2018 NESCAC Football Players of the Week

November 11, 2018
Ryan McDonald, Tufts

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ryan McDonald
Tufts University 
Senior • Quarterback • Annandale, N.J.

McDonald led Tufts to a 35-13 win at Middlebury. He tied a 35-year-old Tufts record throwing for five touchdowns. His first strike with five seconds left in the half gave the Jumbos a 14-13 lead at the break and ignited a run of 28 unanswered points, including three touchdown passes in six minutes in the third quarter. McDonald completed 25-of-31 passes for 262 yards and also broke the program’s marks for passing touchdowns in a season (17) and career (33) during the game.
Weekly Release #9

Alex Ganter, Hamilton

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alex Ganter
Hamilton College
Senior • Defensive End • Lynnfield, Mass.

Ganter was credited with a career-high nine tackles including seven solo stops and three for loss in a win at Bates. He also recovered a fumble, broke up a pass, and blocked an extra-point attempt.
Weekly Release #9

Moises Celaya, Colby

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Moises Celaya
Colby College
First Year • Punter • Hanover, N.H.

Celaya averaged 35.7 yards per punt, had two kicks inside the 20-yard line, and one caught for a fair catch and had a punt that led directly to a touchdown. In the third quarter, Celaya’s 54-yard punt forced the returner to backtrack and fumble the ball. Colby recovered the fumble at the Bowdoin 1-yard line and scored on the ensuing play. Celaya finished fourth in the league in punting average (37.2) this season and did not have a punt blocked in nine games
Weekly Release #9
November 4, 2018
Max Chipouras, Trinity

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Max Chipouras
Trinity College 
Senior • Running Back • Longmeadow, Mass.

Chipouras rushed 24 times for 203 yards and scored on touchdown runs of three and 70 yards in Trinity’s 27-16 win over previously-undefeated Amherst. His first touchdown tied the game at 13-13 late in the second quarter, while his second touchdown made it a two-possession game late in the fourth quarter. Chipouras also caught one pass for five yards.
Weekly Release #8

Jackson Eighmy, Wesleyan

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jackson Eighmy
Wesleyan University
Sophomore • Defensive Lineman • Bethlehem, Pa.

Eighmy recorded three sacks on Saturday in Wesleyan’s 21-14 win over Williams. The three sacks totaled a loss of 25 yards. Additionally, the sophomore recorded a total of five tackles, all for a loss.
Weekly Release #8

Michael Chen, Bowdoin

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Michael Chen
Bowdoin College
Junior • Kicker/Punter • Crystal Lake, Ill.

Chen gave the Polar Bears the lead in the third quarter with a 31-yard field goal, connected on four PATs and punted four times, averaging 41.3 yards per kick, including landing one at the Bates 1 in a 31-14 victory over Bates on Saturday night.
Weekly Release #8
October 28, 2018
Jake Schwern, Colby

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jake Schwern
Colby College 
Senior • Running Back • Essex Falls, N.J.

Schwern rushed for 226 yards and had all three touchdowns for the Mules in a 21-6 victory over Bates. He had two 1-yard scoring runs, plus another touchdown run of 44-yards. Schwern was a workhorse with 40 carries and a 5.7-yard per average rush. He also caught one pass for nine yards. Schwern is second in the NESCAC in rushing yards per game (102.7) and ranks first in total carries (182). 
Weekly Release #7

John Callahan, Amherst

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
John Callahan
Amherst College
Senior • Linebacker • Bethlehem, Pa.

In a 19-13 win over Tufts, Callahan had an interception that led to an Amherst field goal to push the Mammoths’ lead to 10-0. He swiped a ball from a Tufts’ receivers hand for a fumble recovery and returned the ball 65 yards to the Tufts 2-yard line, setting up a rushing score to increase Amherst’s lead to 16-6. Callahan also had five tackles in the victory.
Weekly Release #7

Andrew Schreibstein, Williams

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Andrew Schreibstein
Williams College
First Year • Kicker/Punter • Longmeadow, Mass.

Schreibstein went 2-for-2 on field goals, including a career and season-long of 40 yards in a win over Hamilton. He was also 3-for-3 on PATs and punted six times, placing three inside the 20 and one inside the 5-yard line, while averaging 33.5 yards per kick. 
Weekly Release #7
October 21, 2018
Biafra Okoronkwo, Amherst

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Biafra Okoronkwo
Amherst College 
Junior • Tailback • Towson, Md.

Okoronkwo scored two first-half touchdowns to give Amherst a 19-3 lead in an eventual 33-3 victory over Wesleyan. He finished the game with 119 rushing yards on 18 carries, an average of 6.6 yards per attempt, as the Mammoths improved to 6-0.
Weekly Release #6

Greg Holt, Tufts

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Greg Holt
Tufts University
Junior • Linebacker • Temecula, Calif.

Holt had a game-high 13 tackles (9 solo) including two for losses, forced a fumble, and had two tackles during a goal-line stand as Tufts defeated Williams 28-21. The forced fumble led to the game-winning touchdown for the Jumbos at 9:51 of the third quarter one play later. Early in the fourth quarter, Williams had a first-and-goal at the Jumbo 4-yard line, including three plays from the 1-yard line, and Holt had two tackles as the Jumbo defense stopped the Ephs. Tufts held Williams scoreless in the second half.
Weekly Release #6

Walter Thilley, Colby

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Walter Thilly
Colby College
Sophomore • Kicker • Winchester, Mass.

Down 21-20, Thilly nailed a 34-yard field goal with 13.3 seconds left to help Colby to a 23-21 win over Hamilton. Thilly went 3-for-3 on field goals, all at 30 yards or more (36, 30, 34), and made both of his extra point attempts. Down 21-17 heading into the fourth quarter, Thilly had the only points of the quarter with a 30-yard kick with 12:04 left and then the game-winner. Thilly also had a touchdown-saving tackle on a kickoff return at the Mules’ 24-yard line and Hamilton did not score.
Weekly Release #6
October 14, 2018
Kenny Gray, Hamilton

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kenny Gray
Hamilton College 
Junior • Quarterback • Montgomery, N.Y.

Gray completed better than 74 percent (23-of-31) of his passes for 293 yards and matched a career-high with four touchdown passes in the Continentals’ 62-27 win over Bowdoin. He also rushed for 87 yards on eight carries (10.9 yards per carry).
Weekly Release #5

Bobby Ritter, Middlebury

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Bobby Ritter
Middlebury College
Senior • Defensive Back • Middlebury, Vt.

Ritter made 10 of his career-high 12 solo tackles in the first half, helping the Panthers build a 21-3 lead in an eventual 21-10 victory over Williams. Ritter made a touchdown-saving tackle on a kickoff and limited the Ephs to a field goal and had a pass breakup in the game.
Weekly Release #5

Maxwell Rye, Middlebury

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Maxwell Rye
Middlebury College
Junior • Wide Receiver/Punter • Longmeadow, Mass.

All seven of Rye’s punts landed inside the Williams 20-yard line, helping the Panthers earn a victory over the Ephs. He finished with a 38-yard average, with a long of 52 yards. A key punt in the fourth quarter pinned the Ephs on their own 12.
Weekly Release #5
October 7, 2018
T.J. Dozier, Williams

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
T.J. Dozier
Williams College 
Sophomore • Running Back • Gaithersburg, Md.

Dozier carried the ball 12 times in a 31-7 win over Bates, gaining 151 yards and scoring two touchdowns while averaging 12.6 yards per rush. His two touchdowns of 35 and 75 yards, the latter a career-high dash, helped break open the game for the Ephs in the fourth quarter. Dozier leads the conference with 493 yards on the ground after four games.
Weekly Release #4

Andrew Yamin, Amherst

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Andrew Yamin
Amherst College
Senior • Linebacker • Cheshire, Conn.

Yamin led the Mammoths defense in the shutout over Middlebury. He made a team-high 11 tackles and racked up 3.5 sacks for 22 yards as the Mammoths earned their first win over the Panthers since 2015.
Weekly Release #4

Colin Beaulieu, Trinity

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Colin Beaulieu
Trinity College
Sophomore • Running Back • Bethany, Conn.

Beaulieu returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown to give Trinity a 10-0 lead late in the first quarter in a win over Hamilton. He also returned another punt for 17 yards.
Weekly Release #4
September 30, 2018
Ryan McDonald, Tufts

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ryan McDonald
Tufts University 
Senior • Quarterback • Annandale, N.J.

McDonald recorded 368 yards of total offense, throwing for 207 yards and two touchdowns and running for 161 yards, matching his career high, and another score on 23 rushes (7.0 yards per carry). He ran for an 18-yard touchdown and threw scoring passes of 16 and 24 yards to lead the Jumbos’ second-half rally with 37 unanswered points to overcome a 14-10 halftime deficit. He helped lead Tufts to 545 total yards and 32 first downs overall in a 47-14 victory versus Bates.
Weekly Release #3

T.J. Rothmann, Williams

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
T.J. Rothmann
Williams College
Sophomore • Linebacker • Norwell, Mass.

Rothmann spearheaded the defensive effort for Williams in a win over Trinity, the Ephs’ first over the Bantams since 2010. He made a game-high 15 tackles (8 solo), had one pass breakup, intercepted a pass in the end zone that stopped a third-quarter drive by Trinity, and recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter that ended another Trinity possession. 
Weekly Release #3

Christian Snell, Hamilton

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Christian Snell
Hamilton College
First Year • Defensive Back • Alden, N.Y.

Snell blocked a punt and recovered the loose ball in the end zone for a touchdown giving the Continentals a 32-29 lead with 1:34 left in the fourth quarter against Wesleyan and led to a victory over the Cardinals.
Weekly Release #3
September 23, 2018
Nate Richam, Bowdoin

CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nate Richam

Bowdoin College
Junior • Tailback • West Hartford, Conn.

Richam rushed for 288 yards and two touchdowns against Middlebury. Despite the loss, Richam broke Bowdoin’s 44-year old single-game rushing record (270 yards) and surpassed 1,000 career yards. He helped the Polar Bears take a lead with touchdown runs of 5 and 75-yards. He averaged 9.6 yards per carry on 30 attempts. His 288 yards rushing are the most by a NESCAC player in 15 years (when Trinity’s Thomas Pierandri set the conference record with 304 yards rushing against Wesleyan in 2003).
Weekly Release #2
Jordan Vazzano, Trinity

CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jordan Vazzano

Trinity College
Junior • Quarterback • Trumbull, Conn.

Vazzano completed 20 passes in 36 attempts for 353 yards. He tossed for five touchdowns and ran for a sixth score. He threw scoring strikes of 33, 20, 27, 29, and 30-yards, and had 257 passing yards and four touchdowns at halftime of Trinity’s 59-16 win against Bates. His touchdown run was from seven yards away.
Weekly Release #2
Jonathan Hobart, Middlebury

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jonathan Hobart

Middlebury College
Sophomore • Defensive Back/Linebacker • McKinney, Texas

Hobart recorded nine tackles, recovered a fumble that led to a touchdown, broke up a pass, recorded an interception, and blocked a punt that resulted in another score for the Panthers in the fourth quarter to help secure the win over the Polar Bears.
Weekly Release #2
Eric Sachse, Trinity

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Eric Sachse

Trinity College
Senior • Kicker • Jefferson, Mass.

Sachse was 8-for-8 on PAT’s and nailed the longest field goal in Trinity history with a 50-yarder in Trinity’s 59-16 win over Bates. He also kicked off 10 times for an average of 54.2 yards per attempt with three touchbacks.
Weekly Release #2
September 16, 2018
Max Chipouras, Trinity

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Max Chipouras
Trinity College
Senior • Running Back • Longmeadow, Mass.

Chipouras rushed 15 times for 173 yards and three touchdowns in the first half in Trinity’s 35-0 win at Colby. Chipouras averaged 11.5 yards per carry, scored the game’s first points on a 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and added scoring scampers of 2 and 64 yards later in the game. 
Weekly Release #1
Ben Thaw, Wesleyan

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ben Thaw
Wesleyan University
Junior • Defensive Back • Westport, Conn.

Thaw, the NESCAC leader in interceptions last season, recorded two in the first game of 2018, including a 30-yard pick-six to start the third quarter and give Wesleyan a 31-14 lead. Thaw finished the game with six tackles and totaled 46 return yards.
Weekly Release #1
Andrew Schreibstein, Williams

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Andrew Schreibstein
Williams College
First Year • Punter/Kicker • Longmeadow, Mass.

In his first collegiate game, Schreibstein was a perfect 2-for-2 on field goal attempts and 5-for-5 on extra-point attempts in a win at Bowdoin. He also handled the punting duties, booting three punts for an average of 37.7 yards with one being downed inside the 20.
Weekly Release #1