The second-seeded Retrievers and fifth-seeded New Hampshire Wildcats played to a 0-0 double-overtime draw Saturday night, but host UMBC advanced to the championships by prevailing, 4-2, in penalty kicks.
UMBC junior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall) was named the championship's Most Outstanding Player. Saunders made five saves, including a point-blank stop in the second overtime, and stopped a pair of UNH attempts in the penalty-kick shootout. He also blanked Stony Brook, 1-0, in the semifinals.
The Retrievers will compete in their third Division I NCAA championship, with previous appearances in 1999 and 2010. The team will learn its first-round opponent on Monday afternoon when the brackets are announced.
Seniors Hector Arellano, Kevin Curran and Zach Tweddell represented the Greyhounds (13-6-1, 7-1-0 MAAC) on the All-Tournament team for their play defensively. Niagara is 13-1-4.