Men's Soccer Moves Back Up to No. 7 in NSCAA Poll; Retrievers Ranked No. 3 in RPI and No. 5 in Top Drawer Soccer

Goalkeeper Phil Saunders has allowed only 4 goals in UMBC's last 7 games
Goalkeeper Phil Saunders has allowed only 4 goals in UMBC's last 7 games

The UMBC men's soccer team moved up one notch and is now ranked No. 7 in the Oct. 22 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's national poll. That matches the Retrievers' top ranking of the season by the NSCAA in the Sept. 29 poll.

UMBC (12-1-1, 3-0-1 America East) reached an all-time high of No. 5 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll this week, its top mark ever in a media-affiliated poll. The Retrievers are also No. 3 in the Oct. 21 NCAA RPI rankings.

Head Coach Pete Caringi Jr.'s squad edged visiting New Hampshire, 1-0, at Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday, Oct. 19 to move past the Wildcats (9-4-0, 3-1-0) and into first place in the America East Conference. The Retrievers are unbeaten in their last four matches and will next be in action on Saturday, Oct. 26 when they travel to Binghamton.

Junior midfielder Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) received Team of the Week honors from both Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News. Kansaye contributed the game-winning assist on Kadeem Dacres' goal with 12 seconds left which defeated Vermont, 2-1, on Oct. 16 and recorded the game's lone score vs. UNH.

Senior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) leads the squad with 10 goals and 22 points. He is ranked eighth in the nation in total goals and 11th in total points. Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) has six goals and 15 points, while junior midfielder Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md./Mount St. Joseph) has three goals and seven assists (11th in the country).

The Retrievers have scored 30 goals on the season, which is ranked sixth amongst all NCAA Division I schools. The 2010 and 2012 America East champions has won 11 or more games in four of the past five seasons.