BOSTON – UMBC men's lacrosse junior Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) and women's lacrosse senior Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) have been nominated for the 2015 America East Lacrosse Fans' Choice Player of the Year, as announced by the conference office on Thursday.
Voting for the 2015 America East Lacrosse Fans' Choice Players of the Year opens Thursday, April 23 and will go until Tuesday, April 28 (men until noon, women until 12:30 p.m.). Fans will be allowed to vote once per day on the America East Facebook Page. The winner will be announced that afternoon via release at AmericaEast.com.
With five goals scored against UMass Lowell on Saturday, Lewnes became the sixth player in UMBC's NCAA Division I history (1981) to post back-to-back 30-goal seasons.
Lewnes scored five goals for the second consecutive game, highlighted by tallying four times in just over 15 minutes to extend a UMBC lead from 4-3 to 9-3 by the midpoint of the third quarter. He has now recorded a goal in 17 consecutive games – currently the 10th longest streak in the nation.
Lewnes, who leads the Retrievers with 30 goals, now has four career five-goal games and nine games of scoring at least three. He reached the 75-goal mark in his career and is ranked 28th in the nation in goals scored per game (2.50) and is averaging 3.2 goals per outing in AE contests.
Wilson leads the Retrievers with a career-best 27 goals and 37 points to help UMBC make its return to the America East Championships. The senior has reached 20-plus goals and double-digit assists for the third straight season, tallying 10 helpers to help her move into ninth all-time at UMBC in assists (48). Wilson has four of the team's eight game-winning goals, marking a career-best, and ranking first in the league in the category.
The Bel Air, Md., native ranks 10th in the America East in goals per game (1.80) and is seven goals shy of reaching the 100-goal plateau and nine points shy of reaching 150 points for her career.