Nominees for the 2013 UMBC Gritty Awards Announced; Voting Open Until May 3rd
BALTIMORE Ė The nominees for the 2013 UMBC Gritty Awards have been announced on the Dawg Blog of UMBCRetrievers.com. The categories for this year include Upset of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Record-Breaking Performance of the Year, Comeback Athlete of the Year, Breakthrough Athlete of the Year, and Play of the Year.
All voting, in addition to video of the nominees, can be found on the Dawg Blog with online voting counting for 50-percent of the results.
The nominees for Upset of the Year are volleyballís win over Albany, menís soccer moving past Old Dominion on PKís, menís swimming edging Navy, menís basketball knocking off Hartford in the conference tournament, and womenís lacrosse rallying past Boston University.
The Rookie of the Year nominees include womenís soccerís Amira Walcott, volleyballís Sherelle Walker, menís swimmingís Leo Endres, menís tennisí Justin Carter, baseballís Kevin Lachance, and menís lacrosseís Pat Young.
The athletes and teams up for the Record-Breaking Performance of the Year are menís soccerís downing Hartford 7-1, womenís basketballís Raven Harris breaking the steals record, swimmer Mohamed Husseinís breaking three school records at the NCAA Championships, menís lacrosseís Phil Poe setting a new face-off record against Vermont, Mercedes Jacksonís breaking two school and one stadium record at the Big Dawg Invitational, and Vincent Rentzsch besting the school javelin record at the Morgan State Legacy Meet.
The Breakthrough Athlete of the Year nominees are cross countryís Brandan McGee, volleyballís Mallory McIntyre, menís soccerís Pete Caringi III, womenís basketballís Raven Harris, baseballís Jake Barnes, and womenís lacrosseís Shannon Harkey.
The Play of the Year recognizes the top play in UMBC Athletics in 2012-13 and the nominees for the award are Bria Bassí stunning goal versus Stony Brook, Phil Saundersí PK save against UNH to send menís soccer to the NCAA Tournament, Brian Nellerís game-winning 3-pointer to down Maine, womenís swimmingís dramatic 400 freestyle relay win at the America East Championships, and Pat Youngís game-winner against Stony Brook.
Voting will continue on the Dawg Blog until Friday, May 3. The winners will be announced at the UMBC Varsity Awards Banquet on Monday, May 6.