The UMBC men's soccer team plays the second game of the Holiday Inn Express BWI Classic on Saturday evening, Sept. 1 when they welcome Robert Morris to Retriever Soccer Park. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. All UMBC home soccer matches are also available via video streaming at www.umbcretrievers.tv.
UMBC opened play in the Classic on Thursday evening, gaining a 1-1 overtime tie with VCU. Junior forward Pete Caringi (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) scored in the 32nd minute and junior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) made a career-high eight saves in the game. Robert Morris fell at Navy, 2-0, in their first-round contest.
TOP DOG: In 21+ seasons under Head Coach Pete Caringi, UMBC is 127-45-25 (.709) at home and the Retrievers are 69-18-20 (.742) in 107 games on the Bermuda turf of Retriever Soccer Park. The Retriever mentor has an overall record of 219-139-46 (.599) 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 11 goals and 10 assists in his first two seasons 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) andJR M Milo Kapor. The assist was the 11th of Kapor's career.
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. Saundersrecorded 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 15 saves through two games in 2012.
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 first win of the season will be the 400th in school history (45 previous seasons).
College Spots Madness tabbed Caringi, SR M Milo Kapor and SR B Liam Paddock to its preseason America East All-Conference First Team. SR M Dave Vaeth earned Second Team honors.
The UMBC men's soccer program was selected to finish fourth in
the 2012 America East Conference race by the league's eight head
coaches. America East men's soccer champion two of the last three
years, Stony Brook University is favored to finish the regular
season atop the league standings. Stony Brook received six of seven
possible first-place votes from the league's head coaches who were
not permitted to vote for their own team, en route to 48 points.
Boston University, last year's regular-season champion, was
selected second after garnering 43 points and the other two
University of Hartford, last year's runner up, came in third with 32 points, followed by UMBC, just one point behind in fourth with 31 points, and University of Vermont in fifth with 22 points. University at Albany and Binghamton University tied for sixth place (17 points) while University of New Hampshire rounded out the eight-team poll (14).
NOTES: UMBC was ranked 25th in the nation in home attendance in 2011 with 911 fans per game and are averaging 1,069 through the first two games of the 2012 campaign… UMBC is 25-3-12 (.781) 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.
The 0-0-2 start is the first-ever in UMBC's 27-year Division I soccer history.
A GLANCE AT THE COLONIALS: Robert Morris struggled to a mark of 4-12-1 in 2011 and managed only 14 goals in 17 contests. The Colonials started the season at 4-2-1, but dropped its final 10 games. Nine of the ten losses were by a single goal. JR F Prince Samuels led RMU with six goals in his sophomore campaign.
RMU dropped its opener, 2-0, to visiting Cleveland State. The Vikings scored in the 11th and 73rd minutes of play. SR G Toba Bolaji finished with six saves for the hosts. Bolaji earned a clean sheet vs. Canisius, the 12th of his career, by making eight saves in the 0-0 double overtime draw with the Golden Griffins.
On Thursday, the Colonials fell at Navy, 2-0, in their first game of the Holiday Inn Express BWI Classic. Navy netted goals in the 21st minute and the 49th minutes of play and went on to record the clean sheet. Shots were even in the first half at 8-8, but due to Navy's second-half dominance the overall margin was 21-11.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC leads the all-time series with Robert Morris, 4-2-0. The two schools played against one another for six consecutive years (1997-2002) as members of the Northeast Conference. The last meeting resulted in a 2-0 UMBC victory in Baltimore in the 2002 campaign. UMBC is 3-1 vs. RMU in Baltimore. They have scored a total of 15 goals in the six meetings with the Colonials.
UP NEXT: UMBC plays its first road game of the 2012 campaign when they visit Mount St. Mary's on Fri., Sept. 7. Kick-off time is set for 4:00 p.m.