UMBC has released its schedule for the 2014 season. Here is a breakdown of the slate that awaits the Retrievers, who went 7-8 last year and failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive season.
10: UMBC has qualified for 10 America East tournaments in 10 springs. But the program is seeking to capture its first conference tournament championship since 2009.
9: When the Retrievers allowed opponents to score nine goals or less last year, they went 4-0 in those contests.
8: UMBC ranked 16th in Division I in offense, averaging 11.4 goals last spring. But that prowess did not necessarily translate into victories as the team went 7-7 in games in which the offense scored at least eight goals.
7: The Retrievers return seven starters from last year’s team, including three-fourths of their defense in senior defenseman Trey Cover, sophomore defenseman Zach Esser and junior goalkeeper Wes DiRito.
6: Six UMBC midfielders compiled at least 14 points last spring, but 12 different players made at least one start in the midfield. Coach Don Zimmerman has said that one of the team’s priorities in the offseason and preseason is finding a first midfield that can start every contest.
5: The Retrievers are seeking their fifth victory over Maryland in the last seven games. The intra-state rivalry has shifted from early March to Feb. 15, which will mark the first time that UMBC has opened a campaign against the Terps.
4: UMBC will play four contests at UMBC Stadium in Catonsville, marking the program’s longest stretch of home games next spring. Monmouth visits on Feb. 22, Richmond on March 1, Johns Hopkins on March 8 and Mercer on March 11.
3: The Retrievers will tangle with three opponents for the first time in school history. They are Monmouth, Richmond and Mercer, and Monmouth and Richmond are making their Division I debuts.
2: UMBC bade farewell to associate head coach Ed Stephenson, who left after two years with the program to become the head coach at UMass Lowell, it was announced on July 27. Steve Settembrino, a former Retrievers defenseman, was hired to replace Stephenson as the team’s defensive coordinator.
1: The Retrievers are seeking their first win against Johns Hopkins, which has won the previous 11 meetings. The Blue Jays will make just their third visit to UMBC Stadium.
UMBC 2014 schedule
DateOpponentLocationTime/ResultFeb 1GEORGETOWN (SCRIMMAGE)UMBC Stadium12:00 p.m.Feb 8at Drexel (scrimmage)Philadelphia, Pa.1:00 p.m.Feb 15at MarylandCollege Park, Md.1:00 p.m.Feb 22MONMOUTHUMBC Stadium1:00 p.m.Mar 1RICHMONDUMBC Stadium1:00 p.m.Mar 8JOHNS HOPKINSUMBC Stadium1:00 p.m.Mar 11MERCERUMBC Stadium7:30 p.mMar 15at High PointHigh Point, N.C.1:00 p.m.Mar 18at TowsonTowson, Md.7:00 p.mMar 22at Mount St. Mary'sEmmitsburg, Md.1:00 p.m.Mar 28STONY BROOKUMBC Stadium7:30 p.mApr 6at BINGHAMTONVestal, N.Y.TBAApr 12HARTFORDUMBC Stadium3:30 p.m.Apr 19ALBANYUMBC Stadium3:30 p.m.Apr 26at VERMONTBurlington, Vt.1:30 p.m.May 1vs. America East SemifinalsStony Brook, N.Y.TBDMay 3vs. America East ChampionshipStony Brook, N.Y.TBD
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