December 10, 2013
Caringi, Dacres, Ballo Part of Record-Setting Trio to Earn NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team Honors
Kansas City, Kan. – A school-record three UMBC men's soccer players have been named to the 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Northeast Region First Team, the organization announced today.
Seniors Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) andKadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) and juniorOumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley/CCBC-Essex) are all candidates for All-America honors, which will be released later this week.
UMBC and U.Conn placed three players on the first team, while a pair of Georgetown Hoyas were recognized on the 11-man squad.
In 2013, Caringi earned America East's Striker of the Year Award for the second consecutive year and became the first repeat Striker of the Year in the 12-year history of the award. The senior forward also earned America East Fans' Choice Player of the Year honors for the second straight year.
A semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Award, Caringi produced an outstanding post-season, scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist in UMBC's 4-0 America East championship game victory over Hartford. He scored the game-tying goal in the 77th minute in UMBC's NCAA Second Round 2-2 double overtime draw versus U. Conn.
The Baltimore native led America East with 13 goals and 29 total points and finished his career with 37 goals (fourth on the all-time list) and 91 points (fifth all-time).
Dacres, a senior midfielder, shined throughout the campaign and finished third in the conference in scoring with 16 points (6 goals, 4 assists). The two-year letterwinner was a unanimous selection for America East Midfield of the Year and First Team All-Conference honors.
A second-team selection in 2012, Dacres posted game-winning goals as UMBC rallied for identical 2-1 America East victories at Hartford and Vermont. He also tallied the game-winner late in double overtime as the Retrievers outlasted Albany, 2-1, in the league semifinals.
A junior central defender, Ballo spearheaded the improved UMBC defense, which only allowed two goals in league play and none over the last four America East games. For his efforts, he was named 2013 America East Defender of the Year and earned First Team All-Conference honors.
Ballo earned second team honors in his first season with the Retrievers in 2012. He added a pair of goals to his resumé, including a key score in the America East title game victory over Hartford.
All three players were named to the America East Conference All-Championship team.
Only six former UMBC student-athletes have earned Division I honors since 1991. The most recent was Levi Houapeu, who went on to earn NSCAA All-America Third Team honors in 2010.