Dogfight Set for Sunday Evening- UMBC Retrievers Meet UConn Huskies In NCAA Men's Soccer Championship Second Round
The fifth-ranked UMBC Retrievers (16-1-2) will host the tenth-ranked UConn Huskies (12-2-6) in the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championships on Sunday, Nov. 24 at Retriever Soccer Park. Kick-off time is set for 5:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets online – via Retriever net at alumni.umbc.edu/NCAA. UMBC students may still purchase tickets at the Commons Information Desk. Live stats and free video streaming will also be available for this event – the first of its kind to take place at UMBC.
RETRIEVER STORY LINES:
- · UMBC won its first America East regular season crown since 2003 after completing an undefeated (5-0-2) conference season and captured their third tournament title and NCAA automatic bid in the last four years.
- · UMBC received a first round bye and will take UConn in the Second Round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup, the NCAA. It is the first time in school history that UMBC will compete in and host an NCAA Division I Tournament contest.
- · UMBC is in the top ten in all polls and the RPI as of Nov. 20. UMBC is at No. 5 in Top Drawer Soccer, College Soccer News and in the Continental Tire NSCAA Poll. The Retrievers moved up eight slots to No. 10 in Soccer America poll and are No. 6 in the NCAA RPI rankings.
- · The Retrievers have advanced to the second round in the NCAA Championships in both 2010 and 2012. The 2013 season marks UMBC's fourth NCAA Tournament appearance overall, having earned its first bid in 1999.
- · SR F Pete Caringi III, Coach Caringi's son, 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. He went onto be named Most Outstanding Player in the America East Tournament, scoring two goals and adding in assist in the title game, a 4-0 win over Hartford.
- · Entering play this week, UMBC leads the nation in winning percentage (16-1-2, .895) and are tied for second in total victories (16).
- · The 16 victories for UMBC are the most since also recording 15 in 2000 and is the second-most in school history. The 1999 team led the nation in winning percentage and posted a record of 19-1-2.
- · 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 weekend, UMBC leads the nation in winning percentage (.889) and are tied for the most victories (15). The Retrievers are 15th in scoring offense (1.94 gpg) and 18th (0.68) in scoring defense. UMBC went 501 minutes of action without allowing a goal until Albany scored with 21 seconds left in regulation in the America East semifinals.
TOP DOG: In 23 seasons under Head Coach Pete Caringi, Jr., UMBC is 145-47-2(.723) at home and the Retrievers are 86-20-22 (.758) in 128 games on the Bermuda turf of Retriever Soccer Park. The Retriever mentor has an overall record of 246-144-53 (.615) during his tenure on Hilltop Circle and in 32 years as a head coach, he is 416-171-61 (.689).
Caringi has led UMBC to four NCAA appearances in his tenure (1999, 2010, 2012, 2013). He has the most victories of any soccer coach in school history, and his 246 wins are the third-most of any Retriever mentor. He was the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2002, the America East Conference Coach of the Year in 2005 and led the America East Coaching Staff of the Year in 2013.
Coach Caringi has moved into 31st place amongst active coach with 246 career victories, one behind Furman's Doug Allison. The Retrievers have never had back-to-back sub-.500 seasons under Caringi and have posted winning marks in 18 of his 23 seasons at the helm.
RETRIEVER RECAP: Tournament Most Outstanding Player, UMBC senior forward Pete Caringi III scored a pair of goals and added an assist, leading the top-seeded and sixth-ranked Retrievers to a 4-0 victory over Hartford in the America East Championship game.
UMBC has won four straight games and is now unbeaten in its last nine (7-0-2) outings. The Retrievers started the campaign with nine consecutive wins.
INSIDE THE SERIES
This will be the first meeting between UMBC and U.Conn in men's soccer. The two teams have one common opponent in 2013, Saint Francis Brooklyn, another NCAA Tournament team. Both teams recorded victories over the Terriers – Connecticut blanked the Terriers, 1-0, in the opener, while UMBC recorded a 3-1 victory.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
Senior forward Mamadou Diouf came up big for the No. 10 University of Connecticut men's soccer team, netting a goal in the final 10 minutes of regulation and propelling the Huskies to a 2-1 victory over Quinnipiac in the First Round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Tournament on Thursday night at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Connecticut improved to 12-2-6 on the season, boast a 15-game unbeaten streak and have out-scored opponents, 12-1 in their last seven matches.
Freshman Cyle Larin leads the Huskies in goals with 11 and in points with 24. Five of Larin's goals have been game winners. Junior midfielder Adria Beso has team-high nine assists. Junior forward Allando Matheson comes off the bench for the Huskies and is second on the team in goals with seven and points with 16.