The UMBC men’s soccer program had its most successful Alumni Game and Reception yet on Friday evening, April 27. A record 50 former Retrievers played at Retriever Soccer Park, representing four decades of play.
“I would like to publicly thank all of our alumni in attendance for their participation in and contribution to the biggest and most successful men’s soccer Alumni Game ever,” head coach Pete Caringi said. “I have been fortunate to see and hear of other programs’ alumni games, and I believe that UMBC sets a standard of excellence that we all should take pride in.”
The alumni were divided into four playing groups, with each group taking on the current Retrievers for 20 minutes apiece. The first 60 minutes was competitive with the varsity winning, 3-1. The lone alumni goal was scored by Kevin Mezzadra (2003-06).
During the final 20 minutes, the “older” guys played. After about 10 minutes, the varsity was done for the night and the alumni played against each other. The current team and alumni gathered at Gianni’s after the game for a reception.
The record “50” in attendance were: Anthony Adams, Marco Angelini, Kokou Assigbe, Philippe Bissohong, Ricky Brown, Andrew Bulls, Miguel Calderon, Dustin Dzwonkowski, Jim Fendryk, Andrew Gillis, Kevin Gnatiko, Steve Goddard, Marcus Gross, Jesse Haislip, Levi Houapeu, Lou Karko, Steve King, J.J. Kremer, Jon Larsson, Mike Libber, Dan Louisignau, Andy Marchica, Brian Marchica, Rob Mamula, Brendon McCarron, Kevin Mezzadra, Jamal Molin, Justin Nall, Mike Novotny, Kingsley Onwuka, Paul Parsoneault, Franco Pastore, Bob Pierce, Sean Rothe, Vince Savarese, Andy Streilein, Darius Taylor, Ime Umoh, Aaron Velky, Oscar Villalobos, Bobby Wagner, PJ Wakefield, Bob Walker, Matt Ward, Adrian Washington, Marcus Weekes, Andrew Wells, Chris Williams, Tom Wunk, Steve Zerhusen.
– Submitted by Steve Levy ’85, UMBC Athletic Communications