COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse rising senior Will Moriarty (Ashland, Mass./Catholic Memorial) was officially recognized this summer as the NCAA Division II national leader in caused turnovers average this past spring, turning in 3.0 per game. A plaque commemorating the feat and produced by the NCAA will be housed in the Ross Sports Center concourse display case.
Moriarty also led Division II in total caused turnovers, with a school-record 45. He is fifth in Division II history for season caused turnovers per game, becoming the first player from the North Region to ever average as many as 3.0. His 45 caused turnovers tie for sixth in national annals, matching the region record set by Sheldon Burns of Dowling College in 2014. He helped the Purple Knights average 11.4, good for fifth in the nation.
Moriarty, who added 39 ground balls, notched 24 caused turnovers against opponents either nationally ranked or receiving votes. His specialty statistic is credited when positive, aggressive action causes a turnover by the opponent, including but not limited to stick checks, interceptions, running a possessing player beyond a restraining line, or presenting high pressure that forces an errant pass or missed catch. Moriarty is the program's first national leader in the category since caused turnovers became an official NCAA statistic with the 2013 season.
A defender and team captain, Moriarty landing New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) All-New England second team and NE10 All-Conference third team accolades this spring for his play on the field, and Google Cloud NCAA Division II Academic All-District 1 At-Large honors thanks to his accomplishments as both a student and an athlete. Moriarty is a double major in accounting and business administration, while also minoring in economics.
Moriarty is the fourth Purple Knight student-athlete to lead the nation in a statistical category in as many years. Softball alumna Chandler Wilder '18 was the national champ in sacrifice hits per game (0.57) in 2018 after baseball alumnus Drew Farris '19 yielded the fewest walks per nine innings (0.47) in 2017. Matt Bonds '17 registered the most offensive rebounds per outing (4.27) among all Division II men's basketball players in 2015-16.