The 2019 season marks the ninth year for head coach Tyler Low with the UMass Boston men’s lacrosse program.
The 2017 Little East Conference Coach of the Year, Low has led the lacrosse program back to the top of the conference standings. In 2018, the Beacons were amongst the top teams in the LEC. They would earn key victories over Western Connecticut State and UMass Dartmouth. A total of three Beacons earned postseason honors, while senior Jack Dillon was named to the NEILA Senior All-Star game.
The 2017 campaign proved to be a historic one for Low, as he led UMB to their best postseason finish in over a decade. After earning the two-seed at the end of the regular season, which tied the program record for the best regular season finish, the Beacons earned their second-ever LEC Tournament semi-final win on their home field against longtime rival Plymouth State University. The Beacons also produced some of their best team performances during the regular season earning wins over Plymouth State and Western Connecticut State University. UMB posted nine wins in the historic campaign, with five of those coming against Little East opponents, the most since the 2001 season.
In his sixth season (2016), Low led his Beacons to their most successful season in over a decade. With 12-wins, the Beacons matched the all-time record for wins in a single season. The 12-6 record marked the best for Low since his arrival on the harbor campus. He coached perhaps one of the most talented senior classes, led transfer Calvin Lee. A total of five Beacons earned All-Conference honors, which tied the record for most in a single campaign. Low also saw Lee and Phil Truong earn a spot in the NEILA East-West Senior All-Star game, making them the first two players to do so since 1997. Amongst the Beacons wins in 2016 was a huge 5-4 win over longtime rival Plymouth State University. They would also knock-off Rivier University in a five-overtime battle, which now stands as the longest game ever played in program history.
The 2015 campaign, saw Low coach two 100-point scorers in Donny Delpha and John Powers. Delpha would end his career ranked sixth all-time with 170 career points, and became just the second Beacon in program history to become a four-time All-Conference honoree.
In his fourth season, Low posted a career-best eight victories during the year, and once again led his Beacons back to the Little East Conference Tournament. He also had his first-ever three-year All-Conference selection in Delpha. By the end of the season, the Beacons combined for 184 goals, 97 assists, for an impressive 281 points. Amongst his many victories during the 2014 season, was the 12-11 OT Little East Conference win over the University of Southern Maine, which earned the Beacons the sixth-seed in the conference postseason.
The 2013 season, saw the program take a huge step forward, as Low led the Beacons to the postseason for the first time in five years. After struggling in conference play over his first two years, UMass Boston finished their Little East Conference slate with a 3-4 record to earn the fifth seed in the Little East Playoffs. The Beacons’ six wins were also a new record under Low.
In his first season on the bench, Low brought in a total of 18 new faces. Competing against some of the top competition in New England, Low’s Beacons worked tirelessly to improve all facets of their game. That development continued in 2012, with another core group of newcomers, which included two Little East Conference Rookie of the Week, and the Rookie of the Year in Delpha.
Under Low’s leadership the Beacons continued to compete against some of the top teams in Division III, including conference rivals Eastern Connecticut State University and Keene State College. Perhaps his biggest moment since coming to UMass Boston came when the Beacons upended previously undefeated UMass Dartmouth to earn their first conference win of the season.
That victory sent shockwaves through the lacrosse world, as it was rated the biggest upset of the 2012 season.
Prior to his appointment to the head coaching position, Low served as the Beacons assistant coach for the 2010 season. He was appointed the head job in the fall of that year.
Low currently serves on the USILA Division III All-America selection committee, and is also a member of the Division II North Regional Ranking committee for the NCAA Tournament. In 2012, he served on the ECAC Tournament selection committee as well.
No stranger to Division III lacrosse, Low enjoyed a solid four-year career at Babson College, where he played 36 games as a defender for the Beavers. The native of Natick, MA was selected a Captain for Babson for his senior campaign, where he established career highs for games played (16) and ground balls (28).
Prior to his collegiate career, Low starred as a hockey goalie at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA.
A 2009 graduate from Babson, he has gone on to co-found and co-own PrimeTimeLacrosse.com. The company sponsors camps, leagues and clinics all of New England, and are quickly expanding into the national market.