PAWTUCKET, R.I. – After a program best finish in 2017, the lacrosse team has earned their highest ever ranking on the Little East Conference preseason poll, as the Beacons were picked tied for second.
The Beacons, who were tied with Eastern Connecticut State University, earned a total of 36 points. Keene State College was picked to repeat as the LEC champions having earned seven of the eight first place votes and a total of 49 points.
Western Connecticut State was picked fourth with 32 points, and received one first place vote. Plymouth State University was selected fifth with 27 points, followed by Southern Maine who had 22 points, UMass Dartmouth who earned 14, and Salem State University who earned nine points.
Eighth year head coach Tyler Low, will boast one of his most talented rosters to date in 2018. After leading the Beacons to their best overall finish in LEC play in 2017, which included the program's first-ever home semi-final tournament win, Low earned the conference's top coaching honor for the first time in his career.
Amongst the Beacons key returners will be senior attackman Clay Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.), and senior midfielder Kroy Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.). In their first season on the harbor campus the Arnold brothers, registered 41 goals and 28 assists respectively. Clay led the Beacons in goals scored and total points, and led the team in game-winning goals with three. Kroy finished second on the team in face-off wins with 39, and collected 46 ground balls. The Beacons will welcome back All-Conference honoree Matt Murphy (Watertown, Mass.), who finished second on the team with 80 ground balls. He also finished second on the team in caused turnovers with 28, and was the Beacons top face-off man having earned 146 face-off wins.
Between the pipes Alex Surette (Melrose, Mass.) had a breakout rookie season. In over 900 minutes of playing time, Surette made 171 stops, and finished the year with an 8-7 record. He became the first player in program history to earn National Player of the Week honors, after becoming the first goalie to score a goal while in net, which he did against Plymouth State.
The Beacons will begin their 2018 season on February 27 when they travel to New England College for a 4 p.m. non-conference game.