UMBC specialist Poe picks up weekly America East honor

April 28, 2014 | WNST Staff

Cambridge, Mass. – UMBC senior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) was named America East Conference co-Player of the Week, the league office announced today.

Poe shares the award by Albany attackman Lyle Thompson.

Poe set a pair of school records in UMBC’s 17-14 regular season finale victory at Vermont. UMBC’s all-time leader in face-offs won controlled a school-record 28 (of 34) draws, surpassing his own school mark by five. The all-time NCAA Division I record for face-offs won in a game is 30, which is shared by three players.

He also collected 20 ground balls, eclipsing Nick Brownlee’s record of 18, recorded on April 6, 1997.

Poe won 9-of-11 draws in the second quarter as UMBC outscored Vermont, 10-0, to take control of the game.

Poe now has a career-best 112 ground balls on the campaign, the most-ever by a UMBC Division I player and tied for the fourth-most in school history. His 28 face-off wins are three more than two other players who shared the NCAA single-game mark in 2014 entering play last week. The 20 ground balls recorded by Poe ties Bryant’s Kevin Massa, who has done it on two occasions in 2014.

Amongst all active players, Poe is fifth in face-offs won (632) and face-offs taken (1,135) and 11th in ground balls (5.98) per game. In 2014, he is ranked ninth nationally with 8.62 ground balls per contest.

The two-time America East First Team face-off specialist earned an earlier Player of the week honor on April 23, 2012.

UMBC (7-6, 3-2 AE) is the No. 3 seed for the upcoming America East Tournament and will take on second-seeded Binghamton (7-7, 4-1 AE) in the first semifinal contest at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 1 at Stony Brook’s La Valle Stadium.