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November 17, 2010

Football Has Impressive Nine Mariners Named To All-League Teams

KINGS POINT, N.Y. – The Liberty League office released its end-of-the-year award winners for the 2010 football season and the United States Merchant Marine Academy had nine Mariners named to All-Conference teams.

Sophomore John-Leon Gosselin (Nashua, N.Y.) was tabbed as the All-First Team fullback in the Liberty League. Gosselin led the team with 874 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. His longest run of the season came at 81 yards. The Nashua native averaged 109.2 rushing yards per game. This is the first time Gosselin has been named to an All-League squad. He also was a unanimous selection amongst the conference's head coaches.

Junior Kevin Stapf (Fort Pierce, Fla.) was picked for the All-Liberty League First Team at the linebacker position. Stapf recorded 100 tackles (72 solo, 28 assisted) for Kings Point this season and was one of the most feared hitters in the league. He also had 1.5 sacks for a total loss of eight yards, as well as a forced fumble and an interception, which he returned 26 yards. This is Stapf's first selection to an All-Conference team.

Senior Garret Washington (Chatham, N.Y.) was named to the All-Liberty League First Team as a defensive back. Washington had 51 tackles on the year and a team-leading four interceptions, which he returned for a combined 19 yards. The Chatham native also broke up eight passes. Washington is a first-time selection.

The Mariners had two players earning spots on the All-Liberty League Second Team for Offense.

Senior Derrick Ventre (Cincinnati, Ohio) was named to the second squad as a quarterback. Ventre started in all 10 games for Kings Point and finished 107-for-213 (50.2%) in the pass department, throwing for 1,253 yards this season. The Cincinnati native hooked up with teammates for endzone receptions 10 times. His longest pass of the year was for 43 yards. Ventre receives All-League team kudos for the first time as well.

Sophomore Michael Tobin (Greenwood Lake, N.Y.) was a first-time selection at the All-Liberty League Second Team offensive lineman position for his stalwart performance over the course of the 2010 campaign.

Senior linebacker Jacob Fabricius (Fruitland, Idaho) was selected to the All-Liberty League Second Team. Fabricius was third on USMMA with 58 tackles (41 solo) and was second on the squad in sacks (3.5 for a combined loss of 38 yards). In addition, the Fruitland native, who sees his first-ever selection to an All-Conference team, blocked a kick and recorded an interception this year.

Junior Michael Mitchell (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) was tabbed to the All-Liberty League Honorable Mention Team as a wide receiver. Mitchell paced the Mariners with 245 receiving yards on 20 catches. He also scored a pair of touchdowns. This is Mitchell's first selection on an All-League offensive team, as he was picked two years in a row as a return specialist (2008 and 2009).

Senior Patrick Hehir (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) finds himself on an All-Conference squad for the first time in his Kings Point career. The Lindenhurst native was selected to the Honorable Mention Team as a defensive lineman. Hehir finished with 40 tackles (20 solo), one sack, and broke up two passes this season.

The final Mariner selected to an All-Liberty League squad is also a defensive lineman.
 
Junior Edward Logan (Philadelphia, Pa.) was tabbed to the Honorable Mention Team for his stellar 2010 campaign. Logan tackled opponents 28 times, sacked the quarterback twice and recovered a fumble.
 
The Liberty League office also released its 2010 Football All-Academic Team. The following Mariners earned spots on the prestigious squad. Criteria includes harboring a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and being a sophomore or higher.

Jacob Fabricius - Senior - Marine Engineering Systems - Fruitland, Idaho
Coletun Frank - Senior - Shopper - Olympia, Wash.
A.J. Hunt - Senior - Logistics and Intermodal Transportation - Dacula, Ga.
Michael Mitchell - Junior - Marine Engineering Systems - Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Aaron Benson - Junior - Marine Engineering - Apache Junction, Ariz.
Christopher Oehl - Sophomore - Marine Transportation - Smithtown, N.Y.
Jake Tappe - Sophomore - Shipyard Management - New Castle, Pa.