“We are all very excited to see our name on the screen,” UMBC coach Pete Caringi Jr. said in a news release. “This is something that we worked hard all year long for. We have a lot of respect for ODU, but we are going to prepare to go down there and play well.”
The Retrievers, whose game against the Monarchs will be played in Norfolk, Va., earned their tournament bid with a win over New Hampshire in the America East championship game Saturday. After a scoreless regulation, the Retrievers won on penalty kicks, 4-2.
UMBC (11-4-5) enters the tournament on a seven-game winning streak. The winner of Thursday's game will take on North Carolina, the defending champions, in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Sunday.
Old Dominion (11-3-2) is an at-large selection to the tournament. UMBC and ODU have met twice before -- a tie and a Monarchs win in 2003. Thursday's matchup will be UMBC's third NCAA tournament appearance.