Women’s Soccer Looks to Snap Four-Game Slide Against Howard, Stony Brook

Baltimore-The UMBC women's soccer team (3-6-1, 0-1-0 AEC) concludes its five-game road trip Wednesday at 6 p.m. at local rival Howard before heading home to host America East opponent Stony Brook on Sunday at 1 p.m. at UMBC Soccer Stadium.

Looking Back: The Retrievers lost twice last week, falling at Mount St. Mary's, 4-0, on Sept. 21, and at New Hampshire, 1-0, in both team's America East Conference opener on Sept. 24. UMBC lost to the Mount for the first time in 12 meetings. Senior goalie Robin Babaris tied a season high with nine saves against the Wildcats in just her second complete game since returning from a torn ACL.

On the Bison: Howard (0-8) is still looking for its first victory on the season after falling to Albany, 6-0, on Sunday and Robert Morris, 2-0, on Friday. The injury-plagued Bison have been out-scored, 32-2, in 720:00. Ashley Cason and Angel Ughiovhe tallied Howard's two goals on the season. The Bison have not won a game since Oct. 10, 2005, when they defeated Francis Marion in a 2-1 overtime win. Jessamyn Perkins has played 700:03 in goal for the Bison and has recorded a 4.50 GAA and .690 save percentage on the year.

Last Time vs. the Bison: The Retrievers defeated the Bison, 5-1, on Sept. 30, 2005, at UMBC Stadium. The Retrievers jumped on the board early as Missy Moore tallied 1:52 into the game, followed by two goals by Jessica Young, one mid-way through the first half and the other to open the second period. Amanda DiCarlo scored two insurance goals for the Retrievers, while Kyrah Bacote notched Howard's lone goal of the game at the 63:57 mark.

UMBC vs. Howard All-Time: UMBC has won the seven meetings in the all-time series, which dates back to 1988, with five of those seven occurring in Baltimore. Wednesday's game will mark the sixth contest between the two teams in the last six years.

On the Seawolves: Stony Brook is 5-4-1 on the season and coming off a 1-0 loss to Boston University on Saturday in both teams' America East Conference opener. The Seawolves were out-shot 22-3, and freshman goalkeeper Marisa Viola recorded nine saves in the game. She has played all 869:05 for the Seawolves and boasts a 1.04 GAA, .878 save percentage, and currently leads the America East in saves per game with 8.10. Brooke Barbuto leads the team with six goals and 12 points.

Last Time vs. the Seawolves: The Retrievers defeated the Seawolves, 3-0, on Oct. 2, 2005 in Stony Brook, N.Y. Jessica Young scored off a corner kick at the 21:14 mark for the game-winning goal. Cara Palmer and Amanda DiCarlo added insurance goals in the second half.

UMBC vs. Stony Brook All-Time: The series between the teams is tied 3-3-1, with the first meeting occurring in 1990 at Stony Brook. This week will be the fourth consecutive meeting for the teams, and the Retrievers are 2-1 against the Seawolves since entering the America East.

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.

Most Goals/Career

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

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. Jessica Young 52

8. Shannon Bagrosky 50

9. Ruth Higgins 49

Beasts in the America East: Junior forward Jessica Young is tied for second in the league in goals (5), tied for third in the America East in points (11), fourth in goals per game (0.50), and points per game (1.10) She also ranks sixth in shots (22) and eighth in shots per game (2.20). Senior goalie Robin Babaris ranks second in saves per game (7.00) and eighth in goals against average (2.10). In addition, sophomore goalie Catie Bukowski 10th in goals against average (2.38).

As a team, the Retrievers are tied for fifth in the America East in goals (12) and goals per game (1.20), fourth in saves (48) and third in saves per game (6.80).

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, Bacinski and Bukowski starting three games apiece. Bacinski has posted the best goals-against average (1.00), while Bukowski has seen the most total playing time (302:39) and Babaris has recorded the most saves (28).

Dawg Bites: The Retrievers have been blanked in three straight games and have not scored since the 83rd minute against Jacksonville on Sept. 15… The Retrievers have been shut out five times this season, equaling their total from 2005… Junior forward Jessica Young leads the team with five goals and 11 points.

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