UMBC Honors Student-Athletes at Annual Varsity Awards Ceremony
May 6, 2014

BALTIMORE - UMBC student-athletes, faculty, staff and guests gathered to celebrate the 2013-14 athletic seasons at the Varsity Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 5 at the RAC Arena.

Men's soccer's Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) and softball's Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./ Cosby) earned the Dr. Charles R. Brown Athlete of the Year Awards.

NCAA qualifiers Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa.), of the cross country and track and field squads, and swimming's Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt) shared the Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award.

Four-year letterwinners Mallory McIntyre, (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) from volleyball, and women's soccer's Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario) shared the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete Award.

Women's tennis standout Kim Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany) and diver Tim Perkins (Frederick, Md./ Tuscorora) received the prestigious Matt Skalsky Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award.

Junior defender Lexi Bristow (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) of the women's lacrosse squad was the recipient of the Retriever Club Scholarship Award for her senior campaign.

Caringi was the 2013 America East Striker of the Year, after also winning the award in 2012. He was also voted the league's Fan Choice Player of the Year, becoming the first repeat winner in AE history. The Baltimore native scored 27 goals over the last two seasons, was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 2013 America East Championships, and finished his career with 37 goals, fourth on UMBC's all-time list, and 91 points, which ranks fifth all-time.

Caringi was one of 15 semifinalists for the 2013 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, soccer's version of the Heisman trophy, and became the first player in UMBC school history to earn that distinction. In addition, the psychology major became the first Retriever student-athlete in school history to earn NSCAA First Team All-America honors.

Despite two previous blockbuster seasons, Hall found a way to elevate her game with a record-setting 2014 campaign. A two-time All-Conference honoree, the junior has made her way into UMBC?s career and single-season record lists, in addition to leading America East in hits, home runs, total bases and runs batted in. Entering the conference championships on Thursday, she has registered 16 multi-hit games and 14 multi-RBI games, and has ranked as high as ninth in the nation in toughest batter to strikeout.

Smith set career-best times at both the 8k and 10k distances and scored in five of the Retrievers' six meets this fall during his cross country season. His top 8k time of 24:46 from the Princeton Invitational ranks third in the UMBC record book while his 10k time of 31:17 at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional at Lehigh is the second-fastest time in program history. During the indoor track and field season, he broke the school record in the 800m run originally at the NYU Team Challenge on Jan. 24 with a time of 1:51.30, and went on to break it two more times during the season. On the outside looking in at the national championships, he clipped his time further, down to 1:48.82, at the BU Last Chance Meet in Boston on March 3 to get inside the top-16 and receive a spot at the NCAA Championships in New Mexico.

Smith won the 800 meters at both the America East Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 2014.

Hussein became the first Retriever male swimmer, and third overall in program history, to qualify for the NCAA Championships in 2013. This season, he capped his senior year by advancing yet again to the national meet, becoming the first swimmer in UMBC history to qualify for two NCAA Championship meets. At the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championship (CCSA) meet, the senior won gold in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke while breaking the meet and conference record in both events. He was named one of the meet?s Co-Most Outstanding Male Swimmer of the Meet and later named the CCSA Swimmer of the Year.

McIntyre overcame a mid-season injury to lead the conference in setting and take home the America East's top setter prize as a senior. In addition, she was once again named to the All-Conference First Team while also gaining a spot on the All-Academic squad. She served as one of three captains for the Retrievers as a senior and led the squad to the America East volleyball title match for the first time since 2010. The Retriever captain handed out a career-best 1,127 assists, the tenth-most for a single season in program history, averaging a league-best 10.34 assists per set. She was named the America East Setter of the Week four times in 2013, the most for any Retriever since the team joined the America East 11 years ago.

Kadet is a two-time All-Conference honoree and four-year member of the women's soccer team. The senior goalkeeper lead the league in saves per game in each of her first two seasons on campus and, as a junior, ranked 19th in the nation in total saves. The three-year captain played every minute in net for the Retrievers during their historic 2013 campaign and blanked a career-best five opponents to move into fifth place on UMBC?s all-time shutouts list.

After missing most of the 2012-13 campaign with a shoulder injury, Berghaus re-captured No. 1 singles status in 2014 and won six consecutive matches at the top flight down the stretch to lead the squad to the conference semifinals. The Offenbach, Germany native earned America East First Team honors in singles to cap her collegiate playing career. She was the 2011 America East Conference Rookie of the Year and was selected to the 2012 America East Tennis All-Academic squad. Berghaus earned America East First Team accolades in doubles play and Second Team honors in singles that season.

Perkins earned his first career dual meet win, and then was rewarded with his first-ever Diver of the Week award from the CCSA. The very next week, he posted a career-best score of 323.62 on the 3-meter board, and also won the 1-meter competition, as UMBC competed against George Washington, to qualify for the first time for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. At the CCSA Championships, he claimed a bronze medal in both diving competitions to give UMBC a sweep of the top medals in the diving events. Perkins has accumulated a 3.61 grade-point-average while studying for a degree in psychology. He has garnered a spot on the Dean's List twice, in addition to receiving semester academic honors twice. He has been named to the America East Honor Roll in all three of his years at UMBC, receiving a spot on the Commissioner's Honor Roll twice.

Bristow has continued to increase her roll during each of her first three seasons with the women's lacrosse program. As a sophomore, she started in two of her 13 appearances on defense to be named the team's Most Improved Athlete. This season, she was one of only three Retrievers to start and appear in all 16 games. She ranked second on the squad in caused turnovers and posted career-bests in ground balls and draw controls. She received a spot on the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2012.

2013-2014 UMBC Award Winners

Men's Soccer:

Most Valuable Athlete: Kadeem Dacres

Unsung Hero: Mamadou Kansaye

Most Improved Athlete: Stephen Ho

Women's Soccer:

Most Valuable Athlete: Lauren Kadet

Unsung Hero: Paige Preston

Most Improved Athlete: Morgan Taylor


Most Valuable Athlete: Ali Goc

Unsung Hero: Robbin Lee

Most Improved Athlete: Emily Witsaman

Men's Cross Country:

Most Valuable Athlete: Hassan Omar

Unsung Hero: Andrew Smith

Most Improved Athlete: Austin Hayslett

Women's Cross Country:

Most Valuable Athlete: Cody Mezebish

Unsung Hero: Nicole Dawson

Most Improved Athlete: Sarah Daly

Men's Basketball:

Most Valuable Athlete: Rodney Elliott

Unsung Hero: Aaron Morgan

Most Improved Athlete: Will Darley

Women's Basketball:

Most Valuable Athlete: Taylor McCarley

Unsung Hero: Janelle Saling

Most Improved Athete: Amanda Hagaman

Men's Swimming and Diving:

Most Valuable Athlete: Mohamed Hussein

Most Improved: Trevor Doll

Most Improved: Andy Schrantz

Women's Swimming and Diving:

Most Valuable Athlete: Emily Escobedo

Most Improved: Anna Haley

Most Improved: Kayla Lilly

Men's Indoor Track and Field:

Most Valuable Athlete: Andrew Smith

Most Valuable Athlete: Jake Albino

Unsung Hero: Liam Stott

Women's Indoor Track and Field:

Most Valuable Athlete: Mercedes Jackson

Most Valuable Athlete: Alisha Beeman

Most Valuable Athlete: Cody Mezebish

Men's Lacrosse:

Most Valuable Athlete: Matt Gregoire

Most Valuable Athlete: Phil Poe

Unsung Hero: Mike Dahl

Women's Lacrosse:

Most Improved Athlete: Megan Flock

Unsung Hero: Alyssa Goldeisen

Men's Tennis:

Most Valuable Athlete: Justin Carter

Most Valuable Athlete: Melker Svard

Most Improved Athlete: Justin Lansinger

Women's Tennis:

Most Valuable Athlete: Josefin Stange-Jonsson

Most Valuable Athlete: Kim Berghaus

Most Improved Athlete: Adriana Aldunate

Men's Outdoor Track and Field:

Most Valuable Athlete: Andrew Smith

Most Valuable Athlete: Denny Long

Most Valuable Athlete: Shioma Obemeata

Women's Outdoor Track and Field:

Most Valuable Athlete: Mercedes Jackson

Most Valuable Athlete: Deborah Adelola

Most Valuable Athlete: Cody Mezebish


Unsung Hero: Jonny Dierks

Most Improved: Mark Esposito

Most Improved: Vince Corbi


Most Valuable Athlete: Jessica Holte

Most Valuable Athlete: Taylor Hall

Unsung Hero: Bridget O?Malley

2013-14 Leon Upshur Memorial Award: Jerome Graham, Athletic Communications (Video Production Staff)

2013-2014 Gritty Award Winners

Event of the Year: Men's and Women's Soccer for AEC Championship Games

Rookie of the Year: Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y.) Women?s Swimming and Diving

Record-Breaking Performance: Track and Field Indoor Distance Team

Comeback Athlete of the Year: Emily Witsaman (Medina, Ohio) Volleyball

Play of the Year: Bridget O?Malley (Brooklyn, Md.) Softball

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year: Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md.) Men?s Swimming and Diving