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In the nations oldest football rivalry, Rensselaer defeated Union College Oct. 11 to recapture the Dutchmans Shoes trophy. The Engineers, who routed Union 33-7, went on to earn an 8-1 regular-season record and an invitation to the NCAA Division III Football Championship. At presstime, the Engineers were scheduled to take on Ithaca College at Rensselaers 86 Field Dec. 6. The team is making its third appearance in the NCAA Playoffs in the past five years.
The Engineers were well-represented when the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association (UCAA) announced its year-end awards. Among those honored were senior quarterback Dan Cole, who was named the Offensive Player of the Year, senior defensive back Mike Defilippi, who was chosen as the co-Defensive Player of the Year, and head coach Joe King and his assistants, who were selected as the co-Coaching Staff of the Year.
Student-Athlete Honors: According to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Rensselaer ranks third in Division III and 10th in the nation among NCAA and NAIA schools in the number of student-athletes chosen for National Academic All-American honors over the past three academic years. From 2000-01 to 2002-03, Rensselaer has produced 15 National Academic All-Americans.
Rensselaer is among the top 10 in the company of the University of Nebraska, Emory University, the University of Notre Dame, Truman State, the University of Alabama, Pittsburgh State University, Pennsylvania State, Gustavus Adolphus College, and Stanford University.
Year-End Awards: Field hockey standout Laurie Young was chosen for post-season honors by two organizations. The sophomore was named to the All-Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association (UCAA) Second Team as well as the All-New York State Womens Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA) Second Team. A forward/midfielder, Young led the Red Hawks in goals with seven and points with 16. She was second on the team in assists (2). The Camden, N.Y., native had one game-winning goal and 22 shots, including 16 shots on goal. In four UCAA games, Young had five goals, including a game-winner, on five shots for Rensselaer, which competed in the UCAA semi-finals. The team finished the season with a 6-11 overall record and a 3-4 league mark.
Several soccer players also were honored by the UCAA. Junior forward Katie Fredlund was named to the All-UCAA First Team while classmate Jessica Chetuck, a defender, was selected to the Second Team. In mens soccer, sophomore Joe Johnson was selected to the All-UCAA First Team as a defender.
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