UMBC men advance in America East on OT goal
UMBC senior forward Kadeem Dacres scored with 4:48 remaining in the second overtime period and the top-seeded Retrievers edged visiting Albany, 2-1, in the America East Conference men's soccer semifinals. The Retrievers, ranked No. 6 nationally, advance to their third title game in the past four years. UMBC (15-1-2) will host third-seeded Hartford (14-3-3), which advanced on penalty kicks past host New Hampshire, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Retriever Soccer Park. Fifth-seeded Albany, which had routed No. 4 Vermont, 5-1, in the quarterfinals, finished the season 6-11-4. The Great Danes tied Thursday's game with 21 seconds left when defender Dominic McGarr redirected a pass from Luke Palmateer from 5 yards out in a scramble in front of the goal. UMBC sophomore midfielder Malcolm Harris (McDonogh) scored the game's first goal with 31 minutes remaining in the game.
More men: La Salle midfielder Jason Plumhoff (River Hill) was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Plumhoff finished the regular season with the conference lead in points (29) and goals (10) and tied for the league lead in assists (nine). He also added four game-winners, tied for the most in the conference. ... Salisbury's Gerry DiBartolo was named the CAC Coach of the Year, and junior Tanner East, senior Larry Cornish, junior Stephen Poorman, junior Logan Becker and sophomore Drew Staedeli (Mount Hebron) were named to the first team. York senior Aaron Beale (Archbishop Curley) and Frostburg State seniors Chris Jones and Pablo Torrano were named to the first team. York seniors Chris Weaver (Archbishop Curley) and Daniel Baxter (Calvert Hall); St. Mary's freshman Nick Tait; Wesley sophomore Aluwatobi Sowande (Meade); and Salisbury junior Kyle Westbrook were named to the second team. ... Loyola senior Stephen Dooley and junior Joseph Cahalan, as well as Navy senior Dave Arnold, were named to the Patriot League All-Academic team.