May 11, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Three members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team have received post-season honors from the Little East Conference.
Junior attacker Nick Brett (Loudon, NH/Merrimack Valley HS) and senior midfielder Stephen Espinola (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS) were both named second team All-Conference. Head Coach Kevin Mahoney was named LEC Coach of the Year.
Brett led UMass Dartmouth with 60 goals and 18 assists for 78 points, while Espinola ranked fourth with 22 goals and five assists for 27 points. Brett led the LEC in goals and assists and was second with 175 shots. He currently ranks fourth in the NCAA Division III statistics with 3.53 goals per game.
"Nick did an awesome job this year attacking the cage," said Mahoney. "He was a threat every time he touched the ball. He had something to prove to himself and he proved it to the team and the Little East Conference, as well. We look forward to next year, when he will be more comfortable with our offensive sets and the players on the team. Stephen has been a great four year student-athlete and exemplifies that hard work and effort can do wonders. He was always one of the top midfielders for us and did a great job of playing two way lacrosse. He always matched up against the best defensive midfielders every game and excelled."
Associate Athletic Director Louise Goodrum was pleased to see Mahoney honored. "I'm happy that Coach Mahoney has been recognized by his peers for his hard work with our program," said Goodrum. "I'm happy with what he's done, and I'm pleased, looking forward to the future."
Mahoney said that the Coach of the Year Award was a reflection on the team. "The Coach of the Year award in reality for UMass Dartmouth is a testament to the entire program, from the coaches, to the senior captains, players, the parents, our strength and agility coaches, Don West and Greg Homol, and our wonderful training staff, especially Tara Yeske. Tara did an amazing job of keeping our players on the field."
Mahoney also had praise for senior captains Espinola, Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS), Paul Nunes (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield HS) and Bobby Smith (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS). "I really can't say enough about our senior captains especially Josh Arsenault, he came out everyday ready to go, played through injuries, worked well with his teammates and set the tone for all the underclassmen to follow," said Mahoney. "He was a former midfielder and at the end of his career, he was a complete attack man who played with heart and desire. In many lacrosse programs, 22 is a special number and he was a special player."
The Corsairs had their finest season ever, finishing 13-4 overall and second in the Little East Conference.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE