UMBC soccer player Pete Caringi III is one of 34 collegiate soccer players named as a finalist for the 2012 Soccer News Net College Boot award, recognizing the men's college player of the year.
Caringi is the son of UMBC soccer coach Pete Caringi Jr. For this award, the editors of each of the sites in the Soccer News Net network nominated as many as five local players for the honor, and each of them is eligible for the regional player of the year award.
In addition, fans from around the United States can vote for the best collegiate player through Dec. 22. That voting will take place on Big Apple Soccer, Chicagoland Soccer News, LA Soccer News, New England Soccer News, Philly Soccer News and Dallas Soccer News and DC Soccer News which will officially launch later this year.
Caringi played a big role in helping UMBC win the America East title this year. He finished with 14 goals and 32 total points as the Retrievers went 11-4-7.
He was eighth in the nation in goals scored going into the NCAA tournament. Caringi injured his ankle in the postseason, which limited his playing time, but the Retrievers still advanced to the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship.
In addition, Caringi earned America East Striker of the Year honors and made the conference's first team. He also twice earned conference Player of the Week honors plus an ECAC Division I Offensive Player of the Week award.