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Billy Nolan, Nick Griffin of UMBC men’s lacrosse earn America East first-team honors

After getting shut out from America East first-team recognition a year ago, the UMBC men’s lacrosse team has two first-team representatives in junior midfielder Billy Nolan and sophomore defenseman Nick Griffin this spring, the conference announced Wednesday.

Nolan, a Crofton resident and Arundel graduate, led the Retrievers in scoring, setting career bests in goals (20), assists (14) and points (34). A second-team choice last season, Nolan averaged 3.7 points in league games, which was the fourth-highest total in the America East.

Griffin, a Marriottsville resident and Liberty graduate, ranked second on the team in caused turnovers (14) and tied for fifth in ground balls (19). Griffin, who has not missed a start in 26 career games, contributed to a defense that ranked fifth in Division I in goals allowed (7.8 per game).

Junior defenseman Jason Brewster (19 ground balls and nine caused turnovers) made the second team for the second straight year. Freshmen attackman and Severna Park resident and graduate Steven Zichelli (17 goals and 10 assists) and goalkeeper Tommy Lingner (7.33 goals-against average and .544 save percentage) earned spots on the conference’s All-Rookie team.

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