April 19, 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 12-18, it was announced today by the conference. The accolade marks the second straight week that he has earned the award and the third 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 made an impact on both sides of the field for UMass Boston, recording nine points on eight goals and an assist, while scooping up 14 ground balls and causing a pair of turnovers. He also excelled on the faceoff for the Beacons, winning 61.1% (11-18) of his draws. The midfielder was a big reason for the team's 18-3 victory at Mitchell College on April 14 with six goals and an assist in addition to a career-high 11 ground balls. He also caused two turnovers and won seven of his nine faceoffs. The rookie capped the week with a pair of goals and three ground balls at Western Connecticut State University on April 17.

The Hingham High School product has become UMass Boston's go-to goal scorer with a team-high 28 scores in 11 games to give him 2.36 goals per game to rank seventh among Little East Conference leaders. The middie also has three assists to give him 31 points to place third on the team. Driscoll has had a hand dictating the team's success, leading the Beacons to a 4-1 record when he scores multiple goals. His goals have come in bunches for UMass Boston, finding the back of the net a career-best eight times at Massachusetts Maritime Academy on April 8, six times in at Emerson College on March 31 and scored four times vs. 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 12 caused turnovers, while ranking third with 42 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 seven occasions. He's also split the team's faceoff duties, winning 39 of 95 draws for a 41.1% success rate.

The Beacons are currently 4-7 on the season, including 0-3 in LEC play and will be in action again on Tuesday, April 20 when they host Little East Conference foe Keene State College at 3:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center field.