2003 Football Players of the Week

November 9, 2003
Offensive Player of the Week
Thomas Pierandri, Trinity
(Senior, RB - Ridgefield, Conn.)
Pierandri rushed 36 times for a new Trinity and NESCAC record of 304 yards in a 53-0 win over Wesleyan to preserve Trinity's first undefeated season in 10 years. He also scored two touchdowns, which were Trinity's first two of the game to give them a 13-0 lead 10 minutes into the game. Pierandri became the first Trinity back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since Ray Jones in 1996, finishing with 1,065 for the year, and broke the single game rushing record of 303 yards set by Jones that same year.

Defensive Co-Players of the Week
Craig Pittman, Middlebury
(Senior, DB - Atlanta, Ga.)
Pittman made four tackles, intercepted two passes, broke up three passes and recovered a fumble in Middlebury's 10-6 road win at Tufts.

Jay Rishel, Hamilton
(Sophomore, LB - Clinton, N.Y.)
Rishel recorded a season-high 12 tackles, including seven solos, and his first two sacks of the year. Overall, he was credited with three tackles for total losses of 19 yards in a 16-7 defeat of Bates.

Rookie of the Week
Jamie Walker, Bates
(Freshman, RB - Needham, Mass.)
Walker ran for 151 yards on 35 carries and scored a fourth-quarter touchdown to trim Hamilton's lead to 10-7 on Saturday. Walker posted back-to-back 150-yard games to finish the season for Bates, and finished the season with 399 yards and two touchdowns.

November 2, 2003
Offensive Player of the Week:
Mike Keenan, Middlebury
(Junior, QB - Rutland, Vt.)
Keenan completed 22 of 32 passes for 343 yards with a school-record five touchdown passes and no interceptions. The junior led Middlebury to a school-record 611 yards of total offense in a 55-31 win over Hamilton. Keenan sat out the fourth quarter while the Panthers ended the game tying their third highest point total in school history, while it was the most since the 1981 team scored 55 points on Hamilton.

Defensive Player of the Week
Matt Glasz, Trinity
(Senior, CB - North Haven, Conn.)
Glasz made big plays all over the field in Trinity's comeback win at Amherst, blocking a 22-yard field goal, making seven tackles (five solo), and breaking up a pair of passes. Glasz turned the game around with Trinity trailing in the third quarter, picking up the ball on a punt that Amherst had thought was downed and sprinting 47 yards for a touchdown to tie the score at 14-14 after a two-point conversion.

Rookie of the Week
Scott Secor, Middlebury
(Freshman, DB - Lake Odessa, Mich.)
Secor led the Panthers with 11 tackles in a 55-31 win over Hamilton. The rookie had an interception on the afternoon to go along with his three pass break-ups and one tackle for loss.

October 26, 2003
Offensive Player of the Week
Tim Mack, Tufts
(Senior, RB - St. Louis, Mo.)
Mack rushed 32 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime, as Tufts beat Amherst for the first time since 1998, 24-17. A starting wide receiver for 3+ seasons who was converted to running back due to injuries, he averaged 4.3 yards per carry against a Lord Jeff defense that was allowing only 76.0 yards rushing per game entering the contest.

Defensive Co-Players of the Week
Richard Decembrele, Middlebury
(Junior, LB - Walpole, Mass)
Decembrele had a big day for the Middlebury defense as he made 14 tackles on the afternoon. He also had two interceptions, broke up a pair of passes and earned a sack in the Panther's game against Trinity

Graham Goldwasser, Williams
(Senior, LB - St. Louis, Mo.)
Goldwasser made 10.5 tackles, including a half tackle for a loss of two yards, and had an 27-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 40-14 defeat of Hamilton.

Rookie of the Week
Justin Smith, Colby
(Freshman, QB - Rockland, Mass.)
Smith entered the game in the fourth quarter and immediately made an impact by throwing a 23-yard touchdown pass to tight end Roddy Ames to give the Mules the lead for good at 19-14 with 8:51 left.

October 19, 2003
Offensive Player of the Week
Matt Monteith, Amherst
(Junior, RB - Madison, Conn.)
Junior running back Matt Monteith averaged 10.5 yards per carry, rushing 15 times for 162 yards, including touchdown runs of 78, 5 and 33 yards in Amherst's 41-0 win over visiting Wesleyan.

Defensive Player of the Week
Peter Sherman, Colby
(Junior, DE - Larchmont, N.Y.)
Colby defensive end Peter Sherman finished with two sacks, two pass deflections and five solo tackles, including three for loss in the Mules' win over Hamilton.

Rookie of the Week
Ken Adams, Bates
(Freshman, RB - Newburyport, Mass.)
Adams rushed for over 100 yards for the fourth consecutive game, posting a career high 143 yards on 36 carries. He gave Bates an early 7-0 lead over Middlebury on Saturday, scoring on a 14-yard sweep to the right on the game's opening drive.

October 12, 2003
Offensive Player of the Week
Brennan Carney, Wesleyan
(Senior, QB - South Burlington, Vt.)
Carney broke the Wesleyan single-game record for passing yards by completing 21 of 43 passes for 396 yards and a touchdown. The senior also had a one-yard sneak for what proved to be the game-winning score with 4:48 to play in a 23-20 victory over Bates.

Defensive Player of the Week
Chris Smith, Hamilton
(Senior, DL - Foxborough, Mass.)
Smith registered a team-high 12 tackles, including nine solo stops, deflected a pass and had one sack in a 21-20 victory over Bowdoin. The senior finished with a total of 4.5 tackles for a loss of 18 yards leading the Continentals to their first win in 23 months.

Rookie of the Week
Kevin Swiniarski, Trinity
(Freshman, PK - Plymouth, Mass.)
Swiniarski kicked three field goals in a 23-3 defeat of previously unbeaten Tufts. The freshman accounted for all of Trinity's points in the first half with 34-yarder and a 22-yarder. Swiniarski’s career-long 41-yard attempt put the game out of reach in the fourth frame.

October 5, 2003
Offensive Player of the Week
Mike Murray, Middlebury
(Junior, WR - Larchmont, N.Y.)
Murry caught the game-winning five-yard touchdown pass with 1:12 remaining to lift Middlebury to a 17-14 road win at Amherst. Earlier in the game, the junior blocked and recovered a punt, returning it 36 yards for the score to tie the game at 7-7 with just under three minutes remaining in the first half.

Defensive Player of the Week
Mark Tilki, Tufts
(Senior, CB - Derby, Conn.)
For the second straight week, Tilki brought an interception back for a touchdown to help the Jumbos post a victory. His 51-yard return against Bowdoin at 8:21 of the second quarter put Tufts in charge with a 16-0 lead. He also had 4.5 tackles (4 solo), including one for a loss, and two passes defended.

Rookie of the Week
Ken Adams, Bates
(Freshman, RB - Newburyport, Mass.)
Adams scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:18 to play to give Bates its first win over Williams in school history on Saturday. The score was the first in Adams' career, and he finished the game with 119 yards on 34 carries in his first career start.

September 28, 2003
Offensive Player of the Week
Brennan Carney, Wesleyan
(Senior, QB - South Burlington, Vt.)
In a 46-40 victory at Hamilton College, Wesleyan senior quarterback Brennan completed 19 of 32 passes for a career-high 369 yards and five touchdowns. The senior threw touchdowns of 15, 49, 44, 31 and 9 yards and ran in another from a yard out to keep Wesleyan atop the NESCAC standings at 2-0.

Defensive Co-Players of the Week
Steve Kasperski, Colby
(Junior, LB - Naperville, Ill.)
Colby's Steve Kasperski had 15 total tackles, including 11 solo stops, as the Mules held on for a 15-13 win at Middlebury. Kasperski led Colby in total tackles for the second straight week and now is averaging 12.5 tackles per game.

Mark Tilki, Tufts
(Senior, CB - Derby, Conn.)
Tilki had two interceptions and six solo tackles for the Jumbos in a 24-14 win at Bates. Tilki intercepted a pass at the four yard line to stop a Bobcats drive early in the first half. Late in the fourth quarter with the Jumbos leading 17-14, Tilki intercepted another Bates’ pass and brought it back 40 yards for a game-clinching touchdown that gave the Jumbos a 24-14 lead with just 59 seconds on the clock.

Rookie of the Week
Ken Adams, Bates
(Freshman, RB - Newburyport, Mass.)
Adams led the Bates rushing attack with 36 carries for 141 yards in the Bobcats' 24-14 loss to Tufts on Sunday. Adams, who had eight carries in the season opener for Bates, picked up eight first downs.

September 21, 2003
Offensive Player of the Week
Fletcher Ladd, Amherst
(Senior, RB - Amherst, N.H.)
All-NESCAC and Preseason All-America tailback Fletcher Ladd rushed for rushed 16 times for 166 yards, highlighted by a 90-yard touchdown run at the start of the second half, as Amherst blanked host Bates 34-0 in both teams’ season opener.

Defensive Player of the Week
Greg Tanner, Trinity
(Senior, LB - Wellesley, Mass.)
Tanner made a game-high 14 tackles (nine solo) with 2.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. One of his tackles for loss came on a punting attempt by Colby that gave Trinity the ball deep in Colby territory and led to a Trinity touchdown.

Rookie of the Week
Phil Banks, Wesleyan
(Freshman, RB - West Haven, Conn.)
Getting the starting assignment at running back, rookie Phil Banks scored all three touchdowns for Wesleyan during a second-half rally in a 26-7 win over Middlebury. The runs of 2, 3 and 3 yards capped drives of 33, 53 and 49 yards. Banks finished the day with 19 carries for 63 yards.