Fernandez Receives NSCAA Scholar All-America Honor; Ballo, Caringi Earn Top ECAC Awards

Fernandez Receives NSCAA Scholar All-America Honor; Ballo, Caringi Earn Top ECAC Awards

BALTIMORE – UMBC senior back Marquez Fernandez (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) was selected to the  2014 NSCAA Second Team Scholar All-American squad for his dual accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.

To be named to a Scholar All-America Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his or her career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team; and be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member.

Fernandez, who will be receiving his degree in sociology at UMBC's Commencement on Dec. 18, carried grade-point average of 3.68 through the spring semester of 2014.

He started a school-record (tied w/others) 25 games in 2014 and keyed the Retrievers' NCAA Championship record-setting defense, which did not allow a goal in four consecutive road contests. Fernandez scored four goals and added two assists during his 41-game, two-year tenure with the Retrievers.  

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UMBC was also well-represented as the ECAC released its men's soccer awards on Dec. 16. Senior back Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Year honors, while head coach Pete Caringi was tabbed as the ECAC Coach of the Year.

Ballo and senior midfielder Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) earned All-ECAC First Team honors, while senior forward Kay Banjo (Upper Marlboro, Md./Largo) was tabbed to the second team.

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The Retrievers ended the year ranked No. 4 in both the NSCAA poll and the Top Drawer Soccer poll, the highest a UMBC-sponsored intercollegiate team has been nationally ranked.