DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse senior Matt LaFond (Bridgewater, Mass.) was named as one of 75 men's lacrosse student-athletes to earn New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) All-Academic accolades for the 2017 season.
In order to earn NEILA All-Academic status, student-athletes must hold at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and be a significant enough contributor on the field to earn nomination for All-Conference consideration. LaFond was one of eight from the Little East Conference to be recognized by NEILA.
LaFond wrapped up his four-year Corsair career in 2017, earning First Team All-LEC honors at goalkeeper. In 15 games, he racked up a career-high 197 saves to total 534 on his four years, good for second all-time in program history behind only Nick Thayer (562). With his season save percentage of 58.3, LaFond paced the LEC and posted a goals against average of 9.77. He twice surpassed 20 saves in a game on 2017, first with a 24-stop performance against Roger Williams on March 21 and again with 22 saves against Keene State a week later. Over the course of his senior year, LaFond recorded 10 double-digit save totals and was named the LEC Goalkeeper of the Week twice.
A physics major, LaFond is additionally exemplary performer in the classroom. With a 3.01 GPA, he is a three-time Dean's List recipient and served as team captain this year.
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.