Baltimore, Md.-With the America East Conference Championships within reach, the UMBC women's soccer team (9-6-1, 3-2-1 AE) must face the league's top two teams on the road this weekend. The Retrievers take on Boston University at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, then head to Orono, Maine, to face the Black Bears at 12 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.

Playoff Picture

Boston U. (5-0-1 AE), Maine (4-1-1), Vermont (4-1-1) and Binghamton (4-2-1) have already clinched berths in the six-team conference tournament, which will take place Oct. 28-30 and Nov. 5-6 at the No. 1 seed. UMBC (3-2-1), New Hampshire (2-3-2) and Hartford (2-3-1) are vying for the two remaining spots, while Albany (0-6) and Stony Brook (0-6) have been eliminated from postseason play.

With 10 points, UMBC is fifth in the conference, two points ahead of New Hampshire and three up on Hartford. The Retrievers can clinch their first tournament appearance since 2003 with one win.

UMBC is still in contention to host the first two rounds on Oct. 28 and 30. In order for that to happen, the Retrievers must win both remaining games, the Terriers must lose twice and Vermont must lose at least once. The finals will take place Nov. 5 or 6 at the higher remaining seed.

A Look Ahead

Thursday, Oct. 20 – UMBC at Boston U., 4 p.m., Nickerson Field: The Terriers (9-4-4, 5-0-1 AE) lead the conference with 16 points and can clinch the No. 1 seed and home field advantage in the America East Championships with one win. Boston U. leads Maine and Vermont by three points and holds the tiebreaker over both teams. The Terriers are unbeaten in their last seven games (5-0-2) and have lost just once in 12 games since Sept. 7 (7-1-4). Boston U. has allowed just one goal in America East games for a 0.16 goals against average. The Terriers have allowed just two goals in their last seven games and just 11 in 17 games all season. Meghann Cook has recorded at least one point in four straight games (5G, 1A) and leads Boston U. with 21 points (8G, 5A) on the season. Freshman Marisha Schumacher-Hodge was recently named the America East Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week.

Sunday, Oct. 23 – UMBC at Maine, 12 p.m., Alumni Field: The Black Bears (9-5-1, 4-1-1 AE) saw their four-game winning streak snapped on Oct. 15 when they lost to Binghamton, 1-0. Marie-Andree Canuel, who was named to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week last week, notched a hat trick along with an assist against Albany on Oct. 14. It was the second time this season that Canuel scored three goals in a game. Canuel leads Maine with 21 points (9G, 5A). Maine sophomore keeper Jasmine Phillips finally allowed a goal after shutting out opponents for 755:44 to start her career. She now has a 0.14 goals against average and a .944 save percentage.

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 as the winningest 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 leads the America East in many offensive categories, including points (25), goals (12), goals per game (0.75) and game-winning goals (6). She also ranks second in points per game (1.56) and third in shots per game (3.19). Junior forward Amanda DiCarlo (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada/St. Paul's) is third in the conference in goals (10) and goals per game (0.67), fifth in points (18) and points per game (1.33) and eighth in shots per game (2.53). Moore and Morrison are tied for fifth in the league with four assists and ninth with 0.25 assists per game. Freshman goalie Catie Bukowski (Odenton, Md./Arundel/South Carolina) is third in the conference in saves per game (5.64), fifth in goals against average (0.97) and seventh in shutouts per game (0.36), while freshman Christine Bacinski (Hampstead, Md./Mount de Sales) is fifth in saves per game (5.33), seventh in GAA (1.07) and tied for eighth in shutouts per game (0.33).

As a team, the Retrievers are second in the America East in points (80), points per game (5.00), goals (31) and goals per game (1.94). UMBC is also fourth in the conference in shots per game (12.56), assists per game (1.12) and goals against average (1.00) and fifth in saves per game (5.83) and shutouts per game (0.44).

Retrievers Earn Conference Honors

Bukowski 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 week, 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, Young 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.

Dawg Bites…

The Retrievers' loss to Vermont on Oct. 16 snapped their five-game unbeaten streak in which they went 4-0-1 and hadn't lost since Sept. 25 against New Hampshire. Despite the defeat, UMBC is 8-3-1 in its last 11 games after starting the season 1-3. The team's nine wins on the season surpass its entire 2004 season total of eight… Bukowski recorded 18 saves in two games this week, including a career-high 10 at Binghamton, where her streak of three consecutive shutouts was ended. Despite allowing two goals this past week, she has allowed only three in her last six games and has a 0.97 GAA on the season… DiCarlo scored the Retrievers' only goal of the week, and it tied the game against Binghamton. It was her 10th goal of the season and seventh in her last six games. She is second on the team with 10 goals and 20 points… Young did not score in either game this week, but still leads the Retrievers with 12 goals, 25 points and six game-winners. It is the first time all season that she has gone more than one game without a goal… Morrison's two goals, four assists and eight points are all career highs. 

Looking Back: Week 8 (0-1-1)

Thursday, Oct. 13 – UMBC 1, Binghamton 1: The Retrievers' game at conference foe Binghamton was called in the 71st minute as rain battered the playing field, ending the contest in a 1-1 tie. After the Bearcats' Lauren Massey opened the scoring just 5:20 into the game, DiCarlo knotted the score in the 25th minute on a 30-yard free kick. The score remained 1-1 until the game was halted at the 70:20 mark. Bukowski stopped 10 shots for the Retrievers.

Sunday, Oct. 16 – Vermont 1, UMBC 0: The Retrievers dropped their home finale, 1-1, to Vermont at a windy UMBC Stadium. After the teams played to a scoreless tie in the first half, Vermont's Nikkie Hessney collected a loose ball off a corner kick and knocked it past Bukowski in the 61st minute for what proved to be the game-winner. Bukowski totaled eight saves on the day. 

Season Recap

The Retrievers are 9-6-1 on the season, including 3-2-1 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, losses to Liberty, American, Radford, Loyola and America East rivals New Hampshire and Vermont, and a tie with league foe Binghamton.

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 freshman midfielder 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. 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. 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 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 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 senior midfielder/back 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.

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 Palmer 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 Perkinson each registered assists in the game.