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UMBC soccer receives highest rankings in program history

Posted on 24 September 2013 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s soccer team opens a three-game homestand on Wednesday, Sept. 25 when they host George Mason at Retriever Soccer Park. UMBC, one of two undefeated and untied teams in the country, has garnered its top two national rankings in school history in two polls entering play this week. In the NSCAA poll, UMBC (7-0-0) is now No. 11, surpassing its previous mark of No. 14 in 2000 and the Retrievers’ No. 8 ranking by Top Drawer Soccer is its top position in any media-affiliated men’s soccer poll. George Mason (4-1-1) was ranked No. 23 last week before suffering its first setback of the season, a 3-0 loss at Virginia on Sept. 17.

Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. Live stats and free live video (www.umbcretrievers.tv) are available for the contest and all UMBC home soccer matches in 2013.


Dating back to 2012, UMBC is now unbeaten in its last 16 contests (13-0-3) and has outscored their opponents, 41-11, in that span. It is the longest unbeaten streak since 1999, when that championship squad went 19-0-2 in the regular season.

The Retrievers have captured the America East title and advanced to the second round in the NCAA Championships twice in three seasons. The 2012 season marked UMBC’s third NCAA College Cup appearance overall, having earned a bid in 1999.

SR F Pete Caringi III was named Disney/NSCAA Player of the Week and College Soccer News’ Player of the Week for games ending Sept. 1 and Sept. 8 respectively.

Entering play this week, UMBC and Cal-Northridge share the national lead in goals scored with 22 each·

Caringi leads the nation in points per game (2.86) and goals per game (1.29), while JR MGeaton Caltabiano is tied for first in the nation and in assists per game (1.00).

The Retrievers moved up nine slots to 8th in the Top Drawer Soccer poll and remained at 21st in College Soccer News‘ poll. UMBC made its debut in the Soccer America poll at No. 25 (tied) and is No. 11 in the Continental Tire/NSCAA Coaches’ poll for games ending Sept. 22, 2013.

The current seven-game winning streak in the first in school history. There have been three greater streaks- eight straight in 1991, nine in a row in 2009 and 13 consecutive in 1999.


The Patriots come into the game with a 4-1-1 record on the year. GMU was ranked No. 23 in the NSCAA poll for games ending Sept. 15.

SR F Wes Sever currently leads the Patriots in goals with four. FR GK Steffen Kraus has started all six games for the Patriots and has recorded 12 saves. SR F Julia Arjona has started in all six matches for the Patriots and leads the team in assists with a pair.

JR F Timmy Mulgrew returns for the Patriots after contributing a goal and an assist in last year’s 2-1 victory over the Retrievers.


This will be the 13th meeting all-time between the Retrievers and Patriots, with GMU holding a slim 6-5-1 advantage.

The two teams have met five times in UMBC’s Division I era (1986) and the Retrievers have earned one victory, a 5-2 triumph in 2000. However, that was the only home game in those five contests.

The most recent encounter took place last season at George Mason, where the Patriots came out on top with a 2-1 win. Milo Kapor scored the Retriever goal, converting a penalty kick.


UMBC hosts George Washington on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Retriever Soccer Park. The match will get underway at 7:00 p.m.

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UMBC announces 2013 soccer schedule

Posted on 12 June 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- The defending America East Conference men’s soccer champion UMBC Retrievers will play 11 of 18 regular season games on the plush turf of Retriever Soccer Park, as the 2013 fall schedule was announced.

“Teams want to play here, at a nice facility with great crowds,” head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. said. “The atmosphere for the games here has been spectacular and I think the word is getting out that Retriever Soccer Park is a great place to play.”

In 22 seasons under Caringi, UMBC is 75-19-22 (.743) in 115 games on the Bermuda turf of Retriever Soccer Park.

The Retrievers open the campaign by co- hosting a pair of tournaments in the “classic” format. UMBC will host the first with Delaware as both teams will welcome Seattle University and UNLV to the east coast. UMBC hosts the Redhawks of Seattle on Friday, Aug. 30 to open the season and entertains the Runnin’ Rebels on Sun., Sat. 1.

The following weekend, UMBC and Navy will face off against a pair of Northeast Conference opponents in the Hampton Inn BWI Classic. The Retrievers host the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State on Thurs., Sept. 5 and CCSU will be followed in by St. Francis (N.Y.) as the Terriers visit on Sat., Sept. 7.

Both Navy and Delaware will face UMBC at Retriever Soccer Park. The Mids come in on Tuesday, Sept. 17, while the Blue Hens renew a rivalry with the Retrievers on Tuesday, Oct. 1. UMBC also has non-conference home dates with George Mason (Sept. 25) and George Washington (Sept. 28) in a four-day span. The Retrievers have three non-league away dates, as they take on Radford (Sept. 14), Loyola (Md.) (Sept. 21) and William & Mary (Oct. 9) in preparation for the hostile environments of America East Conference opponents.

“It will be a fun schedule in the sense that we are playing some teams this year that we haven’t played in some time,” head coach Pete Caringi said. “To start off the season with two west coast teams is something very unique in today’s college setting. That should be an exciting tournament to open the season with and we still have our local and regional games that are very good. It sets up for us to have great competition so by the time we get to the America East Conference games, we should know where we are as far as our team is concerned.”

The Retrievers open defense of their America East crown on Sat., Oct. 5 when they visit Hartford. UMBC’s first league home game will be part of Homecoming ’13 festivities as Albany visits Retriever Soccer Park on Sat., Oct. 12. The Dawgs play three of the next four on the road, including the first-ever meeting with new league member U.Mass-Lowell on Sat., Nov. 9. UMBC wraps up the regular season on Wed., Nov. 6 when they host 2011 America East champion Stony Brook.

Nine of 11 UMBC home games will kick-off at 7:00 p.m. Only the dates vs. UNLV (1:00 p.m.) and Albany (2:30 p.m.) are afternoon contests. The six-team America East Tournament will begin on Sat., Nov. 9 with two quarterfinal games at the sites of the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds. The semifinals take place on Wed., Nov. 13 at the Nos. 1 and 2-seeded squads -and the championship game is slated for Sat. or Sun., Nov. 16 or 17 at the home field of the highest-seeded remaining team


Fri. 30 Seattle ^ 7:00 p.m.


Sun. 1 UNLV ^ 1:00 p.m.; Thu. 5 Central Connecticut ! 7:00 p.m. Sat. 7 St. Francis (N.Y.) ! 7:00 p.m.; Sat. 14 at Radford 7:00 p.m.; Tue. 17 Navy 7:00 p.m.; Sat. 21 at Loyola 7:00 p.m.; Wed. 25 George Mason 7:00 p.m.; Sat. 28 George Washington7:00 p.m.


Tue. 1 Delaware 7:00 p.m.; Sat. 5 at Hartford* 7:00 p.m.; Wed. 9 William & Mary 7:00 p.m.; Sat. 12 Albany* (Homecoming)2:30 p.m.; Wed. 16 at Vermont* 3:00 p.m.; Sat. 19 UNH* 7:00 p.m.; Sat. 26 at Binghamton* 7:00 p.m.


Sat. 2 at UMass-Lowell 1:00 p.m.; Wed. 6 Stony Brook* 7:00 p.m.; Sat. 9 America East Quarterfinals; TBA; Wed. 13 America East Semifinals, TBA; Sat. 16 of Sun. 17 America East Championship, TBA

^ Kick-Off Tournament (hosting with Delaware); ! Holiday Inn BWI Classic (hosting with Navy) * America East contest

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UMBC tops ODU, advances to face UNC in NCAA Soccer Tournament

Posted on 15 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Norfolk, Va.- The UMBC men’s soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA College Cup as the Retrievers played Old Dominion to a 0-0 double overtime draw, but advanced, 4-2, in penalty kicks.

UMBC is now 11-4-6, while Old Dominion’s season comes to an end at 11-3-3.

UMBC junior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) played the starring role for the second consecutive game, stopping a pair of penalty kicks.

After senior Milo Kapor (Toronto, Ont./Emily Carr) converted the first kick, Saunders saved ODU goalkeeper Victor Fracoz’ attempt.  UMBC’s Mamadou Kansaye’s (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) and Monarchs’ forward Chris Harmon matched successful kicks,  but UMBC senior back Liam Paddock’s (Worcestershire, England) attempt was saved by Francoz.

But on ODU’s tying attempt, Saunders again dove to his right and stopped the effort of Jordan LeBlanc. Both UMBC’s Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y.) and ODU’s Ivan Militar converted, setting up Retriever senior Dave Vaeth (Dundalk, Md./Patapsco) for the game-winning opportunity. Vaeth buried his attempt into the upper left corner of the goal, setting off a wild celebration by the visitors.

UMBC will advance to the second round for the second time in three years and will compete at defending national champion North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

UMBC junior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) was unable to start and played only the final 26 seconds of regulation and final 20 seconds of overtime after a free kick opportunities. Caringi suffered an ankle injury early in the America East championship game vs. UNH and did not return.

The first half was evenly-played, as both teams managed only three shots each. The Monarchs’ best opportunity was their first, as Gideon Asante hit a shot wide right from eight yards out in the 18th minute. UMBC’s best chance came late in the half, as Dacres hit a rising shot from 17 yards out on the left wing which went over just the crossbar.

In the second half, Kansaye’s 50-yard free kick had to be parried over bar, giving UMBC its first corner of the match in 58’ The Retrievers attempted four corners in the second stanza, but the best chance, an Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) header in the 59th minute went wide of the near post.

Old Dominion outshot UMBC, 10-6. Saunders and Francoz both made three saves in 110 minutes of play. Saunders recorded his fourth consecutive shuout.

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UMBC opens NCAA Soccer Tournament with trip to ODU

Posted on 12 November 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- The UMBC men’s soccer team, champions of the America East Conference will meet Old Dominion in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup in Norfolk, Va. on Thursday, Nov. 15. The game time has yet to be determined.

The winner of that first round contest will meet defending national champion North Carolina (15-3-2) in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Sunday, Nov. 18.

“We are all very excited to see our name on the screen,” said Head Coach Pete Caringi ,Jr. “This is something that we worked hard all year long for. We have a lot of respect for ODU, but we are going to prepare to go down there and play well.”

UMBC captured its second America East crown in the last three seasons at Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday, Nov. 10. The second-seeded Retrievers and No. 5 New Hampshire Wildcats played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, but UMBC prevailed, 4-2, in a penalty kick shootout.

UMBC (11-4-5) enters the tournament on a seven-game unbeaten streak.

Old Dominion (11-3-2) received an at-large bid to the tournament. They competed in the Colonial Athletic Association this year, but were ineligible for the conference tournament. The Monarchs enter the tournament with three wins in their last four outings and capped the season with a 1-0 home win over Northeastern on November 2.

UMBC has only met ODU twice, and the Monarchs have a win and a tie vs. the Retrievers. Old Dominion won the latest meeting, capturing a 2-0 decision in Norfolk in 2003. The Retrievers have never faced North Carolina in the sport of men’s soccer.

This will be UMBC’s third NCAA Tournament appearance. The Retrievers faced No. 1 Duke in 1999 and fell, 4-3, to the Blue Devils in overtime. In 2010, UMBC defeated No. 10 Princeton, 2-1, but were unable to advance past No. 7 William & Mary, as they were ousted in penalty kicks.

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UMBC wins America East in PK’s, advances to NCAA Soccer Tournament

Posted on 11 November 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- For the second time in three years, the UMBC men’s soccer team has won the America East title and will represent the conference in the NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup. The second-seeded Retrievers and fifth-seeded New Hampshire Wildcats played to a 0-0 double overtime draw, but UMBC advanced to the championships by prevailing, 4-2, in penalty kicks.

UMBC (11-4-5) junior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) was named the championship’s  Most Outstanding Player. Saunders made five saves, including a point-blank stop in the second overtime period, and stopped a pair of UNH (7-7-6) attempts in the penalty kick shootout. He also blanked Stony Brook, 1-0, in the semifinals.

The Retrievers will compete in their third Division I NCAA Championship, with previous appearances in 1999 and 2010. The team will learn its first-round opponent on Monday afternoon when the brackets are announced.

“The last two days, we told them we would find a way to win knowing they (UNH) was a great defensive team and if it comes down to penalty kicks, whatever it takes, we are going to do it, and that’s exactly what we did,” head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. said.

The partisan UMBC crowd of 1,016 was shocked early on as the America East Striker of the Year, junior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) went down and had to be helped off the field in the fourth minute of play. Caringi, who led America East with 14 goals on the season, did not return to the lineup.

However, the Retrievers did control much of the play in the first 45 minutes. The best scoring chance came in the 13thminute, when junior forward Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) tested UNH sophomore netminder Travis Worra with a 19-yard shot toward the far post, but Worra made a diving save to keep the game scoreless.

Saunders, who was not tested in the first half, made a pair of saves on UNH midfielder Robert Palumbo in the 50thminute, stopping an initial drive from 16 yards out and then rejected a rebound opportunity from seven yards away.

UMBC countered with good chances in the 68thand 70th minutes, but freshman midfielder Michael Burgos (Huntingtown, Md./The Calverton School) was wide with a header, and sophomore midfielder Stephen Ho (North Potomac, Md./Wootton) missed on the short side after a cross from Dacres.

The game headed to overtime, and although UMBC outshot UNH, 6-2, over that 20-minute span, the Wildcats had two outstanding opportunities. In the 95’, reserve midfielder David Schlatter hit the underside of the crossbar as he found himself unguarded on the right side from 12 yards out.

With less than four minutes to play in the second extra period, Schlatter got inside of the Retriever defense and drilled a seven-yard shot, but Saunders aggressively challenged and turned the attempt away.

Just as it did in 2010, the game went to penalty kicks and the results were similar. UMBC senior Milo Kapor (Toronto, Ont./Emily Carr) converted, as did UNH senior back Jordan Thomas, and Retriever sophomore midfielder Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) gave UMBC a 2-1 advantage. UNH freshman Lukas Goerigk tried to beat Saunders to the goalie’s right, but the Retreiver netminder made the save on the hard shot along the turf.

UMBC senior fullback Liam Paddock (Worcesteshire, England/Chase Technology) and Palumbo matched scores, and the Retrievers led, 3-2, after three rounds. Dacres drilled his attempt into the upper left corner, but Saunders ended the proceedings by stopping Ryan McNabb’s effort with a similar diving save to his right.

The Retrievers won the 2010 shootout, 5-4 and went on to defeat No. 10 Princeton, 2-1, in the first round, before falling in penalty kicks at William & Mary.

“Tonight in general says a lot about UMBC Soccer- the crowd, the atmosphere, the enthusiasm for our program.,” Caringi said. “This is a culmination of a lot of work. This is a win for UMBC in general. I am really proud of the school and how everyone responded.”

In addition to Saunders, Dacres, Paddock and senior midfielder Dave Vaeth (Dundalk, Md./Patapsco) earned All-Tournament Team honors.

UMBC outshot UNH, 21-10, overall and earned 11 corners to five for the Wildcats. Worra collected seven saves in the contest.

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Loyola visit, trip to Maryland highlight UMBC soccer schedule

Posted on 09 July 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s soccer team will kick off its 2012 season vs. Radford University on Sat., August 25 at Retriever Soccer Park. The opener vs. the Highlanders is the first of 10 home games in a challenging 18-game schedule.

The Retrievers open with three games at home, welcoming VCU on Thurs., Aug. 30 and Robert Morris on Sat., Sept. 1. Those two contest are part of the Holiday Inn Express BWI Classic, which the Retrievers will co-host with Navy.

UMBC plays four of its next five games on the road, including a Sept. 11 date at Maryland, a squad that finished the 2011 campaign ranked ninth in the nation by the NSCAA. In their first meeting since 2000, the Retrievers and Terrapins played a memorable game in 2011, with the visitors prevailing, 4-3, in double overtime before a record crowd of 2,513 at Retriever Soccer Park.

“The last several years we have made a concentrated effort to make our schedule as tough as we can,” head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. said.
“Obviously, one of the highlights is to play at Maryland. Last year’s game here was a classic and I am sure it will be a great atmosphere down there and one that will help our players down the road.”

In that aforementioned span, the Retrievers face road challenges at George Mason (Sept. 15) and George Washington (Sept. 22). UMBC has not faced the Patriots since 2001 and the Colonials since 2004.

The lone home game in the five games is a Sept. 19 contest vs. Loyola (Md.). The Retrievers have another three-game homestand to follow, highlighted by the America East Conference opener vs. Vermont on Sat., Sept. 29.

Caringi’s squad follows the same pattern, with four of the nest five on the road, before concluding the regular season with back-to-back home games. UMBC welcomes Boston U. to Retriever Soccer Park in the lone afternoon home game of the season on Oct. 13. The game will begin at 3:00 p.m. as part of UMBC’s Homecoming Festivities.

After facing defending league champion Stony Brook in New York on Fri., Oct. 19, the Retrievers close out the 18-game slate with home games vs. league rivals Hartford (Oct. 24) and Binghamton (Oct. 27).

The six-team America East Tournament begins with quarterfinal action on Sat., Nov. 3.

“The league is really strong this season.” Caringi added. “Stony Brook had a great team in 2011 and has a lot of returning players, as do many of the teams in the conference. Every program seems to be on the rise and I feel America East will be one of the better conferences in the country this year.”

2012 UMBC Men’s Soccer

Sat. 25 Radford 7:00 p.m.;
Thu. 30 VCU ! 7:00 p.m.

Sat. 1  Robert Morris ! 7:00 p.m.
Fri. 7 at Mount St. Mary’s TBA
Tue. 11 at Maryland 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 15 at George Mason 7:00 p.m.
Wed. 19 Loyola (Md.) 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 22 at George Washington 3:00 p.m.
Tue. 25 La Salle 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 29 Vermont* 7:00 p.m.

Tue. 2  Howard 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 6 at UNH* 7:00 p.m.
Wed. 10 at Albany* 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 13 Boston U. $ *3:00 p.m.
Tue. 16 at Navy 7:00 p.m.
Fri. 19 at Stony Brook* 7:00 p.m.
Wed. 24 Hartford*  7:00 p.m.
Sat. 27 Binghamton* 7:00 p.m.

Sat., 3 at America East Champs TBD
Wed. 9 at America East Semifinals TBD
Sat./Sun. 12/13 at AEC Championship Game TBD

! Holiday Inn Express BWI Classic  $ Homecoming, *2012 America East contest

Notes: UMBC celebrates its tenth season in America East…The Retrievers have earned three consecutive berths in the league championships for the first time in their league tenure… The Retrievers have not faced Radford since 2000, when the Highlanders were also the season opener… UMBC won that contest, 4-2, at home, but trail, 5-4-0, in the all-time series… UMBC owns more victories (22) vs. Mount St. Mary’s than any other foe and 13-0-1 vs. the Mountaineers since 1998… The Retrievers defeated Maryland, 2-0, in the last meeting in College Park in 2000… UMBC’s first win of the season will be the 400th in school history (45 previous seasons)

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