Cambridge, Mass.- UMBC face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) has been named America East Conference Player of the Week, the league announced today.
Poe tied a school record by winning 22 face-offs in the 17-16 overtime victory over Albany. Moreover, his 15 ground balls recorded are the most since Nick Brownlee scooped a school-record 18 vs. VMI in 1997.
Poe won 9 of 11 fourth quarter draws to lead the UMBC comeback from five goals down in the final six minutes. He also scored a fourth-quarter goal which shaved the deficit to 16-13.
The 22 face-off wins are tied for the sixth-most in a Division I single game in 2012.
Poe's 65 ground balls on the season is the most for a Retriever since Taylor Marino had 78 in 2008. He has won 147 draws in 2012 (147-115, 55.5%), which is already the ninth-most in a single season in school history and is winning at a 61.4 percent clip (70-44) in league play.
UMBC (5-6, 3-1 America East) has clinched a spot in the America East Championships for the ninth time in nine league seasons. The Retrievers close out the regular season at Binghamton on April 28.