Watson has earned the America East Conference Midfielder of the Year Award in both of his seasons of competition. In 2005, he scored three goals and led the Retrievers with seven assists, bringing his career total to 16, which is already good for 11th place on the UMBC all-time list. The native of Redditch, England is the first Retriever to earn First Team honors since defender Andy Wells accomplished the feat in 2001.
Gross earned All South Atlantic honors for the second consecutive year, moving up a notch from the Third Team in 2004. The Barnstaple, England native was a three-time First Team America East defender, who finished his Retriever career with ten goals and six assists for 26 points.
Other Post-Season UMBC Soccer News and Notes
► The Retrievers (final record 9-7-3) have recorded eight straight winning campaigns and posted a .500 mark or better in all but three (1986, 1988, 1997) of 20 Division I seasons.
► Retriever alum P.J. Wakefield ('01) was named Major Indoor Soccer League Defender of the Week after his four-point performance vs. Chicago on December 3.Wakefield, who turned 25 the day the players of the week were announced, recorded one goal and three assists in the game. He has four points and four blocks in four games this season. Wakefield was the 2002-03 MISL Rookie of the Year. A long-time offensive player, Wakefieldmoved into a defensive role last season and has become an integral part of Baltimore's defense.
► The Final Word on the 2005 Season. "I was very proud of our team and the success it had this year," said Head Coach Pete Caringi. "Although we fell short of our goal of winning the conference championship, it is something we can build on for next year."