In head coach Matt Schairer's first season at the helm, the Dean College Bulldogs Men's Lacrosse team finished the 2017 season with a record of 9-6. The Bulldogs raced out of the gate to an 8-1 record before stumbling through mid-April and losing five straight. Dean ended their season on a high note, with a 10-9 overtime victory against Suny-Canton to close out their season and snap their losing streak.
Highlighted by big wins over Regis College and Salem State and tight losses to perrennial powers Mount Ida and Western Connecticut, the Bulldogs had a successful 2017 campaign.
Dean went 7-1 at home, 1-4 on the road, and 1-1 at neutral sites. The Bulldogs averaged 9.93 goals per game while allowing 7.91. They took 43 shots per game and shot 23% on the year.
Kyle Pucci and Anthony Trasacco tied for the team lead with 44 points each. Pucci had 28 goals and 16 assists and Trasacco had 34 goals and 10 assists. Colin Hinrichs scored 22 goals and chipped in 16 assists and Brody Fredericks had 15 goals and 14 assists.
Pucci's finest game was a 13-4 win over Mitchell on March 18th. He scored 4 goals and dished out 3 assists for 7 points. Trasacco had 4 goals and 3 assists against Daniel Webster a week later, but saved his best for last, scoring 3 goals (including the tying goal and overtime winning goal) and 1 assist against SUNY Canton in the end of season USCAA Classic.
Hinrichs had a breakout outing against Husson in an April 5th win. He scored 5 goals and 1 asisst for 6 points. Fredericks had his best game of the year in a thrilling March 28 win over Salem State, scoring 3 goals and 1 assist and burying the go-ahead goal late in the 4th quarter.
Jake Anderson started all 15 games for the Bulldogs in the cage, allowing 103 goals and making 157 saves for a 60.4 save percentage.
Westley Reel was named team MVP as he steadied the defense, scooping 17 ground balls and causing 15 turnovers while usually guarding the opposing teams' strongest player. Aidan Carr and Luke Townsend both pitched in double digit ground balls as well, helping to round out a defensive unit that allowed only 7.91 goals on the season.