UTICA, NY (December 19, 2013) – Junior wide receiver Anthony Acevedo (New Hartford, NY/New Hartford) of the Utica College football team was named to the ECAC Football North All-Star Second Team on Wednesday. The award adds another post season accolade to Acevedo’s resume, as he was also named the Empire 8 Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year and he was a D3football.com All-Region selection for his efforts this past season.
The ECAC All-Star teams are selected from a possible 41 institutions from seven conferences, and the voting is completed by the head coaches within the Division III Football North membership.
Acevedo finished the regular season ranked 10th nationally and first in the Empire 8 with an average of 8.0 receptions per game. He was also 17th in the country and first in the Empire 8 with an average of 106.1 receiving yards per game. He finished the season with 72 catches, 955 yards and six touchdowns.
Acevedo is now the College’s all-time leader in career pass receiving yards with 2,484 and he is just ten receptions away from tying the school-record for receptions – he currently has 177 for his career.
GIAMETTA-CHRISTOFFERSON SELECTED TO REPRESENT TEAM STARS & STRIPES
Utica, NY (12/12/13) – Senior linebackers Joe Giametta (Seaford, NY/MacArthur) and Dana Christofferson (Richford, NY/Dryden) of the Utica College football team have been selected to play in the fifth annual Tazon De Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars). The bowl game is played in the Aztec Bowl in Mexico. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. CT on Saturday, December 21.
The all-star team of NCAA non-scholarship student-athletes is comprised of 52 seniors from 27 different schools across the United States. Team Stars and Stripes will face Mexico’s CONADEIP All-Stars in the 36,000 capacity Aztec Bowl on the Tec de Monterrey campus.
The dynamic linebacker duo of Giametta and Christofferson were the heart and soul of the defense. The pair came up big on third downs as opponents only converted 37% of third down attempts against UC. The Pioneers also had the third-best passing defense in the conference, only allowing 193.7 yards per game.
Giametta recorded 104 tackles on the season, which was good for second in Empire 8 conference and 39th nationally at 10.4 per game. Giametta, who was a 2013 Empire 8 All-Conference Second Team selection, became just the fifth player in program history to record 100+ tackles in a single season. He also added 2.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for a loss, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one pass defended this past season. Giametta finished his Utica College career with 177 tackles.
Christofferson, a 2012 Empire 8 All-Conference Second Team selection, finishes his UC career fifth all time with 228 tackles. He also ranks second in school history with 132 assisted tackles. In 2013, Christofferson ranked 10th in the conference by registering 59 tackles in just 7 games, averaging 8.3 per game. He also had five tackles for a loss, one interception, and one forced fumble which UC recovered.
The Tazón de Estrellas is the focal point for the Global Football Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit initiative, which assists athletes in meeting the expenses associated with traveling overseas to realize their dreams of competing against other American football enthusiasts and experiencing different cultures.
The foundation allows potential benefactors to make charitable donations to offset costs that might otherwise prevent the student athletes from undertaking the trip of a lifetime. To inquire about making a donation to the Global Football Foundation to assist student-athletes, please contact Patrick Steenberge at Patrick@GlobalFootball.com or 817-219-7274.
9 PIONEERS NAMED TO E-8 ALL CONFERENCE TEAM-ACEVEDO-CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
UTICA, NY (November 26, 2013) – Nine players from the Utica College football team were honored as 2013 Empire 8
Junior offensive tackle Zach Hunnewell (Nashua, NH/Nashua North) and senior offensive guard Matt Malunat (Minisink Valley, NY/Slate Hill) were named honorable mentions on the offensive line. Sophomore defensive end Nick Woodman (Utica, NY/Proctor)and junior safety James Lenahan (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac) were named honorable mention on the defensive side of the ball, while freshman Jerred Beniquez (Port Ewen, NY/Kingston) earned honorable mention as a kick return man. Senior defensive lineman Josh Visalli (Deerfield, NY/Whitesboro) was noted as the Pioneers representative on the Sportsman of the Year Team.
Junior wide receiver Anthony Acevedo (New Hartford, NY/New Hartford) is making his second career appearance on the first team after finishing the regular season ranked 10th nationally and first in the Empire 8 with an average of 8.0 receptions per game. He was also 17th in the country and first in the Empire 8 with an average of 106.1 receiving yards per game. He finished the season with 72 catches, 955 yards and six touchdowns. He caught 11 balls for 133 yards against Hobart (NCAA Qualifier) and he also caught 10 balls for 137 yards against Ithaca (E8 Champion, NCAA Qualifier). He added seven catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns against St. John Fisher (NCAA qualifier). Acevedo is now the College’s all-time leader in career pass receiving yards with 2,484 and he is just ten receptions away from tying the school-record for receptions – he currently has 177 for his career.
Joe Giametta (Seaford, NY/MacArthur), a second team defensive selection at linebacker, became just the fifth player in program-history to record 100+ tackles in a single season after registering 104 this past year. He finished the regular season ranked 39th nationally and second in the conference with an average of 10.4 tackles per game. He also added 2.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for a loss, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one pass defended this past season. Over the course of 19 career games played for UC he posted 177 tackles.
Dakota Peel (Alden, NY/Alden) is making his second straight appearance on the all-conference team after he finished the season ranked second in the conference with an average of 39.8 yards per punt. In ten games played he booted 50 punts for 1,991 yards, with a season-long of 57 yards. He
kicked 11 punts over 50 yards this season and 11 of his punts landed inside the opponent’s 20 yard line. He also added six touchbacks. Peel ranks second all-time at UC with 3,378 career punting yards and his career average of 38.83 yards per punt ranks third all-time.
Junior left tackle Zach Hunnewell (Nashua, NH/Nashua North) and senior guard Matt Malunat(Minisink Valley, NY/Slate Hill) are now both two-time all-conference picks. Hunnewell was a second team selection last Fall and Malunat was an honorable mention back in 2010. The duo anchored an offensive line that allowed less than one sack per contest this past year (0.90), which ranked 27th nationally and first in the conference. The Pioneer offense amassed 2,598 yards of total offense (1,194 yards rushing, 2,404 yards passing). They average 4.8 yards per play and 359.8 yards of total offense per game. The Pioneers ranked second in the Empire 8 with an average of 21.4 first downs per game and they also ranked second in the league in third down conversions (42.9%). Malunat and Hunnewell helped senior running back Jake Larson (Bemus Point, NY/Maple Grove) find the end zone 11 times on the ground this year, which ranked second in the conference. They also protected quarterback Connor Butkiewicz (Southington, CT/Southington), who finished the year with a conference-best 244 completions.
Junior safety James Lenahan (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac) was an honorable mention for the first time in his career after finishing the regular season ranked 18th nationally and first in the conference with an average of 0.6 interceptions per game. He has totaled five interceptions in each of the past two seasons and he currently ranks second all-time at UC with ten career interceptions. He also recorded a career-best 50 tackles this past year, to go along with a 11 passes defended, which ranked fifth in the Empire 8. He now needs seven interceptions to tie the school record of 17 set back in 2006 by Jon Klosner. Over the course of 21 career games Lenahan has 90 career tackles, 18 passes defended and four fumble recoveries.
Freshman return man Jerred Beniquez (Port Ewen, NY/Kingston) is one of just four first-year players in the E8 to be honored with all-conference status. He finished the year ranked first in the conference with 31 kick returns for a total of 615 yards. He also returned ten punts for 100 yards. His 615 kickoff return yards set a new single season record at UC. His 91.9 all-purpose yards per game ranked tenth in the Empire 8. He also caught 22 balls for 194 yards and one touchdown as a wide receiver.
Senior defensive lineman Josh Visalli (Deerfield, NY/Whitesboro) was the College’s representative on the Sportsman of the Year team after totaling 14 tackles, 4.0 tackles for a loss, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble this past season. Over the course of 25 career games played Visalli collected 52 career tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles.