Baltimore, Md.—UMBC men's soccer head coach Pete Caringi announced the signing of five recruits for the 2018 season on Monday. Three of the five players hail from Maryland, with one coming from Pennsylvania and one from overseas in Italy.
"In my opinion this has to be one of the better recruiting classes in the country this year. We have brought in players that will help right away and have performed at a very high level," Caringi said of the class. "I could not be more excited with this group as both students and athletes. A National Team Goalkeeper and a First Team All American are just some of the accolades from this class. Our fans, alums and players are all going to be excited watching this class grow."
6-3, GK, Baltimore, Md./IMG Academy/Kenwood
Club: DC United / Baltimore Celtic
-Was a member of the U.S. Soccer Residency U17 National Team in 2016-17… Capped three times as part of the national team in India, Honduras and Argentina… A four star recruit by Top Drawer Soccer… Was named to the All-American Team last year, while also earning All-State and Kenwood High School MVP honors… Won the 2015 USYSA National Championship with Baltimore Celtic, being named Golden Glove winner and Best XI.
Caringi on Jones: "Quantrell is one of the best goalkeepers in the country coming out this year if not the BEST…in my opinion. He is a local guy that has played at a high level with his National Championship club team and with the US U17 National Team. One of the best keepers to come out of Baltimore in a town that has produced a lot of great ones."
6-2, Forward, Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin
Club: LDC United
-Earned 2017 All-American honors by United Soccer Coaches and named Pennsylvania Coaches Male Player of the Year… Scored a school record 103 career goals, setting the single season mark with 41 a year ago… Has been named Mid Penn Conference Player of the Year and Keystone Division Player of the Year… Was on honor roll all four years of high school, while also coaching for TOPS Soccer, which helps children with disabilities.
Caringi on Becher: "Jackson is one of the top strikers in the country coming out of this year's class. He clearly has distinguished himself with a phenomenal career in High school. His accomplishments speak for themselves, Pennsylvania Player of the Year and First Team All American topped off by being a great student. We are all excited about Jackson joining our soccer family."
5-8, Forward, Loano, Italy/Liceo Scientifico Collegio Emiliani
Club: Sampdoria Youth Academy
-Transfer from University of Montevallo in Alabama, and will have three years of eligibility… Scored ten goals in one season at Montevallo, starting every match… Was named to the All-South Region Team as well as Gulf South Conference Rookie of the Year and First Team All-Gulf South Conference.
Caringi on Marconi: "We are excited about bringing another goal scorer to our program. Cesare has proven to score goals everywhere he has been. I look forward to seeing him compete right away next year. His college experience will help him make a quick transition to UMBC."
5-10, Defender, Severna Park, Md./Mount St. Joseph
Club: Baltimore Celtic
-MACS All-State and Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection… Won the 2017 USYSA National Championship with Baltimore Celtic… Scored six goals with ten assists as a defender in high school… Volunteered at the Foodbank and the Milk and Honey Daycare.
Caringi on Ehart: "Another great local player that will fit into our program right away. Jordan has continued to get better every year and I am looking forward to him challenging next year for playing time. He comes from a great high school and club program in the Baltimore area so he will be ready and prepared to fit right in."
5-9, Midfielder, Bowie, Md./Mount St. Joseph
Club: Baltimore Celtic
-Won the 2015 National Championship with Baltimore Celtic, as well as the 2017 USYSA Region 1 Championship and 2016 Maryland State Cup… Was the 24th ranked recruit in the Mid-Atlantic Region… A two-time All-MIAA selection… Led Mount St. Joseph's in goals during the 2016 season… Has volunteered at Heart Homes, Brightview Assisted Living and Feed the Homeless.
Caringi on Mazzei: "Jake would have been one of the top players coming out this year if he did not suffer a season ending injury. I have watched his development for some time and feel like we are getting a player who will excel in college."