WORCESTER --- WPI running back Sean McAllen (Prospect, CT) was named the Worcester Area Football Association's Offensive Player of the Year for the second time in three years and head coach Chris Robertson garnered Coach of the Year honors for the first time as 15 different players were tabbed as all-stars.
Selections were made by the sports information directors from the eight colleges and universities that sponsor the sport in Worcester County, including Division I Holy Cross and Division II Assumption.
McAllen, the NEWMAC's Offensive Player of the Year and an all-region selection, 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.
2019 was a record-setting season for Robertson and his Engineers. The Crimson and Gray won 10 games, the most in the 130-year history of the program. WPI finished 6-1 in the rugged NEWMAC, sharing the regular season title, its first conference crown since 1993. Robertson's team earned its second invitation in three years to the New England Bowl series where they defeated Western Connecticut 35-6, joining the 2017 squad as the only football team in school history to win a postseason contest. Multiple records were set on the offensive side of the ball, including points (473), total yards (5,076), rushing yards (2,594) and rushing touchdowns (44) in a season. The Engineers also excelled on the defensive side of the ball. The allowed only three points over the first two weeks, including a season-opening shutout of Worcester State and a 6-3 triumph over rival RPI that allowed WPI to reclaim the coveted Transit Trophy for the first time since 2016.
Joining McAllen on the first team were senior defensive back Sam Casey (Winchester, MA), senior running back Connor Field (Granby, CT), senior defensive lineman Mike McGoff (Ashland, MA), senior quarterback Julian Nyland (Melrose, MA), senior linebacker Nick Ostrowski (Charlton, MA), senior center Vince Lucca (Granby, VT), senior left tackle Isaac Patry (Saco, ME) and junior defensive lineman Lou Duh (Monroe, CT).
Members of the second team included senior right guard Jordan Hartley (Rutland, MA), and senior defensive back Steve Mey (Watertown, MA), senior left guard Peter Rakauskas (Boxboro, MA), senior wide receiver Nic Rossi (Howell, MA), junior placekicker Bryce Wade (Modesto, CA) and sophomore fullback Phillip Durgin (Wrentham, MA).
Casey, earned the NEWMAC's Defensive Player of the Year award and D3football.com All-East accolades 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.
Field was a touchdown machine for the Crimson and Gray. His 23 touchdowns (22 rushing) give him 138 points on the season, a new school record. The senior has amassed 827 yards on the ground in 2019.
McGoff leads WPI with 6.5 sacks this fall. The defensive end has a pair of sacks en route to being named the Robert Pritchard Defensive MVP of Homecoming in a triumph over Maine Maritime and added one in the bowl win over Western Connecticut.
Nyland is a two-year starter at quarterback for the Engineers. His 2,276 passing yards are second most in a single season and he is fifth all-time in career yardage with 4,143. 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.
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 and earned D3football.com All-East honors. Ostrowski also earned his second straight Academic All-District 1 award this season.
Duh, a nose guard, anchored a powerful WPI defense line, notching 30 tackles, including 6.5 for loss, and a pair of sacks. Just last week the junior became WPI's sixth football Academic All-America, as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Simply put, the Boynton Hillers offensive line was dominate in 2019. The senior quartet of Lucca, Patry, Hartley and Rakauskas accounted for 40% of the Worcester all-area offensive line. The unit was a big reason WPI allowed just five sacks in 11 games, averaged 461.5 yards per game and set a new single season school scoring record with 473 points.
Mey emerged as a key defensive cog in his first year starting in the defensive backfield. The senior free safety was second on the team with 57 tackles and leads the squad with 10 passes defended (1 interception and 9 pass breakups).
Rossi paced the Crimson and Gray with 711 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 34 catches. The senior's two scores versus Norwich gave the wide receiver 17 career touchdowns.
Wade nabbed four NEWMAC Football Special Teams Athlete of the Week awards during the season. As a placekicker he connected for 59-of-61 PATs and 9-of-13 field attempts and accounted for all of WPI's scoring in the Engineers 6-3 Transit Trophy victory over RPI.
Durgin paved the way for McAllen and Field as fullback as the Engineers set new records in total offense, scoring, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. The sophomore made the most of his only carry, scoring a 1-yard touchdown against Springfield and added a receiving touchdown in a win at Catholic.