PAWTUCKET, R.I. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Matt LaFond (Bridgewater, Mass.) highlighted the 2017 Little East Conference Men's Lacrosse awards program on Monday, earning First Team goalkeeper accolades for the Corsairs. LaFond was joined on the lists by junior Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass.), who earned a spot on the All-LEC Second Team at midfield.
The duo represent UMass Dartmouth on the 26-member LEC All-Conference teams, nominated and voted upon by the league's eight head coaches.
LaFond makes his debut on the All-LEC squads on the heels of a standout year between the pipes. With 197 saves in all 15 games, he set a career-high and upped his total over four seasons to 534, ending his time in a Corsair uniform with the second-highest total in program history. LaFond additionally set a career-high with a season save percentage of 58.3 to lead the LEC, and owned a season goals against average of 9.77. The senior captain was the goalkeeper of record in every UMass Dartmouth game, leading the Corsairs to a league-best 146 goals allowed and second-best 9.70 goals against average.
On March 21, LaFond became the first Corsair goalkeeper since 2009 to register 20-plus saves in a game, setting a career-high single game total with 24 against Roger Williams. He then surpassed the 20-save total again a week later, turning aside 22 shots against Keene State on April 2. All said, LaFond registered 10 double-digit save contests over the course of his senior campaign, and was named the LEC Goalkeeper of the Week twice.
Torres, also making his All-LEC debut, put forth a prolific scoring season in his junior year, leading UMass Dartmouth with 28 goals after totaling just eight in his previous two seasons. He added on eight assists for 36 points, and ranked third in the LEC with a team-high seven man-up goals. Torres generated a pair of career-high four-goal games twice on the season, first in the season-opener against Curry on February 25 and again as part of a career-high five point performance (four goals, one assist) on April 10 versus Becker. In 11 of the Corsairs' 15 games, including the last eight contests, he recorded multiple points.
Under first-year head coach Terry Corcoran, UMass Dartmouth went 5-10 overall with a 3-5 slate in LEC competition. The Corsairs prevailed in four of their last seven contests, including league victories over Western Connecticut on Senior Day and Salem State in the season finale.