Boston University, New Hampshire on Tap for Women’s Soccer

Sophomore Aly Gazarek has started every game in her career for the Retrievers.
Sophomore Aly Gazarek has started every game in her career for the Retrievers.

ALERT: Due to heavy rain in the Baltimore area, Thursday's game vs. Boston University will be played at UMBC Stadium.

BALTIMORE—Coming off a 2-0 victory over America East foe Vermont last weekend, the UMBC women's soccer team (2-7-1, 1-0-0 AE) looks to keep up the momentum as it continues conference play this week against defending champion Boston University (6-5-0, 1-0-0 AE) and New Hampshire (4-5-3, 0-1-0 AE). The Retrievers will host the Terriers Thursday at 4 p.m. at UMBC Stadium, then travel to Durham, N.H., for a noon tilt with the Wildcats on Sunday.

Last Time Out: Freshman goalie Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) made eight saves and recorded her first career shutout and victory in the Retrievers' first America East contest of the 2010 season, a 2-0 win at Vermont. UMBC opened the second half with a goal from freshman midfielder Nicole Clark (Ellicott City, Md./Howard), and 10 minutes later, the Retrievers tallied a second goal off a header by senior midfielder Sandra Vacarino (Mantua, N.J./Clearview Regional).

On the Terriers: Boston University, which is ranked fifth in the Northeast Region by the NSCAA, has posted a league-best 6-5-0 record heading into Thursday's match against the Retrievers. The Terriers opened America East play with a 2-0 victory over New Hampshire on Sunday. The league's top offense with 1.73 goals per game, BU boasts a dangerous scoring tandem, as forward Lisa Kevorkian, the reigning America East Player of the Week, leads the conference in goals (7) and points (16), while midfielder Jessica Luscinski, a first-team all-conference selection in 2009, is third five goals and 12 points. Alice Binns and Kelly King have split time between the pipes this season, combining for an .841 save percentage and a league-best 0.91 goals-against average with five shutouts. In addition, Binns' .893 save percentage and 0.59 GAA are tops in the America East. BU finished last season with a 14-6-2 overall record and a 7-1-0 mark in the conference, en route to its third straight America East title. The Terriers, who were a unanimous preseason pick to defend their title, have won 23 of their last 24 games against league foes dating to 2007.

Inside the Series: The Retrievers have never beaten the Terriers in seven years of America East play. Last season, Boston University topped UMBC, 5-0. The Retrievers were blanked on all sides of the field, as they were outshot 31-0 in the season finale. Midfielder Brittany Heist led the Terriers with a goal and an assist in the contest.

On the Wildcats: New Hampshire dropped its first America East contest to Boston University, 2-0, last weekend, but own a 4-5-3 overall record after Wednesday's 2-2 tie with Brown. UNH has scored 13 goals in 12 games this season, led by forward Drea Nogueira with seven points on three goals and an assist. Freshman goalkeeper Erica Correa has started every game in net for the Wildcats, boasting an .802 save percentage and a 1.40 GAA, which both rank third in the America East. New Hampshire was predicted to finish sixth in the America East preseason poll after finishing 2009 with a 4-14-1 overall record and a 3-5-0 mark in the conference but advancing to the six-team league tournament for the ninth straight season.

Inside the Series: UMBC trails the all-time series, which dates to 2003, 1-6-0, following a 3-2 loss at home last season. Vacarino found the back of the net twice, accounting for both Retriever goals, but it was not enough to top the Wildcats. Midfielder Monique Lamotte, a second-team all-conference selection in 2009, was one of three players to score for UNH in last season's contest.

Goose Eggs: UMBC's 2-0 win over Vermont on Sunday was its first shutout since defeating Hartford, 1-0, on Oct. 11, 2009.

Saving the Day: Kadet was named America East Rookie of the Week on Monday after posting a 0.99 GAA, an .867 save percentage and 13 saves in a pair of games last week. She posted her first career shutout in UMBC's 2-0 win at Vermont on Sunday, making eight saves between the pipes in her first career victory. It was the first shutout by a Retriever freshman since Catie Bukowski blanked Albany on Oct. 9, 2005. Kadet leads the America East with 6.89 saves per game and ranks second with an .805 save percentage on the season. She recorded 11 saves in her collegiate debut at Drexel on Aug. 22, the most by a Retriever rookie since Megan Smart stopped 12 shots against Navy on Sept. 3, 1997.

America East Openers: The Retrievers' win over Vermont on Sunday was just their second victory in an America East opener in their eight years in the league, with their other win coming in 2008 when they defeated Maine, 1-0.

Road Redemption: UMBC's win over Vermont on Sunday was the first road win for the Retrievers since a 4-1 victory at Delaware State on Oct. 2, 2009, and their first conference road win since defeating Albany, 4-3, on Oct. 26, 2008.

Youth Movement: Four Retriever freshmen have started at least eight of UMBC's 10 games this season, including midfielder Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage), who has started every contest. Five rookies have accounted for 15 of the Retrievers' 34 points on the year, led by forward Amy Savage (Ottawa, Ontario/Sir Wilfrid Laurier), who has scored a team-best six points on two goals and two assists. Another freshman, goalie Kadet, has played 831 consecutive minutes over the last nine contests.

Spreading the Wealth: Nine different players have scored for UMBC this season, matching the total from 2009. The last time more than nine players found the back of the net in one season was 2004, when 12 different Retrievers tallied a goal.

Vacarino Vanquishes: Vacarino is UMBC's active career scoring leader with eight goals and 20 points. Five of her eight goals have come against America East opponents, all within the last two seasons. In addition, three of her four career assists have been in league contests.

Beasts in the America East: UMBC is tied for third in the America East with 1.20 goals scored per game.  The Retrievers also rank fifth with a 1.56 goals-against average. In addition, Savage is tied for ninth in the league with six points on the season.

Top Dawgs: Kadet is the second Retriever to be named America East Rookie of the Week this season, as Savage garnered the honor on Sept. 13 after scoring her first career goal against Delaware. She was UMBC's first women's soccer rookie of the week since Danielle Kell on Sept. 28, 2008. Kadet and Savage are the first pair of Retriever teammates to win the award since Ashley Singer and Morgan Warrington in 2007. In addition, Vacarino was tabbed the conference's Player of the Week on Aug. 30 after scoring a league-high three points during the first week of the season. She was UMBC's first women's soccer player of the week since Jessica Young earned the honor on Sept. 11, 2006, and she is just the fourth Retriever to win the award in UMBC's eight seasons in the America East. This also marks the first time that three Retrievers have been honored with America East weekly women's soccer awards since 2003, UMBC's first year in the conference, when Lori Quintavalle earned a player of the week nod and Amanda DiCarlo and Christie Sikorski were both named rookies of the week.

Stinging the Hornets: UMBC's win over Delaware State on Aug. 20 was the team's first in a season opener since defeating Howard, 3-0, in 1998. All four goals against the Hornets occurred in the first half, the most the Retrievers have scored in a period since Sept. 22, 2002, when they tallied a school-record seven times in the opening stanza, also against Delaware State.

Dawg Bites: UMBC's win over Vermont on Sunday snapped an eight-game winless streak which included seven losses and a tie… Despite seven losses, the Retrievers have been in nearly every game, as they have lost just once by more than a goal… Junior goalie Mo Van Vlerah's (Germantown, Md./Northwest) 147 career saves are tied for sixth all-time at UMBC… Sophomore forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) leads the Retrievers with 19 shots on the season.

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