Women’s Soccer Hosts Binghamton on Senior Day Thursday; Albany Also on Tap This Weekend

Erin Johnson
Erin Johnson

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BALTIMORE—The UMBC women's soccer team (2-11-1, 1-4-0 AE) hosts America East rival Binghamton (3-9-1, 1-2-1 AE) in its last home game of the season on Thursday afternoon at UMBC Soccer Stadium before heading to Albany (6-6-2, 1-1-2 AE) on Sunday for a 1 p.m. kickoff. Prior to Thursday's game against the Bearcats, the Retrievers will honor their three seniors – defenders Erin Johnson (Norristown, Pa./Methacton) and Christine Sadowski (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) and midfielder Sandra Vacarino (Mantua, N.J./Clearview Regional) – who will be playing in the final home game of their careers.

Last Time Out: A pair of Stony Brook goals in a span of four minutes early in the first half sealed a 2-0 Seawolves victory over the Retrievers Sunday afternoon at UMBC Soccer Stadium. Freshman goalie Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) made six saves, and the Retrievers outshot the Seawolves, 12-9.

On the Bearcats: Binghamton comes to UMBC after a 0-0 draw against Albany on Sunday afternoon. Forward Sarah Furminger is the Bearcats' leading scorer with eight points on three goals and two assists. Freshman Carrie Martin has started every game in net for Binghamton and boasts a 1.29 goals-against average and a .770 save percentage. The Bearcats, who were picked to finish third in the America East after advancing to the league championship game in 2009, have been outscored, 17-8, on the season, and their eight goals scored are tied for the fewest in the conference.

Inside the Series: UMBC has never beaten Binghamton in eight all-time meetings, trailing the series, 0-6-2. The Bearcats have outscored the Retrievers, 6-1, over the past three seasons, including a 2-0 decision in Vestal last year.

On the Great Danes: Albany is 1-1-2 in America East play and will visit Maine on Thursday before hosting the Retrievers on Sunday. Forward Shayla Bergeron leads the Great Danes' offense with seven goals and 14 points on the season, ranking second and third, respectively, in the America East. Albany, which was picked to finish fourth in the America East after sustaining its best season at the Division I level in 2009, has been outscored, 21-14, through 14 games this season. Sophomore Breanna Maggio has started 10 games in goal for the Great Danes, including all four America East contests. She boasts a 1.32 GAA on the season, but just 0.49 in conference play.

Inside the Series: UMBC leads the all-time series, 5-2. Last year, the Great Danes defeated the Retrievers, 1-0, in Baltimore. Ashley Tirabassi scored the only goal in the 18th minute, and Albany outshot UMBC, 20-1, in the contest. The Retrievers last defeated the Great Danes in 2008, when they came away with a 4-3 victory in Albany. Johnson and junior forward Brooke Piper (London, Ontario/A.B. Lucas) have both scored against the Great Danes in their careers.

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.

Youth Movement: Four Retriever freshmen have started at least 12 of UMBC's 14 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 1,191 consecutive minutes over the last 13 contests.

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.

Saving the Day: Kadet leads the America East with 6.54 saves per game and ranks third with an .802 save percentage on the season. She was named America East Rookie of the Week on Sept. 27 after posting her first career shutout in UMBC's 2-0 win at Vermont. It was the first shutout by a Retriever freshman since Catie Bukowski blanked Albany on Oct. 9, 2005. Earlier in the season, Kadet 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.

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.

Goose Eggs: UMBC's 2-0 win over Vermont on Sept. 26 was its first shutout since defeating Hartford, 1-0, on Oct. 11, 2009, which was also the Retrievers' last victory over an America East opponent.

Road Redemption: UMBC's victory over Vermont on Sept. 26 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.

America East Openers: The Retrievers' win over Vermont on Sept. 26 was just their second victory in an America East opener in their eight years in the league, with the other win coming in 2008 when they defeated Maine, 1-0.

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: Despite 11 losses, the Retrievers have been in nearly every game, as they have lost just three times 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 29 shots on the season.

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