WESTFIELD, Mass. – Junior tackle Pat Sullivan (Everett, Mass.) headlined the UMass Dartmouth honorees on Wednesday, as he was named to the First Team Offense as the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) announced the 2015 Football All-Conference Teams and major award winners.
Joining Sullivan on the full list of All-Conference recipients were four Second Team Defense honorees: senior Derek Tarpey (Tewksbury, Mass.), senior Anthony LaRose (Dorchester, Mass.), sophomore Jon Biggs (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and sophomore Marvey Mathurin (Woburn, Mass.).
Sullivan enjoyed an outstanding junior campaign on the offensive line for the Corsairs in 2015. As one of quarterback Cory Burnham's primary protectors, he and the UMD offensive line helped produce an average of 419.3 offensive yards per game, including 421.4 yards per outing in MASCAC play. Burnham and the UMD wide receivers generated 224.1 passing yards per contest, while the running game also saw increased production in 2015 with 195.2 yards per outing. In all, the Corsair offense completed 24 passing touchdowns and ran in 15 rushing touchdowns on the season. UMass Dartmouth generated a season-high in total yards on Sept. 19 at Westfield State, producing 744 yards with a season-high 48 points on the game.
A starter in all 10 games on the season, Sullivan stepped up most in crucial situations, helping the UMass Dartmouth offense to season-high yardage totals in league contests. The First Team nod is the first for Sullivan, who was named to the MASCAC Second Team last season.
Derek Tarpey closes his career as one of the most prolific defensive players in UMass Dartmouth history. The linebacker produced yet another solid body of work in 2015, leading the Corsair roster with 76 total tackles and an average of 8.4 tackles per game, good for fifth best in the MASCAC. 46 of his takedowns were solo efforts, while 30 were assisted. Eleven of Tarpey's stops were for loss, and he accounted for 27 lost yards from opponents. He registered double-digit tackles three times on 2015, posting 11 against Framingham State, Massachusetts Maritime and Fitchburg State. Tarpey also contributed a sack against the Rams, and 10 of his tackles in the game were solo efforts. The Second Team honor is the third-straight All-Conference accolade for the senior as he was tabbed to the First Team the past two seasons.
LaRose, a defensive lineman, earns the first All-Conference honor on his career as a senior. With his seven sacks on 2015, he led the Corsair roster and sat tied for third in the MASCAC, while also pacing UMass Dartmouth with 61 yards for loss on 45 tackles. On Sept. 26 against Plymouth State, LaRose topped out at three sacks with resulted in 21 yards lost for the Panthers. He was also responsible for five quarterback hurries on the season, including two against Westfield State.
Biggs and Mathurin are also making their debuts on the MASCAC All-Conference listings. The team leader in interceptions, Biggs recorded three of UMD's seven on the season: one against Mount Ida in the season opener on Sept. 4 and two at Westfield State for a combined 48 yards. He was also key in stopping opponents on the ground, earning 44 tackles on the season, including 12 total against the Owls (nine unassisted). In addition, Biggs registered one punt return for 22 yards against Plymouth State on Sept. 26.
Mathurin also contributed a solid sophomore campaign on defense for the Corsairs. A mainstay in special teams defense, he registered a team-best five blocked kicks on 2015. Twice on the season Mathurin recorded two such blocks, against Mount Ida and again at home against Bridgewater State on Oct. 9. Against the Bears, he had one of his strongest overall performances on the season, totaling eight tackles with seven solo takedowns. Mathurin was consistently a problem for opponents, as 6.5 of his tackles went for 19 lost yards over UMD's 10 games.
Head coach Mark Robichaud's crew finished the season with a 4-6 overall record and a 3-5 slate in MASCAC play. Completing the Corsairs' home schedule was a thrilling 27-21 win over Western Connecticut, as UMD was able to hold on against the Colonials on Senior Day. In addition, UMass Dartmouth earned league victories over Plymouth State and Westfield State and a non-conference win over Mount Ida.