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Young scores five goals to lift UMBC past Hartford

Posted on 13 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School (Va.)) scored four of his career-high five goals in the fourth quarter as the host Retrievers staved off a Hartford rally and defeated the Hawks, 16-11, in an America East Conference contest in summer-like conditions at UMBC Stadium.

UMBC improved to 6-5 overall and 2-1 in the conference, while UH slipped to 5-8, 0-3.

Inserted onto the man-up unit for the contest, UMBC senior midfielder Ryan Johnston (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown)  tied a school record by scoring three extra-man goals on the day.

Retriever freshman netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) turned in another outstanding performance. He made 13 saves, but all of his four of fourth-quarter stops were all dazzling efforts.

“We were not happy with the outcome of last week and were determined to come out here today and get one back,” said head coach Don Zimmernan. “The key was that we jumped all over them early. Give Hartford credit, they make their run, but it’s really hard to come back when you’re down that many. I really liked the way we played down the stretch.”

The Retrievers never trailed, but looked to make a comfortable day as they sprinted out to leads of 5-0, just 7:03 into the contest and 9-3 on Johnston’s third man-up score just 5:47 into the second quarter.

But Hartford scored twice in a span of 19 seconds late in the quarter and had the momentum going into the break, trailing just 9-5.

The Hawks continued to push back in the third quarter and closed the deficit to 10-8 on a goal by freshman attackman Jaedon Henderson midway through the stanza.  The Retrievers halted that 5-1 Hawk run as senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) was rejected twice by Hawk senior goalkeeper Frank Piechota, but sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) corralled the loose ball and fed Gregoire inside for the Retrievers’ 11th score.

Gordon came up with a huge, acrobatic save on UH’s Brad Hutton at the 3:33 mark of the fourth quarter, and Young cashed in on the other end, scoring an unassisted goal 41 seconds later.  Hawk attackman Andrew Cacchio got that goal back off the ensuing draw 18 seconds later, but

Young started and ended a 3-0 UMBC run with goals over a span of 3:32, which gave the hosts a 15-9 advantage with 6:13 to play.

Hartford would continue to fight back, getting back-to-back goals from Matt Carroll and Hutton to trim the score to 15-11 with5:13 remaining. But Young set his personal high in goals, converting a Ty Kashur (Manassas, Va./CCBC-Essex) feed with4:22 remaining and sealing the victory for the Retrievers.

“I think (Pat Young) played his best game since he’s been here,” said Zimmerman. “He really took the game into his own hands down the stretch.”

Gannon and freshman attackman Max Maxwell also set personal bests in the contest. Gannon led all scorers with six points, scoring twice and adding four assists, while Maxwell set a season-high with four helpers. Three of Gannon’s assists occurred on man-up opportunities.

Henderson led Hartford with two goals and two assists and Piechota was credited with nine saves.

UMBC outshot UH, 38-35. The Hawks were penalized ten times (8:00) and the Retrievers were credited with four man-up goals on seven attempts.

“I’m really happy for the team- hard work pays off,” Zimmerman said.

Notes:  Gannon, who recorded one assist in his freshman season, now has 17 goals and 18 helpers as a sophomore… Gordon has made more saves than allowed goals in 9 of 11 games in 2014…  Six other Retrievers have scored three man-up goals in a game… Alex Hopmann was the last to do it on April 3, 2007 vs. Towson… Young has scored at least one point in 22 consecutive games… UMBC is now 24-4 in 28 America East Conference home games in 11 league seasons and the Retrievers have yet to lose back-to-back games in conference regular season play

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UMBC continues America East play Saturday against Hartford

Posted on 11 April 2014 by WNST Staff

SET THE SCENE: UMBC and Hartford meet in a critical America East Conference match-up at UMBC Stadium on Saturday, April 12. The opening face-off is set for 3:30 p.m. Both squads are coming off setbacks in the five-game  America East schedule and will be battling to maintain contact with the top of the league. Live video streaming is available on www.umbcretrievers.tv with Gary Stein and Kevin O’Neill on the call.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC held a 6-4 halftime lead, but the host Binghamton Bearcats outscored the Retrievers, 9-1, in the second half and earned a 13-7 America East Conference victory at the Bearcats Sports Complex on April 6. UMBC had its two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in league play, FR A Max Maxwell led UMBC with a goal and two assists, while SO M Pat Young and SR A Matt Gregoire each scored a pair of goals. Gregoire, who leads the team with 31 goals and 34 points, has scored all of his season’s goals in the last eight games. Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon is ranked sixth in the nation with 12.20 saves per game. The AE Rookie of the Week on March 31 owns a save percentage of 55.2 percent, which is 17th-best in the country.

HAWK UPDATE:  SR Conner Yatauro and RS JR Adam Yee each netted hat tricks on Sunday afternoon, but Hartford came up short against No. 16 UAlbany, dropping a 15-11 decision at Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium. Hartford won the ground ball battle, 38-33, and forced 18 UAlbany turnovers, but dropped its fourth straight contest. The Hawks then defeated visting Dartmouth, 12-7, on April 8. FR A Jaedon Henderson scored five goals and SR G Frank Piechota made a career-high 18 saves. JR A Kevin O’Shea has recorded 27 goals and 39 points through the team’s first 12 games. Shea averages 11.1 shots per game.  Yee has won 150 of 269 draws attempted, a 55.8 percent success mark.

LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC leads the series, 7-5, and snapped a four-game slide to the Hawks with a 16-12 victory at UMBC Stadium in 2012. The teams met twice in 2013, with Hartford triumphing, 15-14, in overtime at Al-Marzook Field in the regular season, but UMBC rallying for a 15-13 victory in the America East semifinals at Stony Brook. The Retrievers are 4-1 versus the Hawks at UMBC Stadium.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC completes the  home schedule and honors its seniors next Saturday, April 19 with a 3:30 p.m.contest versus defending America East champion Albany.

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UMBC can’t hold halftime lead, falls at Binghamton

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Vestal, N.Y. – UMBC held a 6-4 halftime lead, but the host Binghamton Bearcats outscored the Retrievers, 9-1, in the second half and earned a 13-7 America East Conference victory at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

UMBC had its two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in league play, while Binghamton improved to 4-6, 2-0.

Binghamton outshot UMBC, 38-27, and UMBC fell to 0-5 when being oushot in 2014.

Freshman attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) led UMBC with a goal and two assists, while sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) and senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) each scored a pair of goals.

Binghamton jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Retrievers reeled off four consecutive goals and led, 4-2, on a score by Maxwell with 11:00 to play in the second quarter. The Bearcats tied the game on back-to-back scores, but Gregoire gave the visitors the lead back, converted a high feed from Maxwell inside with 3:29 remaining in the stanza.

With 1:45 to play in the half, Young found the net on a dodge and shot from 10 yards out to give UMBC a 6-4 advantage, which they took to the break.

But Binghamton came out in the second half and jumped on the Retrievers, racking up four straight goals in the first 10 minutes of the third. Sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) tried to breath life back into the visitors, finishing on a man-down fast break situation with 4:31 to play in the quarter.

UMBC won the ensuing draw, but turned the ball over and BU’s Michael Antonozzi closed the quarter with a goal at the 13:03 mark of the period to give the hosts a 9-7 lead after 45 minutes.

A key sequence early in the fourth quarter stung the Retrievers, as Binghamton netminder Max Schefler made back-to-back, one-on-one  saves on Gregoire in a five-second span.  After BU’s Tucker Nelson gave the Bearcats the first three-goal of the day at 10-7 with 10:58 remaining, the Bearcats took over the momentum and controlled the final stages  of the game.

Schefler, who made just two saves and allowed six first half goals, stopped 11 shots (13 saves) and permitted just one second half UMBC goal. UMBC red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) allowed more goals (13) than recorded saves (11) for only the second time in 2014.

UMBC won the battle of face-offs, 14-10, but committed more turnovers (15) than the Bearcats (12).

The Retrievers return to action on Saturday, April 12, when they host Hartford at UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 3:30 p.m.

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UMBC continues America East play Sunday at Binghamton

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

An early battle of America East unbeaten will take place in Vestal, N.Y. on Sunday, April 6, as the UMBC Retrievers (5-4, 1-0 America East) face the Binghamton Bearcats (3-6, 1-0 AE) at the Bearcats’ Sports Complex. The opening face-off is set for 2:00 p.m. Live video streaming is available on www.americaeast.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: Sophomore midfielder Pat Young scored with 9.6 seconds remaining in the first overtime period as the Retrievers edged Stony Brook, 12-11, in the America East opening game for both squads on March 28. Young and SR A Matt Gregoire led a balanced attack in goal-scoring with three apiece. Gregoire, who leads the team with 29 goals and 32 points, has scored all of his season’s goals in the last eight games. Entering the week, he is fifth nationally with 3.22 goals per game and has already set a new single-season high for goals scored. Red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon is ranked sixth in the nation with 12.33 saves per game. The reigning AE Rookie of the Week owns a save percentage of 56.3 percent, which is 14th-best in the country. The win over Stony Brook moved UMBC’s overtime record in America East play to 4-1 in regular season competition.

BEARCAT UPDATE:  Binghamton gave No. 8 Syracuse all they could handle on Wednesday night, losing a tight 10-8 non-conference contest in front of 1,847 fans at the Carrier Dome. JR A Tucker Nelson led the way for Binghamton with a four-point effort against the Orange with a one-goal, three-assist night. BU edged Hartford, 11-10, in their America East opener from Al-Marzook Field on Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats fought back from a four-goal deficit in the first half and their defense withstood a late Hartford rally in the final minute. SR A Matt Springer registered his fourth hat trick of the season with a four-goal effort. Nelson leads BU in points with 10 goals and a team-best 19 assists, while SR A Matt Springer has tallied a team-best 25 goals. Seven of the Bearcats’ nine games have been decided by two goals or less and BU is 3-4 in those contests.

LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES:  Young scored his fourth goal with 1:18 remaining and the host Retrievers outlasted Binghamton, 10-9, to clinch a berth in the America East Tournament for the tenth consecutive year on April 27, 2013. Young, who led the Retrievers with four scores, scored his third game-winning goal of the season.
Binghamton won the first meeting in New York in 2004 and the most recent one in Vestal in 2012, but UMBC won the 11 contests in between and last year’s game to increase the series lead to 12-2.  Five of the 14 decisions in the series have been determined by a single goal and UMBC has won a pair of overtime decisions versus the Bearcats.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC returns home for back-to-back America East contests, starting with a Saturday, April 12 contest versus Hartford. The opening face-off is slated for 3:30 p.m.

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UMBC GK Gordon picks up weekly America East honor

Posted on 31 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Cambridge, Mass. – UMBC red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy)  has been named America East Conference Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week for games ending March 29, the league office announced today.

Gordon fell one save shy of his season high, making 15 stops against Stony Brook as the Retrievers prevailed, 12-11, in overtime.

The Retriever netminder made a one-on-one save with his team two men down midway through overtime, setting up Pat Young’s (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.) School) game-winning goal with 9.6 seconds to play in extra time.  He has recorded more saves than goals allowed in eight of his nine starts for UMBC (5-4, 1-0 America East) this season.

Gordon is averaging 12.33 saves per game, good for sixth place in the nation through games of March 30. His save percentage is an outstanding 56.3 percent, which is 14th-best in the country.

Notes: Senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River), who recorded his sixth game this season with three or more goals versus Stony Brook, fifth in the nation with 3.22 goals per game (29)… Gregoire has posted three or more goals in a dozen games in his career.

Senior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) collected a team-best nine ground balls versus Stony Brook and is now tied for ninth place in school history with 275 ground balls… Former UMBC All-American Mark Gold collected 275 ground balls from 1981-84… Poe has now attempted more than 1,000 career draws, winning 54.5 percent (school-record 553) of 1,016 attempted.

UMBC is now 17-7 under Don Zimmerman in overtime games and the Retriever mentor is 19-9 in his 28 seasons as a head coach… The Retrievers’ last overtime game was the 2013 conference opener when they fell,15-14, at Hartford… Young also scored the game-winning goal against the Seawolves as a freshman in 2013, netting a shot with 2:39 to play in the fourth quarter to break a 12-all tie and propel UMBC to a 13-12 victory… UMBC is now 8-3 in America East openers.

The Retrievers’ unusual opening schedule in America East play had them opening at home on a Friday evening versus Stony Brook, then next competing on Sunday, April 6 at Binghamton… The Bearcats (3-5, 1-0) opened AE play with an 11-10 win at Hartford on March 29 and they will travel to No. 8 Syracuse for a Wednesday evening contest at the Carrier Dome.

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Young scores winner for UMBC in OT over Stony Brook

Posted on 29 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.) School) scored with 9.6 seconds remaining in the first overtime period as the Retrievers edged Stony Brook, 12-11, in the America East opening game for both squads.

Young and senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) led a balanced attack in goal-scoring with three apiece.

Stony Brook sophomore attackman Brody Eastwood led all scorers with five goals.

The Retrievers improved to 5-4 overall, while Stony Brook slipped to 4-6.

UMBC trailed, 4-0, after one quarter, but it was the Seawolves that had to rally late to send the game to extra time. They scored the final three goals of regulation, including the game-tying goal on Eastwood’s second of back-to-back scores with1:10 remaining in regulation. After Stony Brook controlled the ensuing draw, UMBC created a turnover, but Gregoire’s effort with 17 seconds remaining missed the cage.

Young had a chance to win the game early in overtime, but his shot from close range was deflected away by Stony Brook freshman netminder Hayden Johnston.  The Seawolves took control of the ball and drew a pair of technical fouls against the hosts and went two-men-up with 2:14 to play. SBU junior attackman Mike Rooney got inside, but his high shot was stuffed by UMBC red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) and the Retrievers killed off the Seawolf opportunity.

Johnston would make two saves against UMBC sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) in the final minute, but the ball found its way back to Young in the center of the field. He made a dodge to the right and beat the Stony Brook keeper with a low shot.

Young also scored the game-winning goal against the Seawolves as a freshman in 2013, netting a shot with 2:39 to play in the fourth quarter to break a 12-all tie and propel UMBC to a 13-12 victory.

Both goalkeepers were outstanding in the well-played contest. Gordon fell one shy of his season high, making 15 saves, while Johnston stopped 12 Retriever attempts.

Stony Brook built a 5-1 lead after Eastwood’s first goal of the night at the 7:35 mark of the second quarter. But the Retrievers would hold the conference rivals scoreless for 18:34 and went on a 6-0 run to take a 7-5 advantage on freshman Max Maxwell’s (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) second third-quarter goal at the 9:45 mark of the stanza.

The visitors, who led 5-4 at the half, rallied and tied the game at 8-8 on back-to-back scores by Eastwood in a 39-second span late in the third quarter.

But UMBC grabbed the momentum heading to the fourth quarter, as Gregoire slipped in a tough angle shot with two seconds to play in the period.

UMBC extended the lead to 11-8 on goals by Young and Gannon in the first 5:58 of the fourth quarter before Stony Brook rallied.

Maxwell  (2g, 1a) and Gannon (1g, 2a) both scored three points for UMBC and sophomore attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) scored a pair of goals.

Rooney had a goal and three helpers for SBU.

UMBC outshot Stony Brook, 41-35, but the Seawolves rallied to win the battle of face-offs, 15-12.

The Retrievers next play at Binghamton on Sunday, April 6.
Notes: UMBC is now 17-7 under Coach Don Zimmerman in overtime games and the Retriever mentor is 19-9 in his 28 seasons as a head coach… The Retrievers’ last overtime game was the 2013 conference opener when they fell ,15-14, at Hartford… Gregoire posted his sixth game of the season with three or more goals and now has 12 for his career… Young now has six career three-goal games… Stony Brook entered the game ranked third in the nation in extra-man offense and UMBC blanked the Seawolves on four opportunities… UMBC improved to 13-7 in the all-time series with the Seawolves and snapped a two-game home losing streak to SBU… UMBC is now 8-3 in America East openers.

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UMBC opens America East play Friday against Stony Brook

Posted on 27 March 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC opens its 11th season of America East Conference play on Friday, March 28, when the Retrievers host Stony Brook at UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 7:30 p.m. Live video streaming is available on www.umbcretrievers.tv and the game will be broadcast with Gary Stein and Kevin O’Neill on the call.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: SR A Matt Gregoire recorded career highs in goals (6) and points (8) and SO linemate Nate Lewnes added a career-best five goals as UMBC (4-4) defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 17-7, at Waldron Family Stadium on Saturday.The 17 goals and 12 assists recorded by UMBC were season-highs and the most goals since a 17-16 win over Albany on April 21, 2012. Gregoire, who leads the team with 26 goals and 29 points, has scored all of his season’s goals in the last seven games. He recorded UMBC’s first six-goal goal since Scott Jones scored six times versus Vermont on April 6, 2013. Entering the week, he was sixth nationally with 3.63 goals per game.

Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon is ranked ninth in the nation with 12.00 saves per game.

UMBC is 7-3 in ten previous America East Conference openers and has won its last two. The Retrievers’ all-time record in ten previous seasons of league play is 39-13 (.750) and UMBC is 22-4 (.846) at UMBC Stadium.

SEAWOLF UPDATE:  Stony Brook (4-5) held an 11-8 lead after three quarters, but St. John’s outscored the Seawolves, 5-0, in the final period to claim a 13-11 win Saturday at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Four Stony Brook players had two goals apiece, including SO M Chris Hughes, who added two assists. Stony Brook was 5 of 5 on extra-man chances, scoring five man-up goals for the first time since 2007 at Denver. SBU, which is ranked third nationally in man-up offense, has not won nor lost multiple games in a row in 2014.

SO A Brody Eastwood leads the Seawolves with 26 goals on the campaign. SO A Matt Schultz (14-18-32) and S M Chalen Rogers (12-20-32) are tied for the team lead with 32 points apiece. Three netminders have earned decisions for SBU this season. FR Hayden Johnstone got the start vs. St. John’s and made 10 saves.

LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES:  Pat Young broke a 12-all tie by scoring with 2:39 remaining and visiting UMBC won a critical America East Conference contest, 13-12, at defending champion Stony Brook at LaValle Stadium on April 13, 2013.  The game featured ten ties before Young took a feed from senior A/M Joe Lustgarten and buried a shot from nine yards out.

Nate Lewnes led a balanced UMBC attack with two goals and two assists. Young and Gregoire each scored two goals apiece for the visitors. Phil Poe won 18 of 29 draws, and the visitors outshot the hosts, 47-23.

UMBC leads the all-time series, 12-7, and snapped a three-game slide to SBU with the 2013 victory. The Seawolves have won the last two meetings at UMBC Stadium and are 4-5 in nine previous Baltimore contests.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC plays its first league road game of the campaign when they travel to Binghamton for a contest with the Bearcats on Sunday, April 6. The opening draw  is set for 2:00 p.m.

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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 opens America East Tournament Saturday against Albany

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The fifth-seeded UMBC men’s basketball team opens competition in its 11th America East Men’s Basketball Championship when the Retrievers face No. 4 seed and host Albany on Saturday, March 8 at UA’s SEFCU Arena. The contest is the second quarterfinal game of four on the day, as top-seeded Vermont kicks off the afternoon by taking on No. 8 New Hampshire at noon. The No. 5 seed is UMBC’s highest since the 2007-08 team earned the No. 1 seed and went on to take the title. The two squads split a pair of thrilling contests this season, with Albany winning, 73-72, in double overtime at SEFCU on Jan. 8 and the Retrievers getting a last-second tip-in from Quentin Jones and triumphing, 71-69 at the RAC Arena on Feb. 12. Paul Mittermeier and Dan Levin have all the play-by-play action and video streaming is available via ESPN3.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC achieved its most victories (9) since the 2008-09 season, but its last victory came versus Albany on Feb. 12 and the Retrievers enter the tournament tying a season-high with four consecutive setbacks. Three of those losses occurred on the road, including a 67-56 loss at Hartford on March 2. FR G Rodney Elliott (14.9 ppg), selected as the AE Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, scored 21 points versus the Hawks, posting 20 or more for the seventh time in his initial campaign. The Retrievers have enjoyed great tournament success at SEFCU Arena, posting a 3-1 record in the 2009 and 2013 championships.

GREAT DANE UPDATE: Albany could have clinched the No. 3 seed in the tournament with a win at Stony Brook on March 2, but dropped a hard-fought 73-68 decision. The setback snapped a three-game win streak for the Danes, which started after their loss at UMBC. SO G Peter Hooley, who scored 21 second-half points in the Danes’ setback to the Retrievers, leads the squad with 14.8 points per game and is the league’s most-proficient free throw shooter (132/150, 88.0 percent). Three other Danes average in double figures, including JR F Sam Rowley (11.3), who leads the team with 6.8 caroms per game. UA is 9-3 on its home floor and 7-1 versus America East foes in 2013-14.

WHO’S UP NEXT: Should the Retrievers advance, they would face the winner of the No. 1 Vermont vs. No. 8 UNH contests in the first semifinal on Sunday, March 9 at 5:02 p.m.

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UMBC G Elliott named America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year

Posted on 04 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The 2013-14 America East Fans’ Choice Players of the Year were unveiled on Tuesday after over 3,000 fans placed their vote on the conference’s Facebook page.

UMBC’s Rodney Elliott and Hartford’s Alyssa Englert earned Fans’ Choice Player of the Year awards, with Elliott taking the men’s award and Englert earning the women’s trophy

One of the top freshmen in the America East this season, Elliott earned 478 of the 1,535 (31%) of the total votes that were cast by fans “Liking” or “Sharing” the rookies photo on the conference Facebook page. He edged out Vermont’s Brian Voelkel, who had 332 total votes. Elliott leads all freshmen and ranks fourth in the conference, averaging 14.9 points per game. He is a five-time Rookie of the Week selection and averages a team-best 3.5 assists per game.

Englert, a senior guard, received 542 of the 2,047 total votes to edge out UMBC’s Sara Tarbert by just over 100 votes. The senior has started in 24 games for the Hawks and ranks eighth in the conference during league play with 3.4 assists per game. She has also been a star off the court and was the first America East student-athlete named to the WBCA Allstate Good Works team, a distinction awarded to only five Division I basketball players in the country.

Nine nominees (one from each school) were named to each ballot on Feb. 26. Over 3,500 fans voted for the awards on the league’s Facebook page through 3 p.m. on March 4. 

All-Time Fans’ Choice Player of the Year Winners
Men

2013-14 – Rodney Elliott, UMBC
2012-13 – Tommy Brenton, Stony Brook
2011-12 – Brian Dougher, Stony Brook
2010-11 – Evan Fjeld, Vermont
2009-10 – Marqus Blakely, Vermont
2008-09 – D.J. Rivera, Binghamton
2007-08 – Brian Lillis, Albany
2006-07 – Mike Trimboli, Vermont

Women
2013-14 – Alyssa Englert, Hartford
2012-13 – Amber Bepko, Hartford
2011-12 – Dani Klupenger, Stony Brook
2010-11 – Kerry Cashman, Boston U.
2009-10 – May Kotsopoulos, Vermont
2008-09 – Christine Kinneary, Boston U.
2007-08 – Danielle Hood, Hartford
2006-07 – Katie Meinhardt, Boston U.

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