Baltimore-The UMBC women's soccer team (4-11-1, 0-6-0 AEC) returns to home competition Thursday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m., hosting No. 10 Boston University, before concluding the season on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. against Maine on Senior Day. Both games will be played at UMBC Soccer Stadium.
Looking Back: The Retrievers lost one at home and one on the road last week, falling to Binghamton, 3-0, on Oct. 12 at UMBC Soccer Stadium, and Vermont, 2-1 in overtime, on Oct. 15 in Burlington, Vt. The loss to the Bearcats marked the eighth time the Retrievers have been shut out this season. In the game against the Catamounts, the Retrievers scored only their second goal in America East competition this season as sophomore back Kali Schwartz scored with four seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Senior goalie Robin Babaris recorded a season-high 10 saves in the loss to Vermont, just one shy of her career high.
On the Terriers: Tenth-ranked Boston U. (12-3-2, 5-0-1 AEC) is coming off a 2-0 win over conference foe New Hampshire on Sunday, marking the 11th shutout of the season for goalie Stephanie Dryer, a new school record. Dryer also ranks first in the America East for shutouts (11) and goals-against average (0.39), as well as second in save percentage (.885). Lauren Erwin leads the Terriers with 15 points and seven assists, while Farrell McClernon is tops with six goals and second with 14 points. Boston U., the defending conference champions, currently leads the America East with 16 points, two ahead of second-place Hartford, and has clinched a spot in the six-team conference tournament.
Last Time vs. the Terriers: Boston U. defeated UMBC, 1-0, on Oct. 20, 2005. Lauren Erwin scored the lone goal of the game at the 57:55 mark in the win for the Terriers. The Retrievers managed just two shots in the contest to the Terriers' 18. Catie Bukowski recorded eight saves in the loss.
UMBC vs. Boston U. All-Time: The Retrievers are winless against the Terriers in three games since the series began when UMBC joined the America East Conference in 2003. Boston U. has blanked the Retrievers in two contests.
On the Black Bears: Maine (11-3-1, 3-3-0 AEC) is coming off a 1-0 loss to Binghamton on Sunday, breaking even in the conference at 3-3. The Black Bears, the 2005 America East runners-up, are tied with New Hampshire for fourth in the conference standings. Laura Harper leads the Black Bears and the America East Conference with 1.20 goals per game and 0.53 goals per game. She has totaled eight goals and 18 points in 15 games. Maine goalie Jasmine Phillips leads the conference in save percentage (.894), and ranks second in shutouts per game (0.53) and goals against average (0.45).
Last Time vs. the Black Bears: Maine defeated UMBC, 2-0, on Oct. 23, 2005. Black Bears Heather Hathorn and Laura Harper scored in the first half against Retriever goalie Catie Bukowski, who recorded one save. Christine Bacinski took over in the net for the Retrievers in the second half and came up with five saves.
UMBC vs. Maine All-Time: The Retrievers are winless against Maine in three games since UMBC joined the America East Conference in 2003. The Black Bears have blanked the Retrievers in three contests.
Retrievers Bid Fond Farewell to Seniors: Sunday's game against Maine, the final home game of the season, is Senior Day. The Retrievers will honor their nine seniors – Carly Agro, Robin Babaris, Betsy Day, Amanda DiCarlo, Mary Hearin, Megan Jupiter, Nicole Krause, Megan Mullins and Christie Sikorski – in a pre-game ceremony.
Moving Up the Ranks: Junior forward Jessica Young is tied with Kasy Kruger (1992-95) for fifth place all-time at UMBC with 23 career goals scored. She also ranks seventh all-time with 52 career points.
1. Denise Schilte 55
2. Erin Lesh 35
3. Missy Moore 28
4. Kristen Einarson 25
5. Kasy Kruger 23
Jessica Young 23
7. Shannon Bagrosky 20
Kathy Zonis 20
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. Jessica Young 52
8. Shannon Bagrosky 50
9. Ruth Higgins 49
Goalies Galore: All four of UMBC's goalies – seniors Robin Babaris and Carly Agro and sophomores Christine Bacinski and Catie Bukowski – have started at least one game between the pipes, with Babaris leading the Retrievers with seven starts and Bukowski making five. Bacinski has posted the best goals-against average (0.86 in 315:00), while Babaris has seen the most total playing time (662:39) and recorded the most saves (59).
Beasts in the America East: Junior forward Jessica Young is fourth in the America East with five goals, sixth in total shots (29), seventh in shots per game (2.33) and tied for eighth in points per game (0.73) and goals per game (0.33). Senior goalie Robin Babaris ranks second in saves per game (6.56), is tied for sixth in total saves (59), is eighth in save percentage with .776 and is ninth in goals against average with 2.31.
As a team, the Retrievers are second with 6.81 saves per game, tied for sixth with 1.12 goals per game and seventh with 2.62 points per game.
Dawg Bites: UMBC has dropped five straight and nine of the last 10 dating to Sept. 15Sophomore back Kali Schwartz has scored the Retrievers' only two goals in America East play… Schwartz has scored four of UMBC's last eight goals dating to Sept. 15… Senior goalie Robin tallied 19 saves in two games on the week, including a season-best 10 at Vermont… Junior forward Jessica Young still leads the team with five goals and 11 points but has been held scoreless for the last nine games… Schwartz ranks second with four goals and eight points.
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