INDIANAPOLIS - On the heels of winning its second America East men's soccer title in three years, UMBC has drawn Old Dominion for the first round of the NCAA College Cup. The Retrievers learned their NCAA draw during the tournament selection show Monday evening on NCAA.com.
America East teams have advanced to the second round of the NCAA College Cup in eight of the last 11 years, including UMBC in 2010.
The Retrievers, who earned their NCAA bid by beating New Hampshire in a penalty kick shootout after the two teams played to a scoreless tie in the America East title game Saturday, will face the Monarchs Thursday at 7 p.m. in Norfolk, Va. The winner will advance to the second round to face ninth-seeded North Carolina Sunday at 5 p.m. in Chapel Hill.
UMBC (11-4-5), which is making its third all-time NCAA appearance, beat Stony Brook, 1-0, in the America East semifinals before winning the championship, 4-2, in the shootout. Phil Saunders recorded shutouts in both games, including the title game when he made five saves and stopped two of UNH's four penalty kick attempts, to earn the championship's Most Outstanding Player honor. The Retrievers, who lead America East in goals allowed (0.85 gpg) and rank second in goals scored (1.75 gpg), are unbeaten in their last seven games (6-0-1).
Old Dominion (11-3-2) received an at-large bid after going 6-1-1 in conference play. The Monarchs are unbeaten in four of their last five games.