PAWTUCKET, R.I. – After a standout freshman campaign, attackman Darragh Fahey (Walpole, Mass.) has been named the 2019 Little East Conference Rookie of the Year. Along with Fahey three other Beacons all earned Second Team honors in Conor Lenfest (Waltham, Mass.), Matt Murphy (Watertown, Mass.), and Jack Dobrzynski (East Greenwich, R.I.).
For Fahey, he became the second Beacon in the last two seasons to earn the top rookie honor. He is now the fourth Beacon to be named the Rookie of the Year, since the Little East Conference began sponsoring the sport of men's lacrosse in 2001.
The Walpole native was impressive in his first season on the harbor campus. Having played in all 19 games, the Walpole native registered 33 points, which was good enough for second on the team. His 14 goals and 19 assists, led all first year players. He recorded at-least one point in every game but four and finished his first season as a Beacon with four points in three straight games. In the upset win over Western Connecticut State University in the first round of the LEC Tournament, Fahey registered a career-high three assists, while his two goals in four different games stood as a career-best. Against Plymouth State University in the LEC semi-final round, Fahey was one of the Beacons top scorers in the loss as he netted two goals, while adding two assists.
Lenfest, who was named the Rookie of the Year in 2018, earned his first All-Conference honor as a sophomore. In 19 games played, Lenfest was the Beacons top offensive threat, as the Waltham native registered 41 goals and 18 assists for an impressive 59 points, which was a career-best. His 59 points had him ranked eighth in the Little East Conference, while his 38 scores put him in the top-6. He ended the season with six man-up goals, and finished with 30 ground balls. He tallied at-least one point in every game but one and registered a career-best mark of eight points (5g, 3a) in the must-win game against Southern Maine. He then followed-up on that performance with three goals and two assists in the Beacons 16-10 win over Western Connecticut State that earned UMB the final spot in the postseason. It was in that win, that Lenfest became the newest member of the 100-point club, as he now sits 23rd all-time with 105 career points (66g, 39a).
Murphy ended his four-year career as a Beacon was one of the team's top defenseman. The Watertown native finished 2019 ranked second on the team in caused turnovers with 20, while his 41 ground balls had him ranked fourth on the team. During his standout four-year career, Murphy quickly climbed the all-time ranks as one of the most consistent players in UMB history. His 183 ground balls and 82 caused turnovers has him ranked ninth and second all-time respectively. In 2019, he notched a season-best five caused turnovers in the non-conference loss to New England College.
In his first season as a Beacon Dobrzynski emerged as one of the top face-off specialists in the Little East Conference. After missing the first three games, the Rhode Island native was impressive with his 118 face-off wins and 57 ground balls, both of which led the Beacons. He ended 2019 ranked sixth in the LEC in the FO wins, while his 57 pick-ups had him tied for 14th. His best game by far, which also stands as one of the most impressive in program history, came in the LEC Semi-Final round against Plymouth State. Despite the loss, Dobrzynski tallied 30 wins on the face-off dot and combined for 21 ground balls, which set a new single game record at UMB. The previous record of 14, which was last set in 2018, was shattered by the sophomore. In the LEC Tournament Dobrzynski finished 37-for-53 (.698), while collected 23 ground balls.