NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Three members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team were selected to the 2014 All-Little East Men's Lacrosse Teams this afternoon, when the conference office announced its 14th annual awards program.
Senior Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) and sophomore Bo Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) were named to the All-Little East, first-team, while senior Adam Niden (Walpole, Mass.) represented the Corsairs on the second-team.
Thayer is making his third consecutive appearance on the All-Little East, first-team to become just the second goalie in conference history to accomplish that feat (Matt Johnson, Keene State). The product of Chelmsford, Mass. led the conference circuit in goals against average (7.36), while ranking seventh in save percentage (53.3). Thayer backstopped the Corsairs to a 13-7 record, marking the most wins in a single-season by a UMass Dartmouth netminder. A starter in all 18 games, Thayer limited his opponents to four or fewer goals in five appearances. He reached double digits in saves twice on the season, including a season-high 15 save performance in a win at Plymouth State (Apr 6). Thayer was credited with 35 ground balls and five caused turnovers. He was named the Little East Conference Men's Lacrosse Goalie of the Week four of the eight times the award was presented.
In 63 career appearances, Thayer sports an overall record of 42-20 to post a 67.7 winning percentage. He is the only goalie in program history to reach double digits in wins in three consecutive seasons. Thayer has recorded 562 career saves to own a 7.94 goals against average and a 54.2 save percentage. He has registered a single-season high 151 saves as a sophomore, including a game-high 19 stops against Keene State on April 21, 2012.
Prozinski is the first attackmen in program history to be voted to the conference's top-team. The sophomore from Ashland, Mass. is ranked among the Little East Conference leaders in goals per game (2nd, 2.94) and points per game (5th, 3.28), while leading UMass Dartmouth in goals (53) and points (59).
A starter in all 18 appearances, Prozinski produced 53 goals and six assists for 59 points, while scooping up a total of 45 ground balls and causing seven turnovers. Prozinski delivered the decisive strike against Mount Ida College (Mar 8), Plymouth State (Apr. 6), and Western Connecticut (Apr. 19). The prolific scorer tallied 10 hat tricks during the 2014 campaign, including eight games with at least four markers. Prozinski netted a career-high seven goals, including two man-up scores, to power the Corsairs past the Panthers. He registered his 100th career point in the regular-season finale at UMass Boston, when Prozinski deposited his third marker of the contest into the back of the net. The All-Little, first-team selection collected a season-best seven ground balls in a win over Norwich University. He was selected as the Little East Men's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week twice on the season.
Niden is making his second appearance on the All-Little East teams and first since earning second-team honors in 2012. The resident of Walpole, Mass. is the fifth midfielder in program history to be selected to the all-conference teams, and just the second to garner multiple certificates (Stephen Espinsola, 2011, 2010). Niden, a starter in two of his 18 games, shared the UMass Dartmouth lead in game-winning goals (3), while ranking among the leaders in goals (4th, 27), points (4th, 38), and assists (5th, 11). A consistent scoring threat, the senior recorded at least a point in each appearance. Niden registered a season-high four goals and five points in the victory over Wentworth on Mar. 22, while tallying a hat trick in the semifinals of the 2014 Little East Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament. He netted the game-winning goal to lead the Corsairs' to wins against Nichols College, Wentworth, and Salem State. Niden scooped up a season-best five ground balls against the Leopards.
Niden is currently the fourth all-time leading scorer in UMass Dartmouth history, recording 89 goals and 52 assists. He scored a career-high six markers and added an assist for seven points against Massachusetts Maritime on March 24, 2011. Niden has penned 17 special team goals into his ledger, including 16 markers on extra-man opportunities. In 56 career games, he has posted 109 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.
In 2014, Kevin Mahoney led the Corsairs to the most single-season victories (13) in program history, matching the previous standard set by the 2011 squad. UMass Dartmouth earned the No. 3 seed in the 2014 Little East Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament with a conference mark of 5-2. Mahoney led his charges to a 6-5 win over intra-state rival UMass Boston in the first round before being edged at Eastern Connecticut, 9-7, in the semifinals.