KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Oct. 16, 2017) – The NEWMAC Conference announced its weekly football award winners on Monday and USMMA senior kicker/punter Erik Swayne (Great Falls, Va.) was selected as the Special Teams Player of the Week. The accolade comes after Swayne's performance in the Mariners' 35-13 home loss to #25 Springfield this past Saturday.
Swayne made both field goals that he attempted from 19 and 29 yards to account for six of the Merchant Marine's 13 points. He also averaged 43.8 yards on 10 punts, with a long of 53 yards and he planted three punts inside the Pride's 20-yard line, including two inside the 10. Four of his punts were good for 45-or-more yards.
The senior is currently the second-ranked punter in the NEWMAC with an average of 40.6 yards per punt on 26 punts. He has a season-long of 65 yards and has had eight of his punts land within the opponents' 20-yard line.
Also ranking among the conference's Top-5 statistically are sophomore Joe Vitelli (Warrington, Pa.), who continues to lead the league with 75.2 receiving yards per game, freshman Matt Restifo (Hudson, Ohio), who ranks third in the league with 19.4 yards per kickoff return, senior quarterback Brice Moore (Pace, Fla.), who is fourth in the NEWMAC with 107.8 passing yards per game and 103.8 rushing yards per game and is tied for fourth with 48 total points, classmate Jake McDonough (Wilmington, N.C.), who is tied for fourth among kickers with 32 points, and junior Charles Deegan (Huntington, N.Y.), who is tied for fifth in the league with three sacks.
The Mariners are back in action this coming Saturday, Oct. 21, when they travel up to Worcester, Mass. to face WPI. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at the Engineers' Alumni Stadium. Live stats and a live video stream of the game will be available with links on the USMMA Football Schedule Page.
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