Cambridge, Mass.- UMBC forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall )was named America East Conference Player of the Week for games ending Oct. 13, 2012. Caringi was also named to the College Soccer News' National Team of the Week.
UMBC will face Navy in the final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility in Annapolis. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.
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 (Sept. 4). After scoring once in a 2-1 loss to Albany Wednesday, the junior forward exploded for three goals and two assists in UMBC's 5-1 win over Boston U. Saturday, 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 eight goals and 20 total points for the season.
INSIDE THE SERIES: The Mids lead the overall series, 16-3-4 and are 11-3-4 vs. UMBC in NCAA Division I meetings. Navy owns a five-game unbeaten streak vs. UMBC (2-0-3) after last season's 1-1 double overtime draw at Retriever Soccer Park. UMBC's last win occurred in 1998, a 5-2 decision at home. In 2011, senior defender Andy Streilein scored a stunning goal with five seconds left in regulation to earn the Retrievers the 1-1 draw. In 2010, Navy defeated UMBC, 2-0, in the last meeting in Annapolis.
A GLANCE AT THE MIDSHIPMEN: The Midshipmen are coming off a disappointing 2-1 loss to Lehigh and enter Tuesday's match with a 5-3-3 overall record. In its last eight games, Navy is 4-1-3 and have outscored its opponents, 18-9, during that span. The Midshipmen lead the Patriot League in goals per game (1.82) and shots per game (16.73). Individually, sophomore Joseph Greenspan leads the Midshipmen with 12 points, four goals and four assists while junior Alex Wilson is right behind him with 10 points, three goals and four assists.
UP NEXT: UMBC returns to league action on Fri., Oct. 19 when they travel to Stony Brook to face the defending league champions. Kick-off at LaValle Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m.