WORCESTER -- WPI senior Nick Ostrowski (Charlton, MA) and junior Lou Duh (Monroe, CT) have been named to the Football Academic All-District I team for the second consecutive year, as voted upon by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) members from Massachusetts and Maine. The duo was joined on the team for the first team by senior teammates Julian Nyland (Melrose, MA), Sean McAllen (Prospect, CT) and Clark Ewen (Arlington, MA).
All five advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. The NEWMAC had quite the haul with 16 of the 26 District I honorees coming from WPI (5), MIT (7) and Springfield (4), as well as Norwich and Merchant Marine student-athletes selected to the District II and III teams respectively.
Ostrowski is a three-year starter at middle linebacker and has led the Engineers in tackles the last two seasons. The senior currently has 78 tackles, 25 more than the second highest after being named All-NEWMAC for the first time in 2018. Ostrowski, a civil engineering major with a 3.77 GPA, completed his IQP project - "Benefits of Fire Protection" - in Costa Rica in the spring of 2019 that researched the social and economic impacts of NFPA codes on Costa Rican building professionals.
Duh also is a repeat Academic All-District selection for the Crimson and Gray. The nose guard had anchored a power WPI defense line, notching 28 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, and a pair of sacks. A two-time All-NEWMAC academic team member, Dou was both second team All-NEWMAC and Worcester Area in 2018. In the classroom, the mechanical engineering major sports a 3.92 GPA and is slated to complete his IQP project in Thessaloniki, Greece during D Term of 2019-20.
Nyland is a two-year starter at quarterback for the Engineers. His 2,103 passing yards are second most in a single season and he is fifth all-time in career yardage with 3,914. The senior, who has one more season of eligibility because of an injury in 2017, earned NEWMAC Offensive Athlete of the Week honors after throwing for 332 yards and three touchdowns versus Merchant Marine on October 26th. Nyland touts a 3.72 GPA while perusing a degree in mechanical engineering. His IQP Project in San Jose, Costa Rica in the spring of 2019 investigated NFPA 101 Life Safety Codes.
McAllen is one of WPI's most accomplished offensive players in program history. Just one of two players to rush for over 1,000 yards twice in his career, he enters Saturday New England Bowl contest just 52 yards away from tying the all-time career rushing total. The running back is also just a touchdown away from 300 career points, which is second all-time at WPI. McAllen boasts a 3.39 GPA while majoring in civil engineering. His IQP Project was titled "Developing a Data Collection Tool for Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester".
Ewen has emerged in his first season as a starting wide receiver. The senior is second in a balance offensive aerial attack in receptions (30), receiving yards (445) and receiving touchdowns (5). Ewen logged touchdown catches in games against Worcester State, Maine Maritime, Catholic, Merchant Marine and MIT. An electrical and computer engineering major with a strong 3.83 GPA, Ewen's IQP Project in Ecuador in spring of 2019 was titled "Promoting Rural Tourism Through Accessibility in Cuenca".
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his current institution, must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable) and he has completed one full calendar year at his current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.