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Five UMBC Men's Laxers Named to America East All-Conference Squads; Retrievers to Face Host Hartford in League Semis on Wednesday Evening
Cambridge, Mass.- Five UMBC men’s lacrosse players received their first conference accolades as America East announced its all-conference teams on Tues., May 3.
The Retrievers are preparing to face host Hartford in the America East semifinals on Wed., May 4 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Fox 1370 Sports Radio.
Senior midfielder Jamie Kimbles (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne’s), sophomore attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) and sophomore defender Sam McKelvey (Davidsonville, Md./South River) all earned Second Team All-Conference honors. Freshman Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team and sophomore Neill Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) earned a spot on the conference’s All-Academic squad.
Kimbles, a co-captain and one of three seniors of the Retriever squad, has battled injuries this season, but has managed to score nine goals and add eight assists. He has been very effective in UMBC’s three conference victories, scoring ten points and finishing ninth in league games with 2.50 points per game. He posted a career-best six-point effort (4g, 2a) in a 13-9 win at Albany. Kimbles has 31 career goals and 53 points.
After scoring two goals as a freshman, Jones enters the league playoffs with a team-high 22 goals. He amassed five goals (including four fourth-quarter scores and the GWG) at Albany on April 16, the most goals for a Retriever since Matt Latham tallied six on April 17, 2010. Jones has points in 11 of 12 games this season and has been credited with the game-winning goal in all three of UMBC’s league victories. He is fourth in the league with 12 goals (2.40) in five league games and has 17 goals and four assists in his last eight outings.
McKelvey worked his way into the starting lineup seven games ago and has become a mainstay on the Retriever backline. He has recorded 16 ground balls, caused four turnovers and has only committed one foul.
Linkous has played in all 12 games and has started six in his initial campaign. The local product has been playing on UMBC’s first midfield down the stretch and has amassed six goals and four assists. He has three multi-point games on the year, including a one-goal, two-assist effort at Stony Brook on April 2.
Like Kimbles, Lewnes has battled injuries, but has managed to compete in all 12 contests. He leads the Retrievers with 40 ground balls and has caused six opponent miscues. Used sparingly as a freshman, the two-way midfielder has also scored six goals and added two assists.
Sixty Retrievers have been honored by the America East Conference on all-league teams since 2004.