Carlos Fernandes
Carlos Fernandes

Carlos Fernandes is arguably the greatest soccer player to ever step on the field for UMass Boston. The four-year player enjoyed his greatest season as a senior, leading the Beacons to a school-record 13 victories and a first-ever ECAC tournament berth, while earning Third Team All-America status in 1996. Fernandes was named to the All-New England First Team and the Little East Conference took notice as well, naming him the league's unanimous Player of the Year, while selecting him to the Little East Conference First Team. Following a move to the backfield, he was an LEC first teamer as a junior, after finishing fourth among conference scoring leaders as a sweeper, and was honored as an NSCAA/Umbro Division III All-New England Third Team performer as well. The 1999 graduate caught his first glimpse of the spotlight as a sophomore when he was named to the Little East Conference Second Team, following the first of three seasons as team captain. The four-time team Most Valuable Player saw action in more games at UMass Boston than any other soccer player in history with 72 and, following his exemplary playing career, became just the third athlete at UMB to have his uniform number retired. Fernandes, who led the Beacons in scoring three times, still ranks among the all-time scoring leaders with 70 career points and 29 goals to rank third in each category at UMass Boston.