BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer travels to Burlington on Thursday, Oct. 29 to take on Vermont in the America East Quarterfinals at 7 p.m. at Virtue Field. All the live action is available, free of charge, on the America East digital network.
The sixth-seeded Retrievers will look to avenge a 3-2 double-overtime loss to third-seeded Vermont in the Oct. 4 regular-season matchup between the two squads. Sophomore midfielder Sarah Martin tallied the game-winner for the Catamounts with 1:17 remaining in the second overtime.
UMBC and Vermont have never met in post season play, but the Catamounts holds a 7-4-2 advantage in the all-time series against the Retrievers. Each of the last five games in the series have been decided by one goal, including three double-overtime contests.
UMBC in the Tournament
-The Retrievers are 2-2-1 in five America East Championship appearances, including a 1-1 tie in the America East semifinals against New Hampshire in 2014. The Wildcats advanced to the title game on penalty kicks and defeated No. 1 Hartford, 2-1, for the program's first-ever title.
-In 2013, UMBC posted a Cinderella season that marked the biggest turnaround in America East history en route to the Retrievers capturing their first-ever regular-season and tournament titles, as well as the program's first berth into the NCAA Tournament. The top-seeded Retrievers defeated No. 4 Hartford, 2-0, in the semifinals and downed No. 2 Stony Brook, 2-1, in the title game.
Scouting the Retrievers (5-10-3, 3-3-2 AE)
-UMBC defeated Stony Brook, 1-0, in the regular-season finale on Sunday to earn the sixth and final spot in the America East Championships. Senior Amira Walcott (Beltsville, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) netted the game-winner versus the Seawolves, with freshman Katie Berkowitz (Crofton, Md./South River) and sophomore Gabby Boehmer (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) tallying assists on the play.
-Senior goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) came up huge in the Retrievers' finale, matching a season-best with eight saves, including a stop on an SBU penalty kick in the 60th minute to preserve the Retrievers' one goal lead. Nance has registered 85 stops on the season, second in the league, and has tallied four shutouts, three of which occurred during the conference slate.
-Boehmer paced the Retrievers' offense during the regular-season and conference slate, recording 14 points overall, eighth in the conference, on a team-best six goals, sixth in the America East, and adding two assists. During league play, Boehmer tallied two goals and two assists for a total of six points.
-Forwards Destinee Morris (La Plata, Md./La Plata) and Amanda Dailey (Freehold, N.J./Freehold) chipped in five points apiece during America East action and combined for 14 points on the season. Morris registered a career-best three scores and chipped in an assist, while Dailey dished out a collegiate-best three helpers to go along with two scores.
Scouting the Catamounts (7-7-2, 4-3-1 AE)
-Vermont dropped two of its last three games of the regular-season but the victory came in the fashion of a 2-1 win at Binghamton in the finale to help the Catamounts finish in a three-way tie with Albany and Maine with a 4-3-1 conference record. Albany earned the second seed with a 2-0 record versus the Catamounts and Black Bears, while Vermont captured the third seed with a 2-1 victory against Maine in their regular-season meeting.
-UVM fell behind, 1-0, to Binghamton on Sunday, but the Catamounts responded with two scores within a 1:47 span in the second half. Sophomore Rylee Osgood tallied the equalizer in the 70th minute and junior Nikki McFarland followed with the game-winner.
-McFarland leads the team and ranks eighth in the league in points (14) on six goals and two assists. Osgood and Caitie Green each chipped in four goals.
-Goalkeeper Ally Ramos has started all 16 games in net for the Catamounts. She ranks second in the league in saves per game (5.12), but has allowed 1.53 goals per game on the season.
UP NEXT: The winner between No. 3 Vermont and No. 6 UMBC will travel to Albany, N.Y. on Sunday, Nov. 1 to take on the second-seeded Great Danes in the America East semifinals.