Thursday, May 1, 2014

Four Warriors earn membership into the Hampshire Honor Society

Robbie Brodish was one of four Warriors
who earned a slot in the Hampshire Honor Society.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The Lycoming College football team tied its school record with four selections to the 2014 Hampshire Honor Society, the National Football Foundation in Dallas, Texas, announced on Tuesday, April 29. The four honorees areC.J. Arhontakis (West Grove, Pa./Avon Grove), Ryan Boccagno (Maytown, Pa./Donegal), Robbie Brodish (Middletown, Pa./Middletown) and Mike Ciotti(Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury).

In order to be eligible for membership into the honor society, a player must be a starter or significant reserve on the team as a senior, maintain a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout his entire course of undergraduate study and meet all NCAA-mandated progress toward degree requirements and graduation.

Arhontakis was a key contributor for the top-ranked defense in the MAC, as the biology: anatomy and physiology major made 33 tackles as a safety. The Academic All-MAC selection's biggest impact came on special teams, where he blocked three kicks during the season, two of which were returned for defensive extra points and the other an overtime field goal attempt by Albright in a 20-17 Lycoming win. Also a swimmer, Arhontakis earned three MAC Academic Honor Roll selections as both a football player and swimmer.

Boccagno earned the football team’s highest honor in 2014 – the Leland “Lee” Calistri Award, given to a senior who, during his four-year career at Lycoming, placed the team's success above his own. Boccagno, a three-time member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll as an accounting major, appeared in just one game during his career, but he made the most of it, making three stops against FDU-Florham in 2013.

Brodish served as a critical part of the Warriors’ special teams throughout his four-year career, finishing his career with 18 tackles, two passes defended and he also recovered a fumble against Misericordia this year. As a senior, he recorded four tackles while moving between roles as a linebacker and a defensive end.

After appearing in just nine games in his first three years in the program, Ciotti moved into a starting role for the Warriors as a senior. The safety posted two tackles and a pass breakup during a pair of wins over nationally-ranked Widener and Delaware Valley, helping him finish eighth on team with 19 tackles. He also notched one interception and added three passes defended. The psychology major was a two-time member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll.

The Warriors finished 7-3 overall and 7-2 in the MAC under sixth-year head coach Mike Clark. The team claimed a share of the 15th MAC title in school history, tying for first with Lebanon Valley. The team was once again led by its defense, which finished tops in the MAC, allowing a league-best 304.0 yards, 91.4 rushing yards and 18.3 points per game.

Lycoming College Football
Hampshire Honor Society Members
2011 – Dan Cassidy, LB
2011 – T.J. Chiarolanza, K
2011 – Matt Landseidel, OL
2012 – Tim Okken, OL
2013 – Zach Klinger, QB
2013 – Jamie Reitzi, LB
2013 – Parker Showers, RB
2013 – Wesley Strayer, TE
2014 – C.J. Arhontakis, S
2014 – Ryan Boccagno, LB
2014 – Robbie Brodish, LB
2014 – Mike Ciotti, S