Baltimore-The UMBC women's soccer team (4-9-1, 0-4-0 AEC) returns to home competition Thursday at 4 p.m. to take on Binghamton before heading to Burlington, Vt., for a showdown against the University of Vermont in their final away game of the regular season at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Looking Back: The Retrievers lost on the road twice last week, falling to Hartford, 5-0, on Oct. 5, and Albany, 3-1, on Oct. 8. The loss to the Hawks marks the seventh time the Retrievers have been shut out this season. In the game against the Great Danes, the Retrievers scored their first goal in America East Conference play on a penalty kick by sophomore back Kali Schwartz during the 67th minute. Senior goalie Robin Babaris tied her season-high mark of nine saves in the game against Albany.
On the Bearcats: Binghamton (5-7-2, 2-3-0 AEC) is coming off a 1-0 loss to No. 12 Boston University on Sunday, snapping their home winning streak at nine games. The Bearcats are fifth in the America East standings with wins against New Hampshire and Albany and losses to Boston U., Stony Brook and Vermont. Tricia Reed leads the team with four goals and eight points, and is tied for the league lead for game-winning goals with three. Kristie Bowers is averaging 5.86 saves per game, second in the America East, and ranks sixth with a 1.44 goals-against average.
Last Time vs. the Bearcats: Binghamton defeated the Retrievers in overtime, 2-1, on Oct. 28, 2005, in a quarterfinal match at the America East tournament. Mary Hearin gave the Retrievers a 1-0 lead at 18:59 off a header from a corner kick, but the Bearcats came back in the second half to knot the game at one apiece, then scored seven minutes into the overtime period for the victory. During the regular season, the teams ended in a 1-1 tie when the game was called in the 71st minute due to rain on Oct. 13. Amanda DiCarlo scored at the 24:34 mark off a 30-yard free kick to tie the game.
UMBC vs. Binghamton All-Time: The Retrievers have never beaten the Bearcats since starting play in 2003. The series stands at 2-0-2 in favor of Binghamton.
On the Catamounts: Vermont (3-8-2, 1-2-1 AEC) is coming off a 1-0 loss to New Hampshire on Sunday, marking their fourth loss in the past five games. The Catamounts are eighth in the conference standings, with a win against Binghamton and losses to Albany and New Hampshire. Lexie Kaknes leads the team with three goals and six points. Eliza Bradley ranks seventh in the America East with a GAA of 1.47.
Last Time vs. the Catamounts: Vermont defeated the Retrievers 1-0, on Oct. 16, 2005. Sophomore goalie Catie Bukowski recorded eight saves in the loss.
UMBC vs. Vermont All-Time: The Retrievers have lost the last two meetings since starting play with the Catamounts in 2003, their only win coming in 2003 when they defeated Vermont at home 1-0.
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 and Bukowski starting five games each. Bacinski has posted the best goals-against average (0.86 in 315:00), while Babaris has seen the most total playing time (477:42) and recorded the most saves (40).
Beasts in the America East: Junior forward Jessica Young is eighth in the America East with five goals, 29 shots, 0.85 points per game, 2.23 shots per game and 0.38 goals per game. Sophomore goalie Catie Bukowski ranks 10th in the league with 3.57 saves per game and senior goalie Robin Babaris ranks eighth in save percentage at .769 and is tied for 10th in goals-against average with 2.26.
As a team, the Retrievers are tied for second with 6.43 saves per game, tied for fifth with 1.21 goals per game and tied for sixth with 2.79 points per game.
Dawg Bites: The Retrievers are 0-4 in conference play for the first time since joining the America East in 2003. The last time UMBC lost its first four league games was 2002 as a member of the Northeast Conference… The Retrievers have dropped three straight and seven of their last eight dating to Sept. 15, their worst stretch since the 1999 season… UMBC was shut out for the fifth time in six games by Hartford… Sophomore back Kali Schwartz's goal against Albany was UMBC's first goal since Sept. 27 against Howard, a span of 260 minutes… Junior forward Jessica Young still leads the team with five goals and 11 points but has been held scoreless for the last seven games. She has not scored since Sept. 15 against Stetson…
Retriever E-mail Updates: If you would like the latest UMBC women's soccer news e-mailed directly to you as soon as it breaks, as well as news about any other Retriever team, sign up for UMBC's free e-mail newsletter. Go to www.UMBCRetrievers.com and click on "Free E-Newsletter" on the left-hand side of the page, enter your e-mail address and select the lists you wish to subscribe to, and every update about that team will be sent directly to you.