Nick Brett one of 20 Headliners for 2012-New England Lacrosse Journal

Senior attacker Nick Brett

Senior attacker Nick Brett

BOSTON, MA-UMass Dartmouth senior attacker Nick Brett (Loudon, NH/Merrimack Valley HS/AIC) has been named one of the 20 headliners for 2012 by New England Lacrosse Journal. Here is the piece, by Diana Pugliese:

Nick Brett

Attackman, senior, UMass-Dartmouth

After powering through the Little East Conference to a second-place finish and a school-best record of 13-4, UMass-Dartmouth is a program on the rise and with good reason to expect more.

Little East Coach of the Year Kevin Mahoney returns plenty of firepower, none of it more explosive than second-team all-conference attackman Nick Brett. He led the Little East with 60 goals and 18 assists and finished second with 175 shots. The senior from Loudon, N.H., was a force around the cage, with 4.59 points per game and 3.53 goals per game, fourth best in NCAA Division 3.|

Brett started his collegiate career at Div. 2 American International College and was the school's second-leading scorer with a 30-point freshman season, before slumping to just five points as a sophomore.|

Mahoney described Brett as "a threat every time he touched the ball. "He had something to prove to himself and he proved it to the team and the Little East Conference, as well," Mahoney said. "We look forward to (2012), when he will be more comfortable with our offensive sets and the players on the team."|

That's a frightening prospect for Little East opponents, as Brett is the centerpiece of a solid returning core that gives the Corsairs reason to expect to fly higher than ever before in 2012.|