Orono, Maine—UMBC baseball junior AJ Wright (Cherry Hill, N.J.) was named to the America East All-Conference First Team, the conference announced at the awards banquet on Tuesday. Wright was the lone Retriever to earn first team honors, as a total of eight Retrievers earned All-Conference distinctions.
Wright was the lone Retriever named to the first team, his third conference honor in his career. He was named to the All-Rookie and All-Conference Second Team as a freshman. This year Wright batted .276 with 48 hits, 20 doubles and three home runs.
A trio of Retrievers earned a spot on the All-Conference Second Team in Stephen Schoch (Laurel, Md./Reservoir), Zack Bright (Fairfax Station, Va.), and Dalton Stewart (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro). Schoch leads the pitching staff with a 1.79 ERA in 23 appearances with ten saves and 66 strikeouts. Bright has been the primary catcher this year, leading the team in hits (49) and RBI (29) while Stewart has seen time at both first base and in the outfield.
Dmitri Floyd (Dover, Del.), Joey Goodwin (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) and Max Goron (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) were named to the All-Rookie Team, with all three playing a pivotal role for UMBC in their first season.
Matt Chanin (Olney, Md./Sherwood) rounds out the conference honorees, being named to the All-Academic Team. This is his third conference honor, being named to the All-Conference First Team and All-Rookie Team, being named Rookie of the Year back in 2015. He will graduate with a 3.35 GPA with a degree in Business Technology Administration.
Hartford swept the major awards with Nicholas Dombkowski winning Rookie and Pitcher of the Year, Nick Campana earned Player of the Year, and head coach Justin Blood was named Coach of the Year.
No. 3 UMBC takes on No. 6 Albany at 2:30 p.m. to open the America East Championships.