Retriever Lacrosse Notes: Murphy Earns USILA Scholar All-America Honors; Poe Headlines UMBC's NCAA Statistical Leaders

BALTIMORE- UMBC senior defender Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East) was named to the 2013 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Scholar All-America Team, becoming the third Retriever to earn the honor.

Murphy, who recently competed in the USILA/LAXWORLD North-South Division I/II game, joins alums Peet Poillon and Ryan Smith, who were both selected in 2009.

In 1989 the USILA Scholar All-America Program was established to recognize student-athletes from USILA member institutions who have distinguished themselves academically, athletically and as citizens of their communities. The USILA Selection Committee selects an overall team representing Division I, II and III. The Scholar All-Americas are recognized at the annual Lacrosse All-America Banquet.

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In the final 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse statistics, UMBC placed in the top 20 in three offensive categories. The Retrievers were 13th in shooting percentage (31.0), 16th in scoring offense (11.4 goals per game), and 17th (38.6%) in man-up offense. UMBC finished 14th in man-up percentage (41.9%) in 2012 and have been ranked in the top 20 in seven of the past ten seasons.

UMBC was also ranked 14th in both face-off winning percentage (55.3) and ground balls per game (32.2).

Individually, rising senior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) finished ninth in the nation in face-off winning percentage (58.8) and 18th in ground balls per game (6.6). Rising sophomore defender Zach Esser (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) was 40th in caused turnovers with 1.47 per game. Moreover, senior attackmen Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) andJoe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) were both ranked in the top forty amongst offensive players. Jones was 31st in goals per game (2.33), while Lustgarten was 40th in assists per outing (1.33).  

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Retriever Record Book Stuff

  • ·         Poe set a UMBC single-season record with 218 face-off wins, surpassing Russ LeClair, whose mark of 210 had stood since 1984… He needs four face-off wins to move past Ray Ignacio (450, 1984-87) into the top spot in school history.
  • ·         Poe is ninth on UMBC's all-time ground ball list with 211… He is the first Retriever to hit the 200-mark since Greg Wojtech did it in 2003… Poe corralled 99 ground balls in 2013, the most for a Retriever since Nick Brownlee amassed 109 in 1997… The 99 ground balls are the fourth-most in UMBC's Division I (1981) history.
  • ·         Rising sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.) School) scored the third-most goals (32) and recorded the fifth-most points (39) of any UMBC freshman at the NCAA Division I level. The America East Rookie of the Year became the first Retriever to earn America East First Team honors in his freshman campaign.  
  • ·         Esser recorded more caused turnovers (22) than any UMBC freshman since the statistic has been recorded (2003).
  • ·         Jones stands 20th in school history with 117 career points (96-21-117).  Jones became the third Retriever at the Division I level to post back-to-back seasons with 30 or more goals (2012-13). Teammates Steve Marohl (1991-92) and Jason Smith (1992, 93, 94) are the others to accomplish the feat.  
  • ·         Lustgarten became the fourth Retriever at the Division I level to record a pair of 20-assist seasons. The others were Steve Marohl (1991, 92), Chris Turner (1996-99) and Dan Marohl (1998, 2000).