Last year’s regular-season finale ended on a sour note for UMBC when Binghamton stunned the Retrievers with a 15-8 rout in Vestal, N.Y. But the loss wasn’t too costly as UMBC had already clinched a berth in the
This Saturday should have a much different feel to it. The Retrievers (5-7 overall and 2-2 in the league) will meet the Bearcats (5-8, 1-3) this Saturday at UMBC Stadium in
If UMBC wins, it is in the tournament. If not, the team will have to wait and see how
"You can't worry about the past. But you can learn from the past, and it can help you be ready for Saturday's game," he said. "I think that's more of a motivational thing. It's our Senior Day, and we have 14 seniors that will be recognized, and this is a must-win game. So you have a must-win game against a team that last year kind of handled us and we have 14 seniors that will be honored and recognized. That alone should be motivation for this team."
UMBC has qualified for the last nine America East tournaments in nine seasons in the conference. The pressure to maintain that streak is palpable, but Zimmerman said this is what the players and coaches usually desire.
"This is what you play for," he said. "You play to advance to the postseason tournament, which gives you a chance to win the conference championship. And you can move on and advance to the NCAAs. So absolutely this is pressure, but this is why we play. We play for games like Saturday."
So how will the Retrievers respond?