May 15, 2014

3 Corsairs Selected To NEILA Academic All-Region Teams

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Three members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team were recently selected to the 2014 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Division III Academic All-Region Team.

Seniors Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, Mass.), Adam Niden (Walpole, Mass.) and Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) represented the Corsairs on the Division III All-New England Region Team. A total of student-athletes 50 were honored by the association, including five players from the Little East Conference.

MacPherson provided UMass Dartmouth with consistent offensive production from the midfield position, ranking among the Corsair leaders in goals (2nd, 28), points (3rd, 40), and assists (4th, 12). The Westwood, Mass. product cracked the scoring column in 16 of his 17 appearances, including 12 games with multiple points. The 2013 Little East Spring All-Academic selection recorded a season-high four points three times on the campaign, most recently at Eastern Connecticut in the semifinals of the 2014 Little East Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament. MacPherson tallied three of his four hat tricks against conference opponents. He handed out a career-best three helpers against Southern Maine on April 12. MacPherson also scooped up a total of 22 ground balls and caused five turnovers during his senior season.

In 56 career games, MacPherson produced 57 goals and 21 assists for 78 points. He recorded the majority of his scoring production over the past two seasons, accounting for 48 markers and 17 helpers in 32 contests. During his first two seasons, MacPherson took the lion's share of UMass Dartmouth's face-offs, winnings 182 of his 357 restarts for a .510 winning percentage at the X. In his four years in a Corsair uniform, he collected 144 ground balls and caused 10 turnovers.

Niden was recently named to the All-Little East, second-team for the second time in his career. He shared the UMass Dartmouth lead in game-winning goals (3), while ranking among the team leaders in goals (4th, 27), points (4th, 38), and assists (5th, 11). A reliable scoring threat, the resident of Walpole, Mass. recorded at least one point in each appearance. Niden registered a season-high four goals and five points in the victory over Wentworth on Mar. 22, while tallying a hat trick in the semifinals of the 2014 Little East Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament. He netted the game-winning goal to power the Corsairs' to wins against Nichols College, Wentworth, and Salem State. Niden scooped up a season-best five ground balls against the Leopards.

Niden is the fourth all-time leading scorer in UMass Dartmouth history, recording 89 goals and 52 assists. He scored a career-high six markers and added an assist for seven points against Massachusetts Maritime on March 24, 2011. Niden has penned 17 special team goals into his ledger, including 16 markers on extra-man opportunities. In 56 career games, he has posted 109 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.

For the third time in his career, Thayer was voted to the All-Little East, first-team. The product of Chelmsford, Mass. led the conference circuit in goals against average (7.36), while ranking seventh in save percentage (53.3). Thayer backstopped the Corsairs to a 13-7 record, marking the most wins in a single-season by an UMass Dartmouth netminder. A starter in all 18 games, Thayer limited his opponents to four or fewer goals in five appearances. He reached double digits in saves twice on the season, including a season-high 15 save performance in a win at Plymouth State (Apr 6). Thayer was credited with 35 ground balls and five caused turnovers. He was named the Little East Conference Men's Lacrosse Goalie of the Week four of the eight times the award was presented.

In 63 career appearances, Thayer sported an overall record of 42-20 to post a 67.7 winning percentage. He is the only goalie in program history to reach double digits in wins in three consecutive seasons. Thayer recorded 562 career saves to own a 7.94 goals against average and a 54.2 save percentage. He registered a single-season high 151 saves as a sophomore, including a game-high 19 stops against Keene State on April 21, 2012.

In 2014, Kevin Mahoney led the Corsairs to the most single-season victories (13) in program history, matching the previous standard set by the 2011 squad. UMass Dartmouth earned the No. 3 seed in the 2014 Little East Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament with a conference mark of 5-2. Mahoney led his charges to a 6-5 win over intra-state rival UMass Boston in the first round before being edged at Eastern Connecticut, 9-7, in the semifinals.