For the fourth consecutive week, a UMBC men's soccer player has earned America East Conference Player of the Week honors. For games ending Sept. 22, Retriever junior midfielder Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md./Mount St. Joseph) earned the league's top honor and he also was tabbed to College Soccer News' Team of the Week.
The stellar play of Caltabiano and his teammates has resulted in a 7-0-0 record, leaving the Retrievers and the Dayton Flyers (7-0-0) as the lone unbeaten and untied teams in the nation. UMBC has vaulted up nine places in the Top Drawer Soccer Top 25 to achieve its highest-ever ranking of No. 8.
Caltabiano tallied a goal and added a helper in both Retriever victories this week. He now has three goals this season and is second in the nation with seven assists.
In his first season in a Retriever uniform, Caltabiano has recorded multiple points in four of seven games, including each of the last three. He scored UMBC's first goal of the game versus Navy and Loyola (Md.) this past week. The score against the Midshipmen tied the game at 1-1 and the goal at Loyola provided the Retrievers a 1-0 early second half advantage.
UMBC senior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) earned America East's first two Player of the Week awards, while junior midfielder Stephen Ho (North Potomac, Md./Wootton) earned the honor last week.
Caringi leads the nation in goals scored (9) and goals per game (1.29), while the Retrievers are tied with Cal State-Northridge with 22 goals on the season.
UMBC starts a three-game homestand on Wednesday, Sept. 25 when they entertain a strong George Mason (4-1-1) side.