CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second straight season, UMBC women's soccer's Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) has been named the America East's Midfielder of the Year. Brown's accolade highlights eight honors received by the Retrievers, which were voted upon by the league's head coaches.
Brown is the first Retriever in program history to earn a pair of major awards and the first since Shannon Bagrosky (1996 and 1997) to earn back-to-back selections to the All-Conference First Team. Brown rounded out her honors by being voted to the America East All-Academic Team for the second straight season.
"We are so proud of Jessy for receiving this award again," said head coach Leslie Wray. "It is such an accomplishment for a player to be recognized by the America East coaches, and to do that two years in a row is outstanding. She has been the leader and engine in our midfield and I am happy that she is able to close out her career with this achievement."
Amira Walcott (Beltsville, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) makes her first appearance on the America East All-Conference First Team, after being a second team selection last season. The junior is the first Retriever back to earn first team recognition since joining the league in 2003. The Dawgs saw a pair of first-time All-Conference honorees in sophomore forward Amanda Dailey (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) and junior goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park), who were selected to the second team.
Freshman forward Lisa Nanov (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) earned the Retrievers' lone AEC All-Rookie Team recognition, while junior back Nikki Boretti (Garmisch, Germany/Archbishop Spalding) picked up her second All-Academic Team accolade.
Brown leads the Retrievers and ranks fourth in the America East in points (19) and goals scored (seven). She has totaled career-bests in both categories, equaling the highest point total for a Retriever since Amanda DiCarlo in 2005. Her fourth game-winning goal of the season on Thursday, Oct. 23 against Albany marked the 10th game-winner of her career, all coming over the last two seasons.
The Plantation, Fla., native was named a Senior CLASS award nominee, one of 30 female candidates that were acknowledged for excelling on the field, in the classroom and throughout their community during their collegiate careers. Brown, a member of the National College Athlete Honor Society, was voted to the NSCAA Scholar All-East Region Second Team last season and has posted a 3.57 GPA in biology, with a minor in psychology.
Walcott has received conference recognition in each of her three seasons with the Retrievers, earning a spot on the AEC All-Rookie Team in 2012 and following with an AEC All-Conference Second Team selection in 2013. This season, Walcott has been part of a defense that ranks 16th in Division I in goals against average (0.59). The Beltsville, Md., native has started in 14 of her 15 appearances on the backline and has chipped in one goal and one assist.
Dailey earns her first honor despite missing the early part of the season due to illness. She started the final seven games of the season, providing the Retrievers with some much needed speed up front after the loss of junior forward Alexa Quaranta (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) earlier in the season. The sophomore tallied one goal and one assist in the campaign.
Nance has had a stellar season in her first campaign as a starter. Not only is the junior ranked nationally in save percentage (13th, 88.2), goal against average (25th, 0.60), and goalie minutes played (34th, 1656:14), but she has also posted a UMBC single-season shutout record with nine blank sheets on the year.
Nanov's honor marks the third straight season that the Retrievers have placed someone on the All-Rookie Team (Walcott-2012, Meg Kowalski-2013). The first-year forward led the league in assists (seven) and ranked 49th in Division I in assists per game (0.47), despite missing three games due to injury. Nanov also ranked in the top-10 in the conference in points (13) and game-winning-goals (two) and was the only freshman to be named the AEC Rookie of the Week twice. The Mechanicsburg, Pa., native was ranked No. 83 on Top Drawer Soccer's Midseason Top-100 Freshmen of 2014 list.
For the second straight season, Boretti is the lone member of the All-Academic Team with a perfect 4.0 GPA. The biology and psychology double major is a two-time member of the AEC Commissioner's Honor Roll and has been named to the President's list all four times during her academic career. On the field, Boretti has posted career-bests in points (seven) and goals (three). She has appeared and started in all 18 games and has helped the Retrievers' backline to its lowest goals allowed in program history (11).
The Retrievers' 12 regular-season victories are the most in program history. UMBC earned the second seed in the upcoming America East Championships and will open the tournament with semifinal action on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park. UMBC awaits the results of Thursday's quarterfinal matchup between No. 3 New Hampshire and No. 6 Binghamton.
-Senior midfielder Jessy Brown is a candidate for the MAC Hermann Trophy Fans' Choice Vote, with the winner earning a spot in the MAC Hermann Trophy semifinals. Make sure to vote for Jessy!