Bloomington, MN --- The senior trio of Sean McAllen (Prospect, CT), Sam Casey (Winchester, MA) and Nick Ostrowski (Charlton, MA) were all named to the D3football.com All-East region team on Tuesday morning. It marked the first time in school history WPI has had three selections to the team in the 15 years D3football.com had selected all-region squads.
McAllen was a first team selection at running back, Casey was named to the second team at linebacker and Ostrowski was a third team pick at linebacker.
In all, 13 Engineers have now earned 15 regional accolades from D3football.com. The trio follows in the footsteps of Spencer Harrington (first team in 2017 and second team in 2018), Brian Murtagh (third team in 2015 and first team in 2016), Blaise Bursey (third team in 2016), Tim Grupp (third team in 2013), Ernie Mello (first team in 2011), John Perron (second team in 2011), Tyler Lapierre (second team in 2010), Andrew Sides (first team in 2008), Mike Butler (first team in 2007) and Matt Boudreau (third team in 2006).
McAllen, the NEWMAC's Offensive Player of the Year, is one of WPI's most accomplished players in program history. Just one of two players to rush for over 1,000 yards twice in his career, including 1,233 this season, McAllen became the Engineers all-time leading rusher after gaining 164 yards en route to being named MVP of the New England Bowl Series following WPI's 35-6 victory on November 23rd against Western Connecticut. The senior ended with 50 career touchdowns and 300 points, which is second all-time on Boynton Hill. McAllen was the Liberty League Rookie of the Year in 2016, three-time All-NEWMAC selection, a two-time New England Football Writers D2/3 all star, and was Academic All-District this fall.
Casey, also a four-year standout for the Crimson and Gray, earned the NEWMAC's Defensive Player of the Year award in 2019. The strong safety stuffed the stat sheets this season with 52 tackles, including three for loss, three interceptions, five pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles. Casey drew regional and national praise when he was tabbed NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week and named to the D3football.com Team of the Week after his performance in WPI's NEWMAC-opening victory at Springfield. Casey repeated as first team All-NEWMAC selection after being named second team in 2017.
Ostrowski is a three-year starter at middle linebacker and has led the Engineers in tackles the last two seasons. The senior finished his senior campaign with 81 tackles, 24 more than the second highest on team. Ostrowski reached double figures in tackles four times, including three straight in victories over Husson, Springfield and Maine Maritime and a season-high 15 at MIT. He notched an interception and recovered a fumble to help WPI defeat rival RPI 6-3 to being the Transit Trophy back to Worcester for the first time since 2016. Ostrowski also earned his second straight Academic All-District 1 honor this season.
WPI football set multiple records in 2019, including wins in a season and most points scored in a game and a season. Under tenth year head coach Chris Robertson, the Engineers finished 10-1, shared the NEWMAC championship and defeated Western Connecticut in the New England Bowl Series.