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St. Mary’s Lacrosse dominates United East Honors
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St. Mary’s Lacrosse dominates United East Honors

LATHAM, NY – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s lacrosse team celebrated a remarkable season with eleven players named to the All-United East Conference teams and three players receiving major awards. This announcement came from the United East Conference office on Tuesday.

St. Mary’s College has demonstrated consistent excellence, capturing its third consecutive United East tournament championship under the leadership of Jason Childs, who won the Coach of the Year award for the second consecutive year. This recognition places Childs among an elite group of Seahawk coaches who have won the award multiple times.

The players’ hard work and dedication were evident throughout the season, as noted by Childs. “This is the culmination of a lot of hard work over a very long time,” he said, highlighting the team’s dedication since the end of last season.

Ethan Little, a senior from Bel Air, Maryland, was named United East Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Sophomore Joshua Martel of Linthicum, Maryland, earned Offensive Player of the Year honors, continuing a three-year streak of Seahawks claiming the award.

Childs praised both players for their contributions. “It’s great that Ethan wins this award twice in a row. He is such a unique and great player,” he noted. As for Martel, Childs celebrated his record-breaking season: “Josh had a great year and brings such an extra presence to the offense.”

St. Mary’s dominance in player awards was further highlighted by Greg Matthews ’94, Jude Brown ’22 and Keegan Preis ’25, all of whom have previously won major conference awards.

A total of seven players from St. Mary’s have been selected to the All-United East First Team, which ties the program record from the past two years. Additionally, eleven all-conference selections set a new program record this year.

Other honorees included Reece Small, who earned his first all-conference honor, and Brandon Dabkowski, who finished fourth in the league with 24 goals and added his first all-conference honor to his performances this season.

The team’s success has not only been on an individual level, but also collectively as they are set to make their second straight appearance in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament. They will face Farmingdale State College at Jamie L. Roberts Stadium in the first round, the match scheduled for May 8 at 4:00 PM.

As the Seahawks prepare for the championship, the campus and local community are buzzing with excitement, evidenced by ticket sales and anticipated crowd support. The success of St. Mary’s College men’s lacrosse is a testament to their hard work, strategic play and strong community support.