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UMBC and UNH will decide the America East men's soccer title for the second time in three years Saturday night.
Courtesy: America East Communications

UMBC, New Hampshire To Play for Men's Soccer Title Saturday

Release: 11/09/2012
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BALTIMORE -- Second-seeded UMBC and fifth-seeded New Hampshire will play for the men’s soccer title for the second time in three years at UMBC's Retriever Soccer Park Saturday at 7 p.m. The title game appearance is UMBC’s third in the last four years and UNH’s second in the last three.

Tickets for the game can be purchased in advance through UMBC's ticket office or at the gate on Saturday. Prices are $8 for adults, $5 for youth and $2 for students of America East institutions with proper ID. Tickets can be obtained online or by calling the UMBC box office at 410-455-2205 from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Fans who can't be in attendance can watch the game for free at AmericaEast.com. America East will once again partner with Pack Network to produce a high-defintion telecast of the game. Coverage begins at 6:55 p.m. Saturday. WATCH LIVE

Championship Primer
• Second-seeded UMBC and fifth-seeded New Hampshire will play for the men’s soccer title for the second time in three years in Baltimore Saturday. The title game appearance is UMBC’s third in the last four years and UNH’s second in the last three.
• Both teams come into the title game playing their best soccer of the season. UMBC has won six in a row and outscored opponents 18-3 during that stretch. UNH is unbeaten in three straight games and has not allowed a goal in over 298 minutes.
• This is the fourth straight year the second and fifth seeds have met for the league crown. The No. 2 seed has won each of the previous three meetings.
• UMBC is 4-5-2 all-time in America East Championship play, including 4-2-1 since 2009. The Retrievers, who are making their third-ever championship game appearance, captured their lone league title in 2010.
• UNH is 6-10-5 all-tiime in tournament play, including 3-0-2 since 2010. The Wildcats have recorded shutouts in their last five championship games, a tournament record. UNH is 0-2-1 all-time in title games, falling in 1993 and 1994 and tying UMBC in 2010 before falling penalty kicks.
• The two teams have met twice previously in the championship. UMBC upset top-seeded UNH, 2-1, in the 2009 semifinals and the two teams also met in the 2010 title game, which ended in a scoreless tie before the Retrievers captured the conference crown in penalty kicks, 5-4.
• UMBC and UNH played to a 1-1 tie during the regular season on Oct. 6. Alex Hussein (‘23) tallied the Wildcats’ goal while Milo Kapor (‘77) scored for the Retrievers.
• Both teams play stellar defense. The Retrievers lead the conference in goals allowed (0.94 per game) while the Wildcats are third (1.17 gapg). Both goalkeepers rank among league leaders as UMBC’s Phil Saunders is second in GAA (0.85) and UNH’s Travis Worra is third (0.86) and the duo is tied for the league lead with seven shutouts apiece.
• UMBC, America East’s top scoring team (1.84 gpg), features the league’s Striker in Pete Caringi III, who leads the conference’s top scoring offense (1.89 gpg). Nine of his 21 of his points came in America East games, both the fifth-most in league history and most by any player since 2003 and 2001, respectively.
• The winner will advance to the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship, where the America East champion has moved onto the second round in eight of the last 11 years.

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