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Fall Sports Athletes Honored With Year-End Awards
Lincoln Field Alex Penny
Lincoln Field Alex Penny
Athletics participation is a cornerstone of the Rensselaer student experience, and helps student-athletes excel both athletically and academically, while building leadership and teamwork capabilities. More than 70 percent of undergraduate students participate in an array of intramurals, club sports, and intercollegiate team sports. A number of Rensselaer’s varsity student-athletes who participate in fall sports were honored with year-end awards and recognition:

The ECAC announced its 2009 Division III Northwest Football All-Stars and Rensselaer student-athlete Tim Acker was selected to the defensive team. It is the first All-ECAC recognition in his career. Acker was second on the team in tackles this season from his safety position with 69 stops, including 44 solos. The senior captain also stood out on special teams, leading the Engineers in punt return average, with 6.5 yards per return, and in kick return average, with 20.3 yards per return. In his career, Acker played in 35 games for the Engineers, setting several school records. He holds the record for punt return yardage in an attempt (85) and in a season (317), as well as interceptions in a game (3). He also ranks third in school history in punt return yardage for a career (382).

The Liberty League announced its year-end football awards and six Rensselaer student-athletes were recognized. Senior defensive back Tim Acker was named to the First Team and five others were chosen to the Second Team: offensive lineman Brian Hall, kicker Peter Nilson, defensive lineman Darryl Brown, linebacker Colin King, and defensive back Bobby Stutz.

Tim Acker Marie Ferro
Tim Acker Marie Ferro
The 2009 NSCAA Division III All-East Region Men’s Soccer Teams announced that Rensselaer student-athletes Lincoln Field, Jabel Prom, and Brad Shelofsky have been selected. Field was named to the First Team, while Prom and Shelofsky garnered Third Team recognition. Field led the team in scoring with 18 points on a team-best seven goals and four assists. A senior midfielder and captain, he was also tops on the squad in game-winning tallies, penalty kicks, and shots. Prom, a senior forward, posted a team-best seven goals with an assist for 15 points through 18 games played. In addition to a team-high 23 shots on goal, he led the squad in game-winning goals with two. Sophomore defender Shelofsky anchored the Rensselaer defensive unit as a starter in all 19 games. He had a game-winning goal and an assist for three points and helped the Engineers lead the Liberty League in seven defensive categories, including fewest goals allowed (10), fewest points allowed (1.37 per game), and shutouts (10).

The 2009 NSCAA/Performance Subaru Men’s NCAA Division III All-America Teams were announced and Rensselaer student-athlete Lincoln Field was selected to the Third Team. It is the first All-America recognition of his career. Field led the team in scoring with 18 points on a team-best seven goals and four assists. A senior midfielder and captain, he was also tops on the squad in game-winning tallies, penalty kicks, and shots.

The 2009 ECAC Division III Upstate Men’s Soccer All-Star Teams include two Rensselaer student-athletes, Alex Penny and Lincoln Field. Penny was named to the First Team, while Field garnered Second Team recognition. Penny started 18 games in goal for the Engineers, posting a 13-3-2 record and a .877 save percentage. Field led the team in scoring with 18 points on a team-best seven goals and four assists. A senior midfielder and captain, he was also tops on the squad in game-winning tallies, penalty kicks, and shots.

The Liberty League has announced its year-end honors in women’s cross country and Rensselaer student-athlete Marie Ferro was recognized as the 2009 Rookie of the Year. Ferro had an outstanding freshman season as a competitor in all nine races. She finished 18th or better in eight meets, including six top-10 finishes, and capped her rookie campaign with an 80th place finish at the National Championships.
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Volume 4, Number 2, February 5, 2010
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