WOMEN’S SOCCER PREPARES FOR HOWARD AND STONY BROOK

Baltimore, Md.-The UMBC women's soccer team (5-5-0, 0-1-0 America East) is in action twice this weekend, hosting Howard at 7 p.m. Friday before traveling to Stony Brook to resume America East Conference play at 12 p.m. Sunday.

A Look Ahead

Friday, Sept. 30 – UMBC vs. Howard, 7 p.m., UMBC Stadium: The Retrievers and Bison have faced off each of the last four years, with UMBC coming away victorious each time, including two straight 1-0 wins. Last season at Howard, forward Kelly Fiorani (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) scored the game-winner with less than five minutes remaining to give the Retrievers the edge. The Bison (1-7-1) are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to a Mount St. Mary's team which UMBC defeated, 3-0, three weeks ago at the UMBC Invitational. Howard also lost to George Washington, 2-1, earlier in the season, less than a week after the Retrievers defeated the Colonials, 1-0. The Bison defeated Albany, 2-1, on Sept. 18; UMBC will face the Great Danes next week. Michelle Williston leads Howard with three goals and six points. Goalie Lindsey Walton has totaled 43 saves against 26 goals allowed for a 3.56 GAA and a .623 save percentage in 656:49.

Sunday, Oct. 2 – UMBC at Stony Brook, 12 p.m., LaVelle Stadium: The Seawolves (3-7-1, 0-1-0 America East) are coming off a 1-0 loss to Boston University in its America East Conference opener on Sunday and will face league foe Binghamton on Thursday before the Retrievers hit town. Tiffany Fasullo leads Stony Brook with three goals and seven points. Goalie Cindy Bennett has recorded 58 saves against 17 goals allowed for a 1.51 GAA and a .773 save percentage in 1010:00. Since joining the America East in 2003, the Retrievers are 1-1 against the Seawolves. Last season, UMBC won 2-1 on a game-winner by Mary Hearin (North Potomac, Md./Watkins Mill) with less than two minutes remaining.

Looking Back: Week 5 (1-1)

Friday, Sept. 23 – UMBC 1, Longwood 0: Sophomore forward Jessica Young (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) 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. Freshman goalie Catie Bukowski (Odenton, Md./Arundel/South Carolina) 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. Sophomore midfielder Amy Morrison (Crofton, Md./South River), Fiorani and Young each tied the score at different points throughout the game. Senior forward Missy Moore (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) tallied two assists, while Perkinson had one. Bukowski totaled four saves in the net.

Season Recap

The Retrievers are 5-5-0 on the season, with wins over George Washington, St. Peter's, Mount St. Mary's, Rider and Longwood 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. Forwards Amanda DiCarlo (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada/St. Paul's) 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. 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. 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. Hearin 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. Fiorani 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.

Moving Up the Ranks

With four 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 42-47-7. 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 62 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         8         62


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 3.4 shots per game and 0.30 game-winning goals per game, and third with 0.70 goals per game and 1.40 points per game, while DiCarlo and Schwartz are tied for seventh with 0.33 goals per game. Morrison is fifth with 0.30 assists per game. Bukowski leads the league in saves per game at 6.20, while Bacinski is seventh at 5.33. Bacinski is tied for fifth with 0.33 shutouts per game, while Bukowski is ninth with 0.20 shutouts per game. Bacinski is sixth in the conference with a 1.07 GAA, while Bukowski is eighth with a 1.54 GAA. The Retrievers are third in the league with 1.70 goals per game and 0.40 shutouts per game.

Dawg Bites

The Retrievers have won four of their last six games after starting the season 1-3…Young scored two goals this weekend, including the game-winner against Longwood and the game-tying goal with 5:15 left against UNH to send the contest into overtime. She leads the team with a career-high seven goals, 14 points, 34 shots and three GWG…Bukowski notched her first career shutout against Longwood and tallied 13 saves on the weekend, including nine against the Lancers. She has tallied 31 saves against seven goals allowed in five games, including four starts, for a 1.54 GAA and .814 save percentage…Moore and Morrison are tied for the team lead in assists with three apiece…Morrison scored the second goal of her career against UNH and is second on the team with a career-high seven points…DiCarlo and Schwartz are tied for second on the team with three goals apiece. All three of DiCarlo's goals have come on assists from Morrison…Bacinski started the first six games of the season between the pipes for the Retrievers, tallying 32 saves and two shutouts against only six goals allowed for a 1.07 GAA and .842 save percentage.

Coming Up

The Retrievers host two America East opponents next week at UMBC Stadium. Hartford comes to town Thursday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m., before Albany hits Baltimore Sunday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m.