CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -Earning 2,002 of the 5,523 total votes, UMBC senior striker Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) earned the 2013 America East Men's Soccer Fans' Choice Player of the Year award.
Caringi III received 36 percent of the vote, just barely edging out New Hampshire's Ugochukwu Uche who had 35 percent and a total of 1,906 votes. Hartford's Damion Lowe came in third with 12 percent of the vote (688) and Binghamton's Robbie Hughes had nine percent (497).
Caringi leads the conference and ranks 15th in the nation with 10 total goals, while also leading the league with 22 points. He helped UMBC capture the men's soccer regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the America East Championship.
This is the fifth straight year America East has given out a Fans' Choice Player of the Year award in men's soccer with Binghamton University's Jason Stenta (2009), Boston University's Ben Berube (2010) and University at Albany's Adrian Foncette earning past awards. Caringi is the first repeat winner (2012 & 2013).
Voting for the 2013 award was from October 31-November 7 with one player of each member institution named to the ballot. The America East All-Conference teams will be announced via release at AmericaEast.com on Friday.