Houapeu Named America East Striker of the Year; Five Other Retrievers Earn All-Conference Honors
Cambridge, Mass.—For the second consecutive year, UMBC senior forward Levi Houapeu (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill) has been tabbed as one of the major award winners as America East Conference coaches selected its all-conference teams.
Houapeu earned 2010 Striker of the Year honors after taking home Midfielder of the Year honors in 2009. He leads a group of a school-record six Retrievers that were selected to the conference's first and second teams, All-Rookie team and All-Academic team.
Junior midfielder Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) joined Houapeu on the America East Conference First Team. A pair of newcomers, junior goalkeeper Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del./Concord/U. Virginia) and freshman forward Pete Caringi III (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) were selected to the second team, while Caringi and classmate Daniel Welsh (Fife, Scotland/Stewart's Melville College) earned all-rookie team honors.
Junior fullback Vince Savarese (Perry Hall, Md./Archbishop Curley) was named to league's All-Academic team.
UMBC's previous high for America East All Conference honorees was five in 2003, 2007 and 2009.
Houapeu leads the conference in scoring with 12 goals and 27 points. The most recent America East Player of the Week just became the seventh player in school history to amass at least 30 (31) career goals. He has 80 career points (31-18-80) and has moved into a tie for fifth place on UMBC's all-time scoring list.
Houapeu is currently sixth in the nation in goals scored and eighth in total points scored. No player in the nation has more points in the past two seasons (70) than Houapeu.
Houapeu and Bulls are the first Retrievers to earn back-to-back First Team honors since 2005, when defender Marcus Gross and midfielder Matt Watson were chosen.
Bulls, the 2009 Striker of the Year, was shifted to left midfield in the middle of the year and now leads the nation in assists with 13. He added four goals, including three in the final four games of the campaign, leading the Retrievers to four consecutive wins to conclude the regular season. Bulls' 26 career assists in second in school history, just two behind all-time leader James Hamilton ('01).
Caringi became the first UMBC freshman to earn a spot on the first or second team since Watson was tabbed to the first team in 2004. The striker was a two-time America East Rookie-of-the-Week who has six goals and five assists on the season.
Louisignau sparked UMBC as he took over the starting goalkeeping position as the Retrievers began conference play. He posted a 7-1-2 record and 0.95 goals against average overall, but that latter figure was 0.70 in the month of October. His 82.1 save percentage is currently 30th in the country.
Welsh also came on strong as UMBC entered league play. He was inserted in the center of the UMBC defense and the Retrievers permitted only five goals in seven league games. Welsh also scored a pair of goals, including the game's first goal in the eventual 3-1 victory at Albany.
Savarese is maintaining a 3.68 grade-point average in business technology administration. He has started 36 consecutive games over the past two years in the backfield and is second on the team with 1,423 minutes played this season.
UMBC finished the regular season with a 10-4-2 and earned second place in the conference with a mark of 4-1-2. The Retrievers head into the semifinal round of the America east Conference Tournament with four consecutive wins. No. 2 UMBC will host the winner of the No. 6 Vermont at No. 3 Stony Brook on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 7:00 p.m. under the lights at UMBC Stadium.