BALTIMORE – Help the UMBC women's soccer team celebrate its successful 2013 season by making a donation today. All the money raised will be directly used toward upgrading the team's locker room, training equipment, player apparel, travel expenses, video-editing technology, and support of UMBC women's soccer.
UMBC women's soccer posted a momentous 2013 season, completing the Cinderella-story by registering the second-biggest turnaround in the country and the largest turnaround in America East history. Under the league's Coaching Staff of the Year, led by second-year head coach Leslie Wray, the Retrievers were able to make program history. UMBC started by completing the worst-to-first feat by going from a 0-5-3 league record in 2012 to capturing a share of its first-ever regular-season title with a 6-2 conference mark. The Retrievers followed with a shutout victory against No. 4 Hartford and a come-from-behind win against No. 2 Stony Brook in the America East Championships to set a program-record with 13 wins and their first-ever conference tournament crown. UMBC drew eventual NCAA College Cup bound Virginia Tech in the opening round of the Retrievers' first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. The Retrievers gave the No. 1 Hokies all they could in a 2-0 defeat, but that outcome did little to spoil the heights that UMBC women's soccer reached in 2013.
Here are some more fun facts and cool achievements from the 2013 women's soccer team:
- Number 10 in the NSCAA Continental Tire Northeast rankings
- Jessy Brown: NSCAA Northeast-All Region Third Team, ECAC Division I Women's Soccer University All-Star Second Team, NSCAA University Division Women's Scholar All-East Region Second Team, America East Co-Midfielder of the Year, America East All-Conference First Team, America East All-Academic Team, America East Championship Most Outstanding Player
- Alexa Quaranta: America East Women's Soccer Fans' Choice Player of the Year, America East All-Conference First Team and America East Championships All-Tournament Team
- Amira Walcott: America East All-Conference Second Team and America East All-Tournament Team
- Meg Kowalski: America East All-Conference Second Team and America East All-Rookie Team
- Nikki Boretti: America East All-Academic Team and America East All-Tournament Team
- Lauren Kadet: Became the program's all-time saves leader (396), moved into fifth all-time at UMBC in career shutouts (10), America East All-Conference Second Team and America East All-Tournament Team
- America East Coaching Staff of the Year
- Posted a .461 winning percentage differential from a season ago, a 12-win improvement
The Retrievers have set a goal to raise $5,000 dollars by June 30, 2014 and need your help to do so.