PAWTUCKET, R.I. – After leading UMass Boston to their best-ever regular season finish and the program's first appearance in the Little East Conference Tournament championship game in over a decade, head coach Tyler Low has been named the Little East Conference Coach of the Year.
In 2017, Low's Beacons earned a 5-2 record in Little East play, and earned the two-seed in the conference tournament. With the two-seed, the Beacons earned a first-round bye, and the right to host the program's second-ever semi-final tournament game. Facing longtime rival Plymouth State, the Beacons continued their historic season, thanks to a 14-6 win over the Panthers. The Beacons nine wins in 2017 marked the second-most for coach Low, and his second straight winning-season.
Despite suffering a knee injury, Lee, who was a First-Team selection, was able to battle through the pain, and played a major part in the Beacons five game win-streak heading into the conference title game. The newest member of the 100-point club, Lee ended his two-seasons on the harbor campus with 110 points (71g, 39a). During his senior season, the Hopkinton native registered 17 goals and 12 assists. He also collected 15 ground balls and had five caused turnovers. One of his best games of 2017 came in the championship, when he recorded a team-leading five points (3g, 2a). In the 13-6 win over Salem State University, Lee tallied two goals and two assists. After sitting out the entire month of March, Lee made a huge return to the Beacons line-up in the win over Western Connecticut State University. In the 11-8 win, Lee tallied four goals and one assist.
For Murphy, he completed his sophomore campaign as the Beacons go-to face-off man to earn Second Team honors. In 16 games played, 15 of which he started, Murphy collected 146 wins on the "X". He also finished second on the team with 80 ground balls, and forced 28 turnovers. His best face-off game came in the senior day win over Southern Maine as he finished with 16 wins. It was also in that game that he earned a career-high 14 ground balls. On the year, Murphy recorded 10 or more wins on the "X" eight times. In the Beacons LEC semi-final win over Plymouth State he finished 11-for-23, while in his first title game he tallied 17 victories. His best offensive day came in the season opener when recorded a pair of assists. His top defensive showing was when he forced four turnovers in the frigid 3-2 win over Rivier University.