What's at stake: In the 2008 America East tournament, the Retrievers beat Vermont in the semifinals and Hartford in the final to secure their first — and, one decade later, only — conference title. The order won’t be the same this week, but UMBC likely will have to go through the Hawks and defending champion Catamounts again for a ticket to the Big Dance. The Retrievers beat Hartford by 22 in Catonsville, where they’re 14-2 overall this season, and by nine in Connecticut. But the Hawks have won seven straight road games and five of their past six overall, including their quarterfinal Saturday against No. 6 seed New Hampshire, 71-60. Neither team has advanced to the conference tournament final since that 2008 matchup, when top-seeded UMBC, led by Darryl Proctor, handled No. 2 seed Hartford easily.