WATSON NAMED TO COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS THIRD TEAM ALL FRESHMAN SQUAD; RETRIEVER ALUMS CONTINUE TO STAR FOR BALTIMORE BLAST
UMBC freshman midfielder Matt Watson (Redditch, England) was named to the 2004 College Soccer News Third Team All Freshman squad, it was announced by the online publication. Watson had previously earned Freshman of the Year and Midfielder of the Year honors from the America East Conference. In his initial season, Watson led the America East and ranked ninth in the nation in assists with 9 in 17 games (0.60). He was 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 was UMBCís first conference Rookie of the Year since Derek McElligott earned the honors in the Northeast Conference in 2001.
In other soccer-related news, former Retriever players continue to shine for defending the MISL champion Baltimore Blast. A pair of Retrievers earned MISL PLAYER OF THE WEEK honors on Monday, December 27. The GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK was Brian Rowland and the DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK was P.J. Wakefield. Rowland leads the MISL in save percentage this season (.769) after just seven games played (103 saves on 134 shots faced). He is 3-3 on the season and ranks fifth in the League with a 5.18 goals against average. After 12 games, Wakefield ranks third on the Blast in points this season with 17 (nine goals and eight assists) and also ranks sixth on the Blast with nine blocks. In his fourth season with the Blast, Wakefieldís all-around play has proven him to be an asset on both ends of the field.
Forward Giuliano Celenza is second on the Blast in scoring with 15 goals and 6 assists, while defender Billy Nelson has been a stalwart on the back line for the 2003 and 2004 league champions.