Nick Griffin Leads Six Retrievers on America East Lacrosse All-Conference Squads

Nick Griffin Leads Six Retrievers on America East Lacrosse All-Conference Squads

ALBANY – Six members of the UMBC men's lacrosse squad earned 2018 America East All-Conference honors, it was announced on May 2.

Sophomore defenseman Nick Griffin (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty) earned a pair of honors, landing on the league's First Team and All-Academic squads.

Junior midfielder Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) joined Griffin on the First Team, while junior defenseman Jason Brewster (San Diego, Calif.) earned Second Team honors.

Senior defenseman John Tornabene (Havre de Grace, Md./Archbishop Curley) was the third member of the UMBC close defense to earn a league accolade, as he joined Griffin on the All-Academic Team.

Standout freshmen Tommy Lingner (Fort Salonga, N.Y.), the Retrievers' starting goalkeeper, and attackman Steven Zichelli (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) were tabbed to the America East All-Rookie Team.

Griffin started all 13 games in 2018 at close defense and finished second on team with 14 caused turnovers and tied for fifth with 19 ground balls. Often assigned to the opponent's top attackman, the chemical engineering major was a key cog of the defense which is ranked 5th in the country (as of 5/1/18) in goals allowed (7.77). Griffin has started all 26 games in two seasons at UMBC.

Nolan, who earned Second Team honors in 2017, led UMBC in scoring this season with career bests in  goals (20), assists (14) and total points (34). He produced another brilliant season in America East play, notching 13 goals and 22 points in six league contests. His 3.67 points per game in league play was fourth-best amongst America East competitors.

Brewster is a repeat honoree on the Second Team. The two-time team captain is a model of consistency, playing in all 41 games the Retrievers have lined up for in his three seasons. He collected 19 ground balls and caused nine opponent miscues this season to give him 63 and 28 respectively in his tenure.

Tornabene completes the Retriever backline of defense to earn league accolades. A three-time America East Winter-Spring Honor roll honoree, the chemical engineering major started 25 of 26 games over the past two seasons. He produced double-digit caused turnovers in each of the last three seasons and finished with 40 in his four campaigns.

Lingner and Zichelli both produced outstanding initial campaigns. Lingner earned three America East Rookie of the Week one Defensive Player of the Week honors. He is currently ranked second in the nation in goals against average at 7.33 and is 13th in save percentage at 54.4 percent. In America East play, Lingner permitted just 6.22 goals per game and recorded stopped 59.2 percent of shots on goal.

Zichelli finished second on the squad with 17 goals, 10 assists and 27 total points. He scored 15 goals over his last eight games and earned America East Rookie of the Week honors in the first and penultimate weeks over regular season play.  

Albany captured the four major awards in the voting done by the league's seven head coaches. Senior attackman Connor Fields repeated as the America East Player of the Year, sophomore face-off specialist TD Irelan earned Defensive Player of the Year, freshman attackman Tehoka Nanticoke earned Rookie of the Year and Head Coach Scott Marr was named Coach of the Year.