LAST TIME OUT: UMBC's four-game unbeaten streak to start the season was halted at No. 3 Maryland on Sept. 11, as the feisty Retrievers fell, 3-1. UMBC JR M Kadeem Dacres knotted the score at 1-1 with 28 minutes to play, but the Terrapins responded with goals in the 71st and 76th minutes to avert the upset.
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 221-140-46 (.600) during his tenure on Hilltop Circle.
CITED: JR F Pete Caringi III 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 entered the week 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.
MILESTONE: Dacres scored his first collegiate goal in the Retrievers' 3-1 loss at No. 3 Maryland.
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 32 saves through five games in 2012.
With the loss at No. 3 Maryland, Saunders now has a career record of 19-10-2. He posted his second shutout of the season and ninth career blanking vs. Mount St. Mary's.
MORE KAPOR: Kapor has an assist on all five of UMBC's goals this year, making him UMBC's active leader with 15 career helpers. He currently leads America East with 1.0 assists per game and was third in the nation in assists per game entering play this week. Three of UMBC's five goals in 2012 have come via Kapor-initiated corner kicks (RMU, Mount St. Mary's, Maryland).
UMBC's win over Robert Morris on Sept. 1 was the 400th in school history (45 previous seasons). UMBC is now 401-300-86 (.565).
If the 2-1-2 record looks familiar, it is because that is where UMBC was through five games last year after the Maryland contest. UMBC was undefeated through four games- a feat they had accomplished seven times since 1999.
INSIDE THE SERIES: The series between UMBC and George Mason has been on a hiatus for thirteen years. The last time these two teams went head to head was at George Mason in 2001, when the Retrievers lost, 1-0.
UMBC has struggled against George Mason when playing on the road (0-3 in Division I meetings), but the last recorded victory by the Retrievers was a stellar 5-2 victory in Baltimore during the 2000 campaign. The all-tmie series is even at 5-5-1 between these two teams.
A GLANCE AT THE PATRIOTS: George Mason received the third-most support of all teams receiving votes (28th overall) in this week's NSCAA poll. The Patriots are currently undefeated at 5-0-0 and have outscored opponents, 16-4. They had back-to-back 3-0 victories over LIU-Brooklyn and George Washington to start the campaign. Sophomore F/MF Tim Mulgrew leads the Patriots with nine points and senior GK Dustin Butcher has only had to make seven saves in the five victories.
UP NEXT: UMBC will take on local rival Loyola on Wed., Sept. 19. The start time at Retriever Soccer Park is set for 7:00 pm.