The UMBC Retrievers' (12-5-3) travels to Winston-Salem, N.C. to face Wake Forest (10-7-1) in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Soccer Championships. The contest gets underway at Spry Stadium at 7:00 p.m. Links for live stats and free streaming video will be available via www.umbcretrievers.com and UMBC Front Row, the Retrievers' mobile site.
NOTING THE RETRIEVERS: Red-shirt freshman midfielder Gregg Hauck's goal with 14:22 remaining propelled the Retrievers to a 2-1 victory over visiting Hartford in the America East Conference Championship contest. The top-seeded Retrievers became the second league squad to win three consecutive championships and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five seasons.
With four tournament tiles (in 12 years), UMBC trails only Boston University, with seven total America East championships.
UMBC dropped the first AE championship game final at Stony Brook in 2009, but have advanced in home efforts in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
The Retrievers became the second team in league history to win regular season and tournament titles in back-to-back years. Boston U. achieved that feat in 1993-94.
UMBC is now unbeaten in its last 19 America East regular season contests (16-0-3) and is unbeaten versus its last 25 league foes (include playoffs), an America East record. At Retriever Soccer Park, UMBC is unbeaten in its last 16 (14-0-2) contests when playing America East foes.
UMBC is enjoying a season-high six-game winning streak.
The victory at Delaware was the 250th at UMBC for Head Coach Pete Caringi in his 24th season at the helm. Entering the season, UMBC mentor Pete Caringi was 31st in total victories amongst all active NCAA Division I coaches. He and his staff were named Coaching Staff of the Year for the second consecutive year by the league's coaches.
In 24 seasons under Caringi, UMBC is 155-47-30 (.733) at home and the Retrievers are 95-21-24 (.764) in 140 games on the Bermuda turf of Retriever Soccer Park. The Retriever mentor has an overall record of 258-149-57 (.617) during his tenure on Hilltop Circle and in 32 years as a head coach, he is 428-176-65 (.690).
UMBC red-shirt sophomore goalkeeper Billy Heavner was presented with the inaugural America East Elite 18 award. The award recognizes the student-athlete competing in the championship match for his high academic and athletic achievements. Heavner is maintaining a 4.0 GPA, financial economics. He leads America East in goals against average (0.70) and save percentage (82.2) and is 22nd in save percentage and 19th in goals against average in the nation.
Senior forward Kay Banjo leads the America East Conference in points (1.22) and assists per game (0.33). He is tied for 33rd nationally with 22 total points and is tied for 23rd with four game-winning goals.
At last count, Banjo's back-heel game-winning goal vs. Vermont in the America East semifinals had over 64,000 views on You Tube alone and hundreds of thousands of other views on various other video platforms.
UMBC had been ranked No. 1 in its region for ten consecutive ratings periods (last eight weeks of 2013 season through Week No. 2 of 2014 season). After slipping from the regional rankings for one week, UMBC popped back up into the No. 7 slot in the Oct. 7 poll and climbed to No. 5 on Oct. 14. The most recent poll has seen UMBC at No. 4 in the East region.
UMBC led the nation in winning percentage (16-1-3, .875) in 2013. The 16 victories for UMBC were the most since also recording 16 in 2000 and the second-most in school history. The 1999 team led the nation in winning percentage and posted a record of 19-1-2.
SCOUTING THE DEMON DEACONS: Wake Forest enters the tournament with a record of 10-7-1 and posted a mark of 3-4-1 versus the eight ranked opponents they have played during the course of the season. The Deacons are ranked No. 9 in the NSCAA South region and nine of WFU's ten wins (9-4) have come at Spry Stadium in 2014.
Junior Michael Gamble enters the tournament as the nation's leader in assists with 10. Gamble, along with classmate Ricky Greensfelder and newcomer Jon Bakero, each have scored six times for the explosive Deacons. WFU is current the No. 9 offense in the country, averaging 2.06 goals per contest. Netminder Alec Ferrell has played every minute of every contest for Wake and enters the tournament with a 1.37 goals against average and three shutouts.
UMBC and Wake Forest have played no common opponents in 2014.
INSIDE THE SERIES: The teams have only faced each other one previous time, 25 seasons ago in 1989. Host Wake Forest triumphed, 5-0, in the Retrievers' third game of the campaign.
UMBC IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: The Retrievers are unbeaten (1-0-4) in their last five NCAA Tournament games, but have failed to advance in three out of the four draws… the meeting versus Wake Forest will be UMBC's third against an ACC school in post-season play… the Retrievers fell at Duke, 4-3, in overtime, in 1999 and drew at UNC (0-0) two seasons ago… UMBC hosted the university's first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament contest when the 16th-seeded Retrievers entertained UConn in brutally cold and blustery conditions in 2013… Caltabiano is the lone current Retriever who has scored a goal in the NCAA Tournament, while Kansaye had a pair of assists in the contest versus the Huskies.
Year Site/Opponent W/L/T Score Round
1999 at No. 1 Duke L 4-3, ot First Round
2010 at No. 10 Princeton W 2-1 First Round
at No. 9 William & Mary T 0-0, 2ot (W&M advances, 4-2 on pk's) Second Round
2012 at Old Dominion T 0-0, 2ot (UMBC advances, 4-2 on pk's) First Round
at No. 9 UNC T 0-0, 2ot (UNC advances, 3-2 on pk's) Second Round
2013 vs. UConn T 2-2, 2ot (UConn advances, 4-2 on pk's) Second Round
UP NEXT: The team that advances out of the first round will face No. 4 Maryland at Ludwig Field on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 5:00 p.m.