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 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).
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.