UMBC junior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) is one of eight players to be nominated for the 2012 America East Men's Soccer Fans' Choice Player of the Year award. Fans can cast their vote by logging on to the America East's Facebook page or by clicking here! Voting will run through Monday, Oct. 29.
Caringi has been named America East Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week on two occasions in 2012. He earned the first honor on Sept. 4 and the most recent award on Oct. 15. He was also named to College Soccer News' andSoccer America's Teams of the Week for his most recent exploits.
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. He scored twice in his freshman debut vs. VMI on Sept. 2, 2010.
The junior racked up four goals and two assists in leading the Retrievers to a 1-1 week and picked up his second Player of the Week award on Oct. 15. After scoring once in a 2-1 loss to Albany on Oct. 10, he exploded for three goals and two assists in UMBC's 5-1 win over Boston U. on Oct. 13, its first conference victory of the year.
Caringi's three scores all came during a 13-minute stretch in the second half. The eight-point game was the first by an America East player since Stony Brook's Chris Megaloudis accomplished the feat on Sept. 11, 2005 and first in a conference game since Vermont's Matt Chavez had eight on Oct. 4, 2003 against Boston U. UMBC's last eight-point effort occurred in 1995, when recent UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Ted Lawler scored four goals vs. UMES.
The hat trick- UMBC's second against America East Conference competition- was the first for a Retriever since Levi Houapeu tallied three goals vs. Vermont on Oct. 27, 2010.
Caringi now has a career-best nine goals and 22 total points for the season. He is ranked first in America East and 24th in the nation in points per game. His eight-point game is one of three in the nation in 2012-only Penn's Stephen Baker has nine points in a game (vs. Rider, 9/23/12) this season.
His hat trick vs. Boston U. is the first for a Retriever since Levi Houapeu scored three vs. Vermont on Oct. 27, 2010 and the 17th three-goal game in his father's 22-year tenure at UMBC.