TAMPA, Fla. – UMBC men's soccer rising senior Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) has concluded the 2013 Premier Development League (PDL) season by garnering the Young (U-21) Player of the Year Award, the league office announced Saturday evening. Having already received Player of the Weeks honors twice during the season, Caringi was also one of three finalists for the Most Valuable Player Award. In addition, he was selected to the 2013 PDL All-League Team as well as the All-Eastern Conference Team.
"Obviously Pete has had a phenomenal summer to gain such prestigious awards," said head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. "It's a great compliment to how much his game has improved because this is the hardest summer league in the country and the awards are a testament to his hard work."
Playing for the hometown Baltimore Bohemians, Caringi III led the squad to a second-place finish in the Mid-Atlantic Division, recording 16 goals and five assists for a total of 37 points in just 12 games played. His goal tally captured the league scoring title and he was honored with the Golden Boot Award.
Last fall, Caringi was named the America East Striker of the Year as the Retrievers won the league title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA College Cup, ultimately falling to defending national champion North Carolina on penalty kicks. The lethal finisher was recently chosen to the College Soccer News Preseason All-America Third Team, and UMBC was ranked No. 29 in the website's preseason poll.
Caringi was not alone in helping the Bohs to a successful campaign, however, as he was joined by current teammates Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley/CCBC-Essex) and team captain Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh/N.C. State), incoming Retrievers Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md./Mount St. Joseph's/Loyola (Md.)), Marquez Fernandez (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh/Maryland) and Malcolm Harris (Damascus, Md./McDonogh/Denver), and UMBC alumni Liam Paddock, Milo Kapor and Kingsley Onwuka.
Caltabiano proved to be a dangerous threat as well for the Baltimore side, netting four goals and assisting seven others in 14 games, while Kansaye and Fernandez also found the back of the net twice with the former adding an assist, as well.
Rising senior Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County (N.J.) CC) completed a successful summer with the PDL's Reading United AC, leading the Eastern Conference finalists in minutes played (909) through 12 games. The attacking midfielder struck three times for Reading while adding two helpers.
Rising junior midfielder Jordan Becker (Pocomoke City, Md./Pocomoke) also participated in the league, seeing action with the Des Moines Menace.
"Our players around the country showed really well," Caringi said. "Playing in the summer is the way to go now and with their success in this national league I am very pleased with where they are coming into training camp."