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UMBC soccer claims third America East title in four years

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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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.

A GLANCE AT THE RETRIEVERS

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.

SCOUTING THE PATRIOTS

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.

INSIDE THE SERIES

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.

UP NEXT

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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Under Armour to become official outfitter of UMBC athletics

Posted on 03 December 2012 by WNST Staff

UMBC Announces Under Armour As Official Outfitter Of Retriever Athletics

BALTIMORE- UMBC Athletics today announced that Under Armour, Inc., the Baltimore-based leader in athletic performance apparel, footwear, and accessories will be the official outfitter of Retriever Athletics through 2018.

 

Under Armour will outfit 17 of UMBC’s 19 varsity teams from head-to-toe including all game-day uniforms, training gear and footwear. UMBC’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving squads are the only two teams not covered by the agreement.

 

“I am very excited about the agreement with Under Armour as it ensures that Retriever Athletics will be wearing best-in-class athletic performance gear,” Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown said. “Feedback from our student-athletes has been overwhelmingly positive and we are looking forward to what is to come!”

 

UMBC’s new official outfitter agreement includes entitlements that will complement Under Armour’s marketing campaigns through venue presence and advertising at the university.  Those entitlements include signage at the RAC Arena, UMBC Stadium, Retriever Soccer Park, The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC, and the softball complex; print media advertising, online advertising on the official webpage of UMBC Athletics, www.umbcretrievers.com, and advertising via UMBC Athletics’ streaming site, www.umbcretrievers.tv.

 

“The new relationship with Under Armour is a tremendous advantage for our department,” Senior Associate Director of Athletics Gary Wohlstetter added.  “We are very proud to be associated with a hometown company right here in Baltimore. Under Armour is the leader in the athletic apparel industry when it comes to both performance and style.”

Coach Speak:

Co-Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Amy Appelt

‘We are very excited about expanding our relationship with Under Armour.  They provide a great product for our student-athletes.  It’s very rewarding for one of the top up-and-coming universities in the country to partner with one of the most innovative athletic brands in the world, right here in Baltimore!”

 

Head Women’s Basketball Coach Phil Stern

“We are so excited to be on board with Under Armour. They are so innovative and creative and will help make our program even more visible. Our players and coaches are all thrilled with the new products we have already started to wear.”

 

Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Don Zimmerman

“Our men’s lacrosse program is excited to expand our existing Under Armour partnership. We appreciate Under Armour’s support of our program and look forward to a longstanding relationship.”

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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

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

September
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.

October
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.

November
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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