The UMBC men's soccer team (9-4-4, 3-2-1 America East) concludes the regular season and celebrates "Senior Night" on Sat Oct. 27 when the Binghamton Bearcats (6-9-0, 2-4-0) visit Retriever Soccer Park. Both teams have clinched spots in the America East Tournament, but the Retrievers could earn a first-round bye and the Bearcats could earn a home game as they each seek to win the finale. Retriever seniors Milo Kapor, Liam Paddock, and Dave Vaethwill be honored before the game, so arrive early to salute these outstanding student-athletes. High-definition streaming is available at www.umbcretrievers.tv.
LAST TIME OUT: - UMBC junior forward Pete Caringi III tied a school record with four goals in a game as the Retrievers clinched a spot in the America East Tournament with a resounding 7-1 victory over visiting Hartford. UMBC has clinched at least the No. 3 seed for the championship, which begins on Nov. 3 and could be No. 2 seed with a win Saturday over Binghamton and a Stony Brook loss or tie at Vermont.
The seven goals scored vs. Hartford was the most for a Retriever team since tallying 10 in a 10-0 win over NJIT to open the 2004 campaign.
UMBC's current four-game winning streak is its longest of the season and most consecutive wins since a similar streak at the tail end of the 2010 campaign. The Retrievers are guaranteed a winning record in 2012. They have never had back-to-back sub-.500 seasons under Pete Caringi, Jr., and have posted winning marks in 17 of his 22 seasons at the helm.
Caringi now has a career-best 13 goals and 30 total points for the season. Entering the week, he was ranked third in America East and 24th in the nation in points per game. His eight-point games are two of four in the nation in 2012-only Penn's Stephen Baker has nine points in a game (vs. Rider, 9/23/12) this season.
He became the third player in the country to score four goals in a game this season.
CELEBRATE, GOOD TIMES, COME ON!: UMBC celebrates its tenth season in America East in 2012. The Retrievers have now earned four consecutive berths in the league championships for the first time in their league tenure. UMBC is now 35-31-11 in nine-plus America East seasons, which includes a mark of 23-9-6 (.684) in games at home in league play.
NOTES: UMBC's seven goals scored vs. Hartford on Oct. 24 was…
- The most scored by UMBC in an America East Conference game and the largest goal differential (+6) in a UMBC AEC game
- The most scored by an America East team in 2012
UMBC was ranked 25th in the nation in home attendance in 2011 with 911 fans per game and are averaging 1,032 through the first nine games of the 2012 campaign… At this point, UMBC is also 25th in the nation for attendance in 2012.
INSIDE THE SERIES: The Bearcats lead the all-time series with UMBC, 6-4-2, but the Retrievers are 3-1-1 vs. Binghamton in the last five meetings. UMBC only has one victory vs. Binghamton in Baltimore, compiling a 1-2-2 mark in five previous encounters. The lone win occurred in 2008 and was a 1-0 triumph. Last season, Pete Caringi's penalty kick in the 41' was enough as UMBC edged the Bearcats, 1-0, in Vestal, N.Y.
A GLANCE AT THE BEARCATS: Mac McGuire scored in the 26th minute, leading Boston University (6-7-4, 3-1-2 AE) to a 1-0 win over Binghamton (6-9-0, 2-4-0 AE) in an America East men's soccer game on Wednesday evening at Nickerson Field. The loss was the Bearcats' fourth straight setback, all of which have been decided by a single goal. Despite the loss, Binghamton has earned a spot in the America East Tournament. Binghamton will be a No. 4 seed with a win at UMBC on Saturday night. A tie or loss will drop the Bearcats to a No. 5 or No. 6 seed.
SR F Jake Keegan leads the Bearcats and is one of America East's top goal scorers with nine goals to date. He has three of Binghamton's six game-winning goals in 2012. The Bearcats have been a brilliant road squad this season, posting a 5-2-0 record away from home. They had won five in a row on the road until the loss at Boston U. on Wednesday.
UP NEXT: The Retrievers' next game will be at home- either a match vs. the No. 6 seed in the America East Tournament on Sat., Nov. 3 or a semifinal contest vs. the winner of the No. 3 vs. No. 6 match on Wed., Nov. 7.