CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC men's lacrosse's Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) and women's lacrosse's Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) have each been nominated for the 2013 America East Fans' Choice Players of the Year, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.
A winner will be named for both men's and women's lacrosse. Voting for the 2013 America East Lacrosse Fans' Choice Players of the Year will go until noon on Tuesday, April 30 and can been done on the America East Facebook page. The winner will be announced that afternoon via release at AmericaEast.com.
Junior face-off specialist Phil Poe set a UMBC school record by winning 23 (of 29) draws versus Vermont on April 6. The 23 wins is currently the fifth-most in the nation in 2013.
Poe, who scooped up a season-best 14 ground balls against the Catamounts, leads the squad with 75 ground balls to date and is 21st in the nation with 6.25 per game. An America East First Team selection in 2012, he is also 11th in face-off winning percentage at 57.9 this season, and has taken over the America East lead in that category. Poe has also scored three goals in 2013.
Sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones pilots the Retrievers' offense efforts in her first season with the squad, tallying 32 goals, 12 assists and 44 points on the year. Semones also ranks atop of the team with 44 draw controls, which ranks sixth in UMBC's single-season record books. The Westminster, Md., native also ranks second on the team in caused turnovers (11) and fourth on the team in ground balls (17).