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Men's Soccer: Kicks For Chase Wrap-Up, Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame to Induct Two Retrievers, Alumni Weekend
The UMBC and Georgetown men’s soccer teams helped raise nearly $3,000 for The Arc Foundation of Harford County (Northern Chesapeake Region) as part of its “Kicks for Chase” spring contest on held at Retriever Soccer Park on April 13.
The funds raised will benefit children born with Down Syndrome in the memory of Chase Bugarin.
Over 1,000 fans attended the event that saw the Retrievers defeat the Hoyas, 2-0.
“I thought it was a fantastic event,” head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. said. “I am really proud of the crowd and the money we raised for the cause. I am thankful that Georgetown- a team that played in the national championship game- came over and played in a match that had a great deal of quality.”
Everyone that was involved feels very special about it because Bryan Bugarin is a friend and alum and someone that we really wanted to help.”
Former Retriever standouts Giuliano Celenza (1999-2000) and P.J. Wakefield (1998-2001) will be inducted into the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame. This event will take place on Friday, May 10 at Columbia Gardens and is sponsored by the Old Timer’s Soccer Association of America.
Celenza and Wakefield were key members of UMBC’s 1999 team, which was the first Retriever Division I team to reach the NCAA Tournament. Both went on to have successful professional careers and win championships with the Baltimore Blast.
Past inductees with UMBC ties are Jason Dieter (inducted 2009), John Ellinger (head coach, inducted 2006), Steve Zerhusen (inducted 2002), and current head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. (inducted 1998),
“I am very proud of both of these players,” Caringi said of Celenza and Wakefield. “I have watched them grow up- they used to come to my camp as little kids. To have two players from UMBC to go into a Hall of Fame at the same time is something special. It says a lot for the Retriever family.”
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The men’s soccer team wrapped up its 2013 spring season with its annual Alumni Weekend and Game on April 26-27.
Over 50 alums turned out for the weekend festivities, which included a golf tournament on Friday, a pair of games on Saturday evening at Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday and a social gathering afterwards.
The oldest attended was Jon Larsson, who competed for John Ellinger’s Retrievers in 1987-88. Hall of Famer Andy Wells returned to Baltimore from Albany, N.Y. for the weekend.On the field, the alumni put out a star-studded group of offensive players, including Giuliano Celenza (1999-2000), Levi Houapeu (2007-10), P.J. Wakefield (1998-2001) and Kevin Gnatiko (2005-08). But the varsity led the alums, 4-1, when the game was halted after 65 minutes. The alums played an “intersquad” scrimmage for the final 25 minutes.