Men's Soccer Faces First Road Test of the Year at Loyola on Saturday Evening

by UMBC Athletic Communications
by UMBC Athletic Communications

UMBC at Loyola Notes, 9-11-15

UMBC Men's Soccer takes its show on the road for the first time in the 2015 campaign as they make the short trip into the city to take on the Loyola (Md.) Greyhounds at Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday, Sept. 11 with a kick-off time set for 7:00 p.m. The game will be streamed on the Patriot League Network and links for the streaming and live stats will be provided on www.umbcretrievers.com. 

 

UMBC senior Darius Madison  scored game-winning goals in both Retriever victories last weekend as the Retrievers won The Westin/Sheraton BWI Classic with one-goal decisions over Ohio State (1-0) and Oakland (2-1). Both foes had competed alongside UMBC in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

 

The victories resonated with the coaches voting in the NSCAA poll, as the 3-0-1 Retrievers moved up six notches to No. 11. A young UMBC side is also ranked in College Soccer News' Week 2 poll, coming in at No. 17 and moved into Soccer America's poll at No. 24.

 

Madison scored the game's lone goal in the 59th minute as the Retrievers blanked Ohio State, 1-0, before another overflow crowd in the opener of the tournament. To kick off Labor Day weekend, 2,470 fans attended the game, the second-most in the history of the facility. The top crowd was in the opener, as UMBC celebrated its 2014 College Cup in front of a record 2,870 spectators.

 

Junior forward Kennedy O'Shea and Madison scored in a span of 2:39 midway through the second half to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit and propel UMBC to a 2-1 win over Oakland on Sept. 6.

 

Madison earned America East Player of the Week honors by virtue of the pair of game-winning goals. He was also tabbed to CSN's Team of the Week and joined junior defender Bill Kerr, and seniors Joseph Pratt, Malcolm Harris and Billy Heavner on the All-Tournament team.

 

Through four games, Madison leads UMBC and the America East with three goals and seven points. The transfer from the University of Virginia scored his 15th career goal versus Oakland. O'Shea, who has come off the bench in all four games, has two goals and one assist, while sophomore midfielder Gregg Hauck has contributed a goal and a team-best two helpers.   

 

Hauck was the America East co-Player of the Week in the first week of the campaign by virtue of his career-best one-goal, two-assist performance in a 5-0 victory over Central Arkansas. He led five Retrievers as All-Tournament team members as UMBC won the Hampton Inn BWI Kick-Off Classic and was joined by Madison, Pratt, Kerr and Heavner.

 

Junior netminder Billy Heavner has a pair of shutouts on the season and 10 in 20 career starts at UMBC. The 2015 ECAC Division I Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year is maintaining a GAA of 0.69, good for 50th in the nation in the early stages of the season. 

 

The UMBC men's soccer program was ranked No. 12 in the 2015 National Soccer College Association of America Division I preseason rankings. The No. 12 ranking is the top preseason mark for the Retriever program. Last season, Pete Caringi's squad, coming off back-to-back America East titles, was tabbed at No. 19 in the August poll.

 

A season ago, UMBC became the first team in NCAA tournament history to win four consecutive road games and to post shutouts in four consecutive games to reach the College Cup.

 

With four America East tournament titles (in 12 years), UMBC trails only Boston University, with seven total America East championships. The Retrievers became the second team in league history to win regular season and tournament titles in back-to-back years. Boston U. achieved that feat in 1993-94.

 

The three-time defending league champions will welcome back 16 letterwinners and three starters from last year's 14-6-5 squad. In the first four games of the season, UMBC started three freshmen (Riley Collins, Kyle Saunderson and Tyler Ward) and a transfer (Bill Kerr) along the backline.

 

Seniors Malcolm Harris and Michael Scott and junior Billy Heavner have been named captains of the team.

 

Head Coach Pete Caringi, Jr., is celebrating his 25th season at the helm of the Retrievers. In 24 campaigns, under Caringi, UMBC is 158-47-31 (.735) at home and the Retrievers are 98-21-25 (.767) in 144 games on the Bermuda turf of Retriever Soccer Park. The Retriever mentor has an overall record of 263-150-60 (.619) during his tenure on Hilltop Circle and in 32 years as a head coach, he is 433-177-68 (.688).

 
 
 
 
 

UMBC is undefeated in season openers since a 3-0 loss to Georgia Southern in 2005… The Retrievers are 9-0-1 in the span… The Retrievers had not allowed two or more goals in a game in the final 16 games of the 2014 season… UMBC is 0-2-6 in its last eight overtime contests.

 

With five goals scored vs. Central Arkansas, UMBC matched its season high of 2014, a 5-1 victory over Vermont on Nov. 1… UMBC's last shutout of five goals or more occurred in game No. 3 of the 2009 season, a 6-0 triumph over St. Joseph's… The seven goals scored in two games are the most since UMBC tallied seven in 2010.

 

Through the first four games, UMBC was tied for 15th in the nation with 2.5 goals scored, tied for 12th in assists (2.5) per game and tied for 11th in total points (30).

 

Even great programs have difficulty rallying from two-goal (or more) deficits to earn draws or victories, as UMBC did in its 2-2 draw versus Fairfield… The last time UMBC made that style comeback occurred way back in 1997, as they rallied from a 3-1 hole to defeat Coastal Carolina, 4-3, in overtime on Oct. 11, 1997.

 

O'Shea posted his first career goal, the game-tying goal versus Fairfield…Malcolm Harris' missed penalty kick versus Fairfield was the first misfire by a Retriever since Daniel Welsh was unsuccessful vs. Albany on Oct. 1, 2011. The Retrievers had converted 10 in a row between misses.

 

Player Accolades

 

Gregg Hauck, So., M

  • 2014 America East Tournament Most Outstanding Player; All-Tournament Team 
  • 2015 All-Tournament Team (Hampton Inn BWI Kick-Off Classic) 
  • America East co-Player of the Week, Aug. 31, 2015 

 

Malcolm Harris, Sr., M (captain)

  • 2015 All-Tournament Team (The Westin/Sheraton BWI Classic) 

 

Billy Heavner, Jr., G (captain)

  • 2015 ECAC Division I Male Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • 2015 All-Tournament Team (Hampton Inn BWI Kick-Off Classic, The Westin/Sheraton BWI Classic) 
  • 2014 NCAA Elite 89 Award, America East Elite 18 Award
  • 2014 America East All-Academic Team
 

Bill Kerr, Jr., B

  • 2015 All-Tournament Team (Hampton Inn BWI Kick-Off Classic, The Westin/Sheraton BWI Classic) 
 

Darius Madison, Sr., F 

  • 2015 All-Tournament Team (Hampton Inn BWI Kick-Off Classic, The Westin/Sheraton BWI Classic) 
  • America East Player of the Week, Sept. 7, 2015 
  • College Soccer News Team of the Week, Sept. 7, 2014

 

Joseph Pratt, Sr., M 

  • 2015 All-Tournament Team (Hampton Inn BWI Kick-Off Classic, The Westin/Sheraton BWI Classic) 
 

Michael Scott, Sr., M (captain)

  • 2014 America East All-Academic Team
 

UP NEXT: UMBC returns home on Saturday, Sept. 19 when they host the La Salle Explorers. Kick-off time at Retriever Soccer Park is set for 7:00 p.m.