2000 NESCAC Football All-Conference Teams Announced

Sanchez and Steele of Middlebury Named Most Valuable Players

HARTFORD, Conn. – Defensive Player of the Year Andy Steele and Offensive Player of the Year Bryan Sanchez of Middlebury head the 2000 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference Football Team. Tom Austin of Colby was named NESCAC Coach of the Year for leading his team to a share of the conference title with Amherst and Middlebury. Quarterback Brennan Carney of Wesleyan and linebacker Pat Foley of Bates were named the NESCAC Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year, respectively.

Steele, a senior linebacker, repeated as the Defensive Player of the Year, leading a Middlebury defense that did not give up a touchdown in its final 26 quarters and yielded just 6.0 points per game. Sanchez, a senior running back and All-NESCAC performer in 1999, led the NESCAC in rushing for the second consecutive year, while setting the school career rushing record with 2,929 yards.

Two other offensive all-conference selections from last year earned first-team All-NESCAC honors this year. Senior tight end Zac Campbell of Middlebury and senior placekicker Rejean Guerriero each received first-team recognition this year. Three other players who received all-conference accolades on defense in 1999 were named to the first team this year. Senior linemen Ron Thomas of Hamilton and Ryan Gray of Bates, and junior defensive back Steve Cella were named to the first team. Cella was also named to this year’s second team as a kick returner.

Junior Derrell Wright of Amherst was named to the first team as a wide receiver and kick returner. The first-team offensive line included seniors Ryan Brown of Middlebury, Robert Houle of Williams, and Jay Civetti of Trinity. Junior Bodo Heiliger of Colby and senior Mike Carucci of Trinity also earned first-team honors on the offensive line. Sophomore quarterback Pat Conley of Colby, junior running back Okey Ugwonali, and wide receivers Matt Student of Williams, and Danny Noyes of Colby rounded out the first team all-conference offense.

Graduate student Mark Olschefskie of Wesleyan earned first-team honors as a punter. Steele was the only senior linebacker to receive first-team recognition as he was joined by juniors Ryan Nolan of Hamilton, James Kingsley of Williams, and 1998 Defensive Rookie of the Year Dan Lalli of Amherst.

Seniors Brian Daoust of Amherst and Mark D’Ambrosio of Colby, and junior Travis Cummings of Bowdoin earned All-NESCAC first team accolades as defensive backs. Rounding out the all-conference first team on defense were senior lineman Ray Dolphin of Wesleyan, and junior linemen Daryl Tracy of Middlebury and Pat McGee of Amherst.



Pos First Team Offense Institution
QB Pat Conley Colby So. Bath, Maine
RB Okey Ugwonali Amherst Jr. Dallas, Texas
RB Bryan Sanchez Middlebury Sr. Fairfield, Conn.
WR Matt Student Williams Sr. New Milford, N.J.
WR Danny Noyes Colby Jr. Silver Lake, N.H.
Derrell Wright Amherst Jr. Hudson, Ohio
TE Zac Campbell Middlebury Sr. Cape May Crthse, N.J.
OL Ryan Brown Middlebury Sr. Sandy Creek, N.Y.
OL Robert Houle Williams Sr. Bristol, Conn.
OL Mike Carucci Trinity Sr. Wethersfield, Conn.
OL Jay Civetti Trinity Sr. Wellesley, Mass.
OL Bodo Heiliger Colby Jr. Allendale, N.J.
PK Rejean Guerriero Bates Sr. Spofford, N.H.
Pos First Team Defense Institution Yr. Hometown
DL Ron Thomas Hamilton Sr. Bronx, N.Y.
DL Ray Dolphin Wesleyan Sr. New Haven, Conn.
DL Ryan Gray Bates Sr. Mansfield, Mass.
DL Daryl Tracy Middlebury Jr. Easton, Mass.
DL Pat McGee Amherst Jr. Marshfield, Mass.
LB Ryan Nolan Hamilton Jr. Stoneham, Mass.
LB Dan Lalli Amherst Jr. Watertown, Mass.
LB Andy Steele Middlebury Sr. Boise, Idaho
LB James Kingsley Williams Jr. Madison, Conn.
DB Brian Daoust Amherst Sr. Dover, Mass.
DB Mark D'Ambrosio Colby Sr. Winthrop, Mass.
DB Steve Cella Trinity Jr. Peabody, Mass.
DB Travis Cummings Bowdoin Jr. Millinocket, Maine
P Mark Olschefskie Wesleyan Gr. Glastonbury, Conn.
Pos Second Team Offense Institution Yr. Hometown
QB Peter Honig Amherst Sr. Bronxville, N.Y.
RB Brian Holmes Tufts Sr. Newport, N.H.
RB Sean Atkins Bates So. New York, N.Y.
WR Devon O'Neil Middlebury Sr. St. John, Virgin Islands
WR George Thompson Wesleyan Jr. Jacksonville, Fla.
WR Chris McCarthy Hamilton Jr. Somerville, Mass.
TE Larry Woolard Wesleyan Jr. Middletown, Conn.
OL Rob Vernicek Amherst So. Mountville, N.J.
OL Mike Somerville Amherst Sr. Hinsdale, Ill.
OL Tim McCarthy Middlebury Sr. Bettendorf, Iowa
OL Mike Willey Tufts Jr. Sherborn, Mass.
OL Ted Stewart Hamilton Sr. Manchester, N.H.
PK Greg Bemis Hamilton Sr. Enfield, Conn.
KR Steve Cella Trinity Jr. Peabody, Mass.
Pos Second Team Defense Institution Yr. Hometown
DL Ted Hollo Amherst Sr. Aurora, Colo.
DL Mike Leone Trinity Sr. Longmeadow, Mass.
DL Kevin Smalley Colby So. Seminole, Fla.
DL Pete DiStaulo Tufts Sr. Roseland, N.J.
DL Everett Dickerson Tufts Sr. Wilmington, Del.
LB Drew Johnson Colby Sr. Minneapolis, Minn.
LB Thatcher Freeborn Hamilton Jr. Gloversville, N.Y.
LB Tom Connelly Bowdoin Sr. Milwaukee, Wis.
LB Gregg Stankewicz Amherst Jr. Portland, Conn.
DB Dave Frankel Amherst Sr. New York, N.Y.
DB Lewis Bronk-Zdunowski    
Wesleyan Sr. Meriden, Conn.
DB Dan DiCenzo Williams Sr. Plymouth, N.H.
DB Tab Howard Middlebury Sr. Norfolk, Mass.
P Greg Bemis Hamilton Sr. Enfield, Conn.
  Offensive Player of the Year    
RB Bryan Sanchez
Middlebury Sr. Fairfield, Conn.
  Offensive Rookie of the Year    
QB Brennan Carney
Wesleyan Fr. South Burlington, Vt.
  Defensive Player of the Year    
LB Andy Steele
Middlebury Sr. Boise, Idaho
  Defensive Rookie of the Year    
LB Pat Foley
Bates Fr. Newburyport, Mass.
  Coach of the Year      
  Tom Austin