INDIANAPOLIS – The America East champion UMBC men's soccer team received a first round bye and will take on the winner of UConn versus Quinnipiac in the Second Round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup, the NCAA announced on Monday afternoon.
The game is set for Sunday, Nov. 24 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and students may purchase their seats for $5.00 at the Commons.
Everyone may purchase their tickets through Retriever net at alumni.umbc.edu/NCAA. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for faculty/staff, $5.00 for students (14-and-under) and seniors (55-and-over) and no charge for children under 5. Tickets for UMBC alumni are also $10.
Sunday will mark the first time in school history that UMBC, the No. 16 seed, will host and participate in an NCAA Division I tournament event.
UMBC (16-1-2, 5-0-2 AE) won the America East regular season championship and then took the tournament title and automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 win over Hartford on Saturday evening. Senior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) scored two goals and added an assist in the game to be name the 2013 Most Outstanding Player Award.
Caringi has netted 12 goals this season, leading the America East and ranking tenth in the nation. He was one of three Retrievers to earn a major conference award this season, garnering the conference's Striker of the Year award while classmate Kadeem Dares (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) earned Midfielder of the Year and junior Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) was tabbed as the Defender of the Year. Head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. and his named was named the America East Coaching Staff of the Year.
Last season, UMBC won the conference championship before advancing past Old Dominion on penalty kicks but falling to North Carolina on spot kicks.
"This has just been an historic year, "said head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. "From the crowds, to the level of play, to everything about the program, UMBC soccer has been on the rise and the other day [championship game victory] was a culmination of a lot of years of hard work. We're looking forward to playing."
In the latest NSCAA poll (Nov. 12), UMBC was at No. 6, matching its top mark, which first occurred for the previous week. The Retrievers' No. 5 ranking (Oct. 20) by Top Drawer Soccerwas its top position in any media-affiliated men's soccer poll. UMBC is back at No. 5 in Top Drawer this week. For the first time in school history, UMBC was ranked No. 1 in its (Northeast) region and was been ranked No. 1 for seven consecutive weeks.
Notes: UMBC becomes the first repeat America East champion since 1997 and is just second program in conference history to win three titles in four years…The Retrievers are the first No. 1 seed to win tournament since 2008.
UMBC's 16 victories stands alone as the second-most in school history… The 1999 team won a school-record 19 games… That 1999 was UMBC's first Division I squad to earn its way to the NCAA Championships… The Retrievers fell, 4-3, in overtime to top-ranked Duke in Durham, N.C.
This year marks UMBC's fourth appearance in the championships… They have advanced to the second round in each of the past two appearances (2010, 2012)… In 2010, UMBC defeated host Princeton, 2-1, before not advancing past host William & Mary (penalty kicks) in the second round… Last season, UMBC advanced via penalty kicks at Old Dominion, but did not advance in the shootout round versus host North Carolina.
UMBC has faced five teams this season that are in the 2013 tournament – Delaware, Navy, St. Francis Brooklyn, George Mason and Seattle. They were scheduled to play William & Mary, but that game was postponed.