All-NESCAC Football Teams Released

The All-NESCAC Football Team

HADLEY, Mass. – Trinity senior running back Max Chipouras and Tufts senior quarterback Ryan McDonald have been selected as the NESCAC Co-Offensive Players of the Year, while Amherst senior Andrew Yamin was named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year as voted on by the conference coaches.

Co-Offensive Players of the Year
Chipouras, a running back, was the 2015 NESCAC Rookie of the Year and earned his third straight NESCAC First Team accolade. He was also a Second Team selection in 2015. Chipouras helped Trinity win its third straight NESCAC title as he led the league in rushing yards (1,143) and all-purpose yards (1,179). Chipouras is the third Bantam to garner Offensive Player of the Year honors, joining Tom Pierandri (2003) and Eric McGrath (2008).
McDonald was also named to the All-NESCAC First Team. He helped Tufts post a 7-2 record, becoming the sixth Jumbo team since 1960 to win seven or more games. He tied a 35-year old Tufts record with five touchdowns in a game in the season finale against Middlebury and broke four other program records this season. He led all NESCAC quarterbacks in completions (167), completion percentage (61.6), yards (1,811) and touchdowns (17). McDonald is the second Jumbo to earn Player of the Year honors, joining Chance Brady (2015 & 2016).
Defensive Player of the Year
Yamin was the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row and also earned a spot on the All-NESCAC First Team defense for the second straight season. It is the third All-NESCAC accolade of his career as he was a Second Team honoree in 2016. Yamin led the Mammoths to an 8-1 record and was the NESCAC leader in sacks with 9.5 this season. He added 46 tackles, including 17 for loss. Yamin is the first player to repeat as Defensive Player of the Year since Walter Fallas of Trinity achieved the feat in 2010 and 2011. Yamin joins former Mammoths Pat McGee (2001), Michael Taylor (2009), and Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn (2015) in earning the award.
First Team Offense
Amherst junior Ollie Eberth joined McDonald of Tufts as an All-NESCAC First Team quarterback. It is the first All-NESCAC accolade for Eberth who helped the Mammoths win eight games. He led the league in passing efficiency (139.5) and ranked second in passing yards per game (181.6).
Amherst senior Jack Hickey repeated as an All-NESCAC First Team running back. He rushed for 584 yards to rank third in the league in rushing and scored five touchdowns in the eight games he played. Hickey and Eberth helped the Mammoths record 3,502 yards of total offense this season.
Fullback Joe Samuelman and wide receivers Jonathan Girard and Koby Schofer of Trinity all earned First Team honors. Samuelman and Girard are recognized for the first time in their careers, while Schofer moves up to the First Team after earning Second Team honors last year. Samuelman, a junior, played in all nine games, catching five passes for 78 yards. Girard, a sophomore, averaged 111.7 receiving yards per game to lead the NESCAC this season. He made 46 receptions for 1,005 yards in eight games this year, including a 97-yard reception versus Colby that was the longest in the NESCAC this season. A junior, Schofer saw action in eight games and ranked third in the conference in receptions per game (5.50) while catching 11 touchdowns.
Williams sophomore Frank Stola rounds out the receiving corps as he earns his first All-NESCAC accolade. Stola averaged 6.62 receptions per game to lead the NESCAC while recording 697 yards. He scored nine touchdowns on 53 catches in eight games.
Middlebury’s Frank Cosolito is the All-NESCAC First Team tight end for the second year in a row. A junior, Cosolito led the Panther receiving corps, catching 30 passes for 316 yards and scoring a team-best six touchdowns. 
Seniors Tim Reitzenstein of Tufts, along with Jack Tyrrell and Jack Griffiths of Amherst and the Trinity duo of junior Austin Baiardi and senior Steve O’Reilly made up the All-NESCAC First Team offensive line. Reitzenstein and Baiardi repeated as First Team honorees. Baiardi also earned All-NESCAC Second Team recognition in 2016. Reitzenstein helped a Jumbo offense finish second in the league in scoring (29.8 ppg) and passing yards per game (210.0). Tyrell and Griffiths helped the Mammoths’ rank second in rushing offense (204.9) and total offense (389.1). Trinity had the top offense in the conference, averaging 36.0 points per game, and ranked first in every offensive category thanks to the work of Baiardi and O’Reilly. The Bantams set a NESCAC record for total offense with 4,179 yards this season.
First Team Defense
Senior Corey Jean-Jacques, sophomore James Christiano, and junior Devyn Perkins represented Trinity among the defensive linemen on the All-NESCAC First Team. Jean-Jacques, a nose guard, was a repeat First Team honoree, while Christiano and Perkins earned their first All-NESCAC honor. Christiano and Perkins combined for 12 sacks as the Bantams forced 22 turnovers. Trinity ranked first in the conference in nearly every defensive category, including limiting opponents to 67.7 rushing yards per game. 
Sophomore Taj Gooden of Wesleyan rounds out the defensive linemen honored on the First Team. He earns recognition for the first time in his career. He ranked second in the conference with nine sacks and recorded 35 tackles for the Cardinals.
Four players from four different teams represent the First Team linebackers. Amherst senior John Callahan was the newcomer to the group, earning All-NESCAC accolades for the first time in his career. He registered 54 tackles, including 6.5 for loss, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and had two interceptions for the Mammoths.
Tufts junior Greg Holt ranked fourth in the NESCAC in tackles with 72 this season. He also had 2.5 sacks, two pass breakups, a forced fumble, and an interception to pace a Jumbo defense that ranked third in the NESCAC in sacks (25). Holt earned his third straight All-NESCAC First Team honor and was the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2016.
Senior linebacker Brandon Morris of Wesleyan, averaged 6.9 tackles per game, for the Cardinals who led the league with 29 sacks. Morris also made 55 stops overall, including six for loss, and broke up seven passes, while also forcing two fumbles. He is a First Team linebacker for the second straight year.
Williams sophomore TJ Rothmann ranked second on the Ephs with 58 tackles, including a NESCAC season-high of 15 versus Trinity. He registered a forced fumble, recovered a fumble, had one interception and three pass breakups for a Williams squad that forced 13 turnovers this season.
Amherst teammates Avery Saffold and Nate Tyrell represented the Mammoths among the defensive backs for the second consecutive season. Saffold, a junior, had four pass breakups, two interceptions and blocked a field goal this season to go along with 30 tackles. A senior, Tyrell had 19 tackles, including 15 solo, four pass breakups, and one interception. The duo helped Amherst force 13 turnovers this season and limited opponents to 10.0 points per game.
Middlebury senior Matthew Daniel is a first-time All-NESCAC honoree. He totaled 31 tackles, including 23 solo for the Panthers. He had 3.5 tackles for loss, forced a fumble, recorded two interceptions and had two pass breakups. Middlebury ranked third in the league in tackles, averaging 72.4 per game.
Tufts senior Tim Preston earned his third All-NESCAC accolade. He was on the First Team in 2016 and was a Second Team selection last season. Preston ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 37, and 32 of them were solo stops. Preston was third in the NESCAC in interceptions, grabbing three in eight games he played. He also broke up six passes for a Jumbo defense that totaled eight interceptions and limited opponents to 13.3 points per game.
First Team Specialists
Trinity’s Eric Sachse was the First Team kicker for the third straight season. He led the league’s kickers in scoring, accounting for 56 points for the Bantams. A senior, he made the most PATs in the conference (35) and was 7-for-8 in field goals, including a long of 50, the longest in program history. He finished his career with a school-record 29 field goals.
Junior Billy Wagner’s 37.7 yards per punt for Hamilton ranked second in the NESCAC. He landed 17 of his 57 punts inside the 20-yard line, six were fair catches and five were touchbacks. Wagner was the First Team punter for the second year in a row.
Junior Sam Robinson joins Wagner as the second Continental on the First Team Special Teams for the second consecutive year. He led the league and set a NESCAC single-season record with 785 return yards (24.5 avg.) on 32 returns, breaking the mark of 662 yards set by Middlebury’s James Millard in 2008.
Co-Rookies of the Year
A pair of first-year quarterbacks were selected as the NESCAC Co-Rookies of the Year. Colby’s Matt Hersch and Trinity’s Seamus Lambert were tabbed by the coaches for the honor. Hersch threw for 1,342 yards in nine games and ranked second in the league in completion percentage (60.5). Hersch is the second Mule to earn Rookie of the Year honors, joining Aaron Stepka (2001).
Lambert played in six games for the NESCAC Champions. He finished the season with nine touchdowns and threw for over 752 yards while posting a completion percentage of 69.2. Lambert is the fifth Bantam to be recognized with the Rookie of the Year honor and the fourth since 2013. He joins Evan Bunker (2010), Sonny Puzzo (2013), Chris Simmons (2014) and teammate Max Chipouras (2015).
Coach of the Year
Jeff Devanney of Trinity was selected as the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career. He guided Trinity to its third straight NESCAC title and eighth overall. Trinity led the league in scoring offense, averaging 36.0 points per contest and posted a league-best 22 turnovers. Devanney was previously recognized by his peers in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

All-NESCAC Football Teams

Co-Offensive Players of the Year: Max Chipouras, Trinity & Ryan McDonald, Tufts
Defensive Player of the Year:
Andrew Yamin, Amherst
Co-Rookies of the Year: 
Matt Hersch, Colby & Seamus Lambert, Trinity
Coach of the Year:
 Jeff Devanney, Trinity

2018 NESCAC Football All-Conference First Team Offense
Position Name Institution Class Hometown
QB Ollie Eberth Amherst Jr. Andover, Mass.
QB Ryan McDonald Tufts Sr. Annandale, N.J.
RB Max Chipouras Trinity Sr. Longmeadow, Mass.
RB Jack Hickey Amherst Sr. Melrose, Mass.
FB Joe Samuelman Trinity Jr. North Andover, Mass.
WR Jonathan Girard Trinity So. Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
WR Koby Schofer Trinity Jr. Northbridge, Mass.
WR Frank Stola Williams So. Northport, N.Y.
TE Frank Cosolito Middlebury Jr. Medfield, Mass.
OL Austin Baiardi Trinity Jr. Smithtown, N.Y.
OL Jack Griffiths Amherst Sr. Darien, Conn.
OL Steve O'Reilly Trinity Sr. Topsfield, Mass.
OL Tim Reitzenstein Tufts Sr. Willingboro, N.J.
OL Jack Tyrrell Amherst Sr. Darien, Conn.
2018 NESCAC Football All-Conference First Team Specialists
Position Name Institution Class Hometown
P Billy Wagner Hamilton Jr. Fishkill, N.Y.
K Eric Sachse Trinity Sr. Jefferson, Mass.
RET Sam Robinson Hamilton Jr. Bethesda, Md.
2018 NESCAC Football All-Conference First Team Defense
Position Name Institution Class Hometown
DL James Christiano Trinity So. Middlebury, Conn.
DL Taj Gooden Wesleyan So. Brooklyn, N.Y.
DL Corey Jean-Jacques Trinity Sr. Haverhill, Mass.
DL Devyn Perkins Trinity Jr. Brookline, Mass.
DL Andrew Yamin Amherst Sr. Cheshire, Conn.
LB John Callahan Amherst Sr. Bethlehem, Pa.
LB Greg Holt Tufts Jr. Temecula, Calif.
LB Brandon Morris Wesleyan Sr. Davie, Fla.
LB TJ Rothmann Williams So. Norwell, Mass.
DB Matthew Daniel Middlebury Sr. Wellesley, Mass.
DB Tim Preston Tufts Sr. Nashua, N.H.
DB Avery Saffold Amherst Jr. Chicago, Ill.
DB Nate Tyrell Amherst Sr. Brooklyn, N.Y.
2018 NESCAC Football All-Conference Second Team Offense
Position Name Institution Class Hometown
QB Bobby Maimaron Williams So. Duxbury, Mass.
QB Mark Piccirillo Wesleyan Sr. Shelton, Conn.
RB Jake Schwern Colby Sr. Essex Falls, N.J.
WR Conrado Banky Middlebury Sr. Katy, Texas
WR Bo Berluti Amherst Sr. Westwood, Mass.
WR James O'Regan Amherst Jr. Cambridge, Mass.
WR Joe Schmidt Hamilton Jr. Staten Island, N.Y.
TE Bo Millett Bowdoin So. Marblehead, Mass.
OL A.J. Rattee Hamilton So. Northfield, N.H.
OL Karsten Salveson Williams Sr. Wayzata, Minn.
OL Josh Thibeault Tufts Sr. Durham, Maine
OL Joe Wilson Wesleyan Sr. Portland, Ore.
OL Kevin Woodring Middlebury Jr. Norwalk, Conn.
2018 NESCAC Football All-Conference Second Team Specialists
Position Name Institution Class Hometown
P Maxwell Rye Middlebury Jr. Longmeadow, Mass.
K Andrew Schreibstein Williams Fy. Longmeadow, Mass.
RET Brendan Ward Bowdoin Fy. Marshfield, Mass.
2018 NESCAC Football All-Conference Second Team Defense
Position Name Institution Class Hometown
DL Joe Kelly Amherst So. Greenlawn, N.Y.
DL Jude Lindberg Wesleyan Sr. Cranbury, N.J.
DL Kevin Quisumbing Tufts Jr. Los Angeles, Calif.
DL Nick Rose Trinity Sr. Arlington, Mass.
DL Martin Williams Middlebury Jr. Chestnut Hill, Mass.
LB Kevin Maxwell Middlebury Sr. Scotch Plains, N.J.
LB Daniel Negron Trinity Jr. Hartsdale, N.Y.
LB Andrew Sommer Amherst Sr. Larchmont, N.Y.
LB Jarrett Wesner Williams So. Villa Park, Calif.
DB Colby Jones Hamilton Sr. Hazlet, N.J.
DB Alex LaPiana Tufts Sr. Charlotte, N.C.
DB Jon Lindgren Bates Jr. Plainville, Conn.
DB Ben Thaw Wesleyan Jr. Westport, Conn.