Westwood, MA --- Senior placekicker Spencer Herrington (Clearfield, PA) repeated as the NEWMAC Special Teams Athlete of the Year while 10 others also earned All-NEWMAC honors as voted upon by the league's head coaches following the regular season. Senior Larry Cafaro (Ansonia, CT) was named to the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship team.
Herrington was joined on the first team by senior offensive lineman Nick Day (Northampton, MA), junior defensive back Sam Casey (Winchester, MA), junior running back Sean McAllen (Prospect, CT), junior defensive lineman Mike McGoff (Ashland, MA) and junior linebacker Nick Ostrowski (Charlton, MA). The second team featured senior linebacker Blayne Merchant (Sanderson, FL), senior defensive back Collin Saunders (Westwood, NJ), junior offensive lineman Vince Lucca (Granby, CT), junior wide receiver Nic Rossi (Howell, NJ) and sophomore defensive lineman Lou Duh (Monroe, CT).
Herrington, the inaugural special teams athlete of the year and first team selection in 2017, led the NEWMAC in points, field goals made and extra points made. In all, he was 12-for-15 with a career-long 42-yard field goal and 30-for-30 in extra point opportunities. His with 66 points also tied for second amongst all NEWMAC student-athletes. Herrington concludes his career a perfect 75-for-75 in PATs, 22-for-27 in field goals, and 141 points. As a punter, Herrington boomed 113 for 3882 career yards with a long of 55 and eight landing inside the 20.
Day, the starting right tackle who was upgraded from last year's second team, helped guide the offense which scored on all 16 red zone opportunities in NEWMAC play and was successful 90 percent (28 of 31) of the time over the span of the 10 games. The Engineers were also second overall with 15 passing touchdowns.
Casey, another second teamer from a year ago, ranked third on the team with 65 tackles of which 42 were solo and three were for-loss. He added three interceptions, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. His totals were bolstered by a career-high 13 tackles – 10 solo – with 1.5 for-loss and a 32-yard interception return at Coast Guard.
McAllen, a repeat first team selection, ranked in the top 10 in most rushing categories despite limited action in the latter part of the season. He was third overall with 576 yards and 64 yards per game to go nine touchdowns. The junior ends the season fifth all-time in the WPI record book with 2,645 rushing yards and is seventh in attempts (552). McAllen also collected 223 yards on 17 receptions and two scores, featuring a 99-yarder, in 2018.
McGoff made 33 stops with 23 solo, three sacks and a fumble recovery. Eight of his career-high nine tackles at Merchant Marine were unassisted while his three sacks came in non-conference action.
Ostrowski, a 2017 second teamer, led the Engineers and ranked fourth in the NEWMAC with 76 tackles – 40 solo – with four for-loss including a sack, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He achieved double digit stops in three games with career-bests 16 total and 11 unassisted to go with a fumble recovery at Merchant Marine.
Merchant finished second on the team and eight in the NEWMAC with 68 tackles, including a team-high 44 unassisted stops. He tied his career-best of 12 tackles, this time with 10 solo, versus Springfield. Six tackles were for-loss including a sack to go with a fumble recovery and a blocked punt, also against the Pride. He punctuated his career with a 57-yard pick-six against Norwich in the season finale. In all, Merchant rolled up 225 tackles – 149 solo – with 29 for loss and five sacks, as well as, three interceptions, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Saunders made a career-best 11 stops with 10 solo versus Springfield en route to 51 overall tackles and 39 by himself. He also recorded three pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and an interception.
Lucca, the starting center, also helped anchor the offensive line that was in the top half of the league in a number of categories including the second-ranked touchdown percentage (58%) inside the red zone on the year.
Rossi, the NEWMAC leader in receiving touchdowns with eight, was fifth in yards per game (52.2) and yards per catch (13.1). His 40 catches for 522 yards ranked sixth overall. Rossi scored twice at Anna Maria before breaking the plane in four consecutive games (Becker, Springfield, Maine Maritime, Catholic). He caught nine passes against the Cardinals and totaled 110 yards at RPI.
Duh amassed 32 tackles – 19 unassisted – with a sack in 2018. He notched a career-best seven stops at Merchant Marine and blocked an extra point at Coast Guard. The sophomore also broke up a pass against Catholic and Norwich.
Look for more on the All-Sportsmanship team next week.