March 30, 2009

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston men's lacrosse player Matt Dunn (Milton, MA) has been named Little East Conference Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for his play during the week of March 23-29, it was announced today by the conference. The honor marks the second straight week that a Beacons' men's lacrosse player has been named the league's top defensive player after sophomore midfielder John Canty (Milton, MA) received the award last week.

Dunn led UMass Boston's defensive effort in its only game of the week with a team-high six ground balls vs. Salem State College on March 28, while also contributing with a number of deflections and takeaways.

The defender is tied for the team lead with 17 ground balls in three games to average 5.7 ground balls per outing to rank fifth among LEC leaders. The senior has registered five or more ground balls in every game this season and has stayed out of the penalty box in two of the Beacons' three games.

A four-year starter, Dunn has played in 47 games during his career for UMass Boston, while scooping up 164 ground balls, including a career-high of 54 last year. A graduate of Milton High School, Dunn has been one of the Beacons most disciplined players, committing just nine penalties over his career for a total of 7:30 of time in the box. He has racked up no fewer than 45 ground balls in any full season for UMB and picked up a career-high of nine vs. Wentworth Institute of Technology on April 17 of last year. The six-foot, three-inch 230-pounder also has four points in his career coming on assists, with at least one point in every season coming into 2009.

The Beacons are currently 0-3 on the season and will be in action again on Thursday, April 2 when they travel to Standish, ME to take on Saint Joseph's College (ME) at 7:15 p.m.