The UMBC men's soccer program will welcome eight newcomers to compete for the Retrievers in the fall of 2012.
Three student-athletes are already enrolled at UMBC this spring- midfielders Michael Burgos (Huntingtown, Md./The Calverton School) and Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh/N.C. State) and defender Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley/CCBC-Essex). Five incoming freshmen have also committed to the Retrievers- goalkeeper Billy Heavner (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield), midfielder Josh LeMaster (Bowie, Md./Bowie) midfielder Patrick Pato (Gaithersburg, MD/Watkins Mill), fullback Matthew Schwarz (Austin, Texas/Westwood) and forward Michael Scott (Fife, Scotland/ Inverkeithing).
"We are very excited about this class," head coach Pete Caringi said. "We have once again brought in players who have had great success on the national level with their club teams. We lost a lot of quality from last year's group, but I look forward to watching this class make their mark on the program."
Mamadou Kansaye (l) and Oumar Ballo (r)
Michael Burgos (l) and
Michael Scott (r)
Kansaye will have three seasons of eligibility remaining after competing at N.C. State in the fall of 2010. The 5'8", 145-lb. versatile midfielder was an NSCAA high school All-American and two-year team captain at McDonogh, who helped the Baltimore Bays to USYSA national championships in 2007, 2008 and 2011. He scored the Bays' game-winning goal in the 2008 championship game. Hailing from Bamako, Mali, he earned First Team All-Metro honors from The Baltimore Sun and was a First Team All-State selection. Kansaye made six starts in 15 games for the Wolfpack in 2010, and led N.C. State freshmen with two goals and three assists.
Ballo is a 6'2", 190-lb. central defender who also originally hails from Bamako, Mali. He was a two-time NSCAA All-American, a three-time NSCAA All-South selection and a First Team All-Metro selection by The Baltimore Sun. A two-year captain on the pitch, he also competed in sprints and the triple jump for the Friars, leading Archbishop Curley to the 2008 MIAA "A" title. Ballo was a member of the 2006 and 2007 Super Y League National Pool and helped the Baltimore Bays to 2008 State Championship and 2010 US Soccer Development Academy Final 8.
Burgos is a 5'5", 155-lb. midfielder and forward who earned All-Metro honors in 2010 from The Washington Post after a stellar career at the Calverton School. He captained his side for three seasons and also earned All-Maryland Independent Schools Athletic League and All-County selections by The Calvert Recorder. The former student government president was a two-time Region 1 team selection and three-year Maryland ODP member. At the club level, he competed for D.C. United Academy and Freestate Soccer Alliance and helped Freestate to a state title.
Pato, noted for his play-making abilities, earned First Team All-Metro honors from The Washington Post in 2011. The 5'8", 150-lb. team captain led Watkins' Mill first-ever 3A title run, scoring two goals and adding nine assists. The native of Lome, Togo was also this past fall'sGazette Player-of-the Year and has competed for the Damascus SC and Real Maryland.
Scott has excellent size for a forward, standing 6'1" and weighing 175 pounds. His Livingston U-19 team finished its most recent season at 19-1-4. He captained the Inverkeithing squad and also was a Scotland Schools' squad member that captured the Centenary Shield. Scott also competed in cross country and track & field, excelling in the 100 meters and triple jump competitions.
Schwarz earned four varsity letters for Westwood and helped the squad to district and area titles. He was an all-district honoree in his sophomore campaign. The 6'2", 170-lb. back also starts for the Lonestar Academy at the USSF level. His squad won the Disney Showcase in 2011.
Heavner stands 6'2", weighs 185 pounds, and is the starting goalkeeper for the Pennsylvania Classics Academy team. The honor roll student was a 2011 L-L League Section I First Team All-Star, who led Hempfield to the 2010 Pennsylvania state championship.
LeMaster competed for two-time 4A state champion Bulldogs. He joined Pato on The Washington Post First-Team All-Metro squad from in 2011 when he amassed 12 goals and 19 assists. A member of the National Honor Society, LeMaster captained the perennial state power and he also earned First-Team All-State accolades. He also competed for the two-time Virginia state champion Annandale Knights FC.
The Retrievers are expected to return 17 letterwinners from a squad which made its third consecutive appearance in the America East championships last fall.