Mike Slaughter Jr., Marvey Mathurin Named to the Hampshire Honor Society

Mike Slaughter Jr., Marvey Mathurin Named to the Hampshire Honor Society
DARTMOUTH, Mass. –  Senior Marvey Mathurin (Woburn, Mass.) and classmate Michael Slaughter, Jr. (Springfield, Mass.) earned membership into the Hampshire Honor Society, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame earlier this past week. Mathurin and Slaughter Jr. were among the 1,252 players and 304 schools represented on the prestigious list.
The Hampshire Honor Society recognizes college football players from Division I through III for their academic excellence.  To be eligible for membership, a student-athlete must have completed their eligibility and maintained at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout their career. 
"Marvey is an outstanding young man," head coach Mark Robichaud said. "He had a tremendous football career and has represented us really well. He will forever be an outstanding representative of UMass Dartmouth."
Mathurin, a civil engineering major, has been named to the UMass Dartmouth Dean's List (3.2 to 3.79 GPA) four times during his undergraduate career. This past season, Mathurin was a dominating presence in the middle of the field as he anchored the Corsairs' defense which allowed the fourth-least points in the MASCAC. He established a new single-season standard for tackles for a loss with 17.5. In 10 games, the 6-foot, 4-inch, 240-pound linebacker established career-highs for total tackles (95) and sacks (5).  Mathurin was ranked third in the conference in sacks and fourth in tackles for a loss. He logged a career-high 15 tackles, including 12 solo stops, against Bridgewater State on Oct. 13.  Highly decorated, Mathurin was selected to the D3Football.com All-East team, New England Football Writers' Division II/III All-New England team, and All-MASCAC, first-team. 
In 39 career games, Mathurin enjoyed a noteworthy career for the Blue & Gold.  He is the all-time leader in tackles for a loss (49), putting two stops between the previous record holder while recording the sixth most tackles in program history (284) and 183 solo stops.  Mathurin posted 11.5 sacks, one fumble recovery, and seven interceptions.  

"I consider Slaughter, Jr. a son," Robichaud said.  "He's a three year-captain and his whole mindset was a huge asset to our program. He is a natural leader and did such a great job." 

Slaughter Jr. graduated this past January with Cum Laude honors. He was named to the Chancellor's List (3.8 to 4.0 GPA) one semester while making the Dean's List in four semesters.
As a senior in 2017, Slaughter Jr. raised his career totals in total yards (1214), rushing yards (954), receiving yards (160), touchdowns (6), and rushing attempts (180). After not touching 20 attempts in the team's first five games, the tailback's production increased as he posted 25 or more carriers, more than 100 yards, and at least a touchdown in the team's final four games. His 106 yards per game ranked third in the MASCAC, while his 954 yards on the ground ranked fourth despite more than 30 fewer attempts than the next-three backs.
The Springfield-native played in 36 games over five seasons with the Corsairs, accumulating over 2000 yards on the ground and an additional 294 receiving yards. In 2016, he was part of the three-man backfield that ranked second in program history, posting a combined total of 2,879 rushing yards.