Monday, November 12, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) coaches voted five Westminster College football players to the 2012 All-PAC Football Teams and an additional seven Titans received honorable mention recognition.
Senior defensive back Kyle Allen (New Wilmington, Pa./West Middlesex) earned first-team all-PAC honors for the first time in his career. Allen also received honorable mention recognition as a returner.
A four-year starter, Allen earned second team all-PAC honors in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He recorded a team-high three interceptions, including a 92-yard touchdown return in the season finale against Geneva. Allen also posted 31 tackles, eight pass defenses and two blocked kicks. As a return specialist, Allen gained a team-high 253 yards on 15 kick returns. Allen finished his career with 12 interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, 159 tackles and 27 pass defenses. As a kick returner, he finished his career third all-time in school history with 1444 career kick return yards.
Four other Titans were voted second team all-PAC. They included senior offensive lineman Marco Canello (Pittsburgh, Pa./Seton-LaSalle), senior wide receiver Geno Pasquinelli (Salem, Ohio/Salem), junior defensive lineman Sean Christofferson (New Wilmington, Pa./Wilmington) and senior linebacker Derrick Orloski (Butler, Pa./Slippery Rock).
Canello, a two-year starter, earned his first all-PAC selection in 2012. Canello was a key contributor to the Westminster's rushing game who ranked fifth in the PAC averaging 157 rushing yards a game and topped the conference with 4.7 yards a carry.
Pasquinelli earned his third all-PAC honor in 2012. He was a second-team selection in 2010, and a first-team honoree in 2011. He recorded 29 receptions this season, and 349 receiving yards, ranked second on the team. Pasquinelli's 43.0 receiving yards per game average ranked 10th in the PAC. Pasquinelli made his mark in the career receiving record books, finishing third all-time in receptions with 139, tied for fourth in touchdowns with 19, and 10th in receiving yards with 1521.
Christofferson, a third-year starter earned his first all-PAC selection after being named an honorable mention selection last season. He recorded 43 tackles on the season, second among all defensive lineman and ends in the conference. His team-high 13.5 tackles for loss are also good for third in the PAC. Christofferson paced the Titans with four sacks, and had a forced fumble on the season.
Orloski also earned his first all-PAC selection after being named an honorable mention performer in 2011. His 60 tackles on the season ranked him 13th in the PAC and third on the team. Orloski posted an interception, eight tackles for loss and four pass defenses.
In addition to Allen as a return specialist, the Westminster players who earned honorable mentions for the all-PAC teams were as follows: junior offensive lineman Dan Graham (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk), senior tight end Logan Belinda (PA Furnace, Pa./State College), junior wide receiver Collin Wallace (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley), junior quarterback Dak Britt (Battle Creek, MI/Battle Creek), junior running back Tyler Banks (Meadville, Pa./Meadville ), junior linebacker Nate Moot (Johnstown, Pa./Bishop McCort) and freshman kicker Zach Baker (Erie, Pa./McDowell).
Westminster posted a 3-6 record and an eighth-place record of 2-6 in the PAC.
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 is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 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 41 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.