BOSTON – The America East Conference announced today that four Retrievers earned all-conference honors.
For the second consecutive year, senior fullback Jon Bell (Silver Spring, Md./Richard Montgomery) earned Second Team accolades. The league's coaches also tabbed midfielder Ryan Becher (Hummelstown, Pa.) and defender Orlygur Omarsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) to the All-Rookie team, while senior midfielder Nick Gumbs (Damascus, Md./Damascus) earned All-Academic team honors.
Bell, a pre-season 2019 MAC Herman Trophy Watch List candidate, made 53 starts in 56 career games. For the second consecutive year, he battled injuries and missed the first two America East games. Bell displayed his vast talents in the finale, scoring his first career goal in a 4-1 win over Stony Brook.
Becher started all 16 games as a central midfielder in his initial collegiate campaign. He burst onto the scene, scoring four goals in his first five outings, including a two-goal effort at George Washington. In the second half of the season, Becher displayed his ball distribution skills, recording four assists in the final seven contests. He tied senior Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) for the team scoring lead with 12 points (4g, 4a).
Omarsson also started all 16 contests and excelled as a central defender. He piloted a Retriever backline that allowed one goal or less in 12 of 16 games this season, highlighted by an excellent 90-minute effort in a 1-0 setback to nationally-ranked New Hampshire.
Gumbs produced his best season in 2019. After starting only three times in his first three campaigns, he started all 16 games as a right back and right-side midfielder. Gumbs connected on the game's first goal in a 4-1 win over Liberty. Gumbs, who is maintaining a 3.67 grade-point average in information systems, is a two-time member of the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll (2017, 2018).