MANCHESTER, N.H. – UMass Dartmouth football senior Pat Sullivan (Everett, Mass.) gathered his second postseason honor on Monday, earning recognition from the New England Football Writers Association (NEWFA) as a member of the 2016 Division II/III All-New England Team.
Sullivan collects the first regional accolade of his career after being selected as the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Offensive Lineman of the Year earlier this month. The captain is one of just 29 honorees across two Divisions selected by NEWFA, and is one of five named All-New England from the MASCAC. He’s the first Corsair football player to garner postseason regional recognition since Abiola Aborishade was named to the ECAC Division III Football All-North list in 2014.
This season, Sullivan anchored a Corsair offensive line that paved the way for one of the most prolific offensive seasons in program history. UMass Dartmouth finished with a program-record 4,641 total yards offense on the season, averaging 464.1 yards per game. That mark led all MASCAC teams by over 400 yards, and UMass Dartmouth’s 2,879 offensive yards in league play paced the conference by over 1,000. As a unit, the Corsairs posted 500-plus yards in six separate outings including a 705-yard performance against Mass. Maritime. At the left tackle position, Sullivan was a key component in a season that saw a league-best 2,879 rushing yards and 24 rushing touchdowns, with three Corsair running backs totaling above 500 on the season. He also provided protection for 1,762 passing yards (176.2 per game) and MASCAC-best 19 passing touchdowns while allowing just 19 sacks. Collectively the Corsair offense scored an average of 30.1 points per game, totaling 40-plus points in four games.
During the course of the season, the Corsairs handed Framingham State their first-ever MASCAC loss and produced the program’s first shutout since 2011 with a 33-0 victory over Mass. Maritime. UMass Dartmouth additionally claimed wins over Mount Ida, Westfield State and Worcester State to close with a 5-5 overall record and 4-4 slate in the league, the program’s highest win totals since 2011.
A two-time All-MASCAC First Team honoree and Second Team member in 2013, Sullivan closes his Corsair career as a four-year starter, having appeared in 38 games. In addition, he is a three-time MASCAC All-Academic Team awardee as an accounting major.