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No. 6 Football Places 10 On All-Conference Team

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 18, 2003 –Junior quarterback Ryan Sylvia headlined a group of 10 Springfield College players named to the Freedom Football Conference All-Conference First and Second Teams.

Sylvia was chosen the FFC Offensive Player of the Year, and SC head coach Mike DeLong was voted the conference’s coach of the year. The Pride led the conference with seven first-team picks.

DeLong won his second FFC Coach-of-the-Year Award since 2000. He guided the Pride to the first 10-0 season in 111 years of SC football and the No. 1 seed in the East in the NCAA Division III Tournament. DeLong, who has more wins than any coach in the program’s history (112), led the Pride to its fifth FFC title since 1996 and a No.6 ranking in the latest American Football Coaches Association Division III National Poll.

Sylvia, who hails from Marion, Mass., established an NCAA Division III record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 19. He led the conference in scoring (11.4 ppg) and finished fourth in rushing (100.9 ypg). Sylvia, who rushed for 1,009 yards, also threw for 386 yards and seven touchdowns.

Joining Sylvia on the first-team offense are Tim Lutgens, a junior fullback, and Brian Dewey, a junior right tackle. Senior defensive end Jason MacDonald, senior linebacker Jesse Baker, junior linebacker Justin Fletcher and senior cornerback Chris Teel were All-FFC First-Team Defense selections.

Lutgens, who is from Greenwich, N.Y., was the Pride’s top rusher, piling up 1,249 yards and 12 touchdowns. He ranked second in the conference in rushing (119.1 ypg) and third in scoring (7.2 pgg), and broke the 100-yard rushing mark six times this season.

Dewey, a native of Victory Mills, N.Y., is a major reason why the Pride is leading Division III in rushing (394.4 ypg) and is third in scoring (43.5 ppg). After spending his first two seasons as a reserve tight end, he moved to right tackle in ’03 and started all 10 games.

MacDonald, a native of Brewster, Mass., anchors an SC defense that led the conference in scoring defense (14.8 ppg, 24th nationally), total defense (259.6 ypg, 19th nationally) and rushing defense (106.1 ypg, 24th nationally). This team captain topped the Pride in tackles-for-loss (9.5 for 23 yards) and finished fourth in tackles (40). He also had three sacks and two fumble recoveries.

Baker, who is from Rutland, Vt., made the all-conference first-team for the second time (also in 2001). He registered a team-leading 63 tackles to go along with four interceptions, four tackles-for-loss (12 yards) and two sacks. Baker, a two-time team captain, was the FFC Defensive Player of the Week after tying a school record with three interceptions in a 22-14 win at Montclair State (Sept. 13). Baker currently ranks second all-time at SC with 294 tackles.

Fletcher earned first-team All-FFC honors for the second straight season. The Orwell, Vt., native was second on SC in tackles (53) to go along with 3.5 tackles-for-loss (20 yards), three sacks and three pass break-ups. Fletcher was chosen the FFC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 26 after recording a game-high 11 tackles in a 56-10 over WPI, and was also voted to the 2003 Academic All-District One College Division Football Team.

Teel, a resident of Bergenfield, N.J., is one of the top cover corners in the region. He led The FFC in passes defended with 11 and ranked sixth on the Pride in tackles (32). Teel blocked two field goals in the Pride’s 22-14 win at Montclair State (Sept. 13).

Second-team selections included junior halfback Kevin Domurat, senior strong safety Ryan Santo and senior place-kicker Greg Switaj.

Domurat, who is from Forestdale, Mass., made the All-FFC second-team for the second consecutive season. He is averaging 10.3 yards-per-carry, and is 10th in the FFC in rushing (52.3 ypg). Domurat, who has 1,090 career rushing yards, is third on the team in all-purpose yardage (681 yards).

Santo, who is from Warwick, R.I., bounced back for a big season after missing the 2002 campaign after suffering an injury in the season-opener. He led the FFC in interceptions (0.6 per game, five total) and finished second in passes defended (10). Santo also racked up 41 tackles, third on the Pride, and recovered two fumbles.

Switaj, a native of Ridgewood, N.J., was a first-team All-American and the FFC Special Teams Player of the Year in ’02. He converted 58-of-59 point-after touchdown attempts (98.3 percent), and drilled 2-of-4 field goal tries. He ranks second among FFC kickers in scoring (6.4 ppg, 64 total).

The Pride hosts the winner of Curry-RPI in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sat., Nov. 29 at 12 p.m. on Benedum Field.
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