There will be an even mix of returning players and fresh faces as the Baltimore Bohemians begin their second PDL season in less than two weeks’ time. Nine players from the 2012 roster have returned for a second stint with Baltimore, while 13 others look to make an impression as they line up in front of the Bohemian faithful for the first time.
UMBC again will feature prominently in this year’s squad, as five Retrievers return for their second spell with the Bohs. Defenders Oumar Ballo and Marquez Fernandez come back to anchor the Baltimore back line, while the offense will once again be bolstered by the presence of strikers Pete Caringi and Kingsley Onwuka, who combined for seven of Baltimore’s 20 goals last season, including a team-leading five by Onwuka. Retriever midfielder Mamadou Kansaye also returns to the club, having made 11 appearances last year.
Hugh Roberts, who was second on the Bohs in minutes played last year, also comes back to add his defensive skills for the new campaign. Brian Graham, Elton Joe, and Michael Molloy round out the returning players for Steve Nichols’ side.
Now, let’s take a look at the newcomers for 2013:
- Andrew Harris: The six-foot freshman netminder started five games in between the sticks for Wake Forest in 2012, compiling a 2-2-1 record and a 1.53 goals against average. Harris was a two-time NSCAA All-American and a Baltimore Sun “Player of the Year” winner at Gilman. He was rated in the top-40 for his class by both College Soccer News and the ESPNHS 150 poll.
- Zach Kane: Kane is no stranger to the Bohemians’ new home venue, as he made five appearances in net for the Loyola Greyhounds from 2009 to 2012. The Perry Hall native posted 34 shutouts in his high school career, leading the Gators to the state finals in each of his final two seasons. He was also named to the All-County and All-Metro sides by The Baltimore Sun.
- Steven LeVine: LeVine spent his first three years with Towson before transferring to York College for his senior year. He started all 22 games for the Spartans, picking up one assist. At Loyola Blakefield, he was twice named to the All-MIAA team, while picking up All-State and All-Metro honors as well.
- Matthew Shinsky: The Towson native played in five games as a freshman at Columbia last season. Shinsky was a four-time letterwinner at McDonogh, and received All-Metro honors during his senior year.
- Liam Paddock: Paddock notched six goals for UMBC in his four-year tenure, picking up All-Conference and All-Academic honors along the way. Back home in his native England, Paddock was a four-sport star, playing soccer, rugby, cricket, and athletics during high school.
- Christian Wulff: Wulff joined Army in 2012, having completed a successful four-year run with the Baltimore Bays Academy team. He was a two-time All-Conference selection at Gilman.
- Julio Arjona: A native of Germantown, Maryland, Arjona started 17 of 18 matches with George Mason last season, tallying one goal and two assists. He was a standout with the U.S. Under-17 squad, and earned All-State honors while at Clarksburg High School in 2009.
- Malcolm Harris: Harris played in all 20 matches of his rookie season at Denver, scoring one goal and adding five assists. A product of the Baltimore Bays Chelsea system, the Damascus native was ranked 26th in the 2012 class by College Soccer News, and helped McDonogh win the MIAA championship in 2011.
- Austin Martz: Martz picked up one assist in 19 games during his sophomore campaign with Georgetown in 2012. He earned All-State honors at Mechanicsburg High in Pennsylvania during his senior year, and also played tennis, football, and basketball during his high school career.
- Sam Tana: During his freshman year at Susquehanna, the Baldwin native scored twice in 21 games for the Crusaders, putting 18 shots on goal. At St. Paul’s School, Tana was a three-time All-MIAA all-star, earning the honor of team captain during two of those years.
- Geaton Caltabiano: During the 2011 season at Loyola, Caltabiano led the Greyhounds with seven goals and four assists. He made the All-MIAA team for three years at Mt. St. Joseph’s, while lettering in all four years. His dad, Nello, was part of the 1976 Loyola squad that took home a national title.
- Michael Gamble: In his freshman season at Wake Forest, Gamble ranked second on the team with eight goals, adding four assists in the process. The Columbia native attended McDonogh, where he scored 35 goals in his senior season, the most by a player since the year 2000. Gamble is ranked in the top 15 by both TopDrawerSoccer.com and the ESPNHS 150 poll.
- Milo Kapor: Kapor had a team-leading 13 assists for UMBC during the 2012 season; he started all 22 games for the Retrievers. A native of Toronto, the senior won Junior Male Athlete of the Year and MVP awards at Emiy Carr Secondary School.