BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer climbed three spots to No. 6 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Northeast Poll, the Retrievers' highest ranking in program history. Also announced Tuesday, were the sixty candidates for the men's and women's soccer 2014 Senior CLASS Award, which included UMBC women's soccer's senior forward Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage).
The Retrievers are off to their best start to a season since 1996, posting the program's fourth 3-0 start to a season. UMBC defeated Loyola (Md.), 3-2, on Monday, Aug. 25, its first win against the local-rival since Sept. 28, 1994. The Retrievers added a 1-0 victory at Howard on Friday, Aug. 29 for its second shutout of the season.
Brown was among 60 student-athletes that have excelled on the field, in the classroom and throughout the community during their collegiate careers. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
"It is such an honor for Jessy to be nominated and be one of the 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award," said head coach Leslie Wray. "She is well deserving of it and has led this team in the classroom, on the field and in the community. We are so proud of her."
During her time on campus, Brown has been named to the NSCAA Scholar All-East Region Second Team, as well as the America East All-Academic Team. The National College Athlete Honor Society member has posted a 3.66 GPA in biology.
The Plantation, Fla., native had a breakout 2013 season after missing all of the 2012 campaign due to injury. Brown was the first Retriever in program history to be recognized on an NSCAA All-Region Team, earning NSCAA Northeast All-Region Third Team recognition and adding an ECAC All-Star Second Team selection. She was also named the America East Co-Midfielder of the Year, the first Retriever to earn the honor, and earned America East All-Conference First Team distinctions after leading the conference with six-game winning goals.
Brown ranked second on the team in goals scored (seven) after entering the season without having scored a collegiate goal. Three of the midfielder's 17 points came during the America East Championships, helping her to receive Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors.
On the Horizon
-UMBC travels to Lewisburg, Pa. tonight to take on Bucknell at 7 p.m. at Emmitt Field inside Holmes Stadium.