Saturday, November 27, 2010
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College football team posted a 2-8 record in 2010 and a 1-6 mark for seventh place in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) with a team that included 13 first-year starters. Four of the Titans' losses were in one-possession games, including a road loss by one point and another road loss decided in triple overtime.
Of the team's 13 first-year starters, six were all of the offensive skill position players. The Titan defense, with six first-year starters, contributed greatly to Westminster's wins at Hiram, 23-6, in the season-opener and vs. Thiel, 35-0, in the team's first-ever home night game. Those two wins were only the second and third times since 2003 that Westminster prevented an opponent from scoring a touchdown and the Thiel win was the team's first shutout since 2003.
Led by sixth-year head coach Jeff Hand, the Titans put four players on the all-PAC team.
Four-year starter Mike Kudelko (Greenville, Pa./Sharpsville), who started all 40 games of his career, earned second-team honors for a consecutive season .
Sophomore wide receiver Geno Pasquinelli (Salem, Ohio/Salem), senior linebacker Tom Geraghty (Austinburg, Ohio/Jefferson), sophomore defensive lineman Aaron Nauer (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler), and sophomore return specialist Kyle Allen (New Wilmington, Pa./West Middlesex) also earned second-team all-PAC laurels.
Pasquinelli ranked second in the PAC with 5.3 receptions per game and fifth in the conference with 57.1 receiving yards per game. In addition to his team-leading 48 receptions for 514 yards, Pasquinelli led the Titans in scoring with six touchdown receptions including a five-game touchdown reception streak that tied the team record.
Geraghty was the PAC's leading tackler and the 18th-ranked tackler in NCAA Division III with 11.1 per game. Geraghty posted 111 tackles (54 solo, 57 assist) as he became the first Titan since 1999 to post at least 110 tackles in a season. Three of the top six tacklers in the PAC were Westminster senior linebackers as Cory Meeker (Glen Dale, W.Va./John Marshall) and Jake Brown (Medina, Ohio/Medina) averaged 9.5 and 9.4 stops per game, respectively.
Nauer ranked fourth on the team with 61 tackles, which included a team-high 17 tackles for a loss of 71 yards and a team-high seven sacks for a loss of 42 yards.
Allen, who also received an honorable mention for his play as a defensive back, led the PAC with a 24.7 kick return average. Allen returned 22 kicks for 544 yards including a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown vs. Grove City.
Junior quarterback Shawn Lehocky (Conway, Pa./Freedom) was the PAC's fifth-ranked passer with 172.6 yards per game (1,726 yards, 14 TDs) in his first year as a starter.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, 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 373 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" 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.