BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer returns to action, after having a bye on Sunday, on Thursday, Oct. 17 when the squad travels to Stony Brook. The Retrievers enter the week in a three-way tie with Hartford and Stony Brook for second place in the America East standings. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, with live video available on the America East Digital Network.
The Retrievers (8-4-2, 3-1-0 AE) have won six of their last eight games, including three straight with last Thursday's 2-1 victory against Vermont. Junior midfielder Paige Preston (Freehold, N.J./Freehold) notched her first collegiate goal to start the Retrievers off, while red-shirt junior Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) tallied her league-leading fourth game-winning goal of the season in the victory.
UMBC's 18 scores matches its highest goal total since 2006, with Brown and sophomore forward Alexa Quaranta (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) each having registered a team-best four goals on the season and Brown's nine points leading the squad. Sophomore back Amira Walcott (Beltsville, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) has chipped in three goals and two assists for eight points and fellow defender Melissa Hummel (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) ranks second in the league in assists with four.
The Seawolves (8-4-1, 3-1-0 AE) have won three of their first four contests in America East play, with its only loss coming in overtime to Hartford last Thursday. Stony Brook, the defending league champion, leads the conference in shots (223), goals (26) and points (81). Senior forward Larissa Nysch's eight scores on the season puts her atop of the league in goals and points (18).
SBU has five players with multiple goals on the year. Sophomore back Stella Norman sits behind Nysch with 10 points (three goals and four assists), while red-shirt junior forward Queli Ornelas and sophomore back Emily Murrer have each chipped in three goals. Red-shirt junior goalkeeper Ashley Castanio has seen action in all 13 games and is allowing 1.14 goals per game.
-UMBC trails the all-time series, 4-9-1. The Retrievers snapped a six game losing streak to the Seawolves with last season's 1-1 double overtime draw.
-The Retrievers have won just once on the road against Stony Brook, a 3-0 victory on Oct. 2, 2005.