UMBC's Rodney Elliott, who won America East Rookie of the Year last season, will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season after shoulder surgery. (photo courtesy: America East)

UMBC Sophomore Rodney Elliott Out For The Season

The chances UMBC had of making a crack in the America East race took a serious blow on Thursday when the school announced that sophomore Rodney Elliott will miss the rest of the season.

UMBC's Rodney Elliott, who won America East Rookie of the Year last season, will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season after shoulder surgery. (photo courtesy: America East)

UMBC’s Rodney Elliott, who won America East Rookie of the Year last season, will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season after shoulder surgery. (photo courtesy: America East)

Elliott, who played in the Retreivers’ season-opening game at Akron, hasn’t seen time since after scoring nine points in 19 minutes of action. He will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, ending his 2014-15 season.

“Losing a player like Rodney clearly impacts what we do on both ends of the floor,” head coach Aki Thomas said in a statement. “But I am very confident in the guys we have and their abilities to step up for this team.”

The 6′ sophomore averaged 15.0 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game, setting the school scoring record and winning America East Rookie of the Year.

The school also announced that freshman Lamell Washington will miss the rest of the season after having knee surgery a month ago.

In Thomas’ third season, the Retreivers have started 0-6 and play next tonight at George Washington.

Ryan Restivo wrote the America East conference preview for the 2014-15 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. He covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the America East conference and Hofstra for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.