The UMass Dartmouth community mourns the loss of Sean Peters, a Crime and Justice major and four-year member of the men's lacrosse team, who passed away Saturday at the age of 22 due to complications related to Type 1 Diabetes. Sean came to UMass Dartmouth from Medway High School.
"Our hearts are broken by Sean's passing," Interim Chancellor Peyton R. Helm wrote to students, faculty, and staff today. "There are no words that can adequately express the profound loss being felt today by his family, friends, teammates, and classmates. All we can do is hold close those who loved Sean and support them in the difficult days ahead."
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Sean," Athletic Director Amanda Van Voorhis said. "Sean was a four-year letter winner for the Corsairs, and was in the midst of the most prolific season of his career. He had just been recognized on Senior Day last Saturday. This is incomprehensible and a tremendous loss for our athletic community. The UMass Dartmouth Athletics family extends our condolences to the Peters family and loved ones."
"Sean was an outstanding young man with great integrity and character," added Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Terry Corcoran. "He represented everything that was good about college athletics."
"We encourage friends, teammates, and community members who were close to Sean, and there were many, to come together to support each other and his family at this most difficult time," Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs David Milstone said. "We will ask the family if they are amenable to holding a campus memorial. Our counseling staff is available to meet with members of the community as individuals or as groups."
Sean was the epitome of a Corsair, a scholar-athlete who balanced the challenging demands of academic and athletic life. On the field, Peters appeared in 49 career games, starting 24 and all 13 of his contests during his senior campaign. This year he had 23 goals and 14 assists for 37 points. He registered four goals in a game twice this season, including a career-high seven-point performance in UMass Dartmouth's 19-5 win over Becker on April 10. In his final game on April 22, he tallied two goals and two assists versus Western Connecticut in a 14-8 win.
Calling hours will be Friday, May 5 from 3 - 8 p.m. in the Ginley Crowley Funeral Home, 3 Barber St., Medway.
A memorial service to celebrate Sean's life will be Saturday, May 6 at 3 p.m. at the UMass Dartmouth Woodland Commons Center, 285 Old Westport Rd., Dartmouth, MA.
In lieu of flowers, Sean's family requests donations to Joslin Diabetes Center - Development Office, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215, Camp Joslin, c/o Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc., P.O. Box 356, North Oxford, MA 01537, or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004.
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