BALTIMORE- The UMBC men's soccer program is pleased to announce the addition of five newcomers to its roster for the 2013-14 academic year.
The defending America East champions will welcome transfers Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md./Mount St. Joseph/Loyola U.), Marquez Fernandez (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh/U. Maryland) and Malcolm Harris (Damascus, Md./McDonogh/U. Denver), in addition to incoming freshmen Phil Breno (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll) and Gregg Hauck (Linthicum, Md./North County).
Caltabiano transferred to UMBC from Loyola in the fall of 2012 and will have two years of eligibility remaining. The crafty midfielder earned Second Team All- MAAC honors in 2011 when he led the Greyhounds with seven goals and 18 points. He also led Loyola - and ranked second in the MAAC - with four game-winning goals, while he assisted two game-winning goals.
Caltabiano played soccer and lettered all four years at Mount Saint Joseph. He earned All-MIAA on three occasions, All-Baltimore City/County for two years and was a First Team All-South honoree. He also played with current Retrievers Mamadou Kansaye, Pete Caringi III, and Phil Saunders on the Baltimore Bays squad that won the U-19 national title.
Fernandez enrolled at UMBC in the spring 2013 semester and will also have two years of eligibility remaining. The speedy defender competed at the University of Maryland for the 2011 and 2012 seasons after red-shirting in 2010. He saw action in 15 games and started four for the Terrapins during his tenure and was part of a defense that shut out opponent in eight of those 15 career appearances.
The McDonogh graduate was a two-time all-state, all-region and all-conference selection. He earned 2009 NSCAA and ESPN Rise Magazine First Team All-America honors.
Fernandez was also a member of Baltimore Bays Chelsea Academy and of the U.S. U-17 National Team Player Pool. He was a two-time national champion with the Bays in 2007 and 2008, a three-time regional and four-time state cup champion with the Bays.
Harris succeeded Fernandez at McDonough and attended the University of Denver in 2012. He will transfer to UMBC in the fall of 2013 and have three years of eligibility remaining.
The midfielder played in all 20 matches of the 2012 campaign, starting 18 of them. He tallied seven points on a goal and five assists in 1,116 minutes of action. Harris' five assists were good for second on the Denver squad.
Harris was ranked No. 26 nationally in the 2012 class by College Soccer News and No. 32 byTopdrawersoccer.com. He earned NSCAA All-American, All-State, First Team All-Metro (Baltimore Sun), First Team All-Conference (twice) and Montgomery County All-Decade honors during a successful career at McDonogh and Good Counsel High Schools.
Harris also competed for the Baltimore Bays Chelsea squad.
"I am very excited about all three of our transfers," head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. said. "They all come from winning programs and have achieved a great deal at the national level. This would be a top-20 recruiting class with the credentials they have. I have been fortunate to watch them develop because of their ties to the local area. Marquez, Gaeton and Malcolm should all make an impact on our program."
Breno's resumé is similar to that of UMBC rising senior Phil Saunders as both goalkeepers earned high school honors as field players. This fall, the 6'4", 200-lb. Breno earned Second Team All-State honors as a midfielder at South Carroll. He had moved from the goal to midfield in the middle of his sophomore season and scored seven goals and added five assists in his junior campaign.
An MPSSAA Scholar-Athlete, Breno was also named to the All-County and All-Conference squads in both 2011 and 2012. At the club level, he competes for Potomac Academy, which is coached by former Retriever Marcus Gross. In 2011, the future Retriever was the Maryland U-16 starting goalkeeper for the Region I finalist squad.
Hauck is also a highly-decorated local product who led his North County squad in 2012 with 16 goals and seven assists, placing second in Anne Arundel county. The 6'3", 185-lb. midfielder/defender has earned First Team All-Metro honors from both The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post and was a 2011 and 2012 First Team All-State selection. He earned All-County honors in all four years for the Knights.
At the club level, Hauck competes for the Arundel Soccer Association and is coached by former Retriever Dan Bulls.
"We are very pleased to have Phil and Gregg come in and help a group that has had plenty of success," Caringi said. "Both are players who will continue to get better and develop. Phil had had great success and will challenge both of our current keepers for playing time, while Gregg comes with great high school credentials. Both have been coached by former UMBC players who have helped them develop. We are looking forward to having them join our soccer family."