Cambridge, Mass.- UMBC senior goalkeeper Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del./Concord) has been named America East Conference Goalkeeper of the Year, as the league announced today its top awards and All-Conference teams. All awards were voted on by the league's head coaches.
Louisignau also earned first team All-Conference honors, along with three other Retrievers. Senior midfielder/forward Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh), junior defender Liam Paddock (Worcestershire, England/Chase Technology College) and sophomore forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) gave UMBC the most first team selections of the eight conference school in the voting.
The four first-team selections tie UMBC's top previous group of four in 2003.
Sophomore defender Daniel Welsh (Fife, Scotland/Stewart's Melville College) earned second team honors.
Louisignau led America East through the regular season and is 12th nationally with 84 saves to date. He was also first in save percentage (.792) and shutouts (7). The former University of Virginia transfer was a second team All-Conference performer in 2010.
"You have to take Dan's body of work throughout the year," head coach Pete Caringi said. "Dan was fantastic. The last three games, we gave up a lot of goals, but it's the team that gave up a lot of goals. I think Dan has done well at trying to keep it together in the back."
Bulls became the first player in school history to record 30 goals (33) and 30 assists (30) in a career. His 96 career points are fourth on the Retriever all-time list. A preseason Hermann Award nominee, Bulls led the team with five goals on the campaign and tied for sixth in the conference. He became just the second Retriever in the nine-year history of UMBC's tenure in America East to earn three first team honors. Defender Marcus Gross also earned three citations from 2003-05.
Paddock started all 16 games he dressed for in 2011 and has started all 54 games he has been eligible for during his tenure. The central defender solidified a UMBC backline which recorded shutouts in seven of its first 13 games.
Caringi currently leads the team in assists (5) and total points (13) and is ninth in the league in points per game. A 2010 All-Rookie Team and second team All-Conference selection, the local product is tied for third in the league in total assists.
Welsh is a dynamic central fullback who has started all 13 games he has dressed for in 2011. Like Caringi, he earned All-Rookie team honors in UMBC's championship season of 2010.
The Retrievers open defense of their 2010 title on Saturday, Nov. 5, when they host Hartford at Retriever Soccer Park with a kick-off time of 7:00 p.m. UMBC is seeded No. 4 and Hartford is at No. 5, hence the winner advances to face regular season champion and home team Boston University on Wednesday, Nov. 9.