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UMBC takes on Virginia Tech in the NCAA 1st round on Friday, Nov. 15.
Courtesy: America East Communications

UMBC Travels to Face Virginia Tech in NCAA 1st Round

Release: 11/13/2013
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Less than a week after claiming their first America East tournament title in program history, the UMBC Retrievers will play in their first NCAA tournament at No. 1 seed Virignia Tech on Friday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m.

The Retrievers (13-5-2) defeated Stony Brook, 2-1, in the women's soccer final on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Retriever Soccer Park behind goals from Nikki Boretti and Jessy Brown. Brown's broke a 1-1 tie in the 59th minute and was her fifth game-winner of the year. She went on to be named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

The Hokies (15-3-2) are the No. 4 team in the country after losing in the ACC title game to Florida State.

Here are some notes on the matchup:

America East in the NCAA Tournament

  • America East teams are 11-23 all-time in the NCAA tournament.The conference’s last win came in 2011 when Boston University defeated Harvard, 3-0.
  • Boston University was the first America East since Hartford in 2000 to host an NCAA game in 2011.
  • The America East has received multiple bids to the NCAA tournament five times, most recently in 2006.
  • Hartford twice went deep into the tournament, winning three games before falling in the quarterfinals in 1999 and reaching the final four in 1992.
  • No America East team has faced Virginia Tech in the NCAA tournament.

America East vs. the ACC

  • This is the fourth-straight year the America East will face the ACC in a tournament game. Last year, Stony Brook fell to Maryland, 2-0, in the first round. In 2011, Boston U. fell to Wake Forest, 2-0, in the second round. In 2010, Boston U. fell to Boston College in the first round.
  • The America East is 1-7 all-time vs. the ACC in NCAA tournament games. The one win came in 1999 when Hartford topped Virginia, 3-2, in triple OT in the NCAA third round.

UMBC in the NCAA Tournament

  • UMBC is the fifth different America East team to appear in the NCAA tournament (Binghamton, Boston U., Hartford and Stony Brook) and the third different team in three years.
  • UMBC is making its first appearance in the NCAA tournament after capturing its first conference tournament title since joining the America East in 2003.
  • The Retrievers won the tournament title in just their third appearance. UMBC had been 0-2 in the America East tournament entering this season, losing in 2003 and 2005.
  • The Retrievers have a program record 13 wins this season after combining to win 11 games over the previous six seasons.
  • This season was the first time UMBC had been seeded higher than No. 6.

America East Championship Recap

  • No. 1 seed UMBC defeated No. 2 seed Stony Brook, 2-1, in the 2013 America East title game.
  • The Retrievers won their first title in their first title game appearance.
    No. 1 seeds improved to 16-2-1 all-time in America East title games, including a win in penalty kicks.
  • UMBC won the title just a year after finishing in last place in the conference, completing the best turnaround in America East history.
  • UMBC overcame a 1-0 deficit for the fourth time in its last five wins.
  • Stony Brook took a 1-0 lead in the 40th minute, as Larissa Nysch scored her league-leading 11th goal of the season.
  • UMBC tied the game less than two minutes later, with Nikki Boretti capitalizing on a scramble in front of the net.
  • The Retrievers scored the eventual game-winner in the 59th minute, when Jessy Brown blocked a clear attempt into the net.
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