August 11, 2011

Montclair State picked to win NJAC

After capturing a share of the NJAC Championship en route to finishing the 2010 season with a 10-2 overall record, Montclair State University has been selected as the 2011 preseason football favorite in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. The Red Hawks will be seeking their 20th conference title since 1969. 

Montclair State was selected to finish first on five of the 10 ballots cast by the league head coaches. After posting an 8-1 NJAC mark to finish in a three-way tie for the conference crown with Cortland and Rowan, the Red Hawks received an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the NCAA second round. Under the direction of 29th-year head coach Rich Giancola, MSU has posted a 201-89-2 overall record. Giancola, who earned NJAC Coach of the Year honors from his peers last season, will field a 2011 squad which returns three of the major 2010 NJAC award winners, including the league Co-Offensive Player of the Year in senior quarterback Tom Fischer, the NJAC Special Teams Player of the Year in senior wide receiver and punt returner Dan Keegan, and the conference Defensive Rookie of the Year in sophomore linebacker Dan Avento. In addition, the Red Hawks return an additional six all-conference players from its  2010 NJAC tri-champion squad, including senior punter Joe Liscio, senior wide receiver Byron Lewin, senior offensive lineman Dan Aguilar, senior offensive lineman Jeff Angstadt, senior defensive lineman Alex Iachetta, and sophomore defensive lineman Bobby Skinner, 

SUNY Cortland, which claimed a share of the NJAC championship with an 8-1 league mark while garnering the conference’s automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Tournament via tiebreaker, was selected to place second and received four first place votes. The Red Dragons finished 10-2 overall in 2010 while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Under the leadership of 15th-year head coach Dan MacNeill, Cortland has posted a 97-52 overall record. Cortland returns nine all-conference players from its 2010 NJAC tri-champion squad, including senior quarterback Dan Pitcher, senior offensive lineman Billy Castro, senior linebacker Cody Allen, senior kicker Marc Corrado, senior defensive lineman Connor Tompkins, senior linebacker and fullback Bill Smith, senior cornerback D.J. Romano, sophomore punter Pete Furey, and the 2010 NJAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year in junior running back Justin Autera.  

Rowan, which also claimed a share of the 2010 NJAC crown with an 8-1 conference mark, was selected to place third and received one first place vote. The Profs, who finished 9-1 overall last year, return seven all-conference players from their NJAC tri-champion squad including senior tight end Kevin DelleDonne, junior defensive lineman Steve Williams, senior running back Steve Hevalow, senior offensive lineman Brian Cary, senior offensive lineman David Green, junior running back Kevin Corcoran, and senior linebacker Dean Hammel. Under the leadership of 10th-year head coach Jay Accorsi, Rowan has produced an overall mark of 75-24.     

Dan Garrett, the Cougars have posted a 33-20 overall record. The 2010 Cougars finished 5-5 overall, placing fifth in the league with a 5-4 mark in NJAC play. Kean returns six all-league performers from its 2010 squad, including senior defensive lineman Ray Wegrzynek, senior safety Jamahl Williams, senior quarterback Thomas D’Ambrisi, senior kicker Billy Daniels, senior offensive lineman Dave Vermeuel, and senior linebacker Richard Esdaile.

The College of New Jersey, which finished 5-5 overall in 2010, was selected to place fifth. Led by 35th-year head coach Eric Hamilton, the Lions have accumulated an overall mark of 201-135-6 during his tenure. Hamilton’s tenure at TCNJ currently ranks third in terms of most consecutive seasons coached at a NJAC institution, trailing only Kean and Rowan men’s soccer coaches Tony Ochrimenko and Dan Gilmore, each of whom is entering his 36th season this Fall. The Lions return four all-conference players from a squad which placed fourth in the NJAC in 2010 with a 5-4 record, including junior linebacker Gregory Burns, senior running back Joe Falco, senior defensive back Shawn Brown, and senior kicker Tyler Olsson. 

Brockport State, led by 16th-year head coach Rocco Salomone, was selected to place sixth. Under Salomone, the Golden Eagles have produced a mark of 95-69-1, including a record of 2-8 in 2010. Brockport returns three all-conference players from its 2010 squad, including senior running back Alex Hendrickson, senior defensive lineman Mike Kaiser, and the 2010 NJAC Offensive Rookie of the Year in sophomore wide receiver Jake Spalik.

William Paterson, which finished 4-6 overall in 2010, was selected to place seventh. Led by fourth-year head coach Jerry Flora, the Pioneers have produced a 13-17 overall record during his tenure in Wayne. Flora’s squad will return a trio of all-league performers from 2010, including senior safety Doug Dudek, junior wide receiver Chris Manfredo, and senior wide receiver Joe Muraglia.          

Buffalo State, which will take the field for its third season in the second stint of head coach Jerry Boyes, was selected to place eighth after posting a 4-6 overall record in 2010. In 18 total seasons as the leader of the Bengal program, Boyes has produced an overall mark of 95-76. Buffalo State returns four all-conference players from its 2010 squad, including senior safety Kevin Healy, sophomore wide receiver Mike Doherty, senior offensive lineman Aaron Roy, and senior linebacker Brandon Hodgins.

Morrisville State, under the leadership of sixth-year head coach Terry Dow, was selected to place ninth. The Mustangs have produced a 9-40 overall record since transitioning to NCAA Division III, including a mark of 2-8 in 2010. Morrisville returns one all-league performer in senior linebacker Anthony Brown. 

Western Connecticut State, under the guidance of 10th-year head coach John Burrell, was selected to place 10th. Under Burrell, the Colonials have notched a 37-53 overall record, including a mark of 0-10 in 2010. Western Connecticut returns one all-league player from its 2010 squad in senior linebacker Greg Galasso. 

The 43rd season of NJAC football will kickoff on Saturday, September 3 with six league teams in action, including the first NJAC contest of the year with Cortland hosting Buffalo State. NJAC programs will play nine conference games in an 11-week season. The winner of the NJAC championship receives the conference’s automatic qualification to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament.


2011 NJAC Football
Preseason Coaches Poll
   
1. Montclair State (5)
2. SUNY Cortland (4)
3. Rowan (1)
4. Kean (dark horse)
5. The College of New Jersey
6. The College at Brockport
7. William Paterson
8. Buffalo State
9. Morrisville State
10. Western Connecticut
   
First-place votes in parentheses
Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Anna Maria
7:00 PM
Defiance at Baldwin Wallace
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
TBA
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Curry
7:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
10:00 PM
Adrian at Pacific
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
TBA
Endicott at Framingham State
TBA
Kean at Christopher Newport
TBA
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
TBA
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
TBA
Marietta at Denison
TBA
McDaniel at Catholic
TBA
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
TBA
Sewanee at Kenyon
TBA
UW-Platteville at George Fox
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Chicago at Case Western Reserve
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
12:00 PM
Otterbein at Buffalo State
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
Live Stats
1:00 PM
RPI at Norwich
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
The Apprentice School at Methodist
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
Live Stats
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Westminster (Mo.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Crown at Hamline
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
Bethel at Dubuque
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Live Stats
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Mayville St.
2:00 PM
Simpson at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Aurora at Carthage
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Coe
2:00 PM
Ripon at Concordia-Chicago
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
Live Stats
2:30 PM
Lawrence at Presentation
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
Live Stats
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
6:00 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Hanover at Centre
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats
8:00 PM
Willamette at Rhodes
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Northwestern (Minn.)
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
8:00 PM
Sul Ross State at UT-Permian Basin
Dec. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 49, at St. Thomas 35
@ Salem, Va.
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