UMBC Retrievers concluded their historic season, which resulted in our maiden NCAA Tournament appearance, with a program best 13 victories and UMBC’s first ever regular season and America East Conference championship titles. Here's how that AEC championship game panned out in pictures.
Below Left: Asst. Coach Paul Keeling testing Lauren's unflinchingly quick reflexes.
Above and Below: While Retrievers strategize for the battle on hand, the Seawolves indulge in some mundane pregame ritual of desecrating our beautiful Bermuda grass field. They plucked a handful and threw it over their shoulder, which I think only makes the soccer gods angry.
Below: Jessy gets serious right from the beginning of the game; as expected she is brought down, many times....without penalty.
Left: The best defense seawolves came up against our midfielders was to grab the white shirts, but there's no stopping the Dailey express.
Below: Fresh legs in.
Above: When the going gets tough, suddenly the seawolves had a flurry of nose bleeds.
Above Left: Until finally Jessy send one scorching header across four seawolves defenders. Above Right: Women's Basketball team watch in anticipation as Jessy's header flew right past the goalie but then bounced off the goal post.
Above Left: Boretti unmindful of the tackle kept her footing and nudged it securely past the goalie one more time for the equalizer, and her career 2nd goal of the season. Above Rigth: Burress follows the ball into the net, just in case.
Above: Boretti celebration.
Above Left: #7 really wants Jessy's shirt. She got most leeway for the amount of fouls committed no whistle, no warning. Strike-1. Above Right: Alexa was another of our forward who got tackled relentlessly.
Above Left: But she is really nimble on her feet and prevailed more often than the tackler, this one was probably her 60th shot of the season. Above Right: Retrievers celebrate as Jessy's championship winning header finds the net.
Above Left: Strike 3 for seawolf #7 Above Right: Finally, Seawolf #7 gets a yellow card, but looks like she still feels victimized.
Above: For the final few minutes of the game, ball was mostly restricted to the seawolf half. Retriever midfielders and forwards rush across the field to pile up on Lauren in celebration of historic first ever victory at the America East Championship game, that too on home field (because we are regular season champions as well) how sweet is that!
Above: Trophies and their winners
Above Left: Alexa Quaranta receiving her "2013 All-Tournament Team" award from AEC Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. Above Right: Nikki Boretti also made it to "2013 All-Tournament Team" and receives her award from the commissioner.
Above Left: Lauren Kadet my fellow Ontarian receiving her "2013 All-Tournament Team" award from AEC Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. She finished her career as the program’s All-Time-Saves leader at 397 saves. Above Right: Jessy Brown receiving her "2013 All-Tournament Team" award from AEC Commissioner Amy Huchthausen.
Above: Jessy Brown called once again by AEC Commissioner Amy Huchthausen to receive her "Most Outstanding Player" award.
Right: Final trophy of the night 2013 Championship trophy being awarded to Retriever captains Lauren and Jessy by AEC Commissioner Amy Huchthausen.
Above: Number 1
Below: Quite a few twinkling eyes in there, eh!
Above: She is the one, she turned it around 180 degrees, and not only did she put us on path to victory just less than 22 months ago; but took us from Zeros to Heroes. While other programs dilly-dally around #2 or #3 spot for years at end, she went straight for the kill at number 1 or shall we say Venimus, Vidimus, Leslie's Retrievers vicit.
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