NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Little East Conference has released the 2013 First and Second Team selections and the major award winners Tuesday afternoon. Earning a spot on the second team was sophomore midfielder Donny Delpha (Walpole, Mass.) and senior goalie Henry Bristol (South Hadley, Mass.).
Now a two-time all-conference honoree, Delpha closed out an impressive sophomore campaign with 29 goals and 23 assists. He became the first player since 2007 to earn 100 career points, which he achieved in the playoff loss, the Beacons first since 2008, at Plymouth State University. The Walpole native recorded at least one-point in every game except one. His career high of nine points (4g, 5a) came in the 13-5 rout of Thomas College (ME) on April 10.
He also recorded a combined six points in the huge 15-14 win over Salem State University, the programs first-ever since the Vikings returned to the conference. Delpha would net just one goal in that contest, but matched his season high in assists in with five. He also ended the year with a team-best 11 man-up goals and collected 38 groundballs as well. On the face-off "X" he made a huge return at the end of the regular season and eventually finished the year 34-for-87.
For Bristol, he put together one of the most impressive senior seasons in recent memory between the pipes. Starter in 16 of the 18 games played in 2013; Bristol saw a combined 861 minutes of playing time and finished the year with a record of 5-11. In 2013, the South Hadley native faced a combined 654 shots and compiled 248 saves.
On three separate occasions he combined for 20 or more stops including a career-best 27 save in the 6-5 win over Southern Maine, which put UMB back into the postseason. In the Little East quarterfinal match at Plymouth State, Bristol came-up with 20 saves in his final collegiate contest.
He also finished the year with a combined 85 groundballs. Against Hood College (Md.) and UMass Dartmouth he recorded a career-best 10 pick-ups. Against the Huskies of Southern Maine he finished with seven groundballs to lead UMB to their first back-to-back conference victories under head coach Tyler Low.