Hartford's Englert, UMBC's Elliott Named Fans' Choice Players of the Year
The 2013-14 America East Fans' Choice Players of the Year were unveiled on Tuesday after over 3,000 fans placed their vote on the conference's Facebook page.
UMBC's Rodney Elliott and Hartford's Alyssa Englert earned Fans' Choice Player of the Year awards, with Elliott taking the men's award and Englert earning the women's trophy
One of the top freshmen in the America East this season, Elliott earned 478 of the 1,535 (31%) of the total votes that were cast by fans "Liking" or "Sharing" the rookies photo on the conference Facebook page. He edged out Vermont's Brian Voelkel, who had 332 total votes. Elliott leads all freshmen and ranks fourth in the conference, averaging 14.9 points per game. He is a five-time Rookie of the Week selection and averages a team-best 3.5 assists per game.
Englert, a senior guard, received 542 of the 2,047 total votes to edge out UMBC's Sara Tarbert by just over 100 votes. The senior has started in 24 games for the Hawks and ranks eighth in the conference during league play with 3.4 assists per game. She has also been a star off the court and was the first America East student-athlete named to the WBCA Allstate Good Works team, a distinction awarded to only five Division I basketball players in the country.
Nine nominees (one from each school) were named to each ballot on Feb. 26. Over 3,500 fans voted for the awards on the league's Facebook page through 3 p.m. on March 4.
All-Time Fans' Choice Player of the Year Winners
2013-14 - Rodney Elliott, UMBC
2012-13 - Tommy Brenton, Stony Brook
2011-12 - Brian Dougher, Stony Brook
2010-11 - Evan Fjeld, Vermont
2009-10 - Marqus Blakely, Vermont
2008-09 - D.J. Rivera, Binghamton
2007-08 - Brian Lillis, Albany
2006-07 - Mike Trimboli, Vermont
2013-14 - Alyssa Englert, Hartford
2012-13 - Amber Bepko, Hartford
2011-12 - Dani Klupenger, Stony Brook
2010-11 - Kerry Cashman, Boston U.
2009-10 - May Kotsopoulos, Vermont
2008-09 - Christine Kinneary, Boston U.
2007-08 - Danielle Hood, Hartford
2006-07 - Katie Meinhardt, Boston U.