Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lycoming Football - 13 Warriors earn All-MAC accolades

Sr RB Craig Needhammer (Image: John Green)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Lycoming College seniors running back Craig Needhammer (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) and offensive lineman Garrett Hartman (Jacobus, Pa./Dallastown Area) and juniors wide receiver Ryan Umpleby (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) and defensive end Cole Welham (Lewistown, Pa./Lewistown Area) earned First Team All-Middle Atlantic Conference honors to highlight a group of 13 players who earned all-conference honors, the conference office in Annville, Pa., announced on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Three players – seniors offensive lineman Casey Strus (Glenolden, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) and defensive back Tanner Troutman(Hegins, Pa./Tri-Valley) and junior Mike Gentile (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) – earned second-team all-conference accolades. Six earned honorable mention all-conference honors - seniors quarterback Tyler Jenny (Coalport, Pa./Glendale), fullback Nick Mongiello(East Windsor, N.J./Hightstown), defensive lineman Zack McMenamin (Prospect Park, Pa./Interboro) and linebacker Kyle Sullivan(Coatesville, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) and juniors offensive lineman Matt Patterson (Danville, Pa./Danville Area) and linebacker Brian Campbell (Drums, Pa./Hazleton Area).

Needhammer became the first Warrior running back to earn back-to-back First Team All-MAC accolades since Tim Deasey in 2000-01 and only the sixth in school history to reach that feat. The senior ran for a school-record 299 yards in his last game at FDU-Florham, helping him break Josh Kleinfelter's record of 3,664 career rushing yards, finishing with 3,713 yards in his career with that rush. Needhammer finished his career with a school-record 42 touchdowns, 39 rushing touchdowns and 5,291 all-purpose yards. He set single-season records for rushing touchdowns (13), all-purpose yards (1,867) and kick return yards (482). He also set the single-game all-purpose yardage record of 339 yards. As a senior, he finished third in the league with 1,242 rushing yards and second with 13 touchdowns. His 186.7 all-purpose yards per game lead the MAC and are sixth nationally.

Hartman earns his third career All-MAC accolades, stepping up to the first team after two second-team accolades as a sophomore and junior. The senior left tackle started nine games in 2014, battling injuries the second half of the season and yet still helping the team average 31.6 points and 415.0 yards of total offense. He is the first three-time all-conference offensive lineman since Matt Mendola, who played from 2001-03.

Jr WR Ryan Umpleby (Image: John Green)
Umpleby enjoyed a breakout year as a junior, finishing second in the MAC and 24th nationally with 1,022 yards and third with 66 receptions and 10 touchdowns. He became the first Warrior in school history to post two 200-yard receiving games in a career, as he notched 203 against Widener and a school-record 228 against Lebanon Valley. He is the first First Team All-MAC wide receiver for the Warriors since Ryan Wagaman in 2010.

Welham also enjoyed a breakout year as a defensive end, as the junior finished third in the MAC with eight sacks and fourth with 12.5 tackles for loss. The impact player notched 32 tackles and one breakup. He earned Team of the Week honors after posting a career-high 10 tackles, six for loss and three sacks.

Strus picked up his second all-conference accolades, moving onto the second team after earning honorable mention status as a junior. The center played nearly every meaningful snap for the Warriors this season, starting all 10 games, despite battling injuries.

Troutman, despite battling injuries for much of the first half of the year, persevered and ended up picking up his third career all-conference accolades, earning second team honors for the second time after being a first team selection in 2013. The consensus Preseason All-American managed to post 46 tackles, two interceptions and two breakups while playing in just seven games. He is the first three-time all-conference defensive back since Chuck Bellitto was from 2008-10.

Gentile broke into the starting lineup in a big way in 2014, as the first-year starter earned second team all-conference honors after posting a team-leading four interceptions, which was good for fourth in the MAC. He earned Team of the Week accolades after posting two picks against Albright and finished the year with 53 tackles, one for loss and five pass breakups.

Jenny became the first Warrior quarterback since Rick Burd earned three straight first-team honors from 1978-80. Jenny, who earned honorable mention status in 2012 and second-team honors in 2013, enjoyed his finest season with the Warriors in 2014, boasting career-best numbers across the board, with 2,404 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns and a 155.9 passing efficiency rating. During the year, Jenny earned two MAC Offensive Player of the Week awards and was named the USA College Football Impact Player of the Week after tossing for 411 yards and four touchdowns in a 30-29 overtime win against Lebanon Valley.

Mongiello earned his third career honorable mention all-conference accolades after starting seven games during his senior season. He posted 11 rushes for 52 yards, scoring a touchdown against Delaware Valley and added eight receptions for 63 yards, scoring against Stevenson and FDU-Florham.

McMenamin enjoyed his finest season en route to earning his first all-conference honors. He finished the year with 50 tackles, seven for a loss and three sacks while playing out of the defensive tackle position. He also added a forced fumble against Albright.

Sullivan picked up his second career all-conference honors, earning honorable mention status as a junior as well, as he finished with 51 tackles and three tackles for loss. He also notched an interception against Susquehanna and posted a career-high 13 tackles against Widener.

Patterson, who started six games on the offensive line, earned his first career all-conference honors, helping the line allow just 14 sacks this season.

Campbell, in his first year as a starter, led the Warriors with 67 tackles en route to earning his first all-conference accolades. The junior added 7.5 tackles for loss, a breakup and one sack. He notched two 10-tackle games and was named to the Team of the Week on Nov. 8 after posting 12 tackles against Lebanon Valley.

The Warriors finished 8-2 and in third place in the Middle Atlantic Conference under seventh-year head coach Mike Clark.