NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA – Two juniors on the UMass Dartmouth men's lacrosse team received Little East Conference post-season honors, it was announced by the league Tuesday. Goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford) was named first team all-conference while defender Steve Tarpey (Worcester, MA/Shrewsbury) was tabbed to the all-LEC second team.
Thayer, a second-team honoree a season ago, consistently ranked in the top three of the conference in the major goalkeeping statistics. He logged a league-high 912 minutes between the pipes for the Corsairs, ranked second in the LEC with a 7.56 goals against average and finished with the third most saves (143) and third-best save percentage (55.4) in the league.
Tarpey was a major presence in the back for the LEC's number one defense as it allowed only 7.49 goals per game. He ranked fifth in the conference with 26 caused turnovers and tied for seventh in the league with 69 ground balls. Both marks were also team highs.
Both Tarpey and Thayer, a team captain, were models of consistency for UMD as both players started all 15 of the team's games.
"Nick Thayer has been one of the top goalies in the league since his freshmen year and works hard at being a student-athlete," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "His work ethic extends past the field and into our training program at UMass Dartmouth. He loves working with our staff, especially Don West, one of our strength coaches. He is a top student and has made numerous Dean's and Chancellor's Lists. Nick has been a pleasure to coach for the past three years and I am excited for him to be recognized by the league."
"Steve Tarpey has improved throughout the past three years and played outstanding as the season progressed," added Mahoney. "He was outstanding in one to one defense; he was a big factor in our clearing game and has been really coming into his own. He works hard all throughout practice and plays with enthusiasm. Steve has done a good job in playing to our concepts and being a team player. He is also another student-athlete who has gotten it done in the classroom as well and made several Dean's Lists."
UMass Dartmouth finished 10-5 and fijnished third in the Little East Conference.
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