NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team has been picked to finish third in the Little East Conference this spring.
The Corsairs received 47 points, six points more than fourth place Western Connecticut State and five behind second-place Eastern Connecticut State. Keene State was picked to finish first, and received 63 points and seven of the eight first place votes, with Eastern Connecticut receiving the other.
Plymouth State received 27 points and was picked fifth, followed by Southern Maine with 24 points,
Salem State with 21 points and UMass Boston with 12.
"The pre-season poll is reflective of the success we had last season and the number of key returning players on our team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We have numerous players returning such as (seniors) Nick Brett (Loudon, NH/Merrimack Valley HS/AIC) and Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA/Malden Catholic HS) and (sophomores) Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) and Todd Davis (Sandwich, MA/Sandwich HS) on the offense. Defensively, we are returning every starter from our close defensemen-(juniors) Ryan Holbrook (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) and Larry Gilvarg (Natick, MA/Natick HS) and (sophomore) Steve Tarpey (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS), our defensive midfielders-(seniors) Eric Hubbard (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) and Paul Nunes (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield HS) and (sophomore) Brad Bell), and our starting goalie, (sophomore) Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS).
"The Little East is a very competitive league, and for the last four years, it has come down to the last week of the season to figure out who finishes third, fourth, fifth and sixth," said Mahoney. "We need to be consistent year in and year out. Last year was great, but we didn't finish what we started. We had the hunger last year and we are a little older and wiser. If we can match the intensity we played with last year at times, it could be a fun year."
UMass Dartmouth finished 13-4 last year. The Corsairs were 6-2 in the Little East, tied for second in the conference standings and lost to Eastern Connecticut in the semi-finals of the conference tournament.
The Corsairs will begin their season Saturday at home against Norwich.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE