Women’s Soccer Heads to Florida for Kick Out Cancer Tournament

Baltimore-The UMBC women's soccer team (3-2-1) heads to Jacksonville, Fla., this weekend for the third annual Kick Out Cancer Tournament, hosted by Jacksonville University. The Retrievers will take on Stetson on Friday at 5 p.m. before facing the host Dolphins Sunday at 2 p.m. The games will be played at Jacksonville's Ashley Sports Complex and will also include Elon University.

Looking Back: The Retrievers were undefeated in two home games last weekend, taking down Temple, 2-0, Friday afternoon before beating Radford, 4-1, on Sunday. The games marked the Retrievers' first at UMBC Soccer Stadium in more than a year. Junior forward Jessica Young and senior midfielder Mary Hearin each scored in both games. Sophomore goalie Christine Bacinski fended off eight Temple shots in the second half as UMBC recorded its first shutout of the season. Freshman midfielder Arielle Tagger tallied twice against Radford for the first two goals of her career, breaking a tie with each goal.

On the Hatters: Stetson is 1-5-0 on the season and coming off a 4-0 loss to Florida Atlantic on Sunday. The Hatters have been outscored 12-3 on the season. Jessica Spencer leads the team with three points (1g, 1a). Stetson's lone victory of the season was a 2-0 triumph over LaSalle on Sept. 3. The Hatters were picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic Sun Conference preseason coaches poll after finishing sixth last season with a 4-6-0 league record and a 9-11-1 overall mark and winning its first-round tournament game. Stetson returns 17 players and 10 starters from the 2005 squad, including all-tournament team members Brittany Jones and April Eilering.

UMBC vs. Stetson All-Time: Friday will be the first-ever meeting between the Retrievers and Hatters.

On the Dolphins: Jacksonville is 3-4-0 on the season and coming off a 7-0 loss at 24th-ranked Florida on Sunday. The Dolphins have been outscored 13-3 on the season with three 1-0 victories. Angela Hulse leads the team with two goals, and she is tied with 2005 Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year Keri Zwikker for the team lead in points with four. Goalie Michelle Kmiotek posted three shutouts in four games before allowing seven goals to the Gators. She has posted a 2.09 GAA and a .787 save percentage with 48 saves against 13 goals allowed. The Dolphins were picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic Sun Conference preseason coaches poll after finishing fourth last season with a 4-5-1 league record and an 8-10-3 overall mark and winning its first-round tournament game. Jacksonville returns 14 players and 11 starters from the 2005 squad, including Zwikker and all-conference second team member Michelle Lavine.

UMBC vs. Jacksonville All-Time: Sunday will be the first-ever meeting between the Retrievers and Dolphins.

Kicking Out Cancer: For the third consecutive year, the Jacksonville University women's soccer program will host the Kick Out Cancer Soccer Tournament. The Dolphins joined forces with the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 2004 to battle one of the most devastating diseases in the modern world, cancer.

During the past two years, the "Kick Out Cancer" effort helped raise both donations and awareness. All across the Eastern Seaboard of the United States there has been hundreds of people wearing "Kick Out Cancer" T-shirts and "Live Strong" bracelets.

Fans attending the tournament will receive a yellow "Live Strong" bracelet, like the one Lance Armstrong wore while winning the Tour de France, with a donation of $1 or more. There is also a silent auction on judolphins.com where people can bid on autographed items from Lance Armstrong, Arnold Palmer, NASCAR, NFL and PGA professionals with proceeds benefiting the LAF.

For more information on the silent auction and the Kick Out Cancer event, visit judolphins.com and click on the women's soccer page. To learn more about the Lance Armstrong Foundation, visit laf.org or livestrong.org.

Kick Out Cancer Tournament Schedule

Friday, Sept. 15

5 p.m. UMBC vs. Stetson

7 p.m. Jacksonville vs. Elon

Sunday, Sept. 17

12 p.m. Stetson vs. Elon

2 p.m. Jacksonville vs. UMBC

Moving Up the Ranks: With two goals over the weekend, junior forward Jessica Young took sole possession of sixth place all-time at UMBC with 22 career goals scored and is just one behind Kasy Kruger for fifth place. She is also tied with Shannon Bagrosky for seventh on the Retrievers' list for points with 50. Junior midfielder Amy Morrison is among UMBC's best in assists, ranking 10th all-time with eight helpers, just one behind former teammate Missy Moore for ninth place.

Most Goals/Career

1. Denise Schilte 55

2. Erin Lesh 35

3. Missy Moore 28

4. Kristen Einarson 25

5. Kasy Kruger 23

6. Jessica Young 22

7. Shannon Bagrosky 20

Kathy Zonis 20

Most Points/Career

1. Denise Schilte 148

2. Erin Lesh 87

3. Kasy Kruger 82

4. Missy Moore 65

5. Kristen Einarson 63

6. Theresa Rosbert 55

7. Shannon Bagrosky 50

Jessica Young 50

9. Ruth Higgins 49

Most Assists/Career

5. Kristen Einarson 13

Ruth Higgins 13

7. Christa Gredlein 11

8. Shannon Bagrosky 10

9. Missy Moore 9

10. Amy Morrison 8

Young Named America East Player of the Week: Junior forward Jessica Young was named America East Player of the Week on Monday after posting five points on two goals and an assist, lifting the Retrievers to a 2-0-0 record on the weekend. Young scored the insurance goal in UMBC's 2-0 win over Temple on Friday. Against Radford on Sunday, she scored on a penalty kick in the 73rd minute for the Retrievers' third goal of the game, then notched the assist on the fourth goal just 1 minute, 26 seconds later.

Beasts in the America East: Junior forward Jessica Young leads the America East in points (9), goals (4) and goals per game (0.67), and she ranks second in points per game (1.60) and is tied for third in shots (15) and sixth in shots per game (2.50). Senior midfielder Mary Hearin is tied for third in the conference in points (6), points per game (1.00) and goals per game (0.50) and is tied for second in goals scored (3), while freshman midfielder Arielle Tagger is tied for sixth in points (5), sixth in goals (2) and points per game (0.83) and 10th in goals per game (0.33). In addition, sophomore goalie Christine Bacinski leads the league in goals-against average (0.50), having allowed just one goal in 180 minutes.

As a team, the Retrievers rank third in the America East in goals (10) and goals per game (1.67), fifth in points (23) and points per game (3.83) and fourth in saves (40), saves per game (6.67) and save percentage (.784).

As a team, the Retrievers rank third in the America East in goals (10) and goals per game (1.67), fifth in points (23) and points per game (3.83) and fourth in saves (40), saves per game (6.67) and save percentage (.784).

Goalies Galore: Three goalies have each started at least one game in the net for UMBC, with sophomore Catie Bukowski seeing the most action (4 games, 3 starts, 241:26) and posting a 2.61 goals-against average, allowing seven goals while recording 14 saves. Sophomore Christine Bacinski (3 games, 2 starts, 180:00) leads the bunch with a 0.50 GAA, allowing just one goal while tallying 15 saves. Senior Robin Babaris, a three-year starter before suffering a torn ACL which kept her out of the 2005 season, played 75 minutes against Maryland and the first half against Temple, compiling a 2.25 GAA with 10 saves in 120 minutes.

Dawg Bites: At 3-2-1, the Retrievers are above .500 for the first time this season… UMBC's shutout of Temple was its first of the season… The Retrievers have scored six goals in the last two games after scoring four in the first four… Junior forward Jessica Young and senior midfielder Mary Hearin have both scored three times in the last four games… The four goals against Radford are the most UMBC has scored in a game since Oct. 9, 2005, in a 4-0 victory over Albany… Freshman midfielder Arielle Tagger scored twice against Radford for the first two goals of her career, marking the fifth time in five years that a Retriever freshman has scored her first two goals in the same game. Current Retrievers Kali Schwartz and Amanda DiCarlo accomplished the feat in 2005 and 2003, respectively, while Kersha Walker did it in 2004 and Tricia Adkinson in 2002… Senior forward Megan Jupiter notched the first assist of her career on Young's goal against Temple… Hearin's three goals and six points are a career high… Young leads the Retrievers with four goals and nine points, followed by Hearin (3g, 6pts) and Tagger (2g, 5pts).

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