May 11, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston men's lacrosse player Al Craven (Milton, MA) was named a Little East Conference First Team All-Star, while Pat Driscoll (Hingham, MA) was selected as a Second Team All-Star it was announced by the conference today. UMass Boston was the recipient of the inaugural Team Sportsmanship Award as well.
Craven earns a spot in the LEC First Team midfield in his second season with the Beacons. The senior started nine of the 14 games he appeared in and ranked second for UMass Boston with 25 goals, while adding nine assists to give him 34 points to finish fourth on the squad and establish career highs in every category. Craven picked up a personal-best 49 ground balls on the year for the sixth-highest total and second-most of any offensive midfielder for the Beacons. He was also one of UMass Boston's most valuable offensive threats, scoring four goals in man-up situations for the second-highest total on the team. A graduate of Milton High School, Craven caused three turnovers and was whistled for just four penalties on the year. The middie was one of just two players to notch at least one point in every contest he played in for the Beacons and was the only player on the squad to net at least one goal in every game. The Tri-Captain registered multiple points on 10 occasions and averaged 2.7 points over his final nine contests to close out the season with 24 points during that stretch. He scooped up multiple ground balls in all but one game and capped the season with a career-high of seven vs. Plymouth State University on May 1.
Craven transferred to UMass Boston prior to his junior campaign after playing two seasons for Clark University. He finishes his 50-game career with 48 goals, 21 assists and 69 points in addition to 119 ground balls.
Driscoll transferred to play for the Beacons after a season of club ball with the United States Coast Guard Academy a year ago. He earns Second Team All-Star accolades in the midfield after becoming the first UMass Boston player since 2005 to net 40 goals in a season. The sophomore started 13 of 15 games and averaged 2.67 goals per outing to rank fourth in the league and 31st in the nation, while his 46 points were the most for the Beacons. The middie was also a key member of the UMass Boston's man-up unit with four goals to tie for the second-most on the team, while topping all offensive midfielders with 57 ground balls, which was good for third overall on the team. The Hingham High School product was very active on the defensive side of the ball as well with a team-high 14 caused turnovers and served as one half of the Beacons' faceoff unit, winning 34% (41-122) of his draws. The first-year player was named the LEC Rookie of the Week twice and had a knack for scoring in bunches, netting four or more goals on five occasions. He fueled UMass Boston's 14-13 road victory at Massachusetts Maritime Academy on April 8 with a season-high eight goals, while racking up seven points on six goals and an assist in addition to a season-best 11 ground balls in a win at Mitchell College on April 14. The 6'3", 195-pound midfielder closed out the season with 24 points, including 20 goals in his final six games for an average of 3.3 goals per game.
The Beacons finished the season with a 4-11 record, including 0-7 in LEC play. They led the league with 40.92 ground balls per game, while boasting the fewest penalties (4.38) and penalty minutes (3.73) per game.