Holy Cross Places Six Players On All-Patriot League Football Teams
WORCESTER, Mass. – Six members of the Holy Cross football team have earned 2016 All-Patriot League honors, as announced by the conference office. Senior defensive lineman Dewayne Cameron, senior wide receiver Brendan Flaherty and junior linebacker Nick McBeath were all named to the first team, while senior offensive lineman James Murray, senior tight end Lucas Nikolaisen and senior return specialist Jake Wieczorek were second team selections.
Cameron earns All-Patriot League honors for the second time in his career, after previously being a first team selection in 2015. He started all 11 games for the Crusaders at defensive end this season, totaling seven quarterback sacks for 41 yards and 13 tackles for loss for 54 yards. Cameron also ranked fourth on the squad with 51 total tackles, in addition to recording one forced fumble and 10 quarterback hurries. He finished the season ranked third in the Patriot League in tackles for loss, fifth in sacks and 35th in total tackles. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Cameron totaled 119 tackles, 16 quarterback sacks and 30 tackles for loss.
Flaherty makes his second appearance on the All-Patriot League team, after previously earning first team honors in 2015. He started 10 games at wide receiver this season and led the team with 59 receptions for 621 yards and four touchdowns. Flaherty also rushed the ball 34 times for 117 yards and a score, while totaling 738 all-purpose yards. He finished the year ranked third in the Patriot League in receptions and eighth in receiving yards. Flaherty caught 197 passes for 2,035 yards and 17 touchdowns during his collegiate career, and ranks second all-time at Holy Cross in receptions, fifth in receiving yards and seventh in touchdown receptions.
McBeath started all 11 games for the Crusaders this season at inside linebacker. He led the team with 106 total tackles, including 91 solo stops, one quarterback sack and eight tackles for loss. McBeath also recorded one forced fumble, one pass breakup and four quarterback hurries. He finished the season ranked first in the Patriot League and 21st in the nation in total tackles. During his Holy Cross career, McBeath has now totaled 208 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, three quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles and four pass breakups.
Murray played in all 11 games this season, starting every time at center. He was the leader of an offensive line which paved the way for the Crusaders to average 356.0 total yards, 103.8 rushing yards and 23.5 point per game on the year, even with the team using three different starting quarterbacks and three different starting tailbacks due to injuries. Over the course of his collegiate career, Murray has played in 33 career games with 29 starts.
Nikolaisen played in all 11 games for Holy Cross at tight end this season, starting 10 times. He ranked fourth on the team in receiving with 32 catches for 244 yards and two touchdowns. Nikolaisen also saw some action at fullback in short yardage situations, rushing the ball 11 times for 32 yards and a score. In addition, he was a key blocker who helped the offense average 356.0 total yards and 23.5 points per game. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Nikolaisen caught 52 passes for 435 yards and four touchdowns.
Wieczorek earns All-Patriot League honors for the second time in his career, after previously being named to the second team as a wide receiver in 2014. A starter in all 11 games, he averaged 22.1 yards on 35 kickoff returns and 13.7 yards on 23 punt returns this year. Wieczorek also caught 55 passes for 705 yards and five touchdowns, and finished the season with a team-best 1,820 all-purpose yards. He concluded the season ranked first in the Patriot League in punt returns, while standing second in all-purpose yards, sixth in kickoff returns, seventh in receiving yards and eighth in receptions. Wieczorek caught 148 passes for 2,029 yards and 16 touchdowns during his collegiate career, while totaling 3,629 all-purpose yards. He finished his career ranked sixth all-time at Holy Cross in receiving yards, seventh in all-purpose yards, eighth in receptions and 10th in touchdown receptions.
Holy Cross concluded the 2016 season with an overall record of 4-7, and placed fifth in the Patriot League with a 2-4 mark in conference games.
A complete list of the 2016 All-Patriot League football teams follows.
2016 Football All-Patriot League Teams
Offensive Player of the Year: Nick Shafnisky, Lehigh (Sr., QB)
Defensive Player of the Year: Pat Afriyie, Colgate (Jr., DL)
Rookie of the Year: Abu Daramy, Colgate (Fr., RS/DB)
Coach of the Year: Andy Coen, Lehigh
First Team Offense
QB: Nick Shafnisky, Lehigh (Sr.)
RB: Dom Bragalone, Lehigh (So.)
RB: Chase Edmonds, Fordham (Jr.)
FB/HB: John Wilkins, Colgate (Sr.)
WR: Gatlin Casey, Lehigh (Jr.)
WR: Brendan Flaherty, Holy Cross (Sr.)
WR: Troy Pelletier, Lehigh (Jr.)
TE: Dylan Wadsworth, Lafayette (Jr.)
OL: Anthony Coyle, Fordham (Jr.)
OL: Jordi Dalmau, Colgate (Sr.)
OL: Julie’n Davenport, Bucknell (Sr.)
OL: Zach Duffy, Lehigh (Sr.)
OL: Ryan Paulish, Colgate (Jr.)
PK: Ed Mish, Lehigh (So.)
RS: Gatlin Casey, Lehigh (Jr.)
First Team Defense
DL: Abdullah Anderson, Bucknell (Jr.)
DL: Pat Afriyie, Colgate (Jr.)
DL: Dewayne Cameron, Holy Cross (Sr.)
DL: Justin Vaughn, Fordham (Sr.)
LB: Colton Caslow, Lehigh (Sr.)
LB: Kyle Diener, Colgate (Sr.)
LB: Nick McBeath, Holy Cross (Jr.)
LB: Ben Richard, Bucknell (Jr.)
DB: Bret Berg, Bucknell (Sr.)
DB: Caleb Ham, Fordham (Jr.)
DB: Bryan Marine, Bucknell (So.)
DB: Chris Morgan, Colgate (Jr.)
P: Ed Mish, Lehigh (So.)
STNS: Hunter Kiselick, Georgetown (Sr.)
Second Team Offense
QB: Kevin Anderson, Fordham (Sr.)
RB: Joey DeFloria, Bucknell (Jr.)
RB: Keyon Washington, Colgate (Jr.)
FB/HB: Isaiah Searight, Fordham (So.)
WR: Austin Longi, Fordham (So.)
WR: John Maddaluna III, Colgate (Sr.)
WR: Matt Mrazek, Lafayette (Jr.)
TE: Nick Martinsen, Colgate (So.)
TE: Lucas Nikolaisen, Holy Cross (Sr.)
OL: Griffin Barth, Bucknell (Sr.)
OL: Ben Hartman, Fordham (Jr.)
OL: Tim O’Hara, Lehigh (Sr.)
OL: James Murray, Holy Cross (Sr.)
OL: Brandon Short, Lehigh (Sr.)
PK: Henry Darmstadter (Sr.)
RS: Jihaad Pretlow, Fordham (Sr.)
RS: Jake Wieczorek, Holy Cross (Sr.)
Second Team Defense
DL: Alex Campbell, Colgate (Jr.)
DL: Tyler Cavenas, Lehigh (Jr.)
DL: Brett Field, Colgate (Sr.)
DL: Hunter Kiselick, Georgetown (Sr.)
LB: J’V’on Butler, Georgetown (So.)
LB: Charles Cairnie, Colgate (Sr.)
LB: George Dawson, Fordham (Jr.)
LB: Leo Loughrey, Georgetown (Sr.)
LB: Mark Pyles, Bucknell (Jr.)
DB: Tyler Castillo, Colgate (So.)
DB: Joe Figueroa, Colgate (Sr.)
DB: Brandon Leaks, Lehigh (Sr.)
DB: Jerry Powe, Lafayette (So.)
DB: Jihaad Pretlow, Fordham (Sr.)
P: Harry McCollum, Georgetown (Sr.)
STNS: Khristian Tate, Georgetown, (Fr.)
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