No. 22 Football Places 11 On FFC All-Conference Team
Nov. 18, 2002 – Eleven members of Springfield College’s NCAA Tournament-bound team have been named to the Freedom Football Conference (FFC) All-Conference first and second teams, announced today.
The Pride, which led the conference with 11 all-conference members, had eight first-team picks and three second-team honorees.
Junior place-kicker Greg Switaj
, a native of Ridgewood, N.J.
, was chosen FFC Special Teams Player of the Year and to the all-conference first team. He led the conference in scoring (7.4 ppg) and field goals (1.0 per game), and was second in point-after percentage (90.9). Switaj converted 40-of-44 PAT and drilled 9-of-10 field goal attempts, and was named FFC Special Teams Player of the Week twice (Sept. 9 and Oct. 13).
Senior offensive linemen Nick Asermelly
and Andrew MacFadyen
were also first-team choices. Asermelly,
a senior center from Hopkinton, R.I.
, and MacFadyen
, a senior guard from Natick, Mass.,
were major reasons why the Pride is Division III’s top rushing team, averaging 381.4 yards-per-game on the ground.
Five member of the SC defense were first-team choices, including seniors Dwayne Robinson
, a defensive end from Albany, N.Y.
, and Jim Galliher
, a defensive tackle from Dalton, Mass. Robinson
led the Pride with 52 tackles and 12 sacks, and ranked second in the FFC in sacks (1.33) and fourth in tackles-for-loss (1.56). Galliher
is second on the Pride in tackles-for-loss (15, minus-62 yards) and sacks (seven). He also ranked sixth on SC in tackles with 34.
Sophomore linebacker Justin Fletcher
earned first-team all-conference honors. The Orwell, Vt.
, native had 40 tackles, which was fourth on SC, to go along with six sacks and two forced fumbles.
Senior defensive backs Mike Capotosto
, a cornerback from Exeter, R.I.
, and Joe Pedemonti
, a strong safety from Manchester, Conn.
, also picked up first-team all-FFC accolades. Capotosto
led the conference in interceptions with six (0.67), and tied for third in the FFC in passes defended (11). He also registered 21 tackles. Pedemonti
recorded three interceptions in his first season as a starter. He ranked second on the team in tackles (49) and sixth in tackles-for-loss (five, minus-22 yards) and
Second-team selection included Jay Curtis, Kevin Domurat
and Jeremiah Goodnow
, a senior split end from Princeton, N.J.
, led the Pride with 10 catches and tied for the team lead in touchdown receptions with four. He also averaged 23.0 yards-per-catch.
, a sophomore halfback from Forestdale, Mass.
, was fourth on the Pride with 551 rushing yards, and averaged 9.3 yards-per-carry. Domurat
, who scored six touchdowns this season, rushed for 100-plus yards in the final three regular-season games.
, a sophomore free safety from Harwich, Mass.
, was a valuable contributor to the SC secondary. He ranked eighth in the FFC in interceptions (three/0.33), and ninth on the team with 30 tackles.
No. 22 SC (8-1, 6-0 FFC) will travel to the SUNY Brockport for a first-round game in the NCAA Division III Football Championship. The game is scheduled for Sat., Nov. 23 at 12 p.m. at Brockport’s Special Olympics Stadium.