BALTIMORE—UMBC junior midfielder Andrew Bulls(Millersville, Md./McDonogh) scored the game's first goal and added assists on corner kicks on the next two as the host Retrievers blanked Hartford, 3-0, in an America East Conference contest.
UMBC improved to 8-4-2 overall and 2-1-2 in America East play, surpassing Hartford (5-8-0, 2-3-0) in the league standings.
The Retrievers scored in the 12th minute and added goals in the 25th and 40th minutes of play. Defenders Daniel Welsh (Fife, Scotland) and Liam Paddock (Worcestershire, England) connected on headers off of a pair of Bulls' corner kicks.
"We emphasized that in practice, that if we come out and score quickly, they would have to come out and play us and that is the mindset we had," Head Coach Pete Caringi, Jr. said. "We followed the game plan."
Bulls scored the game's first goal for the second time in four days. Senior midfielder Chris Williams (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) slid and served the ball from the midfield stripe to freshman Pete Caringi III (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) racing down the right wing. Caringi broke in two-on-one and slid the ball to Bulls, who tapped it in from six yards out.
Both of UMBC's goals off corner kicks initiated from the left corner. Welsh skimmed in the first one from eight yards out in the middle of the box, while Paddock gave UMBC a prohibitive lead, ripping in a header from near post extended, also at the eight-yard line.
The goal by Paddock, a sophomore, was the first of his career.
Bulls has 12 assists on the season, surpassing the 11 he accumulated in 2009. He becomes the first player in school history to record 25 goals (26) and 25 assists (25) and his 77 points are now tied for seventh on the UMBC all-time scoring list.
Welsh, Paddock, the UMBC defense and junior goalkeeper Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del./Concord/U. Virginia) shut down the Hawks to post the team's second shutout in America East play. Louisignau made eight saves, but most were of a routine variety.
Buills was UMBC' s America East Player of the Game, while Hartford junior forward Patrick Boucher, who attacked well on the right side in the first half, earned the honor for the visitors.
"It is a great senior class; they have meant a lot to program one through six," Caringi said. "They have represented themselves, their… family and the school very well. I am really proud of them; they are leaving as winners."
UMBC improved to 6-0-1 when scoring the game's first goal and 6-0-0 when leading at halftime. The Retrievers are now 4-1-2 in October.
Hartford fell to 0-7 on the road in 2010.
UMBC completes the home portion of the regular season at home vs. Vermont on Oct. 27 at 7:00 p.m.