Dylan Hatcher speaks at UM-Dearborn's all-sports banquet after being honored as Male Athlete of the Year. (Rebecca Gallagher/MJ)

By RICKY LINDSAY, Editor-in-Chief

Dylan Hatcher had a season for the ages in 2015, setting a handful of University of Michigan-Dearborn lacrosse records.

He tied for first in UM-Dearborn single-season goals (31) and broke its career goals record (113) and points record (134).

Hatcher was honored for a superb senior season at the university’s all-sports banquet on May 8. He earned UM-Dearborn’s Male Athlete of the Year award.

It was something he wasn’t expecting.

“I was definitely surprised by it,” Hatcher said. “I wasn’t expecting a lacrosse player, any of us, to get it, really. It’s a big hockey school, big soccer school and a big softball school, so I figured lacrosse would be left out of the nominations. I was really surprised and really humbled to win that award.”

Hatcher, a Canton, Mich. native and Salem High School alumnus, was a centerpiece of UM-Dearborn’s lacrosse evolution.

From a 3-9 season to the first playoff appearance and the program’s jump to varsity, he’s been through it all.

Along the way, Hatcher has created several bonds with teammates, who were on hand at the banquet as he accepted the award.

“It’s incredible. (Guest speaker Dr. Galen Duncan) mentioned that your college friends are your friends for life. That’s definitely the case with these guys,” Hatcher said.