PAWTUCKET, R.I.—UMass Boston freshman Conor Lenfest (Waltham, Mass.) was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Year, to highlight three UMass Boston lacrosse honorees, the league office announced Wednesday afternoon.
Lenfest, a freshman attackmen, is just the third LEC Rookie of the Year in program history and fifth all-time Rookie of the Year in program history.
He was joined on the All-Conference team by seniors Jack Dillon (Barrington, R.I.) and Clay Arnold (Syracuse N.Y.). Dillon earned a spot on the First Team as a long stick midfielder, while Arnold earned a coveted Second Team All-Conference selection as an attackmen.
Lenfest earned LEC Rookie of the Year honors after recording 25 goals, 21 assists and 46 points in 12 total contests. The freshman ranked fourth on the Beacons in goals and second in assists and points and added four man-up goals.
While he was limited to just three conference games due to injuries, he went off for six goals and six assists and added four ground balls in three LEC contests. Lenfest recorded three or more points in eight of his 12 appearances and five or more points five times. He posted a season-high six points three times, including three goals and three assists in a loss to eventual LEC Champion Keene State College.
Dillon picked up his second-career LEC All-Conference recognition and earned his first, First Team recognition. He is the first defensive oriented Beacon to be named to the LEC First Team since 2007, when Dave Libratore ('07) earned First Team honors as a defenseman.
Dillon closed out his career with a third-consecutive strong season anchoring the Beacons' defense. The senior led the Beacons with 66 ground balls and 35 caused turnovers and tacked on four goals and three assists in 11 starts. He finished tied for second in the Little East in caused turnovers and 11th overall in groundballs. Dillon ended his career as the program record holder in caused turnovers (120) and fourth in career ground balls (232).
The senior was especially effective in conference play. Dillon posted six groundballs and nearly four caused turnovers per game to go along with three points (one goal and two assists). He had one of his best games against Eastern Connecticut State University, when he finished with six ground balls and five caused turnovers.
Arnold earned his first career All-Conference honors after serving as the Beacons' top goal scorer and playmaker in his senior season. Arnold recorded a team-best 37 goals and 26 assists for a team-high 63 points. He also tacked on a team-high 10 man-up goals, along with one game-winning goal.
He finished the season in the top five of the LEC in goals, assists and points and tied Eastern Connecticut State's Harrison Urda for the league lead in man-up goals. Arnold became the 23rd player in program history to reach 100 career points when he accomplished the feat on Senior Day. Arnold recorded four goals and one assist in a conference win over Salem State University to reach the century milestone. He ended his two seasons in Beacons Blue with 109 points in 33 appearances.
Arnold recorded at least one goal and one point in 15 of 17 games and recorded three-plus points in 12 of those games. He put together a career performance on April 9 when he recorded four goals, seven assists and 11 points in a 21-3 win over Husson University.