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Men’s Soccer vs. New Hampshire Preview (America East Conference Semi-finals)

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (13-5-0, 3-4-0):
F- Andrew Bulls (15 goals, 10 assists, 41 SOG))
F- Levi Houapeu (15 goals, 12 assists, 32 SOG)

M- Dustin Dzwonkowski (3 goals, 2 assists, 5 SOG)
M- John Paul Waraksa (0 goals, 3 assists, 0 SOG)
M- Mark Lubetkin (1 goal, 4 assists, 3 SOG)
M- Dave Vaeth (0 goals, 2 assists, 2 SOG)
B- Sean Rothe (18 Starts, 1 Goal)
B- Chris Williams (13 Starts, 1 Goal)
B- Liam Paddock (17 Starts)
B- Vince Savarese (18 Starts)
GK- Phil Saunders (61 Saves, 21 Goals Allowed, .744%)

Key Reserves:
M- Milo Kapor (1 goal, 3 assists, 11 SOG)
M- Andy Streilein (1 goal, 1 assist, 4 SOG)

New Hampshire (9-6-1, 6-0-1):
F- Chris Banks (6 goals, 4 assists, 58 shots)
F- Joe Annese (2 goals, 0 assists, 5 shots)
F- Dylan George (4 goals, 3 assists, 25 shots)
M- Brad Hilton (0 goals, 3 assists, 14 shots)
M- Josh Bronner (1 goal, 0 assists, 12 shots)
M- Sean Coleman (1 goal, 2 assists, 11 shots)
B- Robin Gerum (16 Starts, 1 goal)
B- Alex Russell (13 Starts, 1 goal)
B- Joe Corsello (15 Starts)
B- Alex Hussein (15 Starts)
GK- Colin O’Donnell (54 Saves, 10 Goals Allowed, .844 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Jordon Thomas (3 goals, 1 assist, 19 shots)
F- Charlie Rocher (2 goals, 0 assists, 5 shots)
B- Gustav Nilsson (10 games played)
B- Ryan McNabb (10 games played)

After a big road win in the opening round of the America East Conference tournament what is a better reward than getting to play a team that beat you in ever facet of the game at home during the regular season? It will be a big challenge. Chris Banks is one of the top players in the conference and his combination of size and speed is just a nightmare for opponents. UMBC just really doesn’t match-up well with New Hampshire. UMBC likes to play a technically sound game of soccer while New Hampshire plays a rough and physical style of play.

But one thing is for sure. UMBC is perfectly capable of winning this game. To be honest, New Hampshire may be 6-0-1 in the conference but they are not as good as their record. They have been getting by games this year. They are still good enough to have that record but my no means is this a game UMBC can’t win. If they come out like they did against Binghamton and just play great defense, eventually a goal will come, they just can’t let New Hampshire get easy ones like last time.

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