Pat Young Named America East Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Year; Six Retrievers Honored
Stony Brook, N.Y.- UMBC freshman midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School (Va.)) has been named America East Conference Men's Lacrosse Rookie-of-the-Year, in voting done by the league's six head coaches.
Moreover, Young was the lone freshman to be named to the America East Conference First Team. He was joined on the first team by Retriever junior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha).
Senior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) earned his third league citation as he was tabbed to the America East Second Team.
Freshman attackman/midfielder Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) joined Young on the league's All-Rookie Team.
Senior defender Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East) and senior midfielder Neill Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) each earned their second selections to the conference's All-Academic Team.
Young, a three-time America East Rookie-of-the-Week, currently leads UMBC with 34 points. His 28 goals is tied for the third-most ever by a UMBC Division I player. Young provided three game-winning goals on the season, including scores in the final three minutes of one-goal victories over league foes Stony Brook and Binghamton.
Young becomes just the second Retriever to earn top honors for a league rookie. Goalkeeper Jeremy Blevins was the other, earning the citation in 2006. However, Young becomes the first UMBC player to earn First Team All-Conference honors in his freshman campaign.
Poe earns his second consecutive First Team citation. He leads the conference in face-off percentage at 58.4 and is ranked 11th in the nation in that category. Poe has already eclipsed last year's total of face-off wins with 181 and now possesses the second and third most wins in a single season in school history. He is also nine ground balls shy of becoming the 12thplayer in school history to amass 200.
Earlier this season, Jones became the 30th player in school history to amass 100 career points and is currently tied with former teammate Rob Grimm for 25th place on the UMBC all-time list with 109 points (89-20-109). The team captain has netted 27 goals in 2013, including a career-high six scores in an early April victory over Vermont.
Nate Lewnes earned AEC Rookie of the Week honors in late March, after a season-best six-point effort (2g, 4a) in a victory over High Point. He has scored 12 goals and added 10 assists in his initial collegiate season.
Older brother Neill earned All-Academic honors back in 2011, but missed most of the 2012 campaign after tearing his ACL in the conference opener vs. Hartford. He has returned in 2013 to play a key role as a defensive midfielder for the Retrievers. A team captain, Lewnes is maintaining a 3.35 grade-point average in financial economics.
Murphy is a repeat selection to the team after earning his first honor in 2012. The political science major has seen action at both close defense and long-stick midfield in 2013 and is second on the squad in ground balls (48) and caused turnovers (16). Also a team captain, Murphy possesses a grade-point average of 3.78.
Seventy-two Retrievers have earned America East honors in UMBC's ten league campaigns.
The third-seeded Retrievers (6-7, 3-2 America East) face No. 2 Hartford (7-6, 3-2) in the first America East semifinal match-up on Thursday, May 2. The opening face-off is set for 4:30 p.m. at Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium.