When Pete Caringi took over the UMBC soccer program in February 1991, he said his first visit would be to Calvert Hall, his high school alma mater. His first class of recruits backs up that promise.
Caringi has received letters of intent from Calvert Hall forward J.J. Kremer, The Baltimore Sun Player of the Year, and Cardinals teammate Bryan Bugarin, another first-team All-Metro selection. Another Calvert Hall starter, Jorge Stecco, has committed orally to UMBC, and the Retrievers also have received a letter of intent from Archbishop Curley's Franco Pastore.
Towson State, the three-time East Coast Conference champion that will move to the Big South along with UMBC this fall, has letters of intent from four players, including Erik Washington, Meade's All-Metro back. Coach Frank Olszewski also will get Bowie's Todd Hicks, an all-state midfielder; Kevin Smith, one of the top scorers in St. Louis; and Pennsylvanian Frank Zampardi, who was Delaware County Player of the Year for Garnet Valley High.
Maryland coach Alden Shattuck's lone signed recruit is Carlos Corona, an All-American midfielder from Doylestown, Pa.
Boycott over: The men's tennis team at Goucher College, upset that interim coach John White was not offered a permanent job, boycotted two matches, but returned to face Mary Washington yesterday. After White's resignation, sports information director Kevin Fillman became interim coach.
Army-Navy week: Navy faces rival Army in an assortment of sports this weekend.
In Annapolis, the top event is Saturday's baseball doubleheader, starting at noon. At West Point, two lacrosse teams trying to get into the NCAA field play Saturday, and the Mids go for their 10th track and field victory over Army in 11 tries. The women compete Sunday. Also, the Navy golf team is in the Army Invitational.
Impressive rookie: Roy Marsh, a freshman from Perry Hall, is making a strong bid for the center fielder's job at Ohio State. He's started 14 of the Buckeyes' 15 games, and is hitting .356 with 16 runs and 11 RBI.
An All-Metro in baseball, Marsh also stood out in football and indoor track for Perry Hall.
Odds and ends: Johns Hopkins, Mount St. Mary's and UMBC are in the 16-team field for the Western Maryland Invitational on the Green Terrors' golf course Saturday (noon). . . . Loyola, ranked No. 10 in women's lacrosse, plays at No. 7 William & Mary on Saturday.