NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – After a standout campaign, which included two nods as the conference Rookie of the Week, freshman attackman Donny Delpha (Walpole, Mass.) has been named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Year and Second Team All-Conference selection as announced by the conference office Tuesday morning.
Highlighting one of the top rookie seasons in recent memory was Delpha's team-best 34 goals and 14 assists. He also led the Beacons this season in man-up goals with eight and recorded two of the Beacons three game-winners. The freshman became only the second player to earn the conference's top rookie honor.
Delpha, a native of Walpole, Massachusetts arrived on the scene in a big way for the Beacons in 2012. In his first college game, Delpha netted four goals while also tallying one assist and collected a career-best eight ground balls against Birmingham Southern (Ala.). He then netted back-to-back hat tricks in the win over Huntingdon College (Ala.) and in the non-conference loss to Curry College.
As the season progressed, Delpha continued to find the back of the net for the Beacons as he recorded at-least one goal in every match but three. After a couple one and two goal games, Delpha had perhaps one of the single best performances this season when he scored four goals, while also assisting three others to lead UMass to an upset win over conference rival UMass Dartmouth.
He would later notch his third four-goal performance of the year against another conference rival, Salem State University. In the tough one-goal loss, Delpha helped the Beacons mount a late second half comeback that nearly saw them tie the game with only seconds remaining on the clock.
Perhaps his most impressive showing came in the 24-4 rout of Wheelock College. In just the first 15 minutes of play, Delpha recorded four goals and had one assist. He eventually closed out the non-conference victory with a team-leading five goals and two assists for seven points.
In the season-finale against the Little East Conference regular season and tournament champion Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors, Delpha unloaded three goals, while also picking-up one assist in the process.
Men's Lacrosse was also recognized as a team as they were award the Team Sportsmanship Award for the second time in three seasons.