BALTIMORE - The UMBC men's soccer program finished a school-record 13th-best in the nation in home attendance during the 2015 season.
The Retrievers drew 1,543 fans per game, filling 77.7 percent capacity of Retriever Soccer Park. The capacity ratio is the sixth-best figure of the top 50 schools in the nation.
"It is a great accomplishment to be in the Top 13 in the country in attendance," head coach Pete Caringi said. "It is a reflection of several factors - we play a very entertaining, attractive style of attacking soccer. And we have a great fan base of students, alums, a supporter group and Baltimore area soccer fans who love watching games at Retriever Soccer Park.
"To have two schools, UMBC and Maryland, finish in the top 13 also speaks volumes for the level of play that attracts the fans. I would like to thank everyone in our athletic department who works hard to make this happen."
UMBC finished in the top 25 in attendance for the fourth consecutive year. The previous best mark occurred in 2013, when the America East champions placed 23rd with 1,202 patrons per contest.
UMBC takes on George Mason in the Fourth Annual "Kicks for Chase" friendly on Friday, April 15 (7:30 p.m.). The game is a fund-raiser for The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region (The Arc NCR). Admission to the "Kicks for Chase" game is free, with donations being accepted.
Kicks for Chase began in 2013 in memory of Chase Bugarin. Chase, son of UMBC soccer standout Bryan Bugarin and his wife Amy, was born with Down Syndrome and severe complications. In his memory, and to benefit kids like Chase with Down Syndrome, UMBC Men's Soccer began "Kicks for Chase" to raise money for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.