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RETRIEVERS SWEEP WOMEN'S LACROSSE HONORS
UMBC senior midfielder Jamie Gerhart was named the NEC's Player of the Year today after scoring 32 goals and adding 17 assists during the 2002 regular season. Teammate Stephanie Crouch was named Rookie of the Year as well, becoming the first Retriever to win that award. To complete the sweep of major awards, UMBC Head Coach Monica Yeakel won Coach of the Year for the second time in three years.Gerhart, who led the team in scoring with 3.50 points per game, earns her second All-Conference nod in her career. Her offensive output helped the Retrievers rank first in the NEC in scoring with 13.36 goals per game. She was also among the team leaders in ground balls, with 26 and draw controls with 18.Crouch, who scored 10 goals and added four assists on the season, was named Rookie of the Week once during the regular season, following her three-goal effort against Central Connecticut State. Defensively, she registered 16 ground balls, 11 draw controls and five turnovers caused. She was also named to the Second Team All-Conference.Joining Gerhart on the First Team All-NEC were sophomore attacker Jen Dragoni, who ranked second on the team in scoring with 27 goals and 14 assists; junior midfielders Stephanie Allen, who leads the nation with 50 draw controls (3.57 per game) and Lauren Traber (21g, 8a); and senior defender Beth Milani, who leads UMBC in turnovers caused with 21.Coach Yeakel wins the second NEC Coach of the Year award of her career after leading the Retrievers to a 10-4 record, including 7-0 in the NEC. She currently holds a 27-1 regular season record against NEC competition and she will be going for her fourth conference title in five years this weekend.