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September 6, 2011

Louisignau Earns Weekly Honors; Men's Soccer Prepares for Towson on Wednesday Evening

Towson at UMBC, 9-7-11

UMBC senior goalkeeper Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del./Concord/U. Virginia) was named America East Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week for games ending Sept. 4, 2011. Moreover, Louisignau was selected toTopDrawerSoccer.com's College Team of the Week. The Retrievers (2-0-1) enter the second half of its season-opening six-game homestand on Wednesday, Sept. 7 when they host the Towson Tigers (0-1-1) at Retriever Soccer Park- game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

Louisignau made three saves while blanking St. Francis (N.Y.) in a72-minute effort on Sept. 1. That game was stopped after 72 minutes due to a campus wide power failure at UMBC.  He then tied a career high with nine saves vs. the Fairleigh Dickinson as the Retrievers held off the hard-charging visitors, 1-0 on Sept. 3.  

The Retriever netminder was named Most Valuable Player of the Holiday Inn Express BWI Classic for his efforts in the two games.

Louisignau has posted shutouts in all three games to date and has not allowed a goal in 430 minutes, dating back to the first half of the NCAA Tournament game at Princeton last season. He leads America East with the three shutouts and has played the most minutes of any netminder who has yet to allow a goal in the conference to date.

An America East Second Team All-Conference goalkeeper in 2010, Louisignau also had nine saves last Oct. 2 in a 1-1 draw with Binghamton and now has eight shutouts in 16 career starts for UMBC.

GAME NOTES:

The Retrievers are currently ranked eighth in the Northeast Region and are receiving votes (12) in the NSCAA national rankings. Two other America East foes- Binghamton (6th) and Vermont (T-10th) are also ranked in the Sept. 6 poll.  

Bullish on Bulls: In 2010, senior forward Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) became the third Retriever to earn multiple America East First Team honors, duplicating his 2009 citation. He also earned NSCAA All Northeast Region Second Team honors. Bulls set an America East Conference all-time record with 15 assists-eight players, including Levi Houapeu, held the previous mark of 13. He finished third in the nation in assists (15) and assists per game (0.75) and his 15 helpers represent the second-best single season in school history.

Bulls became the first player in school history to record 25 goals (29) and 25 assists (29) in a career. His 87 career points are now tied for fourth on the Retriever all-time list-with his former teammate Levi Houapeu. He needs 20 more points in 2011 to become UMBC's all-time leading scorer at the NCAA Division I level.

The three-time America East First Team honoree finished second in the nation in scoring in 2009 with 2.05 points per game, recording 15 goals and adding 11 assists. 

Bulls has been named to the 2011 College Soccer News Third-Team Preseason All-America squad. He has previously earned a high honor from College Soccer News, cited as a Third-Team All-American after his stellar 2009 campaign.

Moreover, Bulls was selected to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List for the 2011 season. He is one of 42 players in the country to be listed and this marks the second consecutive year that the Retriever standout has recognized among the nation's top players.

Finally, the Retriever senior is among 25 men named to Soccer America's Preseason All-American squad.

Update: Bulls assisted on Jordan Becker's game-winning goal in the 59th minute of play as UMBC edged Mount St. Mary's, 1-0, in the opener on Aug. 27. The assist was the 29th of Bulls' career, surpassing James Hamilton, who recorded 28 from 1998-2001. His game-winning goal vs. FDU on Sept. 5 was the 14th of his career-just three behind all-time leader Giuliano Celenza (1999-2000).

GOLDEN GLOVES, PART II:  Senior netminder Dan Louisignau was tabbed Second-Team All-Conference by the America East coaches in 2010. He finished the year second in the conference in goals against average (0.87), save percentage (.845) and saves per game (4.73). Louisignau's 84.5 save percentage was tenth-best in the nation.

He was named America East Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week for games ending Sept. 4, 2011. Moreover, Louisignau was selected to TopDrawerSoccer.com's College Team of the Week.

Louisignau made three saves while blanking St. Francis (N.Y.) in a72-minute effort on Sept. 1. That game was stopped after 72 minutes due to a campus wide power failure at UMBC. He then tied a career high with nine saves vs. the Fairleigh Dickinson as the Retrievers held off the hard-charging visitors, 1-0 on Sept. 3.  

The Retriever netminder was named Most Valuable Player of the Holiday Inn Express BWI Classic for his efforts in the two games.

Louisignau has posted shutouts in all three games to date and has not allowed a goal in 430 minutes, dating back to the first half of the NCAA Tournament game at Princeton last season. He leads America East with the three shutouts and has played the most minutes of any netminder who has yet to allow a goal in the conference to date.

An America East Second Team All-Conference goalkeeper in 2010, Louisignau also had nine saves last Oct. 2 in a 1-1 draw with Binghamton and now has eight shutouts in 16 career starts for UMBC.

THE APPLE DOES NOT FALL FAR: Caringi (the player) was named to the America East Conference All-Rookie team and Second-Team All-Conference by the America East coaches in 2010. He was first UMBC freshman to be named to one of the all-conference teams (first or second) since Matt Watson was selected in 2004.Caringi tied for fourth in the America East Conference with 17 points and tied for fifth with six goals.

HONORED: Freshman forward Jordan Becker (Pocomoke City, Md./Pocomoke) was named America East Conference Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week for games ending Aug. 28. Becker scored the lone goal as the Retrievers edged visiting Mount St. Mary's, 1-0, in the opening game for both teams. The former Pocomoke High School standout was the lone UMBC freshman to earn starting nod in his first intercollegiate contest.

OTHER PLAYER NOTES: Sophomores Stephen Ho and Spencer Williams and freshmen Joseph Glos and Michael DiCesare joined Becker in making their intercollegiate debuts vs. Mount St. Mary's… Becker, Glos and Caringi had two shots apiece in the game, but junior midfielder Dave Vaeth led the hosts with three… 17 players saw action for the Retrievers vs. Mount St. Mary's… Glos earned his first collegiate start vs. St. Francis-N.Y… Wenger made his first appearance in a Retriever uniform vs. FDU… Bulls, Caringi, and defenders Liam Paddock and Daniel Welsh were named to the Holiday Inn Express BWI Classic All-Tournament team.    

TEAM NOTES: The win over FDU extended UMBC's unbeaten streak to 12, dating back to Oct. 15 of last season… UMBC had not posted a win over FDU since their first meeting in 1994... FDU had won six and tied three since that encounter, including three overtime victories… UMBC has not allowed a goal in 430 minutes since permitting a first-half tally to Princeton in the NCAA First Round game in 2010… The Retrievers have recorded three shutouts to start a season for the first time since 2003 and just the second time in UMBC's Division I (1986) history... UMBC is now 15-0-1 in September home games since the 2007 seaso 

INSIDE THE SERIES: Towson tied the all-time series at 12-12-3 by virtue of a 5-3 victory at the Tiger Soccer Complex last season. The two teams are also even in Division I meetings at 6-6-1 since 1986, when the Retrievers first earned NCAA Division I status.

In last year's match, the Retrievers trailed, 4-1, with under 15 minutes remaining when they struck for two goals in less than three minutes, but could not catch the Tigers. Andrew Bulls scored UMBC's second goal and has tallied a goal in each of his three contests vs. TU.

A GLANCE AT THE TIGERS:  st three of their final 11 decisions to finish the campaign at 9-6-2. Sophomore forward Olakunle Banjo had an excellent freshman campaign, finishing second on the squad with 19 points (7-5-19).

Despite seven saves from senior goalkeeper John Steele, the Tigers were unable to open their season with a win as they dropped a 2-0 non-conference decision against 26th-ranked New Mexico on Aug. 26.

Towson tied Mount St. Mary's 1-1 in the Tigers' home opener on Sept. 1. With 6:40 remaining in regulation, the Tigers tied the game when sophomore defender Christian Höfertook a crossing pass from junior midfielder Phil Martinelli and scored on a one-timer past junior goalkeeper Peter Steve. Steele made 11 saves in the game to preserve the draw.

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