Thursday, February 9, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College football team posted a 5-5 record in 2011 and a 4-4 mark for fifth place in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC). The four conference wins tied the 2002 Westminster team for most wins since the Titans joined the PAC in 2000.
For the second straight year, the Titans had 13 first-year starters. The offensive line was almost completely different, with four new starters protecting senior quarterback Shawn Lehocky (Conway, PA / Freedom). On the defensive side of the ball, there were three new starting linebackers, and freshman standout defensive back Korrtezz Martin (Freedom, PA / Quaker Valley). The newcomer of the year award winner for Westminster ranked sixth on the team in tackles with 55.
Behind the guidance of seventh year head coach Jeff Hand, the Titans put seven players on All-PAC teams.
Junior wide receiver Geno Pasquinelli (Salem, Ohio/Salem) and sophomore kicker Zac Henry (North East, Pa./North East) earned first-team all-PAC honors each for the first time in their careers. Pasquinelli was a second team all-PAC recipient last year.
Pasquinelli ranked third in the PAC with 5.1 receptions per game and fifth with 57.9 receiving yards per game as he finished the year with 51 catches for 579 yards. His nine touchdown catches in 2011 led the Titans and ranked second in the PAC.
Henry, a first-year starter, made all nine of this field goal attempts in 2011 including a season-long 38-yarder. Henry also converted 17-of-21 extra-point kicks to finish the season with 44 points, which was third amongst PAC kickers and ninth amongst all point-scorers.
Five other Titans were voted second team all-PAC. They included senior offensive lineman Adam Fueller (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell), junior linebacker/defensive lineman Aaron Nauer (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler), junior linebacker Alex Kernicky (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe), junior defensive back Kyle Allen (New Wilmington, Pa./West Middlesex) and senior punter Andrew Clark (Titusville, Pa./Titusville).
Clark averaged 38.1 yards per punt, which ranked second in the PAC. Allen ranked fifth in the conference with four interceptions.
Allen, who also received an honorable mention as a return specialist led the Titans with an 18.0 kick return average. 10 other Titans players received honorable mention for All-PAC teams; five of them were first-year starters.
Senior quarterback Shawn Lehocky was the PAC's sixth ranked passer with 134.2 yards per game (1208 yards, 9 TDs) in his second year as a starter.
Senior defensive lineman, Ryan Brucker (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park) was tied for fourth in the PAC with 5.5 sacks (five solo, one assisted).
Sophomore linebacker, Nate Moot (Johnstown, PA / Bishop McCort) was tied for seventh in the conference for total tackles on the season with 76 in his first year as a starter. Another first-year starter, defensive back J.J. Nalesnik (Darlington, PA / Blackhawk) ranked first in the conference with average fumbles recovered as he picked up two in nine games.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.