Men's Soccer Captures Holiday Inn Express BWI Classic Title; Louisignau Named MVP

Daniel Welsh excelled defensively in the weekend's games.
Daniel Welsh excelled defensively in the weekend's games.

Baltimore- UMBC senior goalkeeper Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del.) was named Most Valuable Player in the Holiday Inn Express BWI Classic for matches held at Retriever Soccer Park and Navy's Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. 

Four other Retrievers earned All-Tournament team honors. Senior midfielder Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh), junior defender Liam Paddock (Worchestershire, England), sophomore forward Pete  Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) and sophomore defender Daniel Welsh (Fife, Scotland)  were named to the squad.

UMBC earned the tournament title with a 1-0 win over FDU and a 0-0 draw vs. St. Francis (N.Y.) . FDU and Navy each recorded a 1-1-0 mark, but the Knights placed second due to their 1-0 win over the Mids.

Louisignau made three saves while blanking St. Francis (N.Y.) in a72-minute effort on Sept. 1. That game was stopped after 72 minutes due to a campus wide power failure at UMBC.  He then tied a career high with nine saves vs. the Knights as the Retrievers held off the hard-charging visitors.

Louisignau posted his third shutout of the season and has not allowed a goal in 430 minutes, dating back to the first half of the NCAA Tournament game at Princeton last season. He also had nine saves last Oct. 2 in a 1-1 draw with Binghamton and now has eight shutouts in 16 career starts for UMBC.

Bulls scored the game-winning goal against FDU, bending in a direct kick in the 13th minute.

The preseason Hermann Award candidate now has 87 career points (29 goals, 29 assists) and his 87 points tie former teammate Levi Houapeu for fourth place on UMBC's all-time scoring list. His game-winner was the 14th of his career, three behind all-time leader Giuliano Celenza (1999-2000). 

Caringi did not score in the two games, but won numerous balls in the air in the offensive half of the field and was a dangerous offensive player throughout the matches. Paddock and Welsh helped Louisignau keep the opposition off the board as the Retrievers have recorded three shutouts to start a season for the first time since 2003 and just the second time in UMBC's Division I (1986) history.

FDU defenders Liam Cahill and Nicholas Walker and midfielder Anders Vest-Hansen earned All-Tournament team honors for the Knights. Cahill scored the game-winning goal vs. Navy. Aaron Dupere and Mike Rakoczy were chosen from Navy, while Adam Maabdi earned an honor for St. Francis (N.Y.).