DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Pat Sullivan (Everett, Mass.) continued his string of postseason awards on Tuesday, becoming the first player in Corsair Football program history to earn First Team All-East Region accolades from D3football.com. With a spot on the First Team, Sullivan was just one of 13 student-athletes to make the First Team Offense and is the third Corsair to be honored regionally by the national publication.
Sullivan is the first UMass Dartmouth player since J.T. Harold in 2007 to earn D3football.com All-Region honors. Harold was tabbed to the All-East Second Team at the running back position that year, following Charley Gryska’s appearance on the All-East Third Team as a tight end in 2005.
The teams, selected in balloting by East Region sports information directors and D3football.com staff, were chosen from 254 nominations by Division III member schools, from which 76 players were named as regional honorees. Players nominated for All-Region are eligible to be considered for D3football.com All-America honors, which will be announced the evening of Dec. 16, in D3football.com’s pregame coverage for Stagg Bowl XLIV.
The 2016 MASCAC Offensive Lineman of the Year, Sullivan earns his second regional accolade in as many weeks as he was previously tabbed to the New England Football Writers Association (NEFWA) Division II/III All-New England Team. A team captain this season, he played in integral role in a record-setting season for the UMass Dartmouth offense. With 4,641 total yards (464.1 yards per game), the Corsairs set a new program standard for total yards offense in a season. Sullivan paved the way for a MASCAC-best 2,879 rushing yards, including 2,205 in league contests, with three UMass Dartmouth running backs totaling over 500 on the season. In six separate games, the offense posted 500-plus yards, including a 705-yard performance against Mass. Maritime on Oct. 22. The Corsairs averaged 30.1 points per game through 10 outings, including league-highs in both rushing (24) and passing (19) touchdowns. Sullivan and his fellow linemen provided protection for 1,762 passing yards (176.2 per game) while allowing just 19 sacks on the season.
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.
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.