Baltimore, Md.—UMBC men's soccer heads to UMass Lowell for their second straight road contest in America East play, after tying Binghamton 1-1 on Saturday. The Retrievers got the game tying goal from Gregg Hauck (Linthicum, Md./North County) in the 77th minute to force the draw and move to 6-2-3, 1-0-1 AE on the year.
UMass Lowell Match Info:
What: #18 UMBC Retrievers (6-2-3, 1-0-1 AE) at UMass Lowell River Hawks (5-4-1, 1-1-0 AE)
Where: Cushing Field – Lowell, Mass.
When: Wednesday, October 11 – 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video and live stats available at GoRiverHawks.com
Social Media: @UMBCMensSoccer, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEMSOC
Scouting the Retrievers (6-2-3, 1-0-1 AE):
-UMBC comes into the match with a three-match unbeaten streak, going 1-0-2 in that stretch. Most recently the Retrievers tied Binghamton 1-1 on Saturday. Senior Gregg Hauck netting the equalizer in the 77th minute to move UMBC to 6-2-3, 1-0-1 AE on the year.
-Hauck leads the team with four goals and one assist for eight points. Junior Kyle Saunderson (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) and senior Sammy Kahsai (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) have multiple goals with three and two respectively. In all, nine different Retrievers have found the back of the net.
-Freshman goalkeeper Ciaran O'Loughlin (Birkenhead, England) has a .792 save percentage and now totals 42 saves on the year, making him second in America East. O'Loughlin only has 11 goals against, and has dropped to a 0.99 GAA.
Scouting the River Hawks (5-4-1, 1-1-0 AE):
-The River Hawks past two games have been against America East opponents, resulting in a 1-1-0 conference record. Their America East home opener was this past saturday against Stony Brook, where they earned their first conference win 1-0. Redshirt Junior Ivan Abramovic scored the lone goal against Stony Brook, making it his second of the year. The junior has put up six points this season with two goals and two assists.
-Junior midfielder Jakov Basic leads his team with ten points, netting four goals and two assists. Sophomore midfielder Dario Jovanovski has recorded six points for the year with two goals and two assists. The River Hawks have nine players that have recorded points for the year
-Senior goalkeeper Austin Kroll made three saves against Stony Brook. The senior has 28 saves for the year with a .683 save percentage, and has allowed 13 goals, with a 1.24 GAA.
-The Retrievers lead the series 3-1-0, with Wednesday will be the fifth matchup between the two teams since the River Hawks became a Division 1 team.
- UMass Lowell won their first matchup last year with 4-0 victory at Retriever Soccer Park. The teams met in Lowell two years ago, Hauck netted a game winning goal to give UMBC the victory.
-UMBC staff, students and fans packed the bleachers and hill at Retriever Soccer Park on Tuesday, September 26 to watch No. 1 Maryland take on the Retrievers. A total of 3,766 fans saw the Retrievers and Terrapins finish in a 1-1 draw.
-The previous attendance record was set earlier this year, when 2,873 fans saw the Retrievers and Howard Bison battle on August 28.
Back in the Rankings:
-UMBC men's soccer enters the national rankings for the first time since 2015, coming in at No. 18 in the Soccer America Poll. The team also received a vote in the College Soccer News and United Soccer Coaches' Poll this week.
- UMBC has earned a national ranking eight times since 1999. The last time the Retrievers were in the rankings, came back in 2015, when they were 25th the week of September 17. UMBC's first recognition occurred in 1999, the first year in which the Retrievers reached the NCAA Division I Tournament, when they reached No. 11.
-In 2000, the Retrievers hit No. 14 and they closed the decade when they were No. 20 in 2009. From 2012-15, they spent time amongst the nation's best, hitting highs as No. 5 in 2013 and No. 4 in 2014 following their College Cup run.
-Senior midfielder Gregg Hauck has eclipsed the ten-goal mark for his career as a Retriever. Of the 11 goals that he has scored, nine of them have either been a game winner or game tying goal.
-The Retrievers will return to Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday, Oct. 14 for pivotal America East matchup with Albany at 7 p.m. The match will close out Homecoming week, as the team will honor the 2002 and 2012 teams, as well as hold a special ring ceremony for the UMBC baseball team who won the America East title last year.