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September 10, 2009 / umbcdawgblog

Bulls and Bush Kick Off Retriever Awards for 2009-10 Year

Soccer sophomore Andrew Bulls and volleyball freshman Naomi Bush have been awarded the first Retriever awards of 2009-10 school year. The UMBC Dawg Blog will keep track of all of UMBC’s accolades throughout the year.

Andrew Bulls

Andrew Bulls – Men’s Soccer

National Soccer Coaches Association of America National Player of the Week

College Soccer News National Player of the Week

America East Player of the Week

Bulls, who amassed five goals and four assists, in three wins last week, sparked a school record-tying 14 goal explosion as UMBC (3-0-0) bested Virginia Tech, 3-1, Delaware, 5-1, and St. Joseph’s, 6-0. He scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in the opener vs. the Hokies and produced his first career two-goal effort, adding a helper, in Friday’s game vs. the Fightin’ Blue Hens. He concluded the week with a career-best six-point effort (two goals, two assists) in the rout of the Hawks. In addition to his national player of the week nod, Bulls was named to CSN’s National Team of the Week.

Both Bulls and junior forward Levi Houapeu (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill) are the first Retrievers to score goals in three straight games since Kevin Gnatiko did so in 2007. They are also the first UMBC players to post three consecutive multiple-point games since Derek McElligott had two goals in three straight games in 2003. Bulls’ six-point effort vs. St. Joseph’s was the first for a Retriever in five seasons as McElligott (three goals) and Powell Cucchiella (one goal, four assists) posted six points in a 10-0 rout of NJIT on Sept. 4, 2004.

To read more coverage on Bulls and UMBC men’s soccer’s hot start, check out these stories below.

Baltimore Sun – UMBC’s Bulls named top soccer player nationally for last week – Bulls, Houapeu pacing explosive soccer offense

Naomi Bush

Naomi Bush – Volleyball

America East Rookie of the Week

The freshman outside hitter led the Retrievers last weekend against top-100 RPI competition at the Long Beach/UC Irvine Invitational, recording 30 kills and 19 digs in nine sets. Bush recorded 34 points last week, tops on the team. In her UMBC debut, she hit .300 with 10 kills against Long Beach State, before following that up with 12 kills and seven digs in a 3-0 win over Indiana State. The freshman concluded the weekend with a bang, hitting .350 against #20 UC Irvine with eight kills and nine digs. Bush finished the week hitting .297 overall.

UMBC Accolades for 2009-10

Starting with the next award(s) that UMBC athletes’ earn, this section will keep track of how many accolades each team has won. Stay tuned and hopefully this will be fairly large by the time we hit the Spring.


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