Sunday, January 29, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster Titans had their annual post-season football banquet on Sunday. Head coach Jeff Hand and his staff, gave out several awards to congratulate the top players after another hard working season.
Junior wide receiver Geno Pasquinelli (Salem, OH / Salem) came home with both the overall Most Valuable Player and the Offensive MVP award. Pasquinelli finished the season with 51 receptions for 579 yards and nine touchdowns. His best performance was on the road against Thiel, where he had seven catches for 99 yards and scored two touchdowns.
Senior defensive lineman Ryan Budziszewski (Glenshaw, PA / Shaler) won the OL/DL "Battle of the Trenches" and the Titan of the Year award. Budziszewski had 27 total tackles on the season.
The Defensive Most Valuable Player award went to junior linebacker Aaron Nauer (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler). He finished the season with 61 total tackles (33 solo, 28 assisted). Nauer also had 4.5 sacks, forced two fumbles, recovered one fumble, and broke up nine passes. Senior punter Andrew Clark (Titusville, PA / Titusville) won the special teams MVP award. He punted 56 times for an average of 38.1 yards, and his longest was 60 yards.
The Newcomer of the Year award went to Korrtezz Martin (Freedom, PA / Quaker Valley). The freshman defensive back finished with 55 total tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions. The Most Improved Offensive Player award went to junior wide receiver Collin Wallace (Mechanicsburg, PA / Cumberland Valley); he had 32 receptions for 448 yards. The Most Improved Defensive Player award went to sophomore linebacker Nate Moot (Johnstown, PA / Bishop McCort); he finished with 76 total tackles in 2011.
Also receiving awards were Trevor Sahagian (Rittman, OH / Rittman) for Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year and Ed Domitrovich (Aliquippa, PA / Hopewell) for Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year.
The Titans finished the season with a 5-5 overall record, and 4-4 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (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, 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.