After enduring a 10-20 season marked by the resignation of the previous head coach, UMBC junior guard Tyler Moore said the players are eager for “a fresh start” under former Texas Southern coach Johnetta Hayes.
Also, Carly Tolino credits a significant change to her development as UMBC’s starting goalkeeper, Towson’s 16-game streak of at 10-plus faceoff wins was sparked by Jack McNallen, and Kealey Allison has an outside shot at a freshman record at McDaniel.
After lining up as an attackman, offensive midfielder and short-stick defensive midfielder, the senior leads the Retrievers in ground balls and ranks second in caused turnovers in his first year on close defense.
The Retrievers have held 13 different opponents to less than 60 points this season, which helps explains how they finished the regular season ranked first in the America East in scoring, defense and steals.
The Blast broke a three-game Major Arena Soccer League losing streak by scoring the game's first eight goals and routing the Harrisburg Heat, 9-3, on Sunday before an announced 3,530 at SECU Arena in Towson.