Kings Point, NY – Junior Tyler Washington (Chatham, NY), who led Merchant Marine with 76 tackles in 2012, has been named to the All-Liberty League First-Team as chosen by the conference's head coaches. Classmate Connor Kennedy (Bellerose, NY) and senior John-Leon Gosselin (Nashua, NH) both earned a spot on the All-Liberty League Second-Team. The Mariners also had four players named honorable mentions: Jacob Margrey (Baldwinsville, NY), Ben Runchey (Springboro, OH), Matthew Morse (Covington, LA), and Skyler Stone (Glen Allen, VA).
Washington played every game this season and 56 of his 76 total tackles were of the solo variety. He also recorded one interception and one forced fumble in 2012. Washington tallied double-digit tackles in three games this year, including a season high 13 against then-#7 Hobart.
Gosselin secured his spot on the second-team by finishing his final collegiate season seventh in the Liberty League in rushing despite missing three games due to injury. The fullback chewed up 75.9 yards per game and scored eight touchdowns. Gosselin played his best game in the prestigious Secretaries' Cup, gashing Coast Guard for 146 yards and three trips to the end zone.
Kennedy's versatility for USMMA both out of the backfield and as a receiver earned him a spot on the All-Liberty League Second-Team in 2012. He recorded four total touchdowns, including two in the season finale against St. Lawrence. Kennedy hauled-in three receptions of over thirty-yards and accounted for the longest play of the season, an 80-yard TD versus the Saints.
The Mariners honorable mentions also had some impressive accolades this season. Stone ended the year with a Liberty League leading five interceptions in 2012. Margrey and Runchey were both part of an offensive line that guided Merchant Marine to 255.5 rushing yards per game, which ranks second in the Liberty League. Morse played in all ten games this year, posting two sacks along with 41 tackles.
The Mariners continue to trend in the right direction after finishing with a .500 record in 2012 as well as capturing the Secretaries' Cup and the Hoffman Cup.