UMBC’s Oumar Ballo Inks Deal With MLS’ Houston Dynamo

UMBC All-American soccer standout Oumar Ballo has been signed by the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer.

The Dynamo selected Ballo in the second round with the 30th overall selection of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Ballo helped lead UMBC to the NCAA Tournament College Cup (Final Four) in 2014 for the first time in program history. A two-time NSCAA-All American, Ballo was named America East Conference Defender of the Year in 2014.

Ballo has appeared in two games this preseason.

The Dynamo open their tenth season on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at BBVA Compass Stadium against Columbus Crew SC.

Swimming and Diving Teams Win Championships

aechampionsLast week, the women’s swimming and diving team won the 2015 America East Championship with 791 points. The men’s swimming and diving team became the 2015 Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) champions several days later.

This year marks the fourth year in school history that the UMBC women’s swimming and diving team has won the America East Championship. Sophomore Emily Escobedo won the Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet award and Coach Chad Cradock, as well as assistants Chris Gibeau, Brandt Nigro, Rob Bellamy and diving coach Petar Trifonov, earned Coaching Staff of the Year.

At the CCSA Championship, Nikola Trajkovic won Freshman of the Year, Ryan Green won Diver of the Year, and Petar Trifonov won Diving Coach of the Year. 16 Retrievers were also included in the CCSA All-Academic Honorees.

Read more about the championships below:
CHAMPIONS! UMBC Swimming and Diving Claims the 2015 America East Championship (UMBC Retrievers)
UMBC Wins 2015 #AESD Championship (America East)
The Champs Are Here! UMBC Men’s Swimming and Diving Takes the 2015 CCSA Crown (UMBC Retrievers)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Crowned 2015 CCSA Champions (CCSA)

Tickets Now Available for 2015 UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner (1/31)

PrintSix former UMBC student-athletes will be inducted into the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. A dinner and subsequent ceremony will take place at the Westin BWI Airport Hotel, beginning at 6 p.m.

Five student-athletes were recently selected by the committee and a seventh, lacrosse standout Brendan Mundorf, ’06, will join that group this winter. Mundorf was tabbed in 2012, but professional lacrosse obligations precluded him from attending the prior inductions.

In addition to Mundorf, the class of 2015 includes Melanie Denischuk, ’07, softball Andrew Hampson, ’00, men’s lacrosse, Izudin Mehmedovic, ’07, cross country/track & field, Lindsey Prather, ’05, swimming & diving and Darryl Proctor, ’10, men’s basketball.

Marcus Gross, ’06, men’s soccer, was selected, but is unable to attend the inductions, and will be inducted in the winter of 2016.

Tickets and registration for the event are now available via Retriever Net or the Hall of Fame page on www.umbcretrievers.com.

Head Men’s Soccer Coach Pete Caringi Named NSCAA National Coach of the Year

UMBC Head Men’s Soccer Coach Pete Caringi was named 2014 National Division I Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The award is voted upon by Caringi’s fellow coaches who are members of the NSCAA. It is the Retriever mentor’s third top honor in 30 years, as he was selected as the National Junior College Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1989. At the senior college level, Caringi earned South Atlantic regional honors in 1999 and Northeast regional honors in 2013.

Caringi just completed his 24th season at UMBC and has piloted the Retrievers to America East titles and NCAA Championship appearances of four of the last five seasons and five overall.

The 2014 Retrievers advanced further in an NCAA tournament than any previous UMBC squad in school history. UMBC set a tournament record by knocking off four opponents on the road and all by shutout, before falling, 1-0, to eventual national champion Virginia in the national semifinals.

The Baltimore native has an overall record of 260-150-59 (.619) during his tenure on Hilltop Circle and in 32 years as a head coach, he is 430-177-67 (.691).

RAC Final Exam Hours of Operation

Below are the RAC Final Exam Hours of Operation:

Monday, December 8th…………………………7:00am-10:00pm
Tuesday, December 9th………………………..7:00am-10:00pm
Wednesday, December 10th…………………7:00am-8:00pm
Thursday, December 11th…………………….7:00am-8:00pm
Friday, December 12th…………………………7:00am-8:00pm
Saturday, December 13th…………………….12:00pm-7:00pm
Sunday, December 14th………………………12:00pm-7:00pm

Monday, December 15th………………………7:00am-8:00pm
Tuesday, December 16th……………………..7:00am-8:00pm
Wednesday, December 17th………………..12:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday, December 18th……………………12:00pm-8:00pm
Friday, December 19th…………………………7:00am-8:00pm

The last day of Group Fitness Classes is Friday, December 19. The last day of Rec Swim is Wednesday, December 17.

The RAC will be CLOSED Saturday, December 20 through Sunday, January 4th and will re-open for Winter Recreation on Monday, January 5.

UMBC Men’s Soccer Advances in NCAA Tournament

15870081835_9dd8a55cf7_zThis fall marks a historic year for the UMBC men’s soccer team as they advance to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. After winning their third America East title, the Retrievers defeated Wake Forest and College Park in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.

The win against College Park at the time marked the furthest a UMBC Division I team had advanced in a national tournament, until the team again emerged victorious in the next round. On Sunday, UMBC men’s soccer bested the University of Louisville in the third NCAA round to make the quarterfinals.

UMBC has been undefeated in its last nine games and will play the Creighton Blue Jays on December 5 at 8 p.m. in Omaha, Nebraska.

“I just think this is a team of destiny,” Coach Pete Caringi told The Baltimore Sun. “…To beat Wake on the road, to beat Maryland on the road and to beat Louisville on the road is quite an accomplishment, but we don’t feel like we are done.”

Read coverage of the NCAA tournament below. Visit www.umbcretrievers.com to see video highlights and find out details about UMBC vs Crestleigh.UMBC vs. Wake Forest:
UMBC beats Wake in PKs, gets Terps next
(Baltimore Sun)

UMBC vs. College Park
NCAA: UMBC stuns Maryland, while Virginia teams and Georgetown advance (Washington Post)
UMBC upsets Maryland, 1-0, to advance in NCAA men’s soccer tournament (Baltimore Sun)

UMBC vs. University of Louisville
UMBC advances to Elite Eight with 1-0 win over Louisville in men’s soccer (Baltimore Sun)
UMBC, the ACC giant slayer, strikes again (Soccer America)
U of L soccer falls to UMBC in third round (The Courier-Journal)