Dylan Hatcher becomes UM-Dearborn lacrosse’s career points leader

Dylan Hatcher surveys the field in UM-Dearborn's 17-7 win over Wheaton College on March 21. Hatcher scored six goals against the Thunder and broke UM-Dearborn's career goal record. (Photo courtesy I. Cabello)
Dylan Hatcher surveys the field in UM-Dearborn’s 17-7 win over Wheaton College on March 21. Hatcher scored six goals against the Thunder and broke UM-Dearborn’s career goal record. (Photo courtesy I. Cabello)

By JERAMY STOVER, Staff Reporter

With his team down 8-5 late in the second quarter against University of Toledo Sunday, Dylan Hatcher fired a shot into the back of the net for his first goal of the game.

But this wasn’t just another point to add to the stat sheet. The point Hatcher recorded made him the all-time points leader in University of Michigan-Dearborn lacrosse history.

Hatcher passed Chris Cascadden on the list with his two points on Sunday giving him 124 for his career. He was tied for the record entering play.

The best part about him breaking the record: it didn’t really matter to him.

“It doesn’t really feel (important),” Hatcher said. “This season is more important than any records I set. I’d rather get to the playoffs than score, then beat any records at all.”

The senior captain now has 31 points in six games this season, including 24 goals. After breaking the all-time goal’s record last week, he now holds two major records for the program.

Head coach Jason Watts said it was a special achievement for his leader to accomplish.

“He’s a hard worker, couldn’t be happier for the guy,” Watts said. “He’s come a long way since his freshman year, he’s a captain now. (He) does so much work on and off the field, it couldn’t have happened to a better guy.”

Watts smiled and nodded when relayed that earning the record didn’t seem to matter to Hatcher. He said he knows how unselfish Hatcher is and is glad it spreads to his teammates.

“We have a very unselfish team, and it works well with our defense and offense. I like having guys like that, it’s kind of contagious too,” Watts said. “If we have selfish players, we get more selfish players. The fact that we have so many team players out here, it’s a good thing to have. I’m really excited about that.”

Hatcher did not know about the record coming into the season. He’s just glad to be a part of the history the program has built.

“Records are far from my mind,” Hatcher said. “I wanted to play where all my coaches have been from, it’s definitely a program that has a lot of history relating to me.”