Men’s soccer ranked no. 7 in nation by NSCAA

The defending America East champion UMBC men’s soccer team opens its conference season this weekend ranked no. 7, nationally, according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Over the past two weeks, UMBC has climbed nearly 20 spots. The latest rankings mark the first time in the team’s history to crack the top ten.

On Saturday, the team will travel to Hartford to open defense of their 2012 America East crown. The team’s next home game will be against Albany at UMBC’s annual Homecoming celebration, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2:30 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park.

The team’s non-conference defeat by Delaware on Tuesday night was the first loss for the men since Oct. 10, 2012.

Read more about the team at UMBCRetrievers.com.

Pete Caringi UMBC Soccer Show to Air Thursday Evenings on Q1370 throughout October

The Pete Caringi UMBC Soccer Show returns for another season on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. The show will run for five consecutive Thursdays in the month of October as the Retrievers work their way through the treacherous America East Conference and attempt reach the NCAA Championships for the third time in the past four years. Each Thursday, show host Paul Mittermeier will discuss the week’s action with Coach Caringi and player guests. The program airs on the home of the Retrievers, Q1370 AM, the station’s new frequency at 99.9 FM and streams live from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on www.q1370.com.

Fans are welcome to call the show and speak to the guests. The studio line is 410-481-1370.

Attackman Scott Jones Selected Seventh Overall by Minnesota in NLL Draft

Former UMBC attackman Scott Jones was selected by the Minnesota Swarm as the seventh selection overall in the 2013 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. The draft took place at Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario on Monday, Sept. 16.

“Congratulations to Scott Jones on being selected seventh overall in the NLL draft,” said UMBC Head Coach Don Zimmerman. “ Everyone associated with the Retriever lacrosse program is delighted for Scott and his family for this well-deserved recognition and wish him continued success as he moves forward into the pro ranks.”

Jones was Minnesota’s fourth selection, as the Swarm had obtained four of the first seven picks in the draft.
Jones was the men’s lacrosse team’s offensive leader for the past three seasons. He earned three America East all-conference honors, including first team recognition in 2012, when he finished eighth in the nation in goals scored per game. In 2013, he became the 30th player in school history to record 100 points and currently stands 20th with 117 career points. Jones served as team captain of the Retrievers in his junior and senior seasons and earned all-tournament honors at the 2013 America East Men’s Lacrosse Championships.

Three other Retrievers are currently competing in the NLL. Brendan Mundorf plays for the Philadelphia Wings, Drew Westervelt just became a member of the Colorado Mammoth and Jon Harasym competes for the Buffalo Bandits.

UMBC Athletics’ Hall of Fame Nominations

The UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations for induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The next induction ceremony will take place on Jan. 25, 2014.

To be considered for the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame , a STUDENT-ATHLETE must have:

  1. Participated in intercollegiate athletics for UMBC for no less than two years
  2. Received a bachelor’s degree from UMBC, UMAB or UMUC prior to induction
  3. Represented the highest level of excellence when performing as a student-athlete at UMBC
  4. Must be nominated no less than five years after completing his or her eligibility at UMBC

For any student-athletes that have competed in NCAA Division I conference competition (1990-), they must have earned at least one First-Team All-Conference or multiple Second-Team (or greater) All Conference honors.

To be selected as a COACH or ADMINISTRATOR, the candidate must have represented the highest level of excellence when performing his or her duties as an intercollegiate coach or administrator.

To nominate a worthy candidate, please submit a nomination formThe deadline for nominations is Oct. 11, 2013.

2012-13 Women’s Tennis Team Earns ITA All-Academic Honors; Berghaus, Lansinger Cited for Scholar-Athlete Award

A pair of UMBC Retriever tennis players, senior Kim Berghaus and junior Justin Lansinger, each received an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete Award for carrying a 3.5 or higher for the 2012-13 academic year.

Moreover, the women’s tennis team was named an ITA All-Academic Team for having a team GPA of 3.2 or higher for the 2012-13 academic year.

“Once again I am very proud of the academic achievement of our women’s tennis team,” head coach Rob Hubbard said. “Four of the past five years they have been awarded this honor by the ITA (barely missing in 2011-12) which shows the resolve these ladies have for excellence not only on the court but in the classroom as well.”

Berghaus, one of the Retrievers’ top players, suffered an injury and was unable to compete in the spring of 2013. The physics and economics major was selected to the America East Tennis All-Academic squad and earned America East First Team accolades in doubles play in 2012 after receiving the league’s Rookie of the Year honor in 2010-11.

After a stellar high school career at Liberty, Lansinger joined the Retriever squad as a sophomore in 2012-13. He was a member of the 2013 America East Conference runners-up.

Caringi Earns More Conference, National Honors; Retrievers Rise in National Polls

For the second consecutive week, UMBC senior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) has earned the America East Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week award. In addition, the Retriever striker was named College Soccer News’ National Player of the Week for games ending Sept. 8, 2013.

Caringi and his teammates are off to a 4-0-0 start and have risen to Top 25 status in both the College Soccer News (No. 24) and Top Drawer Soccer (No. 25) men’s collegiate soccer polls.

Caringi has scored two goals apiece in each of UMBC’s four games to date. He is the fastest to the eight-goal mark in school history, edging past Andrew Bulls who scored seven goals through four games in 2009.

Caringi’s 32 career goals are now 7th on UMBC’s all-time list. He struck in the 16′ and 56′ to give UMBC a 2-0 edge in the 3-1 victory over Central Connecticut on Sept. 5 and tallied in the 28′ and 73′ in the 3-1 triumph versus St. Francis Brooklyn on Sept. 7.

UMBC Soccer: Caringi Earns NSCAA and America East Top Weekly Honors

Senior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) started his season with a bang and netted national recognition from the NSCAA, the America East Conference, Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News.

Caringi was named the NCAA Division I Men’s Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week for games ending Sept. 1. He also earned Player of the Week honors from the America East Conference and was selected to Teams of the Week in both Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News.

Caringi earned three Player of the Week awards from the America East Conference in 2012.

Caringi recorded his fifth and sixth career multiple-goal efforts in back-to-back contests. He now has 28 career goals and needs one more to move into a tie for tenth place on the school’s all-time goals list.

Alum Steve Settembrino Returns to Alma Mater as Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach

UMBC alum, Steve Settembrino, has been named assistant men’s lacrosse coach at his Alma Mater, it was announced today by Retriever head coach Don Zimmerman.

Settembrino competed as a defenseman for the Retrievers from 2005-09 and was a part of four consecutive squads that competed in the NCAA Tournament. He earned the team’s Unsung Hero award after his senior campaign.

He was selected to compete in the 68th Annual USILA North-South Game in May, 2009.

Settembrino served as an assistant coach/defensive coordinator at Binghamton University in 2012-13. The Bearcat defense led the America East Conference in scoring defense and led the nation in man-down defense, at 86.2 percent.

Four UMBC Alumni Invited to U.S. National Team Tryouts

Four UMBC alumni are among the 98 invitees for the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships, where the U.S. men seek to defend their title in Denver, Colorado on July 10-19, 2014. Attackmen Brendan Mundorf ’07, and Drew Westervelt ’07, will attempt to earn their second consecutive team selection. They were both members of the 2010 squad that won gold with a 12-10 victory over Canada in Manchester, England. Midfielders Terry Kimener ’08, and Peet Poillon ’10, are embarking on their first journeys to the championships.

Tryouts will be held Aug. 30 – Sept.1 at Goucher College in Baltimore, Md. after which the roster will be cut to 40. That group will then begin preparing for the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships, where the U.S. Men seek to defend their title on July 10-19, 2014.

Wray Adds Paul Keeling to UMBC Women’s Soccer Staff

UMBC women’s soccer head coach Leslie Wray has announced that Paul Keeling will be joining the Retrievers’ staff for the 2013 season. Keeling, who has six years of coaching and three years of collegiate playing experience, will work most closely with the black and gold goalkeepers.

“I am very happy to have Paul join our staff,” Wray said. “Although he will mainly be responsible for training our goalkeepers, he has a wealth of experience in every aspect of the game and I trust that he will give valuable input in all areas of the program. Paul’s enthusiasm for the game is exactly what we need as we move this program in the right direction.”

Keeling comes to UMBC from Division II Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., where he has spent the last three seasons as a member of the men’s and women’s soccer coaching staff. During his stint, the Railsplitters’ men went a combined 31-16-5 and advanced to the title game of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament in 2012, while the women’s squad posted an overall mark of 27-22-4. In addition to recruiting, Keeling was also responsible for the development and monitoring of the squad’s conditioning and dietary programs, as well as the management of the team’s facilities, equipment and team travel.

Keeling won two BUCS Division I titles and made two tournament appearances in his three years as a starter at University of Lincoln, England (2005-08). In 2006, he was named the University Footballer of the Year and the University Athlete of the Year. Following his collegiate playing career, Keeling played three seasons semi-professionally in the UniBond Northern Premier League, his second stint in the league. While with the Retford United FC, he won two division titles, two President’s Cups, one UniBond League Cup and one Nottinghamshire Senior Cup.

In 2005, Keeling began his coaching career at the Bassetlaw and District Sport Development Department and has since spent six years at both the collegiate and youth levels. He spent one season with the Lincoln ladies FC Academy and followed with a stint as the head coach at Eaton Hall College in Nottinghamshire, England.

After making the move to the United States, Keeling founded and directed the All-American Goalkeeping Academy, which targeted athletes in Tennessee, Maryland and North Carolina. In 2012, Keeling served as an assistant/goalkeeper coach for Soccer Club Oak Ridge.

Keeling graduated from the University of Lincoln, England in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in media production and received his M.A. in marketing and management at Lincoln Memorial University in 2012.

Keeling holds a NSCAA National Coaching Diploma and a Level II Goalkeeping Diploma. He also has a USSF National “D” coaching license.