UMBC Men's Soccer Visits #5 UNC in NCAA College Cup 2nd Round Contest Sunday
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Fresh off its shootout victory over Old Dominion in the first round the 2012 NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup on Thursday, UMBC will take on fifth-ranked and ninth-seeded North Carolina in the second round on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Fetzer Field. Free live video is available here.
NCAA Second-Round Primer
• The Retrievers advanced to the tournament’s second round for the second time in three years by downing Old Dominion in a shootout, 4-2, after the two teams played to a scoreless tie Thursday in Norfolk, Va. First Round Recap
• Phil Saunders, who the Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championship, made three saves against the Monarchs and stopped two of the three penalty kicks he faced to help UMBC advance.
• UMBC is the ninth America East team to reach the second round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup in the last 12 years.
• America East teams are unbeaten in their last four College Cup games, going 1-0-3 in that span. UMBC beat Princeton in the first round of the 2010 tournament, 1-0, before falling in penalty kicks to William & Mary in the second round. Last year, Stony Brook and Monmouth tied before the Seawolves were eliminated in penalty kicks.
• The conference’s teams are 15-24-7 all-time in NCAA tournament play and have advanced to the second round in nine of the last 12 years. The league has received multiple bids five times, most recently in 2007. Hartford and Vermont have advanced the furthest in the tournament, each reaching the quarterfinal round in 1996 and 1988, respectively.
• America East is 0-1-0 all-time against ACC schools in the tournament and that one meeting came against the Tar Heels, who downed Towson, 3-0, in the second round of the 2001 tournament.
• UMBC boasts a pair of America East major award wins. Pete Caringi III picked up Striker of the Year accolades by leading the conference with 32 points and 14 goals, while Liam Paddock earned Defender of the Year honors.
• The Retrievers, who lead America East in goals allowed (0.81 gpg) and rank second in goals scored (1.67 gpg), are unbeaten in their last eightgames (6-0-2) and have outscored foes 19-3 in that span.
• Saunders, a second-team all-league goalkeeper, leads the conference with a 0.76 GAA and nine shutouts. He has not allowed a goal in his last 400 minutes, a stretch of over four games, and also stopped 4-of-7 penalty kicks in that span.
• UMBC was one of two America East men’s soccer programs and one of 220 nationwide across all divisions to earn the NSCAA Team Academic Award for having a team GPA over 3.00 (3.06).