streak (0-3-1). They have been shut out in their last three games, all losses, and have not scored a goal since Oct. 13 at Binghamton. UMBC's last win came Oct. 9 against Albany. Prior to the winless streak, the Retrievers had won four in a row and eight of their last 10 games to improve their record to a season-best 9-5-0 after a 1-3 start to the season.

Retrievers Earn Conference Honors

A pair of Retrievers have earned weekly conference honors this season. Young was named America East Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 2, after totaling seven points in two games. She scored three goals, including both game-winners, on the weekend. Young 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.

A week later, Bukowski was tabbed both America East Rookie of the Week and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division-I Goaltender of the Week after notching two shutouts on the week and 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 on Oct. 9.

Dawg Bites…

The nine wins are UMBC's most since 2001, when the Retrievers won 11 games. With a 9-8-1 overall record, the team also finishes the regular season above .500 for the first time since 2001 (11-6-2)… In its nine victories this season, UMBC has won by a combined 22 goals. In eight defeats, the Retrievers have lost by a combined 10 goals. They have fallen by more than one goal only twice in 2005, both 2-0 losses, to Loyola and Maine… Young leads the Retrievers with 12 goals, 25 points and six game-winners – all career highs. She has not scored a goal since tallying twice on Oct. 9 against Albany, a span of four games. It marks her longest scoring drought of the season, as she had not gone more than one game without a goal prior to this current goalless streak… DiCarlo is second on the team with a career-high 10 goals and 20 points… With Young and DiCarlo each scoring double-digit goals, it marks the first time in at least a decade that two Retriever teammates have reached double figures in goals scored… Bukowski has recorded 71 saves and allowed just 13 goals for a 1.10 GAA and .860 save percentage… Moore and Morrison are tied for the team lead with four assists on the season. Morrison is third on the team with eight points, and her two goals, four assists and eight points are all career highs… All four of UMBC's freshmen have made an impact on the team this season. In addition to Bukowski, goalie Christine Bacinski (Hampstead, Md./Mount de Sales) started the first six games of the season and has recorded a 0.98 GAA to go along with 37 saves. Midfielder Cara Palmer (Odenton, Md.) has started all but one game and has one goal, two assists and four points on the season, while midfielder Kali Schwartz (Congers, N.Y./Clarkstown South) has made four starts while playing in all but one game for the Retrievers, scoring three goals and six points.