April 12, 2010

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston men's lacrosse player Pat Driscoll (Hingham, MA) has been named Little East Conference Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week for his play during the week of April 5-11, it was announced today by the conference. The honor marks the second time this season that the Beacons have had a player named the league's top rookie with freshman goalie Jake Gostanian (Andover, MA) taking the honor for the week of March 22-28.

Driscoll was active on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field with 10 goals, 10 ground balls and seven caused turnovers to go with a .500 shooting percentage in three games of action. The sophomore began the week with a goal, four caused turnovers and a pair of ground balls vs. MIT on April 6. He exploded for a career-high eight goals on 12 shots in UMass Boston's 14-13 victory at Massachusetts Maritime Academy on April 8 and added four ground balls and two caused turnovers. The Hingham High School product capped the week with another goal, four ground balls and a caused turnover vs. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on April 10.

Driscoll has enjoyed an outstanding first season with UMass Boston, leading the squad with 20 goals, while adding two assists for 22 points to place second on the team in points. The midfielder has had a hand dictating the team's success, leading the Beacons to a 3-0 record when he scores multiple goals. His goals have come in bunches for UMass Boston, finding the back of the net six times in the Beacons' 17-2 victory at Emerson College on March 31 and scored four times in the team's 13-7 win over Mount Saint Mary College on March 20. Driscoll's been very good on the defensive side of the ball as well, leading the team with 10 caused turnovers and ranking fourth with 28 ground balls. The 6'3", 195-pound Driscoll has scooped up at least one ground ball in all nine games that he's appeared in, including three or more on five occasions and a season-high of eight at Franklin Pierce University on March 13. He's also split the team's faceoff duties, winning 28 of 77 draws for a 36.4% success rate.

UMass Boston is currently 3-6 on the season, including 0-2 in LEC play and will be in action again on Wednesday, April 14 when it travels to New London, CT to take on Mitchell College at 3:30 p.m.