Come Saturday, the Retrievers will need all the focus they can muster when they host No. 8 Loyola under the lights at UMBC Stadium. This will be the fourth consecutive game for UMBC against a ranked opponent having gone 1-2 in the current stretch.
The UMBC defense, which gives up just over nine goals per game, will have its hands full with a talented Greyhound offense. Loyola enters Saturday’s matchup unbeaten and with the fifth-ranked scoring offense in the country, averaging just over 13 goals per game.
A win for the Retrievers would give them two over top-10 ranked opponents this year. Earlier this spring, UMBC scored five fourth-quarter goals against then No. 4 Maryland to knock off the Terps, 8-7.
It’s a big weekend for UMBC women’s lacrosse as well. No. 13 Albany, the team that defeated UMBC in the league title game a year ago, pays a visit to Baltimore Saturday for the rematch. Albany leads that all-time series 6-5.
Conference action begins in women’s lacrosse with that title game rematch and we’ve got a great collection of other quality matchups to start league play.
Boston University welcomes Vermont to Nickerson Field Saturday. Both teams enter the contest playing well. Vermont checks in with a 6-2 record while Boston U. has won three straight to get to the .500 plateau. Elsewhere, Binghamton heads to New Hampshire for a date with the Wildcats. UNH leads that all-time series 10-0.
Check out a video preview of the conference season as well as a look back at some of the top stories from the spring so far.
It was a solid day yesterday for America East softball as Boston U. knocked off ACC foe Boston College, 1-0. Holli Floetker tossed a complete-game shutout to give the Terriers their fifth straight win.
Conference play in softball also opens this weekend. Boston U. welcomes Binghamton, Albany travels to UMBC and Hartford plays at Stony Brook. All three of those matchups are three-game series with twinbills on Saturday and single games on Sunday.
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