March 29, 2010

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston men's lacrosse player Patrick McDonagh (Dorchester, MA) has been named Little East Conference Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for his play during the week of March 22-28, it was announced today by the conference. The honor marks the second straight week that a UMass Boston player has earned the award. Senior Tim Boyle (Dorchester, MA) was the league's top defensive player the previous week.

McDonagh made the most of the Beacons' only game of the week, notching his first career point with an assist at Clark University on March 27. The defender also picked up a pair of ground balls and helped the UMass Boston defense limit the Cougars to just one goal in the third quarter.

The Boston Latin Academy product has started all four games for the Beacons and leads all UMass Boston defenders with one assist, while ranking sixth on the squad with 11 ground balls. The senior also has five caused turnovers to lead the Beacons. The 6'4", 220-pound defender picked up a season-high of four ground balls at Franklin Pierce University on March 13 and matched that total vs. Mount Saint Mary College the following Saturday.

Prior to joining the UMass Boston lacrosse program for the 2008 campaign, McDonagh had no previous experience playing the sport and has since become one of the top defenders in the conference. Since then, he has seen action in 32 games, while starting 24 of them. He registered 18 ground balls and committed 11 penalties in 15 games and nearly doubled his ground ball total the following season with 35, while drastically reducing his penalties with just three. He currently has 64 ground balls for his career.

UMass Boston is currently 1-3 on the season and will be in action again on Wednesday, March 31 when it travels to play Emerson College at 6:00 p.m.