Men's Soccer Set for America East Championship at UMBC Saturday (7 p.m.)

Complete Championship Game Notes

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's soccer squad will travel to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to compete for the America East Championship title Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.

The Wildcats and Retrievers met earlier this season (Oct. 6) and played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw at home. New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute of the first half when Robert Palumbo placed a free kick in the box and found the head of Alex Hussein for the goal. UMBC's Milo Kapor leveled the score at 1-1 in the 77th minute of the match on a penalty kick, shot to the lower left corner. Charlie Roche and Aaron Smith led the 'Cats in shots with three each while Mamadou Kansaye and Michael DiCesare also tallied a trio of shots for UMBC.

Travis Worra received the decision in net for the Wildcats after making four saves on the five shots that he faced. Phil Saunders made a pair of saves in the game for the Retrievers on the three shots-on-goal.

In their most recent contest, the Wildcats knocked off the first-seeded University of Vermont in the America East Semifinal round at Vermont, 1-0. Paul Bianchi notched the lone goal of the game in the 56th minute of play when he found a loose ball at the top of the box and blasted a low shot to the left side. Travis Worra was perfect between the pipes for the 'Cats, making saves on all six shots he faced.

Robert Palumbo and Jordan Thomas lead the 'Cats in scoring, each tallying three goals and two assists for eight points. Alex Hussein and David Schlatter both have six points on three goals while Angel Maldonado and Charlie Roche have five points on a pair of goals and an assist. Paul Bianchi and Josh Bronner have a pair of points on two assists while Ugo Uche and Paul Bianchi have two points on a goal. Clint Caso, Ryan McNabb, Jeffrey Turner and Chris Wild round out the points with an assist each.

Pete Caringi leads the Retrievers with 14 goals and four assists for 32 points. Three of his goals are game winners. Milo Kapor has three goals and 13 assists for 19 points while Kadeem Darces has five goals and three assists for 13 points. Liam Paddock and Mamadou Kansaye each have eight points, Paddock with three goals and two assists and Kansaye with a goal and six assists. Stephen Ho has one goal and three assists for five points while Michael Burgos and Jordan Becker has four points each. Burgos has a pair of goals while Becker has a goal and two helpers.

Phil Saunders has spent every minute in net for UMBC, tallying a record of 10-4-4 with seven shutouts. He has a goals against average of 0.85 and a save percentage of .793.

Senior Jordan Thomas was named to the First Team All-Conference squad while Lucas Goerigk was tabbed as an All-Rookie Team selection. Senior Ryan McNabb was honored as a member of the All-Academic Team.

Thomas finished the 2012 regular season with eight points, racking up three goals and dishing out a pair of assists. The back gave the Wildcats their first win of the year in a double-overtime match at Michigan State (Aug. 26), notching the game's only goal. Thomas tallied a season-high three points in New Hampshire's 2-1 thrilling double OT win at Hartford (Oct. 10). He tallied the game-tying goal in the 88th minute of play and assisted on the game winner in the 104th minute of play to give the 'Cats the win.

Goerigk had a solid freshman campaign with the Wildcats as a back/midfielder. He started all 15 games that he appeared in, helping the 'Cats secure five shouts and the fourth-best goals against average in the conference (1.19).

McNabb received his second nod to the All-Academic Team in his career. The senior back started nine of the 13 games he played in 2012, tallying his first career point. The assist came in New Hampshire's double OT win at Hartford. In order to qualify for the distinction, a student-athlete (of at least sophomore academic standing) must have a minimum cumulative grade-point-average of 3.30 and be a starter or prominent reserve who has played in at least 50% of the team's games this season to be eligible for the All-Academic Team.

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