MEN'S SOCCER SIGNS THREE TO NLI'S; COACHES CARINGI AND ADAMS HONORED
A pair of Perry Hall (Md.) Gators and a Dallas,Texas native have signed national letters-of-intent to attend UMBC and compete in menís soccer, head coach Pete Caringi announced today.
Forward/midfielder Andrew Gillis and defender Justin McGrath, both Baltimore natives, will make the trek across the county to play for the Retrievers, and defender Elliott Marshall (Jesuit College Prep) becomes the third Texan on the 2006 UMBC roster, joining twins Esteban and Manuel Mariel.
Gillis (5-foot-11, 175-lbs.) earned First Team All State honors, scoring a team-high 14 goals and adding eight assists for the eighth-ranked Gators (11-2). He was a First Team All Metro selection by The Baltimore Sun and also earned All South and All County honors. . Gillis scored a goal in the Gators' win over No. 1 Loyola, netted two against Archbishop Curley and recorded a three-goal performance against Baltimore County rival Hereford.
McGrath and Marshall come into the fold as UMBC looks to rebuild its defense with the loss of seniors Marcus Gross and Matt McGowan. McGrath (5-foot-8, 155 lbs.) earned NSCAA Academic All America honors and was named to All Baltimore County and All State teams. He is a Maryland Distinguished Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. Marshall (6-foot-2, 185 lbs.) captained his high school squad for the past three seasons, earned the 2003 Ranger Heart Award and was named to the 2005 Duncanville Classic All-Tournament team. The center fullback competes for the Solar í88 club team.
In other menís soccer news, both head coach Pete Caringi and assistant coach Anthony Adams have recently received major awards. Coach Caringi was selected for induction into the University of Baltimore Athletic Hall of Fame, while Coach Adams was selected as the NSCAA Atlantic regionís assistant menís soccer coach of the year and was one of five finalists for the national honor.
Coach Caringi was a two-time All American at UB in 1976 and 1977 and is 21st on the NCAA Division II all-time goals list with 70. The induction is set to take place on May 12, 2006 in Baltimore.
This is Coach Adamsí second honor in three years as he was one of 27 assistant coaches in the nation in all sports to earn AFLAC Assistant Coach of the Year accolades in 2003.