Men's Soccer Inks Five Student-Athletes, Including Baltimore-Area Standout B.J. Quigley
Striker B.J. Quigley, the Baltimore Suns Metro Boys Soccer Player of the Year, is amongst five student-athletes that have signed national-letters-of-intent at UMBC, it was announced today by Head Soccer Coach Pete Caringi.
Pennsylvania natives John Paul Waraksa and Jeremy Taylor, Baltimore-area product Sean Rothe and Mike Gutowski, son of a UMBC soccer alum, have also committed to play for the Retrievers in the fall of 2007.
Quigley, a 510, 150-lb. forward, also earned First Team All State honors from the Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer and was the 2006 Baltimore City Player of the Year. He lead the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference in scoring for a second straight year, scoring 27 goals this fall, concluding with the game-winner the Friars' 1-0 win over McDonogh for the league championship. It gave Quigley eight game-winning goals in the team's final 11 games, as the senior finished his career with 59 goals and 17 assists. The three-year starter, team captain and MIAA All-Star scored in 16 of the team's 21 wins and had seven multi-goal games.
Waraksa is a 62, 180-lb. midfielder from Strath Haven HS in Media, Pa. He earned All Delco First Team honors and was also named to the News of Delaware Countys First Team. He plays a central midfield position and excels at winning the ball in the air.
Taylor played fullback for Cumberland Valley HS and hails from Enola, Pa. The 510, 175-lb. hard-nosed defender earned First Team honors from The Patriot News and the Sentinel News and earned All State accolades. He played with Waraksa on the Nether Providence Mustangs club team.
Rothe played with Quigley at Archbishop Curley and the 61, 160-lb. midfielder earned First Team All State and Second Team All Metro honors. He was a four-year varsity starter who is the son of Dale Rothe, an All American at the University of Baltimore and teammate of Coach Caringi.
The 61, 175-lb. Gutowski joins Taylor as an incoming freshman vying for a spot on the Retriever defense. The rugged native of Raleigh, N.C. (Clayton H.S.) earned All-Region and All-Conference honors and is the son of UMBC soccer alum Mike Gutowski, who competed for the Retrievers from 1975-78.
A sixth player, Dustin Dzwonkowski, has also committed to UMBC. Dzwonkowski is a 63, 170-lb. central defender and midfielder who started for the same MIAA championship Archbishop Curley squad which produced Quigley and Rothe.