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SC Places Eight On Freedom Football Conference All-Conference Team

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 13, 2001 - Springfield College seniors Bob Sedlor, Kevin Vacca and Jason Perkins, and junior Jesse Baker have been selected to the Freedom Football Conference All-Conference First Team, announced today.

SC seniors Dan Nichol, Jay Raifstanger and Thomas Allen along with junior Luke Quigley are second-team all-conference choices.

Sedlor, a senior halfback from Yonkers, N.Y., is an all-FFC choice for the second consecutive season. The two-time FFC Offensive Player of the Week (Sept 30, Nov. 12) rushed for 697 yards (6.5 avg.) and five touchdowns, and caught 10 passes, including two for scores, this season. In his career, Sedlor totaled 2,630 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground.

Vacca, a senior center from Whitman, Mass., earns first-team honors after being making the all-FFC second team in 2000. A three-year starter at center, Vacca anchored last season's offensive front that helped the Pride rush for an NCAA Division III record 4,275 yards. He is also a two-time academic all-conference selection.

Perkins, a senior safety from Peabody, Mass., is named to the all-conference first-team for the second straight season. Perkins ranked fifth on the Pride in tackles (48) and tied for second in interceptions (4). In his college career, he registered 163 tackles and 16 interceptions, which is second all-time at SC.

Baker, a junior linebacker from Rutland, Vt., led the Pride with 85 tackles along with eight tackles-for-loss. Baker ranked second in the conference with 9.4 tackles per game.

Nichol, a senior defensive tackle from Quincy, Mass., led the Pride with 13 tackles-for-loss totaling 21 yards and finished seventh with 41 tackles. He also registered 2.5 sacks in nine games this season.

Allen, a senior cornerback from Ewing, N.J., earns second-team all-conference accolades for the second-straight season. He led the Pride and finished second in the conference with five interceptions, and ranked fourth on the team with 55 tackles in 2001. Allen earned the conference's defensive player-of-the-week award on Monday after tying a school record with three interceptions at Union (Nov. 10) to become the fifth player in Pride history to accomplish the feat.

Raifstanger, a senior linebacker from Great Barrington, Mass., bounced back with a team-leading 14 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks after sitting out last season with an injury. Raifstanger was also fifth on SC with 50 tackles.

Quigley, a junior split end/kick returner from Athol, Mass., captured FFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors twice this season (Sept. 9 and Oct. 22). He led the Pride in kick return (22.7) and punt return (11.1) yardage. Quigley also scored on both kick and punt returns this season.

The Pride (4-5, 3-3 FFC) concluded the 2001 season with a 49-35 win at No. 16 on Nov. 10.
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