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UMBC G Elliott named America East Rookie of the Year

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Albany, N.Y.- UMBC freshman guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) was named America East Conference Men’s Basketball Rookie-of-the-Year, in a unanimous vote by the league’s head coaches.

Elliott, UMBC’s first men’s basketball player to earn Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 11 league seasons, was also selected to the America East Third Team and to the All-Rookie squad.

The Baltimore native earned Rookie-of-Week honors a UMBC-record five times during the 2013-14 campaign. He is the leading scorer amongst all league freshmen with 14.9 points per game, the fourth-best overall figure in the conference, and is second in scoring average in league games at 15.4 points per contest.

In addition, Elliott is fourth in America East in assists (3.5), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0), eighth in steals (1.3) and tenth in field goal percentage (45.3%).

The Baltimore native is the program’s first Rookie-of-the-Year in any league since Kennedy Okafor earned Big South Conference honors in his freshman season of 1997-98.

He became UMBC’s second NCAA Division I player (and first freshman) to record 400 points (433), 100 rebounds (115) and 100 assists (102) in a season.  His current total of 433 points is third amongst all freshmen in school history, just one point behind Rich Giddens’ 434 (1997-98) and 17 behind Peter Mulligan, who amassed 450 points in the 2000-01 campaign.

Elliott has already set a UMBC freshman record for free throws made in a season (120), and has the fourth-most assists of any Retriever first-year player.

Eliott was just selected as the America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, UMBC’s first in the eight-year history of the award and the first Retriever freshman in any sport to earn the selection.

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UMBC’s Pat Young named America East Rookie of the Year

Posted on 01 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Stony Brook, N.Y.- UMBC freshman midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School (Va.)) has been named America East Conference Men’s Lacrosse Rookie-of-the-Year, in voting done by the league’s six head coaches.

Moreover, Young was the lone freshman to be named to the America East Conference First Team.  He was joined on the first team by Retriever junior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha).

Senior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) earned his third league citation as he was tabbed to the America East Second Team.

Freshman attackman/midfielder Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) joined Young on the league’s All-Rookie Team.

Senior defender Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East) and senior midfielder Neill Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) each earned their second selections to the conference’s All-Academic Team.

Young, a three-time America East Rookie-of-the-Week, currently leads UMBC with 34 points. His 28 goals is tied for the third-most ever by a UMBC Division I player. Young provided three game-winning goals on the season, including scores in the final three minutes of one-goal victories over league foes Stony Brook and Binghamton.

Young becomes just the second Retriever to earn top honors for a league rookie. GoalkeeperJeremy Blevins was the other, earning the citation in 2006. However, Young becomes the first UMBC player to earn First Team All-Conference honors in his freshman campaign.

Poe earns his second consecutive First Team citation. He leads the conference in face-off percentage at 58.4 and is ranked 11th in the nation in that category. Poe has already eclipsed last year’s total of face-off wins with 181 and now possesses the second and third most wins in a single season in school history. He is also nine ground balls shy of becoming the 12thplayer in school history to amass 200.

Earlier this season, Jones became the 30th player in school history to amass 100 career points and is currently tied with former teammate Rob Grimm for 25th place on the UMBC all-time list with 109 points (89-20-109). The team captain has netted 27 goals in 2013, including a career-high six scores in an early April victory over Vermont.

Nate Lewnes earned AEC Rookie of the Week honors in late March, after a season-best six-point effort (2g, 4a) in a victory over High Point. He has scored 12 goals and added 10 assists in his initial collegiate season.

Older brother Neill earned All-Academic honors back in 2011, but missed most of the 2012 campaign after tearing his ACL in the conference opener vs. Hartford.  He has returned in 2013 to play a key role as a defensive midfielder for the Retrievers. A team captain, Lewnes is maintaining a 3.35 grade-point average in financial economics.

Murphy is a repeat selection to the team after earning his first honor in 2012. The political science major has seen action at both close defense and long-stick midfield in 2013 and is second on the squad in ground balls (48) and caused turnovers (16). Also a team captain, Murphy possesses a grade-point average of 3.78.

Seventy-two Retrievers have earned America East honors in UMBC’s ten league campaigns.

The third-seeded Retrievers (6-7, 3-2 America East) face No. 2 Hartford (7-6, 3-2) in the first America East semifinal match-up on Thursday, May 2. The opening face-off is set for 4:30 p.m. at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium.

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