A two-time Second Team All ECAC selection as a long stick midfielder in 2001...a dymamic player who is capable of “shut-down” defense one moment, and an end-to-end run to set up a scoring opportunity seconds later.
AT UMBC: Led UMBC with 61 ground balls last season and was third in the ECAC with 5.08 ground balls per game...had seven ground balls in the first two games of the season and added six vs. Army...scored the go-ahead goal off a face-off as UMBC rallied to defeat Penn State...also scored the game-winning goal vs. Rutgers, stripping a Scarlet Knight player on one end and taking the ball the length of the field to start a 5-0 UMBC run in the third quarter...was named as a pre-season All American by Face-Off Yearbook in 2002...was a Second Team All ECAC selection as a long-stick midfielder in 2001..has followed a tradition of Retriever All Americans (Chris Cain, Jason Quenzer) at his position...won a European Championship as a member of Team Germany (with UMBC teammate Joey Kestermann) in the summer of 2001 and earned All European honors...also competed in World Lacrosse Championships this past summer in Austrailia...was second on the 2001 team with 53 ground balls, behind face-off specialist Brian Lawton...scored his first collegiate goal vs. Mt. St. Mary’s...collected a season-high eight ground balls each vs. Georgetown and North Carolina...took over the role as the long stick on the defensive midfield midway through the 2000 season...also played extensively on the wings on draws and even attempted 24 face-offs (10-14)...captured four of six draws at North Carolina...collected 40 ground balls in his first collegiate season...earned his first collegiate point, an assist, early in the season vs. Mt. St. Mary’s...played in all 14 games.
BACKGROUND: A highly decorated defender from Arundel HS...earned All America honors after a brilliant 1999 season...gobbled up a school record 199 ground balls and added six goals and four assists...named Anne Arundel County Player of the Year by The Baltimore Sun and The (Annapolis) Capital ...also a First Team All Metro selection by The Sun and The Washington Post...the class 3A-4A public school winner of the C. Markland Kelly Award...also captained the Arundel football and track and field squads and was an All County linebacker...despite suffering from asthma, he has tremendous speed and stamina...considered Maryland, Navy and Towson, but selected UMBC because of the coaching staff and UMBC’s “program on the rise”...father, George was the ACC champion in the 600 meters (track) in 1969...an admirer of the Orioles’ Cal Ripken....son of Janet and George Wojtech...born August 15, 1980.