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UMB Lacrosse Notes

Christopher Hanafin extends his scoring lead with 37 goals. Photo courtesy of UMass Athletics.
Christopher Hanafin extends his scoring lead with 37 goals. Photo courtesy of UMass Athletics.

The UMass Boston Beacons currently sport a 6-5 overall record, 3-2 in conference play, with only one game remaining in the regular season.

Head coach Myles Berry won his 150th NCAA lacrosse game when the Beacons defeated conference rival Plymouth State at the Clark Center Field by a score of 13-9 on April 14. He is currently 24th on the all time career coaching victories leader board and should continue to climb that list in the near future. Myles is also last years coach of the year and looks to defend that title this season with his young group of hard hitting gamers and sharp shooting gunners.

Senior Goaltender Nick Eaton scored his first career goal in a 7-5 Beacon win vs. Salve Regina on April 24. As he brought the ball to midfield he noticed an opening in the defense and chose to clear the zone himself rather than giving the ball up to a midfielder or attackman. Sprinting almost all the way up to the opposing crease he fired and scored sending his teammates on the sideline into a frenzy. It was his second such attempt in the game, as his first shot was blocked. He also picked up his first assist later in the same game. Eaton did play defense as well stopping 16 shots and allowing only 5 goals, including a garbage time score in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.

Senior attackman Christopher Hanafin continues to lead the Beacons in scoring with 37 goals and a total of 56 points.

Sophomore attackman Peter Kovach has been named the Little East Conference rookie of the week twice this season. Most recently he was recognized for his stellar play during the week of April 16-22.

UMass Boston, as of press time, is third in LEC standings, behind the undefeated powerhouse from Keene State and last years defending conference champions Eastern Connecticut.

The LEC playoffs begin May 1, and UMass Boston is slated to be at least a third seed for the conference tournament though the Beacons still have the opportunity to take over the second seed from Eastern Connecticut. Keene State is this year’s favorite going into the post season but UMass Boston is more than a sleeper and worth watching as any Berry team is capable of stepping up when it counts.

Keep your eyes peeled on campus for announcements regarding the LEC tournament schedule and come support the Bad Boy Beacons when they take on the rest of the conference in an all out battle for the hardware.