Men's Soccer Slated to Kick Off 2011 Campaign on Saturday Afternoon (Updated!); Andrew Bulls Adds Soccer America Preseason All-America Honor

Andrew Bulls earned College Soccer News, Missouri Athletic Club and Soccer America preseason honors.
Andrew Bulls earned College Soccer News, Missouri Athletic Club and Soccer America preseason honors.

Outlook, '11

BALTIMORE--The defending America East Conference champion UMBC Retrievers kick off the 2011 campaign on Sat., Aug. 27 vs. the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers at Retriever Soccer Park. Due to Hurricane Irene's expected impact on the Baltimore area, kick-off time has been rescheduled for 1:00 p.m.

A BRIEF LOOK BACK: The Retrievers won their first America East Tournament title in 2010, posting a record of 12-4-4, and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. UMBC finished at No. 25 in the RPI, buoyed by wins at Penn State and Princeton, the latter occurring in the first round of the championships.

HONORED: The 2010 UMBC men's soccer team was honored as one of the nation's best as the Retrievers were awarded a 2010-11 DI-AAA Athletics Directors Association All-Sports trophy.

UMBC was one of five DI-AAA institutions to compete in the 2010 NCAA Championships. The other honorees are UC-Santa Barbara, Charleston, Creighton, and Providence. All five schools advanced to the second round of the tournament.

Now in its 11th year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 95 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football). The Division I-AAA ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 47th year.

TOUTED: The UMBC men's soccer team has garnered votes in three national preseason soccer rankings and has been tabbed as the second choice amongst America East Conference coaches in the league's preseason poll.

UMBC was the only America East squad to earn votes in the NSCAA Division I national rankings and College Soccer News' 2011 Pre-Season Top 30 poll.  The NSCAA rankings included 25 teams, plus 14 teams which received votes, while CSN's poll included 12 squads receiving votes.

In Top Drawer Soccer's  preseason Tournament 48 rankings, the Retrievers were listed at No. 40.

The Retrievers will face two squads in Maryland (No. 4, NSCAA, No. 8, CSN) and Penn State (No. 18, No. 20) that are in the preseason rankings. Louisville is the No. 1 team in both polls.

Seven-time America East champion Boston University is the America East coaches' choice to become men's soccer champions in 2011. The Terriers received five of seven possible first-place votes (coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team) for 47 points and narrowly edged out defending champion UMBC, which garnered the other three first-place tallies, and finished with 43 points.

University of New Hampshire, runner-up last season, came in third with 33 points, just one point ahead of Stony Brook University (32 points). Binghamton University (28), University of Vermont (19), University of Hartford (15) and University at Albany rounded out the eight-team poll. 

HOME COOKING: The 2011 11-game home schedule is the most since UMBC entertained 12 foes in the 1999. The Retrievers won all 12 of those contests, finished with the best record in the country (19-0-1) and earned their first NCAA Tournament appearance. UMBC played a school-high 14 home games in 1991.

In 20 seasons under Caringi, UMBC is 122-41-21 (.720) at home and the Retrievers are 64-15-16 (.756) on the Bermuda turf of UMBC Soccer Stadium.

TV DINNERS: For the second consecutive season, UMBC men's soccer will be featured on the NSCAA's College Game of the Week on Fox Soccer.

The Retrievers will host the New Hampshire Wildcats on Friday evening, Oct. 14 at 7:00 p.m. as one of twelve men's collegiate matches on Fox Soccer.

The rematch of the 2010 America East Conference title game will be UMBC's second consecutive home game as part of the NSCAA's package.  The Retrievers hosted Boston University at UMBC Stadium on Oct. 15, 2010 and drew a record crowd of 2,781.   

This contest will take place on the plush Bermuda grass surface at the newly-renamed Retriever Soccer Park. 

UMBC will be celebrating its Homecoming activities from Oct. 12-15 and this men's soccer clash will highlight the weekend festivities.

An announcement regarding additional televised games with be forthcoming next week.

MORE SCHEDULE NOTES: UMBC is slated to play 16 of 18 games at night in 2011… The Retrievers have at least one previous meeting with all 18 foes… Last year's scheduled contest at Loyola (Md.) was postponed due to weather, so the two teams will reconvene at the Ridley Complex in 2011… UMBC and UNH played 220 minutes of soccer last season, and neither team recorded a goal…The Retrievers won the America East title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament via penalty kicks, 5-4, over the Wildcats before a frenzied home crowd.

PLAY ON: Seven Retrievers on the 2011 roster have competed United States Youth Soccer Association teams which advanced to regionals and nationals.

The Baltimore Bays Chelsea U19 boys won the 2011 United States Youth Soccer National Championships held July 26-31 at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz. and became the sixth team from Maryland to win the prestigious U19 McGuire Cup the last coming two years ago by the Baltimore side. 

Bays 19s forward Pete Caringi III (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) , a rising sophomore for UMBC, led all scorers in the tournament with six goals. Other UMBC Players on the team are rising juniors, goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall), midfielder Dave Vaeth (Dundalk, Md./Patapsco), midfielder Milo Kapor (Woodbridge, Ontario/Emily Carr) and rising red-shirt sophomore back Travis Dennis (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt).

UMBC junior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) and Caringi were named to inaugural "Best 11" squad from the 2011 United States Youth Soccer National Championships held July 26-31 at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz.

Similar to FIFA's all-tournament concept, the Best 11 recognizes the best eleven players in each gender age group, irrespective of their position on the field, as voted by coaches of the participating teams in that age group.

Saunders was the Golden Glove winner in leading Baltimore Bays Chelsea to the U19 title. He recorded several shutouts in the Bays' 7-0 march to the title including the 2-0 blanking of the Chicago Fire Juniors in the championship match.

Incoming freshmen Joseph Glos (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) and Zach Wenger (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) competed in the United States Soccer Development Academy 2011 U-17/18 Championships in Milwaukee, Wisc. from July 9-16. Also named Baltimore Bays Chelsea, the team went 1-1-1 in group play and competed in the fifth-place game.

TOP DOGS: Pete Caringi, Jr. has signed a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2015-16 academic year, Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown announced today.

The Retriever mentor enters his 21st season as bench boss in 2011. He celebrated year No. 20 with aplomb, leading the Retrievers to an America East title and past No. 10 Princeton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. UMBC finished the campaign with the 25th-high RPI out of 204 Division I teams in the nation.  

Caringi has the most victories of any soccer coach in school history and his 212 wins are the third-most of any Retriever mentor. He captured his 200th victory on the UMBC sidelines in the America East semifinal win at UNH on Nov. 11, 2009.  

Caringi has 15 winning seasons in his twenty campaigns at UMBC heading into 2011. His all-time mark at UMBC is 212-131-41 (.607). In 29 years as a collegiate coach, he has never suffered back-to-back sub-.500 seasons.

Moreover, Anthony Adams has been promoted to the position of associate head coach. The Retriever alum ('97) enters his 15th year as Caringi's top assistant.

On five occasions, Adams has been named one of the nation's top assistant coaches byCollege Soccer News. He earned his fifth accolade after the 2010 season and in 2003, he was one of 27 college coaches in the nation to be honored as an Assistant Coach of the Year by AFLAC.

Bullish on Bulls: In 2010, senior forward Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) became the third Retriever to earn multiple America East First Team honors, duplicating his 2009 citation. He also earned NSCAA All Northeast Region Second Team honors. Bulls set an America East Conference all-time record with 15 assists-eight players, including Levi Houapeu, held the previous mark of 13. He finished third in the nation in assists (15) and assists per game (0.75) and tied alum James Hamilton ('01) for the top spot on UMBC's all-time assist list with 28.

His 15 helpers represent the second-best single season in school history. Bulls became the first player in school history to record 25 goals (28) and 25 assists (28) in a career. His 84 career points are fifth on the Retriever all-time list- he stands just three points behind Houapeu and would need 23 points in 2011 to become UMBC's all-time leading scorer at the NCAA Division I level.

The three-time America East First Team honoree finished second in the nation in scoring in 2009 with 2.05 points per game, recording 15 goals and adding 11 assists. 

Bulls has been named to the 2011 College Soccer News Third-Team Preseason All-America squad. He has previously earned a high honor from College Soccer News, cited as a Third-Team All-American after his stellar 2009 campaign.

Moreover, Bulls was selected to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List for the 2011 season. He is one of 42 players in the country to be listed and this marks the second consecutive year that the Retriever standout has recognized among the nation's top players.

Finally, the Retriever senior is among 25 men named to Soccer America's Preseason All-American squad.

GOLDEN GLOVES, PART II:  Senior netminder Dan Louisignau was tabbed Second-Team All-Conference by the America East coaches in 2010. He finished the year second in the conference in goals against average (0.87), save percentage (.845) and saves per game (4.73). Louisignau's 84.5 save percentage was tenth-best in the nation. 

THE APPLE DOES NOT FALL FAR: Caringi (the player) was named to the America East Conference All-Rookie team and Second-Team All-Conference by the America East coaches in 2010. He was first UMBC freshman to be named to one of the all-conference teams (first or second) since Matt Watson was selected in 2004.Caringi tied for fourth in the America East Conference with 17 points and tied for fifth with six goals.

INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC has a eight-game winning streak and 13-game unbeaten streak vs. Mount St. Mary's and the Retrievers lead the all-time series, 21-11-2. UMBC is 12-0-1 vs. Mount St. Mary's since a 1997 setback to the Mountaineers and have more wins vs. the Mount (21) than any other program… The Mountaineers' last result vs. UMBC was a 1-1 draw in 2001 and their last victory was a 3-0 triumph in 1997-both occuring at UMBC.

Last season, UMBC rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit and came away with a 3-2 victory over the Mountaineers at Waldron Family Stadium. Pete Caringi III scored the game-winning goal in the 78th minute. Andrew Bulls added two assists and has two goals and has six points (2g, 2a) in three games vs. the Mountaineers. 

A GLANCE AT THE MOUNT: Mount St. Mary's posted a mark of 7-10-1 overall and 4-5-1 in the Northeast Conference in 2010. They tied 11th- ranked Monmouth, 2-2, in season finale, but did not qualify for NEC Tournament

Senior forward Chris Wheeler has scored 33 goals in his first three seasons in Emmitsburg and now sits in fourth place on the program's all-time career goal list. He joined UMBC's Levi Houapeu on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Mid Atlantic Region first team.  Wheeler paced the NEC in goals (13), goals per game (0.72), points per game (1.56), shots (80) and shots per game (4.44) while also ranking second in points (28). In the nation, Wheeler was 10th in goals, 13th in goals per game, 17th in points per game and 19th in points per game.

Head coach Rob Ryerson is entering his 11th season at the helm of the men's soccer team at the Mount, posting a career record of 63-105-22. His brother,  Tim played at UMBC from 1991-93.