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WATSON NAMED AMERICA EAST MIDFIELDER, ROOKIE OF THE YEAR IN MEN'S SOCCER
UMBC freshman midfielder Matt Watson (
Watson earned First Team All America East honors, as did junior defender Marcus Gross (Barnstaple, England/Park School).
Other Retrievers honored were senior forward Derek McElligott (
Watson, the lone freshman to earn First Team honors, leads the America East and ranks fifth in the nation in assists with 9 in 17 games (0.60). He is sixth in the conference in scoring with 4 goals and 9 helpers for 17 points. The nine assists is the most ever by a UMBC freshman. He is UMBC’s first conference Rookie of the Year since McElligott earned the honors in the Northeast Conference in 2001.
Gross, a two-time First Team honoree, continued his dominating play on the Retriever backline. He also added a pair of goals and an assist in 2004.
McElligott lead UMBC for the fourth straight year in goals scored, tallying eight in his final campaign. He set UMBC Division I marks for career goals (47), points (106), and game-winning goals (18).
Moffa became a starter midway through the season and excelled as a marking back. He also added three assists in his eleven starts.
UMBC completed its season with an 8-6-3 record, its seventh straight winning season.