BOSTON – UMBC has been selected to place in a tie for third position in the 2019 America East Conference pre-season men's soccer poll, the conference announced today.
The 2018 America East finalists received 34 votes along with UMass Lowell. The coaches tabbed defending champion New Hampshire as the pre-season favorite with 47 points and five of eight first-place selections. Last year's regular season champions, the Stony Brook Seawolves, earned 40 points and the remaining three first-place votes to land in second position.
Head Coach Pete Caringi, Jr. and his staff will have to replace six starters and 12 letterwinners from a 2018 squad which produced a 10-6-4 overall record and a fifth-place (3-3-1) conference finish. The Retrievers advanced in two America East road tournament contests, eliminating No. 4 Vermont and top-seeded Stony Brook before falling at New Hampshire in the title game.
The Retrievers open the 2018 campaign versus Incarnate Word on Friday, September 30. All 11 home games this season will kick-off at 7:00 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park.
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* In 2018, UMBC reached the 10-victory plateau for the seventh time in the last ten years.
* The 2018 season marked the sixth time since 2012 that the program has been ranked in the top 25 in attendance. UMBC finished 16th in total attendance, as 14,806 patrons filled the stands and hill at Retriever Soccer Park in 2018. The Retrievers finished just a spot lower in 17th in average attendance drawing 1,346 fans each during 11 games last year.
* Four of UMBC's five America East All-Conference honorees return for the 2019 campaign. Second Team members Jon Bell (Silver Spring, Md./Richard Montgomery) and Cesare Marconi (Loana, Italy) and All-Rookie teamers Jordan Ehart (Severna Park, Md./Mt. St. Joseph) and Quantrell Jones (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) are expected to provide production and leadership at three of the four levels of the field for the Retrievers.
* UMBC senior defender Jon Bell has been named to the 2019 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. Despite missing nearly half of the 2018 campaign, Bell was tabbed to the 2018 United Soccer Coaches All-Northeast Region First Team. Since 2009, 14 different Retrievers have earned all-region honors and of those 14, nine have been named to the first team.
* Rising sophomore goalkeeper Quantrell Jones earned seven victories in nets in 2018, the third-most ever for a Retriever freshman.
* Rising junior midfielder Cesare Marconi led UMBC in scoring last season with 14 points (5g, 4a). His 63 shots (3.15 per game, second in America East) represented nearly 26 percent of the team's totals and was 39 more than any other Retriever.
* Head Coach Pete Caringi, Jr., is ranked 24th in total victories (293) amongst all NCAA Division I active coaches. The Retriever mentor is 37th in winning percentage (.607) within his peer group. In 28 seasons under Caringi, UMBC is 181-58-37 (.723) at home and the Retrievers are 121-32-31 (.742) in 184 games (since 1998) on the Bermuda turf of Retriever Soccer Park.
No. School Points (1st Place Votes)
1. New Hampshire 47 (5)
2. Stony Brook 40 (3)
T3. UMBC 34
UMass Lowell 34
5. Vermont 28
6. UAlbany 21
7. Binghamton 11
8. Hartford 9