UMBC Wins 3rd #AEMSOC Title in 4 Years
BALTIMORE - For the third time in four years, UMBC, the sixth-ranked team in the nation, is America East's men's soccer champion. The top-seeded Retrievers got a single-game tournament record tying five points from Pete Caringi III to power a 4-0 win over third-seeded Hartford in the conference's championship game Saturday evening at Retriever Soccer Park.
The Retrievers, the first No. 1 seed to win the America East crown since 2008, are the league's first repeat champion since 1997 and just the second program in league history to win three championships in four years.
Caringi, the two-time America East Striker of the Year, scored twice and added an assist to earn the championship's Most Outstanding Player award.
UMBC (16-1-2) dominated the first half, but Hartford (13-4-4) had an early chance to take a lead as Aleko Petridis hit the post on a blast from the top of the box in the ninth minute. The Retrievers countered less than a minute later and never looked back as Caringi found the back of the net 9:32 into the frame to give his team a 1-0 lead. He headed home a cross from teammate Jordan Becker, which deflected off a Hartford defender, and past Hartford goalkeeper David MacKinnon.
Caringi had three other premium chances in the first half as he went in on net three time, but couldn't convert. Overall, UMBC outshot Hartford, 9-3, in the stanza and led 1-0 at the break.
UMBC, which is unbeaten in its last nine games, extended its lead to 2-0 less than five minutes into the second half. Oumar Ballo, the America East Defender of the Year, contributed his second goal of the year, sending home of feed from Caringi off Geaton Caltabiano's corner kick in the 49th minute.
The Retrievers scored again just 7:57 later as Caringi tallied his second score of the game on a diving header off a feed from Malcom Harris with 56:53 remaining.
Hartford, which had its seven-game unbeaten streak snapped, had four opportunities in the second half but couldn't solve UMBC goalkeeper Phil Saunders, an All-Championship team choice, who had two saves to record his seventh shutout of the year
Mamadou Kansaye capped the scoring by driving home a penalty kick in the 86th minute after Stephen Ho was taken down in the box.
Joining Caringi on the All-Championship team are teammates Ballo, Saunders and Kadeem Dacres, Hartford's Damion Lowe, Javoni Simms and Anthony Santaga Albany's Thomas Manz and Dominic McGarr, New Hampshire's Byron Greenwood and Steve Palumbo, Binghamton's Robbie Hughes and Vermont's Scott Kisling.
With the win, UMBC earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup for the third time in four years and is in line for a national seed in the tournament. The Retrievers will learn their tournament draw during the NCAA selection show Monday at 12 p.m. The show will be broadcast on NCAA.com.
Visit America East's Championship Central to recap the tournament with recaps, box scores and highlights.
America East All-Championship Team
Pete Caringi III (Most Outstanding Player)
Oumar Ballo, UMBC
Kadeem Dacres, UMBC
Phil Saunders, UMBC
Damion Lowe, Hartford
Anthony Santaga, Hartford
Javoni Simms, Hartford
Thomas Manz, Albany
Dominic McGarr, Albany
Byron Greenwood, New Hampshire
Steve Palumbo, New hampshire
Robbie Hughes, Binghamton
Scott Kisling, Vermont
2013 America East Men's Soccer Championship
Quarterfinals - Saturday, November 9
No. 5 Albany 5, at No. 4 Vermont 1
at No. 3 Hartford 1, No. 6 Binghamton 0 (OT)
Semifinals - Wednesday, November 13
at No. 1 UMBC 2, Albany 1 (2OT)
Hartford 1, at No. 2 New Hampshire 1 (2OT) – Hartford advances on penalty kicks, 4-3
Final – Saturday, November 16
at UMBC 4, Hartford 0