Tuesday, November 19, 2013
GREENVILLE, Pa. - Eleven members of the Westminster College football team earned a spot on the 2013 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) teams. Senior defensive lineman Sean Christofferson (New Wilmington, Pa./Wilmington) was named on the first team. Senior offensive lineman Mike Blair (Bridgeville, Pa./Canon-McMillan), senior wide receiver Collin Wallace (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland), senior tight tend David Wright (Solon, Ohio/Solon), sophomore punter Jake Schnelbach (Pittsburgh, Pa./Bishop Canevin), and sophomore returner Taran Sifontes-Lavine (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) were tabbed on the second team. Additionally, five Titans were named on the honorable mention team.
Christofferson, the first Titan defensive lineman to earn first team honors since 2005 (Ryan Chmura), led the Titans and finished in a tie for second in the PAC with 8.5 sacks and also had a team-high 15.0 tackles for a loss which also tied for second in the league. Christofferson finished his collegiate career with 18.5 sacks, moving him to fourth all-time in school history. This was Christofferson's first first team nod, as he earned second team All-PAC in 2012 and honorable mention as a sophomore and freshman.
Blair, earning his first all-conference honor, paved the way for senior quarterback Dak Britt (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek) who was third in PAC in rushing and fourth in passing. Britt, who set a school and PAC record with 245 yards rushing in a single game, averaged 233.3 yards passing per game and 76.0 yards rushing per contest. Blair also blocked for senior running back Tyler Banks (Meadville, PA / Meadville) who ranked 10th in the conference, averaging 44.2 yards on the ground.
Wallace, who earned honorable mention All-PAC in 2011 and 2012, stood second in the league averaging 107.6 yards per game. His 67 receptions tied for third in the conference, while his 6.7 catches per contest ranked fourth. His seven touchdown receptions led the team and tied for fifth in the conference. Wallace, who became the first 1,000-yard receiver in Titan history, finished his collegiate career first in school history in career yards (2,238), career receptions (150), most yards in a season (1,076), and most receptions in a season (67).
Wright ranked sixth in the PAC averaging 14.4 yards per catch. His two receiving touchdowns and 289 receiving yards stood second and third on the team, respectively. This was Wright's second All-PAC honor of his career, as he was selected on the honorable mention team as a sophomore.
Schnelbach, earning his first All-PAC nod of his career, was second in the conference averaging 37.6 net yards per punt. His 1,805 yards punted ranked fourth in the conference.
Sifontes-Lavine led the PAC averaging 24.1 yards per kickoff return. Siftones-Lavine returned two kicks for a touchdown. His 94-yard kickoff return was only the second in the PAC this season, while his 86-yard punt return was the longest in school history. This was Sifontes-Lavine's first All-PAC accolade of his career.
The Titan players who earned All-PAC Honorable Mention were as follows: sophomore offensive lineman Nick Fiorentino (Franklin, Pa./Franklin), senior quarterback Dak Britt (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek), junior defensive lineman Rich Ellebie (Farrell, Pa./Kennedy Christian), senior linebacker Nate Moot (Johnstown, Pa./Bishop McCort), and senior defensive back Josh Beistel (Somerset, Pa./Somerset).
Westminster finished the 2013 season with a 4-6 overall record and a 3-5 record 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 378 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.