Pete Caringi III is UMBC's Nominee for Inaugural America East Man of the Year

Cambridge, Mass. – UMBC soccer standout Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) is the Retrievers' nominee for the inaugural America East Man of the Year award, which was announced today by the conference office.

The nominees from each of the nine conference institutions are seniors that best exemplify a commitment to service, leadership, athletics and academics during their collegiate careers.

The other nominees are University at Albany's Cody Futia (lacrosse), Binghamton University's Ben Nicholson (Soccer), University of Hartford's Anthony Santaga (Soccer), University of Maine's (Kelton Cullenberg), UMass Lowell's Keith Lewis (Track & Field), University of New Hampshire's Jeff Turner (Soccer), Stony Brook University's Brandon McNitt (baseball) and University of Vermont's Luke Apfeld (basketball).

Caringi was the 2013 America East Striker of the Year, after also winning the award in 2012. He was also voted the league's Fan Choice Player of the Year, becoming the first repeat winner in AE history. The Baltimore native scored 27 goals over the last two seasons, was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 2013 America East Championships, and finished his career with 37 goals, fourth on UMBC's all-time list, and 91 points, which ranks fifth all-time.

One of the championship squad's tri-captains, Caringi was a semifinalist for the 2013 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, soccer's version of the Heisman trophy, and became the first player in UMBC school history to earn that distinction. In addition, the psychology major became the first Retriever student-athlete in school history to earn NSCAA First Team All-America honors.

He has since signed a professional soccer contract with Oklahoma City Energy Football Club and scored his first pro goal on April 7 versus LA Galaxy II.  

Caringi, UMBC's 2013-14 Dr. Charles R. Brown Outstanding Athlete Award winner, plans a return to campus and complete his degree requirements during the fall 2014 semester. He was an active participant in the soccer program's various community outreach efforts, which includes working with The Casey Cares Foundation. The Casey Cares Foundation provides ongoing, uplifting programs with a special touch to critically ill children and their families.

To be nominated, student-athletes must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2014 spring season or received her undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer 2014 term and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.500 (4.000 scale).

The nominees will be narrowed down to three finalists on Tuesday, May 20 via a release on the conference web site with the America East Man of the Year being announced at the conference's Annual Meeting in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire on Tuesday, June 3.

This is the first year the conference will hand out the Man of the Year award. The America East has awarded a Woman of the Year since 2006 with the winner moving forward for a chance to be named the NCAA Woman of the Year. Athletic Directors and administrators at the nine America East institutions voted to begin awarding a Man of the Year beginning with the 2013-14 academic year.