May 2, 2013

Fahey, Bilney, Semones Help UMBC Women’s Lacrosse Garner Four Post Season Awards

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – A trio of UMBC women's lacrosse players earned America East post season awards, led by a pair of honors for senior defender Jamie Fahey (Baldwin, Md./Loch Raven), who received conference recognition for the fourth-straight season, as decided in a vote by the league's seven head coaches.

Fahey was named to the America East First Team for the third consecutive season and received her first America East All-Academic Team honor. She was joined on the first team by junior midfielder Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron).

Sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) rounded out the Retrievers post season honors with a spot on the all-league second team.

Fahey concluded her career with another stellar season on the defense end, ranking second on the team in caused turnovers (11) and third on the squad in ground balls (22) and draw controls (26). The senior started every game for the Retrievers for the second-straight season and registered her first-career point with an assist against American. She eclipsed the century mark in both draw controls (115) and ground balls (105) for her career during her final campaign.

Fahey will graduate this month with a degree in psychology and is currently posting a 3.32 grade point average. Last season she was a member of the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll and received the UMBC Athletic Department's Retriever Club Scholarship Award at the annual athletic banquet.

Bilney earns her first conference recognition since being named to the America East All-Rookie Team in 2011. The junior led the Retrievers in ground balls (26) and caused turnovers (14), while also finishing the season with a career-best 38 points, on 28 goals and 10 assists. Bilney placed 79.4 percent of her shots on goal and drilled a team-best four game-winning goals on the year.

Semones lead the Retrievers in scoring in her first season with the squad, tallying 32 goals and 12 assists for a team-best 44 points. The sophomore tied for sixth in draw controls during a single-season on UMBC's record book with 44 on the year and added in 18 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.