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Men's Soccer Opens America East Play at Home vs. Binghamton in Saturday Matinee
Mark Lubetkin scored the first of two America East Tournament goals vs. Binghamton in '09.
The UMBC menís soccer team (4-3-0) opens its eighth season of America East Conference play on Saturday, Oct. 2 when they host the Binghamton Bearcats (2-4-2) at UMBC Soccer Stadium. Kick-off time is set for 1:00 p.m.
UMBC has been idle since Sunday, Sept. 26, when they dropped a 2-1 decision at Fairleigh Dickinson. Senior midfielder Levi Houapeu (
The loss to FDU was UMBCís lone result since a 3-2 Sept. 18 victory at Mount St. Maryís. On Sept. 22, UMBC and Loyola (
UMBC had posted come-from-behind victories in the 2-1 home win over
The offensive heroes for UMBC were senior Houapeu and freshman reserve forward Pete Caringi III (
A Glance at the Bearcats: The Bearcats picked up their first road victory of the season, as they defeated
The Apple Does Not Fall Far: For the second time in the first three weeks of league awards, Caringi was named America East Conference Menís Soccer Rookie of the Week. He made his first official start at FDU, although he was in the starting lineup for the cancelled contest at Loyola. Though his first six games coming off the bench, Caringi had scored four goals in 207 minutes of action and was a +4 (5 UMBC goals scored, 1 allowed) when he was on the field in wins over La Salle and Mont St. Maryís.
Caringi is tied for second in America East in goals per game (0.57), trailing only Houapeu, who averages 1.0 goal per game through seven contests. The son of UMBC Head Coach Pete Caringi, Jr. also captured the award on Sept. 7, 2010.
The Levi is Not Dry: Houapeu now has seven goals in seven games this season and became the 11th player in school history to amass 25 career goals. He has 68 career points (26-16-68) and has moved into ninth place on UMBCís all-time scoring list. The nationís leading scorer in 2009 is ranked in several NCAA statistical categories.
Points Per Game 7th (2.14) Total Points 9th (15)
Goals Per game 3rd (1.0) Total Goals 4th (7)
The last player to hit the 25-goal plateau was Derek McElligott, who did so in the 2003 season and finished his career with 47 tallies.
Bullish on Bulls: For the second time this season, junior forward Andrew Bulls (
Player Notes: Junior midfielder Nirav Kadam (
Senior defender Chris Williams (
Junior goalkeeper Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del/Concord/U. Virginia) played the final 45 minutes at Mount St. Maryís and earned his first win in the UMBC cage.
Team Notes: UMBC is ranked 20th in the nation in scoring with 2.29 goals per game. The 15 goals scored is 18th in the country through games of Sept. 19.
The Retrievers are 3-0-0 at home this season and have won 13 consecutive September home games dating back to 2007.
With the back-to-back wins over La Salle and Mount St. Maryís, UMBC recorded back-to-back come-from-behind wins for the first time since early in the 2000 season, when they rallied to defeat Holy Cross (4-3, 2ot) and Delaware (2-1, 2ot) on Sept. 3 and Sept. 6.
UMBC has allowed the gameís first goal in its last five contests and are 2-3-0 in that span.
For Openers: UMBC opens its America East season at home for just the second time in eight league seasons. The Retrievers are 2-3-2 in conference lid-lifters, but 4-1-2 in America East home opening games.
The Series: After losing four straight to the Bearcats, UMBC has won two of the last three, including last season's America East quarterfinal game (2-1 UMBC win) at
Honoring: At halftime, Retriever Menís Soccer will honor the 1991 team, head coach Pete Caringiís first squad, as the Retriever mentor celebrates his 20th season at UMBC... That team went 15-5-1.Next Up: UMBC will travel to