BALTIMORE – The second-seeded UMBC women's soccer team hosts third-seeded New Hampshire in America East Championship semifinal action on Sunday, Nov. 2. First kick is set for 1 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park, with all the live action available on UMBCRetrievers.tv, courtesy of the America East digital network.
Retriever Soccer Park Promotion
-The first 100 fans will receive Retriever rally towels.
-The first 100 UMBC students will receive free admission, with a valid current UMBC student ID.
Scouting the Retrievers (12-4-2, 4-2-2 AEC)
-UMBC seeks its second straight America East Championship title appearance. The Retrievers earned the second seed in the tournament after posting a 4-2-2 record in league play and posting it highest regular-season win total in program history. In their latest matchup, the Retrievers fell to Binghamton in double-overtime, 1-0, shattering UMBC's chance at a second straight AEC regular-season title.
-Senior midfielder Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./America Heritage) became the first America East Player to win Midfielder of the Year in back-to-back seasons, while also being named to the All-Conference First Team and the All-Academic Team. Brown, a candidate for the MAC Hermann Fan's Choice Vote, leads UMBC with a career-best seven goals and five assists, becoming the first Retriever to post 19 points in a season since 2005.
-Brown was joined on the First Team by junior back Amira Walcott (Beltsville, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt). The third-year defender has earned a conference honor in each of three seasons on campus, but is the first Retriever back to receive the distinction since joining the America East Conference in 2003. Receiving their first All-Conference honors by being named to the AEC All-Conference Second Team were sophomore forward Amanda Dailey (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) and junior goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park). Freshman forward Lisa Nanov (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley), the 83rd ranked freshman in 2014 by Top Drawer Soccer, added an All-Rookie Team selection.
-Nance, with the help of the Retrievers' backline, has been stellar on the season, registering a program-low in goals allowed (11) and posting a single-season record in shutouts (nine). The Retrievers rank 16th in Division I in goals against average (0.59), while Nance sits at 13th in save percentage (88.2).
-Junior back Nikki Boretti (Garmisch, Germany/Archbishop Spalding) also received recognition on Wednesday, earning her second straight spot on the America East All-Academic Team. Boretti added to her list of honors on Thursday with a selection to the Capital One Academic All-District Team.
Scouting the Wildcats (7-8-3, 4-2-2 AEC)
-New Hampshire advanced to the semifinals in dramatic fashion on Thursday night, defeating No. 6 Binghamton, 4-2, in penalty kicks. The Wildcats and Bearcats were tied at one apiece after 110 minutes of action, thanks to a game-tying goal in the 89th minute for BU from Valerie McNamara.
-Freshman Brooke Murphy helped the Wildcats advance for the first time in the America East Tournament since 2007 with New Hampshire's goal in the opening half of play. Murphy, who leads the team with nine goals and 19 points on the season, was one of two members of the Wildcats to be named to the All-Conference Second Team and joined her classmate Veronica Hardy on the All-Rookie Team.
-New Hampshire had four players recognized on Wednesday with conference honors. Senior forward Caroline Murray joined Murphy on the All-Conference Second Team, while Hardy, a midfielder, accompanied Murphy on the All-Rookie Team. Sophomore goalkeeper Mimi Borkan was named to the All-Academic Team.
-Borkan has seen all the action in net for the Wildcats on the season, posting seven shutouts on the year and a 0.84 goals against average.
Inside the Series
-New Hampshire holds an 8-2-2 record in the all-time series against UMBC, but the Retrievers are 1-0-1 versus the Wildcats in the last two seasons. In the first meeting of the season, the Retrievers and Wildcats played to a scoreless tie on Oct. 9.