NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Two members of the University of the Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team were honored by the Little East Conference office this afternoon. Senior Steven Tarpey (Shrewsbury, Mass.) was selected as the Defensive Player of the Week, while classmate Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) was named the Goalie of the Week. The first reporting dates covered the contests between Feb. 25 and March 9.
Tarpey spearheaded the Corsairs' defensive attack as UMass Dartmouth limited its opponents to four goals per game. The native of Shrewsbury, Mass. averaged five ground balls per game in victories over Norwich University, Wheaton College (Mass.), and Mount Ida College. In the season-opening win over the Cadets, Tarpey scooped up four ground balls and caused two turnovers. He registered a season-best seven ground balls and forced a turnover as the Corsairs handed the Lyons their first loss of the season on March 6. Two days later, Tarpey and his defensive teams held the Mustangs to just two extra-man goals.
Thayer averaged 7.67 saves per game to backstop UMass Dartmouth to a 3-0 mark. The senior captain from Chelmsford, Mass. stopped 23 of the 34 shots he faced to sport a 67.6 save percentage. Thayer limited his opponents to three or fewer goals in two of his three games. He made eight saves in victories over Norwich University and Wheaton (Mass.), while turning aside seven attempts in the win against Mount Ida College.
The Corsairs lead the conference circuit in goals against average (4.0) and save percentage (68.4), while ranking second in caused turnovers per game (13.00) and penalty-kill percentage (81.2; 3-for-16). Thayer sits atop the Little East leaderboard in goals against average and save percentage (67.6), while Tarpey is fifth in ground balls per game.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, when the Corsairs travel to Nichols College.