Posted on 10 November 2015 by WNST Staff
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Posted on 06 December 2014 by WNST Staff
Omaha, Neb. – The UMBC men’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA College Cup, as the Retrievers advanced past No. 12 Creighton, 4-3 in penalty kicks, after 110 minutes of scoreless soccer.
UMBC red-shirt sophomore goalkeeper Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa.) saved the first penalty kick and after senior Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) converted, the Retrievers never trailed in the shoot-out. With the shoot-out tied at 3-3, senior forward Kay Banjo (Upper Marlboro, Md./Largo) beat CU netminder Connor Sparrow to the keeper’s right, setting off a wild celebration by the unseeded Retrievers.
UMBC (14-5-5) will play the winner of the match between Virginia and Georgetown on Friday, Dec. 12 in Cary, N.C.
The Bluejays had a slight edge in possession time in the first half, but the Retrievers had the best attempt, as senior back Jordan Becker (Pocomoke, Md.) hit a rocket from 23 yards just a yard or so over the crossbar in the 25th minute. Creighton sent a through ball into dangerous territory with a minute remaining in the half, but Heavner came out aggressively and snuffed out the chance.
UMBC took better control of the match in the second half. Senior midfielder Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md./Mt. St. Joseph) had the best chance, with a good strike from 20 yards, but CU netminder Connor Sparrow made with good save in the 79′.
The Retrievers kept the pressure on in the first overtime period. UMBC got an early corner and senior back Marquez Fernandez (Baltimore ,Md./McDonogh) soared for the corner ,but Sparrow snared it. Later in the period, junior Joseph Pratt (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) tried to run onto a cross from senior Michael DiCesare (Westerville, Md./St. Frances) at the four yard line, just was shielded off the ball.
The Bluejays rallied in the second extra frame and had an excellent chance late, but chipped a shot from eight yards out over the net.
In the shootout, Creighton’s Fabian Herbers shot first and Heavner dove to his right to make the save. After Kansaye converted, CU’s Eric Dejulio hit the left post, but Caltabiano’s shot to the right corner was saved by Sparrow. The Bluejays would convert on each of their final three shots, but were matched by Becker, junior Michael Scott (Fife, Scotland) and finally Banjo, who beat Sparrow to the keeper’s right side.
Notes: UMBC is now unbeaten in its last ten games (8-0-2)… The Retrievers are the first unseeded team to make the College Cup since UMass made it in 2007… UMBC has gone 788 minutes and seven games (Princeton, 2010) without allowing a road goal in NCAA Tournament play… UMBC becomes the first America East team to make the College Cup.
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Posted on 17 June 2014 by WNST Staff
BALTIMORE – The UMBC men’s soccer program will compete against five teams that reached the 2013 NCAA Championships during their 2014 campaign, head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. announced today.
The two-time defending America East Conference champions will also face eight squads that finished amongst in the top 50 in winning percentage in 2013. The Retrievers led the nation in winning percentage last season with a 16-1-3 (.875) mark.
UMBC opens the campaign by hosting the Doubletree BWI Classic on August 29 and 31 at Retriever Soccer Park (RSP). The Retrievers compete against two former Northeast Conference rivals during the weekend, facing Long Island University to open the season at 7:00p.m .on the 29th and welcoming Sacred Heart for a Sunday matinee at 1:00 p.m.
The biggest challenge occurs in the following weekend as the Retrievers travel to 2013 national finalist Maryland on Friday, Sept. 5. The 7:30 p.m. contest at Ludwig Field in College Park is part of UMBC and Navy’s Hampton Inn BWI Classic. The Retrievers face first-time foe Appalachian State at RSP on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., with the Midshipmen hosting the Mountaineers on Sept. 5 and the Terrapins on Monday, Sept. 8.
UMBC will fly across the country to take on host UNLV and another first-time opponent, Cal State-Fullerton, in the UNLV Nike Invitational on Sept. 12 and 14 in Las Vegas. The Retrievers return to Baltimore and will host Loyola (Md.) on Saturday, Sept. 20, before road tests at 2013 NCAA Tournament squads George Mason (Sept. 24) and Delaware (Sept. 30).
At the midpoint of its America East slate, UMBC will face another NCAA Tournament side when they travel to Annapolis to battle Navy on Oct. 21.
“It’s a very challenging non-conference schedule,” said Caringi. “We want to play as many teams that went to the tournament as possible. There are some strong mid-week games against nationally-ranked teams that we are going to have to be at our best.”
The Retrievers open defense of their 2013 America East regular season title when they welcome UMass-Lowell to Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday, Oct. 4. UMBC opens the league slate with three consecutive home matches, including the Homecoming contest versus Hartford (2:30 p.m.) on Saturday, Oct. 11.
UMBC will celebrate the careers of a program-record 11 seniors in the final regular season home contest versus Vermont onSaturday, Nov. 1.
The regular season concludes at Stony Brook on Wednesday, Nov. 5, prior to the six-team America East Championship, which commences on Saturday, Nov. 8.
“Each year, the conference has gotten stronger and stronger,” Caringi said. “We have had a great run in the last couple of years, but there is not one easy game. We are proud of what we have accomplished, but are very aware of how strong the league is in general.”
UMBC will face five squads (Maryland, William & Mary, George Mason, Delaware, Navy) which earned trips to the 2013 NCAA Tournament… The Retrievers will take on Appalachian State and Cal State-Fullerton in first meetings in 2014…UMBC has not played NEC members Long Island and Sacred Heart since the Retrievers departed that conference in 2002… They will face both in the Doubletree BWI Classic to open the 2014 campaign.
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Posted on 26 March 2014 by WNST Staff
Oklahoma City, Ok. – UMBC’s Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) signed a professional soccer contract with Oklahoma City Energy FC, general manager Jason Hawkins announced today.
“We’re very happy to have Pete on board,” said Energy FC Head Coach Jimmy Nielsen. “We’re looking forward to working with him. He’s a well-schooled, intelligent soccer player who will play a big part on our offense. We can’t wait to see his game develop.”
In December, Caringi became the first Retriever student-athlete to earn NSCAA First Team All-America honors in program history.
The 2012 and 2013 America East Striker of the Year, Caringi scored 27 goals over his last two seasons. The local product was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 2013 America East Championships and finished his career with 37 goals (fourth on the all-time list) and 91 points (fifth all-time).
“It is a great day for UMBC soccer,” said head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. “We are excited for Pete and look forward to watching him play at the next level. “
OKC Energy FC is one of the newest members of the USL Professional Division. USL PRO will feature 14 teams for the 2014 season with the addition of Oklahoma City and Sacramento. In 2013, USL PRO and Major League Soccer began a partnership to enhance the development of professional players in North America, strengthen the competition in both leagues and establish a solid foundation for future collaboration.
OKC Energy is one of two affiliates of Sporting Kansas City. The team’s inaugural 28-game slate begins on the road against LA Blues on April 5 and the team’s home opener is April 26 against defending USL PRO champion Orlando City SC, also a Sporting KC affiliate.
In a related professional signing, former UMBC standout Milo Kapor (‘12) signs a professional contract with Cadiz CF in the Spanish Segunda B (3rd Division).
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Posted on 27 January 2014 by WNST Staff
UMBC head men’s soccer coach Pete Caringi has signed a contract extension through the 2018 season, Director of Athletics Tim Hall announced today.
Caringi earned the 2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Senior College Men’s Northeast Regional Coach of the Year honor. In addition, the Retriever mentor and his staff earned America East Conference Coaching Staff of the Year accolades for the 2013 season.
“I am excited about staying at UMBC for another five years,” Caringi said. “I appreciate all of the support from the administration, especially our President, Dr. Hrabowski, Nancy Young and our new AD Tim Hall. In addition, we have such a devoted, hard-working coaching staff and I am grateful to them for all of our program’s success.
“I hope that we can continue to have success both on and off the field. The support from the UMBC alumni, fans, and supporters’ group has been fantastic and I appreciate their dedication to the program.”
In 2013, UMBC won its first America East regular season crown since 2003 after completing an undefeated (5-0-2) conference season, then captured its third tournament title and NCAA automatic bid in the last four years. The Retrievers received a first round bye and played UConn in the Second Round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup at Retriever Soccer Park. It was the first time in school history that UMBC competed in and hosted an NCAA Division I Tournament contest. The two teams played to a 2-2 double overtime draw; but UConn advanced in a penalty kick shootout.
During the season, UMBC placed in the top ten in all media polls. At its highest point, UMBC reached the No. 5 slot in Top Drawer Soccer, College Soccer News and the Continental Tire NSCAA Poll and climbed to a position of No. 10 in Soccer America. The program finished at No. 8 in the final NCAA RPI rankings.
UMBC finished the 2013 campaign with the top winning percentage in the nation (16-1-5, 84.1%).
“I believe Pete Caringi is one of the finest coaches in all of collegiate soccer-at any level,” Hall said. “He has built a top-notch, enduring program – one that others are attempting to emulate. He sees himself as an educator first, which is so important to us. I am confident Pete will continue to have our program compete, at the highest level, well into the future.”
The Retrievers advanced to the second round in the NCAA Championships in both 2010 and 2012. The 2013 season marked UMBC’s fourth NCAA Tournament appearance overall, having earned its first bid in 1999.
Caringi earned the 1999 South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year honors after leading UMBC to the best record in the nation at 19-1-2 and the school’s first bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.
In 23 seasons under Caringi, UMBC has a record of 246-144-54 (.615). In 33 years as a collegiate head coach, including ten at the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex, he is 416-171-62 (.689).
Caringi has the most victories of any soccer coach in school history, and his 246 wins are the third-most of any Retriever mentor, regardless of sport. He was the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2002 and the America East Conference Coach of the Year in 2005.
Coach Caringi has moved into 31st place amongst active coach with the 246 career victories, one behind Furman’s Doug Allison. The Retrievers have never had back-to-back sub-.500 seasons under Caringi and have posted winning marks in 18 of his 23 seasons at the helm.
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Posted on 21 January 2014 by WNST Staff
Philadelphia – UMBC senior soccer standouts Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) and Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) were both selected in today’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
Caringi, a forward, was selected in the third round by the Montreal Impact. He was the tenth selection in the round, and the 48th pick overall.
The Chicago Fire tabbed Dacres with the eighth pick in the fourth round. The midfielder was the 65th overall selection.
Each Retriever was the third selection made by their respective teams.
The 2012 and 2013 America East Striker of the Year, Caringi scored 27 goals over the last two seasons. The Baltimore native was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 2013 America East Championships and finished his career with 37 goals (fourth on the all-time list) and 91 points (fifth all-time).
Caringi earned America East’s Striker of the Year Award for the second consecutive year and became the first repeat Striker of the Year in the 12-year history of the award. The senior forward also earned America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year honors for the second straight year.
A semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Award, Caringi produced an outstanding post-season, scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist in UMBC’s 4-0 America East championship game victory over Hartford. He scored the game-tying goal in the 77th minute in UMBC’s NCAA Second Round 2-2 double overtime draw versus U. Conn.
Dacres excelled in his two-year tenure at UMBC, which culminated as he was tabbed America East Midfielder of the Year in 2013. He scored two game-winning goals in league play and another in the league semifinals.
The left-side midfielder, shined throughout the campaign and finished third in the conference in scoring with 16 points (6 goals, 4 assists). The two-year letterwinner was a unanimous selection for America East Midfield of the Year and First Team All-Conference honors.
A second-team selection in 2012, Dacres posted game-winning goals as UMBC rallied for identical 2-1 America East victories at Hartford and Vermont. He also tallied the game-winner late in double overtime as the Retrievers outlasted Albany, 2-1, in the league semifinals.
Levi Houapeu was the most recent Retriever to receive an invitation after his senior campaign in 2011. He was selected by and signed with the Philadelphia Union in that winter’s SuperDraft. Houapeu is now playing professionally with the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League.
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Posted on 25 November 2013 by Drew Forrester
Think about the teams that are still very much alive in the AFC playoff picture.
The Titans are currently the 6th seed and they lost to Jacksonville – at home – three weeks ago. And Ryan Fitzpatrick is their quarterback.
The Steelers are now 5-6 after starting the season 0-4. Minnesota beat them.
The Chargers are 5-6 and they couldn’t beat the Redskins or Miami this season.
Miami is 5-6 but they’re 5-6 because they’re not very good. They’re going nowhere.
The Jets are — well, never mind. I don’t care that they’re 5-6, the Jets have ZERO CHANCE of making the playoffs. They’re officially the one 5-6 team who can’t make it. Not with that kid at quarterback.
So, as the Ravens and Steelers get ready to do battle on Thursday night, John Harbaugh’s team is 5-6 and right there in the mix for a 6th straight post-season berth.
The Thanksgiving night game will likely doom the loser, particularly if it’s Baltimore since the Steelers won the first match-up between the two teams back on October 20.
It’s not quite an elimination game, but it’s awfully close.
I suspect the Thursday night affair will have a little more excitement than Sunday’s snore-fest between the Ravens and Jets. I’ve seen chess matches with more action than that thing produced yesterday.
By the way, speaking of the NFL playoffs, you can take this to the bank.
Denver isn’t going to the Super Bowl.
Hats off to coach Pete Caringi and his son, Pete III, for a phenomenal soccer season at UMBC.
The Retrievers fell in the cruelest of manners on Sunday night, losing to UConn in penalty kicks (3-2) after the two teams battled to a 2-2 regulation tie in their NCAA second round playoff game at Retriever Soccer Park.
I get it. You have to figure out a way to produce a winner. But ending a playoff game like that is just a terrible way to do it. Then again, that’s how they decide World Cup games once the teams reach the knockout stage.
The stands were packed last night and the atmosphere was electric, despite the cold temperatures and windy conditions.
It’s a shame only two media members in town decided to give UMBC’s soccer season any coverage. They were a great story throughout the Fall and did themselves proud in winning the America East regular season and conference tournament.
Posted on 24 November 2013 by WNST Staff
BALTIMORE – One of the greatest seasons in UMBC’s NCAA Division I history came to a difficult end in frigid, blustery conditions at Retriever Soccer Park on Sunday evening. The fifth-ranked men’s soccer team battled traditional national power and tenth-ranked UConn to a 2-2 double overtime draw, but the Huskies advanced to the NCAA Third Round by prevailing, 4-2, in penalty kick shootout.
Pete Caringi Jr.’s squad became the first in school history to host and compete in an NCAA Division I Tournament game. The team finished the campaign with a 16-1-3 record, while the Huskies advance to the round of 16 with a record of 12-2-7.
UMBC came back from one-goal deficits on two occasions in the second half to send the contest to extra time.
After a scoreless first half, the Huskies got on the board just 69 seconds into the second half as forward Cyle Larin converted a centering feed from Mamadou Doudou Diouf midway into the box.
But UMBC would respond in the 62nd minute. After Huskie netminder Andre Blake was assessed a yellow card, the Retrievers were awarded an indirect kick just outside the box. Junior Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) touched it to classmate Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md./Mount St. Joseph) and UMBC’s assist leader curled his effort just inside the near left post to even the score.
Diouf would figure in the go-ahead goal for UConn, as he skimmed in a header off a Adria Beso corner kick in the 74th minute.
Once again, however, the hosts were not to be denied. In the 77 th minute, the Retrievers earned a corner and Kansaye’s ball toward the back post was headed in by senior forwardPete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall). It was Caringi’s 13th score of the season and the 37th of his storied career.
The Huskies threatened late, but UMCB senior netminder Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall0 made a leaping save of a Nicholas Zuniga header with three minutes remaining.
UMBC senior midfielder Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) had the best chance in overtime just 90 seconds into the first ten-minute frame. He cracked a 22-yarder toward the upper right corner, but Blake leaped and got a glove on it to deflect it wide.
The Retrievers proceeded to their fourth consecutive penalty kick shootout in NCAA Championship play, dating back to 2010. Saunders made a save on Juho Karppinnen in round two and the Retrievers led, 2-1 after two rounds. But UConn converted their final three efforts, while Blake made stops on Dacres and Caringi to close the 2013 chapter for the Retrievers.
UConn outshot UMBC, 15-12, and Saunders tied a season-high with seven saves. The Retrievers earned 10 corners to seven for the visitors, as each team capitalized on a corner apiece.
Notes: UMBC finishes the season with a ten-game unbeaten streak… The Retrievers 1-0-4 in their last five NCAA Championship contests and 1-1-4 overall… Five of six have gone to overtime… The game marked the final appearance for Caringi, Dacres, Saunders and backTravis Dennis (Bowie, Md./Roosevelt), who all saw action in the game… Caringi finishes his career with 37 goals (fourth on the all-time list) and 91 points (fifth all-time)… Saunders final record is 44-13-10, a winning percentage of 73.1.
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Posted on 18 November 2013 by WNST Staff
INDIANAPOLIS – The America East champion UMBC men’s soccer team received a first round bye and will take on the winner of UConn vs. Quinnipiac in the Second Round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup, the NCAA announced on Monday afternoon.
The Second Round of the College Cup is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 24. Kick-off time has not been set.
UMBC (16-1-2, 5-0-2 AE) won the America East regular season championship and then took the tournament title and automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 win over Hartford on Saturday evening. Senior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) scored two goals and added an assist in the game to be name the 2013 Most Outstanding Player Award.
Caringi has netted 12 goals this season, leading the America East and ranking tenth in the nation. He was one of three Retrievers to earn a major conference award this season, garnering the conference’s Striker of the Year award while classmate Kadeem Dares (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) earned Midfielder of the Year and junior Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) was tabbed as the Defender of the Year. Head coachPete Caringi, Jr. and his named was named the America East Coaching Staff of the Year.
Last season, UMBC won the conference championship before advancing past Old Dominion on penalty kicks but falling to North Carolina on spot kicks.
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Posted on 17 November 2013 by WNST Staff
BALTIMORE- Tournament Most Outstanding Player, UMBC senior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) scored a pair of goals, leading the top-seeded and sixth-ranked Retrievers to a 4-0 victory over Hartford in the America East Championship game.
The Retrievers, who lead the nation in winning percentage, (16-1-2) earn America East’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four years. This season marks the first time that UMBC captured the league’s regular season and championship title.
UMBC will learn of its seeding in the NCAA Tournament during the NCAA Men’s Soccer Selection Show on Monday at noon.
“We’re a very confident group… we’re looking forward to seeing who we are going to play on Monday,” said head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. “All along, our goal has been to win the America East and go as far as we can go. Last year, we were excited about playing in the NCAA Tournament, now we want to go farther.”
Hartford started the game brightly, and nearly too an early lead when midfielder Aleko Petridis hit the post in the 9th minute from the top of the box. But that seemed to awaken UMBC and the Retrievers would score just 51 seconds later.
Junior back Jordan Becker (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke) drove down the left side and crossed a ball into the box. It deflected off a Hartford defender and Caringi headed the redirect past UH goalkeeper David McKinnon from seven yards away.
Caringi would have two more chances in the first half, but missed one wide and McKinnon came up with a stop on the other attempt.
UMBC led, 1-0, at the half, but junior back Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) scored just3:59 into the second half to double the Retriever advantage. Junior midfielder Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md./Mount St. Joseph) struck a corner kick toward the near post. Caringi got onto it and flicked it towards the far right post, where Ballo headed it home from close range.
Caringi tallied his second goal of the game and league-leading 12th of the season in the 57th minute to put the contest out of reach. Sophomore midfielder Malcolm Harris (Damascus, Md./McDonogh) bent in a corner from the right side, and the ball skidded off the turf and to a waiting Caringi, who headed it beyond McKinnon and inside the far left post.
Junior midfielder Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) finalized the scoring by converting a penalty kick in the 86th minute. Junior midfielder Stephen Ho (North Potomac, Md./Wootton) was taken down in the box and the Retriever captain drilled home the ensuing penalty kick.
Caringi, Ballo, and senior midfielder Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) and senior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) were named to the All-Championship team.
UMBC outshot Hartford, 19-7, and Saunders made two saves to record his 24th career shutout. Saunders has not allowed a goal in his last four America East Tournament games.
Notes: UMBC becomes the first repeat America East champion since 1997 and is just second program in conference history to win 3 titles in 4 years…The Retrievers are the first No. 1 seed to win tournament since 2008… Caringi’s five points and two goals tied a single game tournament record… Caringi, who scored eight goals in his first four games in 2013, seven-game goal-scoring drought with the two-goal effort and now has nine career multiple-goal efforts… UMBC’s 16 victories stands alone as the second-most in school history… The 1999 team won a school-record 19 games.
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