January 29, 2014

5 Corsairs Chosen To Lead Men’s Lacrosse Team

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team announced its five captains for the 2014 season this afternoon. The captains were elected by the Corsair players and coaching staff.

The five senior captains are: midfielders Todd Davis (Sandwich, Mass.), Jordan McPherson (Westwood, Mass.), Adam Niden (Walpole, Mass.), defenseman Steve Tarpey (Shrewsbury, Mass.), and goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.).

"We look forward to the 2014 season," UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney said. "We have improved over the past few years and are looking to keep that mentality. These seniors are the most complete group of leaders that I have had in my years at UMass Dartmouth. They have the opportunity to become the winningest four-year class in program history. All five captains also excel in the classroom, earning Dean's List and Chancellors list honors."

Davis, who appeared in all 15 games last spring, provided the Corsairs with a consistent scoring threat, ranking seventh on the team in goals (10) and points (16). He cracked the scoring column 10 times on the season, including three multi-point games. Davis registered a season-high three markers at Western Connecticut on March 30. He produced a pair of goals and handed out an assist against Plymouth State in the regular-season finale. Davis also scooped up 30 ground balls, including a season-best seven against the Colonials in the Little East quarterfinals.

In 48 career games, Davis has produced 56 points, on 31 goals and 25 assists, while collecting 80 ground balls.

McPherson, who started all 15 games in 2013, ranked among the Little East leaders in game-winning goals with four decisive scores. He was second on the team in goals (20), while ranking third in points (25). McPherson netted seven multi-goal games, including three hat tricks. He matched his season-best in ground balls (4) four times, most recently against Western on April 30.

A starter in 37 of his 39 career games, McPherson has totaled 29 goals and nine assists for 39 points, while scooping up 122 ground balls.

In 2013, Niden started nine of the 12 games he appeared in. He provided UMass Dartmouth with a balanced scoring attack with 16 markers and 11 helpers for 27 points. Niden ranked second on the squad in assists and points. He scored a pair of hat tricks, most recently against UMass Boston on April 10. Niden posted a season-high five points, on two markers and three assists, against the Colonials in the quarterfinals of the Little East tournament. Earlier in the season, he scooped up five ground balls at Western on March 30.

A starter in 35 of his 38 games, Niden will enter his senior season with 104 career points on 63 goals and 41 assists. He netted 13 markers during special team opportunities, including 12 goals with a man-up. The 2012 All-Little East selection has also gathered 85 career ground balls.

A starter in all 15 games as a junior, Tarpey helped the Corsairs rank second in the conference in ground balls per game (37.33) with a team-high 69. The 2013 All-Little East, second-team pick was credited with at least five ground balls eight times. Tarpey reached double digits in ground balls (10) against the Colonials in the Little East tournament game. He also contributed to the offensive rush with a goal at Western Connecticut on March 30.

Tarpey, who has started 44 of his 46 career games, has registered two goals and an assist for three career points. He has penned 157 career ground balls into his ledger, while forcing 31 turnovers.

Thayer ranked among the Little East leaders in goals against average (2nd, 7.56), save percentage (3rd, .554), and saves per game (5th, 9.53) in 2013. He represented UMass Dartmouth on the All-Little East, first-team. A starter in all 15 games, Thayer made 143 saves on 258 attempts to backstop the Corsairs to a 10-5 mark. He reached double figures in saves six times, including a pair of 15-save performances. Thayer recorded 15 saves against Southern Maine and Keene State College. He allowed a season-low three markers most recently against Salem State on April 23.

A starter in all 45 career games, Thayer has sported a career 29-15 record between the UMass Dartmouth pipes for a .660 winning percentage. He has made a total of 437 saves in his first three seasons.

In 2013, the Corsairs reached double digits in victories for the third consecutive campaign with a 10-5 overall record. UMD registered a 4-3 mark in the conference circuit to earn the No. 3 seed in the 2013 Little East Men's Lacrosse Championship. Western Connecticut edged the Corsairs in the longest tournament game in conference history (4OTs) in the quarterfinal round.

UMass Dartmouth opens the 2014 season at home on Saturday, March 1, when Norwich University visits Cressy Field.