For the second consecutive year, the UMBC (2-0-2) men's soccer team takes on a Maryland (3-0-1) team (tied for fourth, 9/3/12) which is nationally-ranked in the top five. Both teams enter the contest on two-game winning streaks. The Retrievers are ranked No. 9 in the Northeast region after a 1-0 win at Mount St. Mary's on Sept. 7, while Maryland is No. 1 in the South Atlantic region as the Terrapins handled Boston College, 4-0. Kick-off time at Ludwig Field is set for 7:30 p.m. You may follow via Twitter @UMBC Athletics, or via Live Stats or Live Video via www.umterps.com.
TOP DOG: In 21+ seasons under Head Coach Pete Caringi, UMBC is 128-45-25 (.710) at home and the Retrievers are 70-18-20 (.743) in 107 games on the Bermuda turf of Retriever Soccer Park. The Retriever mentor has an overall record of 221-139-46 (.601) during his tenure on Hilltop Circle.
UMBC lost seven of 11 starters from the 2011 squad. The Retrievers were 7-3-3 overall and 4-0-0 in league play through 13 games, but several injuries and disqualifications caused them to drop the final five games of the season.
SR M Milo Kapor (Toronto, Ont./Emily Carr) and SR B Liam Paddock (Worcestershire, England/Chase Technology College) have been named team captains of the 2012 Retriever men's soccer squad. Both players are four-year letterwinners. Kapor has started 34 games in three previous years and is tied for the active team leader with 10 career assists. Paddock has started all 55 games he has dressed for as a fullback during his tenure and the America East First-Team defender was also the league's Scholar-Athlete for the sport of men's soccer in 2011.
JR F Pete Caringi III is the only returning player to score more than one goal in 2011. A two-time America East All-Conference selection, Caringi now has 13 goals and 10 assists in his first two seasons-plus three games- under the tutelage of his father.
Caringi recorded UMBC's first goal of the 2012 campaign in the 32nd minute as the Retrievers tied, 1-1, with VCU on Aug. 30. The goal was set up by SO B Jordan Becker (primary) and SR M Milo Kapor.
CITED: Caringi was named America East Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week, it was announced on Sept. 4. He earns his first-ever Player of the Week honor after capturing two Rookie of the Week citations in 2010.
Caringi scored two goals less than seven minutes apart in the first half and the Retrievers held on for a 2-1 win over Robert Morris on Sept. 1. It was the second career two-goal effort for Caringi. The two-time America East All-Conference selection scored in the 17th minute off a header from eight yards out and came back in the 24th minute also from inside the box to spur UMBC to its first victory (1-0-2) of the season.
Caringi scored twice in his freshman debut vs. VMI on Sept. 2, 2010 and now has 13 career goals. He is currently second in the conference in goals (0.75) and points (1.5) per game.
MAJOR AWARD WINNER: Liam Paddock from the University of Maryland Baltimore County has been named the 2012 Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Paddock will be feted at the 2012 ECAC Honors dinner held in conjunction with the 24th Annual ECAC Convention and Trade Show that will be held September 29-October 2 at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton, Conn. The Honors Dinner is slated for Sunday evening, September 30.
Paddock celebrated his return to the field with the game-winning goal in the 1-0 victory at Mount St. Mary's on Sept. 7. He had missed the first three games with a lower body injury. The goal, which occurred in the 8th minute, was the third of Paddock's career and his first since 2010.
REGIONAL RANKINGS: UMBC has moved up to ninth in the Northeast regional rankings for games ending Sept. 9, 2012. It is the fourth consecutive year that the Retrievers have made an appearance in the regional rankings. UMBC debuted last week in a tie with Dartmouth for the No. 10 position.
SHOW STOPPER: Redshirt JR GK Phil Saunders flourished as a freshman in 2009, starting all 20 games and posting six shutouts as UMBC raced off to a 9-0 start and national ranking. Saunders recorded his eighth career shutout in the 0-0 overtime draw with Radford and then came up with a career-high eight saves in the 1-1 tie vs. VCU. He has 26 saves through four games in 2012.
With the win over Mount St. Mary's, Saunders now has a career record of 19-9-2. He posted his second shutout of the season and ninth career blanking vs. the Mount.
MORE KAPOR: Kapor has an assist on all four of UMBC's goals this year, making him UMBC's active leader with 14 career helpers. He currently leads America East with 1.0 assists per game.
CELEBRATE, GOOD TIMES, COME ON!: UMBC celebrates its tenth season in America East in 2012. The Retrievers have earned three consecutive berths in the league championships for the first time in their league tenure.
UMBC's win over Robert Morris on Sept. 1 was the 400th in school history (45 previous seasons). UMBC is now 401-299-86 (.565).
NOTES: UMBC was ranked 25th in the nation in home attendance in 2011 with 911 fans per game and averaged 1,069 through the first two games of the 2012 campaign… The lightning delay held the Sept. 1 attendance down to 525… UMBC is 26-3-12 (.780) in September home games since the 2003 season… Five Retrievers made their first career starts vs. Radford (Ballo, Burgos, Dacres, Pato, Scott) and a sixth- SO Michael DiCesare made his first appearance as a right fullback.
If the 2-0-2 record looks familiar, it is because that is where UMBC was through four games last year prior to the Maryland contest. UMBC is undefeated through four games- a feat they have accomplished seven times since 1999.
INSIDE THE SERIES: This will be the first meeting between UMBC and Maryland in College Park since 2000, when the Retrievers recorded their first shutout in the series, posting a 2-0 victory.
The teams renewed their series last year, as the visiting Terrapins came away with a 4-3 double overtime victory at UMBC. The game drew 2,513 fans to Retriever Soccer Park. There was no scoring in the first 45 minutes, but six goals in the second half. Caringi got the game tied at 1-1 in the 52nd minute and Sean Rothe scored twice in 71 seconds to knot the game at 3-3 with 6:17 remaining. The Terps' scored the game-winner in the contest's 103rdminute.
The Terrapins lead the all-time series, 12-2-1, with UMBC's other victory occurring in 1993. That was a 3-1 result under the lights at UMBC Stadium.
Maryland is 9-2-0 vs. UMBC since the Retrievers moved to the NCAA Division I level in 1986.
A GLANCE AT THE TERRAPINS: Maryland has outscored its four opponents, 15-2, on the season and is coming off shutout victories over Cal (6-0) and Boston College (4-0) in its last two outings. Senior midfielder John Stertzer, who scored the GWG vs. UMBC last year, is tied for the team lead with three goals, while junior Patrick Mullins has a goal and six helpers through four games.
UP NEXT: UMBC completes the three-game road trip at George Mason on Sat., Sept. 15. The start time in Fairfax, Va. is set for 7:00 p.m.