No midfielder has made more starts for UMBC than Pat Young, and the freshman continues to reward the coaching staff for that decision.
Young, who has started nine of 11 games for the Retrievers (5-6), ranks second on the team in both goals (22) and points (28). He has recorded eight goals and four assists in three contests against America East foes and was named the conference’s Rookie of the Week after he scored two goals – including the game-winner – in UMBC’s 13-12 decision over Stony Brook last Saturday.
Young’s production in his first year at the Division I level might be eye-opening, but coach Don Zimmerman said he is not terribly shocked at Young’s play.
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“We knew Pat was a gifted player, and he’s certainly showing that as a freshman,” he said. “I believe there’s even more in the tank with Pat. The guy had a couple big goals in the game, but earlier in the game, he turned it over a couple of times. So it’s like any other player. You want to build on your strengths and improve on your weaknesses. I think the key with Pat is, he understands that he’s come to this level, but he doesn’t want to be satisfied. He wants to keep working hard and take it to the next step.”
As talented as Young is, he’s still a freshman and will experience some growing pains. He leads the team in turnovers with 18, but Zimmerman said he’s willing to accept those mistakes in return for the Young’s potential.
“You realize that freshmen are going to make freshmen mistakes,” Zimmerman said. “Although as the year goes on, freshmen are no longer freshmen. They might be freshmen in class status, but we’ve played 11 games. So with that experience, you expect the players to grow and develop. But you always have to consider that they are freshmen, and you have to be patient and understand that you’ve got to take the good with the bad.”