Baltimore, MD-UMBC (2-0) scored on its first three shots of the game, and went on to a 3-0 victory over Delaware (1-1) in the championship game of the Kappa Kick Off Classic. Retriever freshman Derek McElligott (Greater Grace Christian Acad./Baltimore, MD) scored four goals in the tournament and earned Most Valuable Player honors.
UMBC, which claimed its third straight Kappa Classic title, struck twice in a two-minute span early in the game. A pair of freshmen hooked up on the first goal, as forward Franco Del Priore (St. Catherine's, Ont.) headed in a serve by classmate Michael Pennachia (Calvert Hall HS/Baltimore, MD) at the 14:19 mark.
Then, just 1:55 later, McElligott headed in James Hamilton's corner kick from eight yards away from the net. UMBC senior midfielder Ricky Brown capped the scoring at 24:23, collecting a pass up the middle from freshman George Bakoulas (Archbishop Curley HS/Baltimore, MD) and beating Delaware netminder Kyle Haynes from 14 yards away.
UMBC junior goalkeeper Brian Rowland (Toronto, Ont.) made five saves for the shutout. Rowland, Brown, Hamilton, defender Andy Wells, and midfielder Brandon Quaranta all earned All Tournament Team honors for UMBC.