BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's soccer team concludes its four game road trip when it travels to Bucknell on Friday, Sept. 7 to take on the Bison at 7 p.m. on Emmitt Field. The Retrievers return home on Sunday, Sept. 9 to host Longwood at 1 p.m. at the Retriever Soccer Park. Live stats for both contests can be found on www.umbcretrievers.com, as well as a live video broadcast of Sunday's contest at www.umbcretrievers.tv.com.
UMBC (1-4-1) is coming off a 1-2 week, falling to Drexel 1-0 on Monday before exploding for five goals – the most in a victory for the black and gold since Sept. 30, 2005 when it defeated Howard 5-1 – in its first victory of the season, against Saint Peter's on Friday. The Retrievers dropped their latest matchup, 1-0, to LIU Brooklyn on Sunday to wrap up the week.
UMBC is led by freshman Alexa Quaranta's (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) five points on two goals and one assist, while classmate Bria Bass (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) and sister Preslie Quaranta (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) have each chipped in a pair of goals on the season.
Junior goalkeeper Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) leads the league in saves (43), saves per game (7.17) and save percentage (.878) entering the week.
The Bison (3-2) have won three straight since starting off the season with back-to-back losses. Senior goalkeeper Sandita McDermott, the reigning Brine Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week, helped Bucknell to a 2-0 weekend with a pair of shutouts against Buffalo and St. Bonaventure. During its win-streak, the Bison have outscored their opponents 7-1, including a 4-0 scoring advantage over the weekend.
Bucknell has received contributions from a variety of sources on the offensive end, with five different players scoring at least one goal. Sophomore defender Courtney Nelson leads the pack with three goals on the season, while sophomore midfielder Cassie Denger has added five points on one goal and three assists.
UMBC has dropped four-straight meetings to Bucknell and is 0-2-1 on the season against Patriot League opponents. The Bison hold a 5-2 advantage in the all-time series.
Longwood (3-2) has won two of its last three games heading into Sunday's contest. The Lancers dropped their latest matchup, a 3-0 loss to Appalachian State, last Sunday.
After four games, LU is led by senior forward Lindsey Ottavio's four points, while sophomores Kylie Dyer and Samantha Phillips have each added a score. Ottavio is tied for third in the Longwood record book for career goals with 24.
UMBC is all tied up with Longwood in three all-time meetings (1-1-1).