Four Benedictine Players Earn All-Region
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Benedictine University football team saw four players receive All-North Region honors from d3football.com as announced today.
Record setting junior running back John Borsellino and junior defensive end Ben Lockton, who also established a school record this year, were both named First Team All-North Region. Borsellino finished the season ranked second in the nation in all-purpose yardage while also finishing among the national leaders in rushing and scoring. The Oak Brook native established Benedictine single season records for touchdowns (22; 17 Rushing; 4 Receiving; 1 Return), carries (249), and rushing yards (1,361), leading the conference in all three categories. Borsellino scored at least one touchdown in every regular season game while running for over 100 yards on six occasions. In the NCAA Playoffs, Borsellino ripped off the longest run of the year, 52 yards, against one of the nation's top defenses. The Montini product, who was the Northern Athletics Conference Offensive Player of the Year, also finished third on the team in receiving with 26 catches for 296 yards.
Lockton shared the Northern Athletics Conference Defensive Player of the Year in his first season at Benedictine. The junior established a single season school record in tackle for loss with 25 on the season. Lockton led the conference in sacks and tackles for loss. The Grand Rapids, Mich. native led the nation in tackles for loss for several weeks this year and finished fourth overall. Lockton finished with 92 tackles, third on the team.
Two more individuals received Third Team All-North Region honors. Junior offensive lineman Patrick Sterk was selected as a Third Team Guard. Sterk led Benedictine with 31 pancake blocks and graded out at 95% for the season. The Royal Oak, Mich. native helped lead the Eagles to the top rushing offense in the Northern Athletics Conference. Senior defensive back Matt McWilliams was selected as a Third Team Cornerback. McWilliams tied for the conference lead with five interceptions, three of which came in a career game during the regular season finale against Wisconsin Lutheran. McWilliams broke up eight passes on the year and defended 13.
All four individuals from Benedictine were the lone players from the Northern Athletics Conference to receive recognition.
Benedictine qualified for the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the second consecutive season, falling to the second ranked team in the nation, the University of Mount Union, 47-7, in the opening round. The Eagles, who finished the year 7-4, shared the Northern Athletics Conference title with Concordia University Chicago, their second consecutive conference crown.