UMBC soccer gets first round bye in NCAA Tournament

November 18, 2013 | 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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