Hartford, Conn.- UMBC senior guard Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y.) has been named to the 2011-12 America East Preseason All-Conference Team by the league's nine head coaches. The conference unveiled the five-man squad and the preseason coaches' poll at the America East Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon held at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford.
De La Rosa, a 5-foot-10 senior point guard, elevated his game to another level in 2010-11. The league's top returning scorer and assist man, De La Rosa factored in on 49.7 percent of UMBC's scoring and ranked third among league leaders averaging 15.5 points per game. He also led the conference in assists
for the second straight season, handing out 6.0 helpers per game and ranked second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.13) and minutes played (35.8 mpg). A transfer from Siena, he has racked up 815 points and 334 assists in just two seasons at UMBC.
De La Rosa was named to the America East Second Team last season and was ranked 15th nationally in assists per game. He will serve as one of the team's tri-captains in his senior campaign.
UMBC was selected, along with Hartford, for the seventh slot in the preseason coaches' poll. For the fifth straight year, Boston University, the reigning America East champion, is the coaches' preseason choice to become champion again in 2011-12.
The Terriers garnered six of eight possible first-place votes (coaches were not allowed to vote for their team) and 62 points, followed by last year's runner-up Stony Brook University, which received three first-place votes and 56 points. University of Vermont, the reigning America East regular-season champion, was picked third, tallying 46 points, and was followed closely in fourth by University at Albany, which received 42 points. University of New Hampshire was next in fifth place with 39 points while University of Maine followed in sixth with 32 points. University of Hartford and UMBC were tied for seventh place with 18 points and Binghamton University rounded out the nine-team poll with 11 points.