Men's Soccer Returns Home to Face La Salle on Saturday Evening

Men's Soccer Returns Home to Face La Salle on Saturday Evening

La Salle at UMBC Game Notes, Sept. 19, 2015

After dominating Loyola, but coming up on the short end of a 1-0 decision, the 25th-ranked UMBC men's soccer team (No. 21 in College Soccer News) plays the next three of four at home, including a Saturday, Sept. 19 match-up versus La Salle with a kick-off time set for 7:00 p.m. The game will be streamed on the www.umbcretrievers.tv, with Dan Levin on the call and live stats will be provided on www.umbcretrievers.com.    

 

Despite outshooting host Loyola, 19-9, and taking all 12 corners in the match, 11th-ranked UMBC (3-1-1) conceded a second half goal and fell to the Greyhounds (1-3-1), 1-0, at Ridley Athletic Complex. UMBC attempted 15 of their 19 shots in the second half and attempted 10 corner kicks. The Retrievers were playing their first road contest of the year, after posting a 5-3-3 mark on the road in 2014 and going unbeaten in their final five contests (4-0-1). 

 

A week prior, senior Darius Madison  scored game-winning goals in both Retriever victories as UMBC 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 was also ranked in College Soccer News' Week 2 poll, coming in at No. 17 and moved into Soccer America's poll at No. 24. After the setback to Loyola, UMBC slid to No. 25 in the NSCAA and No. 21 in College Soccer News.

 

Madison scored the game's lone goal in the 59th minute as the Retrievers (2-0-1) 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 five games, Madison leads UMBC 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 21 career starts at UMBC. The 2015 ECAC Division I Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year is maintaining a GAA of 0.75, which leads the America East Conference. 

 

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 263-151-60 (.618) during his tenure on Hilltop Circle and in 32 years as a head coach, he is 433-178-68 (.688).
 

La Salle is coming off a 2-1 victory over the Rider Broncs in Lawrenceville, N.J. on Tuesday, recording their first road win (1-3) of the season.  Junior back Colman Kennedy and sophomore midfielder Johnny Ciarlante scored the Explorers'  goals. Kennedy's goal untied a 1-1 draw in the 53rd minute.

 

Sophomore forward Mike Liska assisted on both goals versus Rider and leads the squad with three helpers. Kennedy, sophomore back Tony Daniele and senior midfielder Andrew Connors each have a pair of goals  

 

La Salle is now 3-3-0 on the season and has won two in a row. The Explorers blanked Siena, 1-0, on Sept. 11 and also posted a 1-0 shutout victory over Loyola (Md.) on August 31. La Salle is one of three teams (St. Louis, VCU) in the Atlantic 10 with two shutouts.

 

The Explorers have played three goalies in net so far on the year. Senior Mark Kirk has played the last five games in net, saving 70.4 percent of shots against while only allowing 1.6 goals per game.

The Retrievers hold a 6-2-1 advantage in the all-time series, which began in 1998. In the two last meeting, the Retrievers fell at LU, 2-1, in 2011 and then tied the Explorers, 0-0, in 2012. UMBC won six of the first seven meetings and is 4-0-1 vs. La Salle at home. 

 

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 did not allow 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.

 

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 plays its first daytime contest of the season, when they head to Washington, D.C. to face George Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 3:00 p.m.