PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's tennis team placed three players on the First and Second Team for the Little East Conference (LEC) on Thursday, as graduate-student Patrick Pacheco (Fall River, Mass.), freshman Eli Brooks (Franklin, Mass.) and junior Anthony Joseph (Acushnet, Mass.) were all listed by the league office with the announcement of major-awards for the 2018 season.
Joseph earned his first-collegiate postseason recognition, as the junior found himself as one of the six student-athletes nominated to the First Team All-conference in singles. Throughout the conference-slate, Joseph was a force in singles as he captured five victories in six attempts against LEC foes. The First Team honor marks the second time in the last three seasons in which a Corsairs singles player earned the recognition.
In doubles, Pacheco and Brooks rightfully earned a spot as one of three pairings to be recognized as First Team selections. After not playing together in the first-half of the season last Fall, the tandem instantly meshed during the Spring semester. As a result, they posted an impressive 5-1 record while playing at number-one doubles. The last time a doubles team from UMass Dartmouth was named to an All-conference team came back in 2014. Additionally, Brooks was selected to the LEC Second Team for his work in the singles circuit. The rookie put forth a promising season one with the Corsairs, and he was undeterred in conference action where he finished with a 4-1 record.
The UMass Dartmouth men's tennis team put forth a strong effort in the 2017-18 season as it recorded a 9-10 record and a 4-2 mark against LEC opponents. With that, the team earned a no. three-seeding in the postseason where they took the opening round meeting with Bridgewater State before falling in the semifinals to Salem State. With nine victories, the Corsairs had the most wins since 2012-13 when head coach Karsten Rathlev's was wrapping up his collegiate career as a senior with the program.