MEDFORD, Mass. – Danny Murphy of the Tufts University men's lacrosse team has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week, as announced by the league Monday.
Murphy helped the Jumbos to a 2-0 week, including a NESCAC Quarterfinal win over Middlebury. The junior attackman recorded 17 points on the week as he tied a career-high and posted a season-high nine points from six goals and three assists in a 19-11 win over Bowdoin in the squad's final regular season game. He followed that up with what would have been a season-high eight points, had it not been for the nine he recorded earlier in the week, in a 16-12 quarterfinal win against Middlebury. Murphy scored three times and assisted on five more goals in the contest.
The junior's vision and decision making has been something to see this season. Many of his team-leading and career-high 44 assists have come from surveying the field from X and finding a cutting Jumbo in front of the net for the quick score or sending it all the way to the top of the arc to a big target like Ben Connelly who fires it home. Murphy has scored 34 times as well for the team lead in points with 78.
This is the first time this season Murphy has garnered the award and the second time in his career. He was recognized in April of his sophomore year after an 18-point, 2-0 week performance. The last Jumbo to earn the award was Frank Hattler back on March 26.
Murphy was also named to Inside Lacrosse's pre-season All-American list. Last season, he was named to the All-NESCAC and All-New England teams as well as receiving an All-American honorable mention.
The squad will play in the NESCAC semifinals this Saturday against Amherst. A win would earn them a shot at the conference championship on Sunday against either Wesleyan or Williams.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern