April 30, 2008

BOSTON, MA - The UMass Boston men's lacrosse team played its final game of the 2008 season, falling at Western Connecticut State University, 14-6, in the Little East Conference Tournament quarterfinals on April 29. UMB has qualified for the LEC tournament, every year since the tourney's inception in 2001.

The contest also marked the last time that seniors Nick Thomo (Brookfield, MA) and Jim Costello (Dorchester, MA) would put on the uniform for the Beacons.

Thomo, who played in his 29th and final game, joined UMass Boston last season and has been a reliable goal-scorer with 30 tallies. The senior is a big, strong athletic player with a tireless work ethic and is very dangerous in the crease. Thomo was named a team captain by the coaching staff early in the season and has started seven games during his career, while picking up three assists to give him 33 career points. A graduate of Saint Peter Marian High School, he netted two or more goals six times this season and 11 for his career, while scooping up 77 career ground balls, including a career-high of 48 this season. He matched his career-high with three goals in his final career game at home vs. Eastern Connecticut State University on April 26. The midfielder dodges well and carries the ball effectively and ranked fourth in scoring for the Beacons this past season and fifth in 2007. Thomo has also been a model citizen on the field, being whistled for just three penalties on the season and just seven for his career.

Costello joined the Beacons this season and has been a solid contributor, starting nine of 15 games on defense, while picking up eight ground balls. A graduate of Saint Dominic Savio Prep, he has not been called for a penalty all season. Costello, who recently turned 42 years old, has defied the odds and not missed a beat, despite juggling a full-time job, raising three sons, going to class and coaching 13-and-under lacrosse program in Braintree, all while making every practice and playing good defense for the Beacons. Following his own advice "that you don't know unless you try", he has shown great leadership, while being a tough, intelligent, hard-working player, who is underestimated by opponents.

"I would like to acknowledge our two senior lacrosse players Nick Thomo and Jim Costello, Nick is in his second year with us and Jim has completed his first and only year with the lacrosse program" said Vice Chancellor for Athletics & Recreation, Charlie Titus.

"I am grateful to both of you for your leadership of a young team and for your support of a new coach. Your commitment and hard work are truly indicative of the UMass Boston student athlete. By your outstanding participation this year you have facilitated a meaningful transition between coach (Myles) Berry and coach (Matt) Rowley."

"Thank you and best wishes for continued success."