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Six Retrievers Earn America East All-Conference Honors; Jones, Poe Selected to First Team
Scott Jones, America East First Team
Phil Poe, America East First Team
Ethan Murphy, America East All-Academic Team
Cambridge, Mass. – Junior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) and sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) were named to the America East Conference First Team in voting done by the league’s six head coaches.
Senior defender Aaron Verardi (Lutherville, Md./Boys’ Latin) and junior midfielder Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) earned Second Team honors, while freshman A/M Derek Bertolini (Madison, Conn./Choate) was selected to the All-Rookie Team. Junior defender Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East) was named to the league’s All-Academic team.
Jones is UMBC’s lone repeat honoree, as the nation’s current ninth-leading goal scorer, earned Second Team honors in 2011.
Jones has hat tricks or better in four of his last five outings, scoring a total of 16 goals in that span. He had scored in 14 consecutive games (35g-10a-45pts, 3.21 ppg) until being held off the board at Vermont on April 7. Jones had multiple points in 12 of those contests and is currently 9th in the nation with 2.83 goals per contest in 2012. He now also has 12 career games with three or more goals, seven of which has been recorded this season.
A team tri-captain, Jones’ season total of 34 goals is the most since Alex Hopmann scored 36 times in 2009 and it is tied for the 17th-best single season in school history.
Poe has attempted all but six draws through 12 games in 2012. He has already won 155 draws in 2012, which is 7th on the Retrievers’ all-time list. He was named America East Conference Player of the Week for games ending April 21 as he tied a school record by winning 22 face-offs in the 17-16 overtime victory over Albany. Moreover, his 15 ground balls recorded are the most since Nick Brownlee scooped a school-record 18 vs. VMI in 1997.
The 22 face-off wins are tied for the sixth-most in a Division I single game in 2012. Poe’s 68 ground balls on the season is the most for a Retriever since Taylor Marino had 78 in 2008. Poe has won 14 or more draws in eight of the 12 contests in 2012. He is ranked 15th in the country with 5.67 ground balls per game.
Verardi, a four-year letterwinner, started all five conference games at close defense and competed in all 12 contests to date. He has recorded a career-best 15 ground balls, caused six turnovers and scored his first collegiate goal. For his career, Verardi has played in 39 games, starting 22, and has only committed two penalties in that span.
Hopmann recovered from a preseason hamstring injury and is the lone Retriever to record at least one point in each game (11) that he has dressed for in 2012. He is third on the team with 20 points, scoring 12 goals and adding eight assists. He averages 2.2 points per game in America East play and led UMBC with three goals and an assist in the 11-8 win at Vermont.
Bertolini has been a solid contributor in his first season at UMBC. A converted attackman, Bertolini has started four of five America East games at midfield. He has five goals and eight assists to date, which was highlighted by a one-goal, three-assist effort in the 17-16 overtime win vs. Albany.
Murphy, also a tri-captain, converted from a long-stick midfielder position to a spot on close defense in 2012. He has started all 12 games and leads the team with 13 caused turnovers. He is also second on the squad with 37 ground balls.
A total of 66 Retrievers have earned America East accolades in nine years of league competition.