2023 Schedule Breakdown: UMBC Retrievers

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The UMBC Retrievers are the ninth DI program in the schedule breakdown series. The Retrievers are coming off a 2022 campaign in which they went 6-7 (3-3 America East). UMBC fell to Vermont in the America East championship after knocking off Binghamton in the semifinals.

UMBC’s 2023 schedule features 12 games, which included eight home contests. The Retrievers open up the 2023 season on the road against Drexel and have their home opener on February 25th against in-state foe Mount St. Mary’s. UMBC opens conference play on March 18th at new America East foe Bryant.

Retrievers’ 2023 Schedule

2/25UMBCMount St. Mary’s
3/1UMBCSt. Bonevanture
3/18BryantUMBCAmerica East
3/25UMBCMerrimackAmerica East
4/1UAlbanyUMBCAmerica East
4/8UMBCUMass LowellAmerica East
4/15UMBCBinghamtonAmerica East
4/22NJITUMBCAmerica East
4/29UMBCVermontAmerica East

New Opponents

Bryant, Mercer, Merrimack, St. Bonaventure

Teams Dropped

Richmond, Stony Brook, Utah

Key Games

2/18 @ Drexel: In the first meeting between the two programs since 1995, the Retrievers opened up the 2022 campaign with a 12-8 home victory over the Dragons. UMBC will once again open the year against Drexel and do so this time on the road. Last year’s meeting saw UMBC take a 9-3 lead midway through the third quarter before fighting off a a Dragons’ run to secure the victory.

3/4 vs Towson: As part of a four-game home stretch, UMBC will welcome in cross-town rival Towson on March 4th. Each of the last nine meetings between these two have been decided by an average margin of 3.1 goals. That includes an 11-10 Towson victory last season. UMBC trails in the series 14-6 since 2001 and have only recorded one win (2020) over the Tigers since 2011.

4/15 vs Binghamton: UMBC welcomes in the Binghamton Bearcats on April 15th for a rematch of last year’s America East semifinals meeting. The Retrievers took that game 7-6 while riding behind a nine-save game from Jason Tingue. Binghamton won the regular season meeting last season 12-8.

4/29 vs Vermont: The Retrievers close the regular season against the reigning America East champion Vermont Catamounts in a game that is both a rematch of last year’s conference title game and could be a preview of that same contest in 2023. Vermont won the regular season meeting between these two 12-3 last season before winning over UMBC 13-11 in the league title game. With all these two squads bring back, this game could very well have postseason implications.

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