DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Marvey Mathurin (Woburn, Mass.) gathered his third football postseason award last week, this time earning D3football.com Third Team All-East Region accolades following a record-breaking season.
Mathurin, a First Team All-MASCAC and New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England honoree, is the second Corsair in as many seasons to earn a spot on the national publication’s regional lists and one of just three MASCAC honorees. Last season, Pat Sullivan ’17 was tabbed to the All-East First Team prior to earning All-America accolades. This year, a record 1,037 players were nominated nationally for D3football.com All-Region, with all All-Region honorees eligible for All-America selection later this month.
At linebacker this past season, Mathurin wreaked havoc on opposing offenses in his best campaign in a Corsair uniform. With 17.5 tackles for loss in 2017, the senior re-set his own single-season program record en route to becoming the program’s career leading in the category with 49 on his four years. All-time, Mathurin closes his career sixth on the all-time tackles list with 284 following a team-best 95 tackles on the season (9.5 per game). That total placed him third in the MASCAC statistical rankings at season’s end, while also sitting third in sacks with a team-best five. His best outing of the season came on Oct. 13 against Bridgewater State, when Mathurin registered a career-high 15 tackles including 12 solo stops, with 2.5 tackles for a total loss of 17 yards.
In four seasons, Mathurin appeared in 39 games, rounding out his tackle numbers with seven career interceptions, six career pass breakups and five blocked kicks, all in the 2015-16 season. The past three seasons, he’s been named All-MASCAC for his performance on the field and furthermore was named MASCAC All-Academic last season as an engineering major.
In head coach Mark Robichaud’s 11th season, the 2017 Corsairs leaned on defensive prowess to remain competitive in each contest. Behind 23 sacks (second in MASCAC), 15 interceptions (tied-3rd) while permitting just 309.8 yards per game (third), UMass Dartmouth kept itself within striking distance. Offensively, the Corsairs posted 26.3 points per game on an average of 394.7 total yards per contest. Consecutive road wins against Mass. Maritime and Fitchburg State elevated the Corsairs’ overall record to 4-6, and leveled their conference record at 4-4. UMass Dartmouth’s four conference wins tie last year’s victory total, the program’s highest since the 2011 season.