Seven seniors will be honored before the game as the UMBC men's soccer team (7-5-3, 4-1-0) entertains Stony Brook (7-5-3, 3-1-1) in a critical America East Conference battle at Retriever Soccer Park. Both teams have clinched berths in the upcoming America East Tournament, but both are fighting for the crucial first-round bye. Pre-game ceremonies start at 6:55 p.m. and kick-off time is set for 7:10 p.m.
AS OF LATE: Despite a 3-1 loss at Hartford on Saturday, UMBC still controls its own destiny and can capture the regular season crown and a first-round bye with victories over Stony Brook and Vermont this week. UMBC is guaranteed to host at least one tournament game, as the Retrievers can finish no worse than fourth in the league. Stony Brook can finish anywhere between first and sixth in the conference and is coming off a 2-1 victory over Binghamton on Saturday.
A GLANCE AT THE SEAWOLVES: Juniors Leonardo Fernandes and Berian Gobeil Cruzeach scored a goal to lead the Seawolves to a 2-1 win vs. Binghamton on Saturday. Fernandes converted on an early second half penalty kick and set up Gobeil Cruz for the eventual game-winning goal in the 70th minute. Gobeil leads America East in goals (7) and total points (16). The Seawolves are a solid 3-2-2 on the road this season. They have been outscored, 10-5, in the first half in 2011, but have produced 15 second half goals to eight for their foes.
Stony Brook hosts Hartford in the regular season finale on Sunday.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC took a 6-5-0 series lead over Stony Brook with a pair of victories last season. The Retrievers triumphed, 1-0, at Stony Brook on an Andrew Bulls goal in the regular season and triumphed, 3-2, in the league semifinals at UMBC Stadium. The Retrievers are 5-1-0 vs. Stony Brook in Baltimore since the series began in 1999.
The last six regular season meetings have been won by shutout, with the teams splitting those encounters, 3-3.