Carlos Fernandes is arguably the greatest soccer player to everstep on the field for UMass Boston. The four-year player enjoyedhis greatest season as a senior, leading the Beacons to aschool-record 13 victories and a first-ever ECAC tournament berth,while earning Third Team All-America status in 1996. Fernandes wasnamed to the All-New England First Team and the Little EastConference took notice as well, naming him the league's unanimousPlayer of the Year, while selecting him to the Little EastConference First Team. Following a move to the backfield, he was anLEC first teamer as a junior, after finishing fourth amongconference scoring leaders as a sweeper, and was honored as anNSCAA/Umbro Division III All-New England Third Team performer aswell. The 1999 graduate caught his first glimpse of the spotlightas a sophomore when he was named to the Little East ConferenceSecond Team, following the first of three seasons as team captain.The four-time team Most Valuable Player saw action in more games atUMass Boston than any other soccer player in history with 72 and,following his exemplary playing career, became just the thirdathlete at UMB to have his uniform number retired. Fernandes, wholed the Beacons in scoring three times, still ranks among theall-time scoring leaders with 70 career points and 29 goals to rankthird in each category at UMass Boston.