November 22, 2013

Gaffney, Monos Head Record 14 All-MAC Selections

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Middle Atlantic Conference champion Lebanon Valley has received 14 all-MAC honors, led by Defensive Player of the Year Frank Gaffney and Coach of the Year Jim Monos.

Gaffney was named First-Team All-MAC along with fullback Evan Fink, left guardBrendan Kozub, and nose tackle Kevin Smith, while six more Dutchmen - safetyJosh Borreli, linebacker Andrew Burkholder, kicker Sean Fakete, defensive endZach Halpin, running back Austin Hartman, and punter Jake Zeigler - were second-teamers. Linebacker David Kennedy, wide receiver Joey Miller, and right guardZach Smith were honorable mention all-MAC.

The 14 all-MAC selections are an all-time program high
for LVC football.

Monos, who guided the Dutchmen to their first MAC title in 44 years and the program's first-ever NCAA berth, was named coach of the year for the second time in his career and first since 1989. LVC went 8-2 in the regular season, including a program-record seven straight wins, and earned the team's first national ranking, ascending as high as #22 in the poll.

Gaffney is the second defensive player of the year in program history and first since Brian Cottone '10 in 2009. A nominee for the Cliff Harris Award given to the nation's top small-college defender, the junior leads Lebanon Valley with 79 tackles, including 60 solo stops, and 19.5 tackles for a loss. His 13.0 sacks are a program single-season record, and he ranks second in NCAA Division III in that category. A disruptive force all over the field, he's also broken up five passes and on special teams, he's blocked three PATs. Gaffney is a two-time MAC Defensive Player of the Week and three-time Team of the Week honoree this season.

First Team Honorees

Evan Fink - Sr. - FB
Fink was a 2012 second-team honoree and firmly established himself as the league's best lead blocker in 2013. The senior had 107 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries himself, but powered LVC's run game even without the ball as he blocked ahead of Austin Hartman and Brendan Irving, who combined for eight 100+ yard games this season.

Brendan Kozub - Sr. - LG
Kozub, also a senior captain, led an offensive line that was one of the MAC's best. A 2012 honorable mention all-MAC recipient, Kozub started all 10 games at left guard and helped LVC rank third in the MAC with 207.5 yards rushing per game while allowing just 15 sacks in pass protection over 10 games.

Kevin Smith - Sr. - NT
Smith has anchored an outstanding defensive line at nose tackle with 57 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. He has three batted passes and six hurries this season, and will graduate as a two-time First-Team All-MAC selection.

Second Team Honorees

Josh Borreli - Sr. - SS
Borreli continued to be one of the top safeties in the MAC in 2013, recording 34 tackles and three tackles for loss this season. He had a pair of interceptions along with three pass break-ups, picking off passes against FDU-Florham and Albright.

Andrew Burkholder - Sr. - ILB
Burkholder has been a game-changer for the LVC defense, coming up with a team-best four interceptions this season to pair with 45 tackles, 5.0 TFL, and three sacks. He has five other pass break-ups to his credit, and was named the MAC and BSN Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 10 after a two-pick game against Stevenson.

Sean Fakete - Sr. - K
Only the second kicker in program history to earn three straight all-MAC honors (along with Jay Mosley '79), Fakete continued to be a reliable scorer for LVC in his senior season. Fakete went 8-for-10 on field goals, including three over 40 yards, and hit 32 extra points. Already LVC's all-time PAT leader, Fakete also became the field goals leader this season. He was named the ECAC and MAC Special Teams Player of the Week after hitting the game-winning field goal in overtime at Delaware Valley.

Zach Halpin - Sr. - DE
Halpin helped lead LVC's stifling defense with 8.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss this season, racking up 36 tackles overall. Halpin was a dangerous defender in the pass rush, batting down five passes with a team-high seven hurries, and he also forced a fumble against Delaware Valley. The senior was honored as the MAC, ECAC, and BSN Defensive Player of the Week after his four-sack game against Lycoming.

Austin Hartman - So. - RB
In his first season with the Dutchmen, Hartman emerged as one of the MAC's top rushing threats, pounding out 878 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore. Hartman compiled four 100+ yard games, including 228 yards at Misericordia, and scored four touchdowns in a game twice - against FDU-Florham and at Misericordia. He was named the ECAC and MAC Offensive Player of the Week after the Misericordia game, and earned MAC honor roll status earlier in the season during Week 4.

Jake Zeigler - Sr. - P
Zeigler, a two-time all-MAC honoree, excelled on special teams as LVC's punter and holder. He averaged 38.1 yards per punt, including 13 inside the 20 with six fair catches and five over 50 yards, with a long of 61. He was named the ECAC and MAC Special Teams Player of the Week after the Lycoming game, and as a holder he was automatic as he and Fakete accounted for 56 points this year as one of the top field goal units in the MAC.

Honorable Mention Honorees

David Kennedy - Sr. - ILB
Kennedy was one of LVC's most consistent producers on defense, compiling 67 tackles in nine games this season at inside linebacker. The senior had 4.5 tackles for loss and a sack, along with a pair of pass break-ups as he never recorded fewer than five stops in a game, and had eight or more five times.

Joey Miller - Sr. - WR
A repeat all-MAC honoree, Miller was a top big-play target for quarterback Brian Murphy. The senior caught 24 passes for 449 yards and three touchdowns, and was a constant threat to defenses as he compiled 60+ yards four times, including a seven-catch, 103-yard performance at Delaware Valley. He was named to the MAC Honor Roll after the Lycoming game, which saw him catch the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Zach Smith - So. - RG
In his first season starting at right guard, Smith proved to be a rock-steady addition to the LVC offensive line with 10 starts. The Dutchmen rushed for 207.5 yards per game and allowed just 15 sacks, ranking among the MAC leaders in both categories.