Twenty-nine of the nation's top men's college soccer players have been named finalists for the 2013 Soccer News Net College Boot award, recognizing the men's college player of the year. For the second consecutive year, UMBC forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) is a finalist for the award.
Caringi put the finishing touches on a four-year career with a brilliant 2013 regular and post-season. America East selected him as the Striker of the Year, marking the first time in league history that a player had earned the award in back-to-back seasons. He led the conference in goals (13) and total points (29) and also earned the league's Fan Choice Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season.
Caringi tied a conference record by amassing five points (2 goals, 1 assist) in the league's title game, a 4-0 triumph over Hartford. He earned tournament Most Outstanding Player recognition for his performance in the championships. Caringi would score his final career goal to draw UMBC even with UConn, at 2-2, in the 77th minute of the NCAA Second Round contest.
He finished his career with 37 goals (fourth on UMBC's all-time list) and 91 points (fifth all-time).
The editors of each of the sites in the Soccer News Net network nominated up to four local players for the award, each of which will be eligible for the regional player of the year award. Nine additional at-large selections rounded out the nominations.
Fans from across the country will be able to vote for the top collegiate player. Voting will begin on Wednesday, November 20 and continue until December 19, and will be conducted on Big Apple Soccer ( www.bigapplesoccer.com), Chicagoland Soccer News ( www.chicagolandsoccernews.com), LA Soccer News ( www.lasoccernews.com), New England Soccer News ( www.newenglandsoccernews.com), Philly Soccer News ( www.phillysoccernews.com) Dallas Soccer News. ( www.dallassoccernews.com) , DC Soccer News (www.dcsoccernews.com) and Sunshine Soccer News (www.sunshinesoccernews.com)
Online fan voting will account for 40% of the total toward the award. The remaining 60% of the vote will be cast by the Soccer News Net editorial staff. The winner of the popular vote will receive the Soccer News Net Supporter's Choice Award.