Croall Selected For AFCA 30 Under 30 Leadership InstituteEarlier this month, USMMA football assistant coach Jameson Croall participated in the American Football Coaches Association’s (AFCA) 30 Under 30 Leadership Institute. During the AFCA’s National Convention held in early January, Croall was selected as one of the top up-and-coming coaches in the nation under the age of 30, chosen from hundreds of applications.
Trio Of Mariners Selected As ECAC DIII South Football All-StarsEarlier this month, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced its Division III South ECAC All-Stars and three members of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy football team were honored – sophomore fullback Wiley Martin (Polo, Mo.) and senior offensive lineman Parker Johnson (Middletown, Md.) earned Second Team Offense accolades, while senior defensive back Patrick Keyes (Parsippany, N.J.) was selected to the Third Team Defense.
Keyes Leads All Tacklers, But Team Stars & Stripes Falls To Mexican All-Stars In Tazon de EstrellasDespite USMMA senior Patrick Keyes (Parsippany, N.J.) leading all players in the game with 10 tackles, Team Stars & Stripes lost to the CONADEIP Mexican All-Stars, 51-26, this past Saturday in the Eighth Annual Tazon de Estrellas in Mexicali, Mexico. The Mariners had three players participate in the senior bowl game – Keyes, Robert Baker (Whitinsville, Mass.) and Parker Johnson (Middletown, Md.).
Game Preview: Baker, Johnson & Keyes Ready For Tazon de Estrellas TomorrowAfter a busy week of practices and team meetings, along with opportunities to interact with the local youth football players and enjoying Mexico during their down time, Team Stars & Stripes representatives, including USMMA seniors Robert Baker (Whitinsville, Mass.), Parker Johnson (Middletown, Md.) and Patrick Keyes (Parsippany, N.J.), are ready for Saturday’s Tazon de Estrellas.
Johnson Named To D3football.com All-East Region Third TeamEarlier this week, U. S. Merchant Marine Academy senior offensive tackle Parker Johnson (Middletown, Md.) was named to D3football.com’s 2016 All-East Region Third Team. The honor comes after Johnson’s role on the Mariners’ offensive line during this past season.
Nine Mariners Earn Postseason Accolades From Liberty LeagueOn Wednesday, the Liberty League announced the end-of-the-year award winners and All-Liberty honors for the 2016 season and the USMMA football team had nine players recognized for their efforts this year. Four Mariners were named to the All-Liberty First Team, while two earned Second Team honors and three more were Honorable Mentions.
10 Mariners Earn Liberty League All-Academic Team HonorsEarlier this month, the Liberty League announced the All-Academic Teams for football and USMMA had 10 student-athletes join over 130 others from around the conference in receiving honors for their hard work in the classroom.
ESPN To Televise U.S. Merchant Marine Academy-U.S. Coast Guard Academy Football Game Beginning In 2017Beginning in 2017, the annual Secretaries’ Cup football game featuring the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and arch-rival the U.S. Coast Guard Academy will be televised around the world on the ESPN family of networks, the global broadcasting company announced on Friday morning. The plan moving forward will be to have the game as part of ESPN’s week-long celebration of Veterans Day, in which the network honors and celebrates the dedication and sacrifices of those who have serve our country – past, present and future.
Football Falls To Union On The Road, 42-16The USMMA football team lost a Liberty League matchup on the road up at Union College on Saturday by the final score of 42-16. In defeat, the Mariners fall to an even 4-4 on the season (3-3 Liberty), while the Dutchmen improve to 3-6 (2-4 Liberty) with the win.
Moore Lands On Liberty Football Weekly Honor RollUSMMA junior quarterback Brice Moore (Pace, Fla.) was featured on the Liberty League football weekly honor roll, the conference announced on Monday. This is the fifth week this season that Moore has been recognized by the Liberty League, as earned honor roll nods on Sept. 12 and Oct. 3 and was the league’s Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 26 and Oct. 10.
Mariners Fall To St. Lawrence, 8-0, In Hoffman Cup GameThe U.S. Merchant Marine Academy football team lost to #15/16 St. Lawrence, 8-0, on Saturday afternoon in the annual Hoffman Cup game at Brooks Stadium. The loss drops the Mariners’ record to 4-3 (3-2 Liberty), while the Saints improve to 7-0 (4-0 Liberty).
Mariners Edge RPI, 16-13, On McDonough’s Game-Winning Field GoalFor the second straight week, junior Jake McDonough (Wilmington, N.C.) won a game for the USMMA football team with a very late field goal, as he nailed a 27-yarder as time expired to lift the Mariners to a big 16-13 victory over RPI at home on Saturday at Brooks Stadium.
Moore And Vitelli Receive Liberty League Weekly HonorsOn Monday, the Liberty League released its weekly reports and two USMMA football players picked up accolades – junior quarterback Brice Moore (Pace, Fla.) was named the Liberty Offensive Player of the Week, while freshman Joe Vitelli (Warrington, Pa.) was selected as the league’s Rookie of the Week. The duo earned the honors after helping the Mariners defeat WPI on the road, 45-44, this past Saturday up in Worcester, Mass.
Liberty League Selects Moore To Weekly Football Honor RollOn Monday, the Liberty League announced that USMMA junior quarterback Robert Moore (Pace, Fla.) was selected to the conference’s weekly football honor roll for his performance in the Mariners’ tough 38-35 road loss at Hobart this past Saturday.
Mariners Edged By Hobart, 38-35, In Back-And-Forth AffairThe USMMA football team lost a heartbreaker at undefeated Liberty League foe Hobart on Saturday afternoon, 38-35, in a game that featured six lead changes in the second half – including four in the fourth quarter alone (and two in the final minute). The loss drops the Mariners to an even 2-2 (1-1 Liberty) on the season, while the Statesmen improve to 5-0 (2-0 Liberty) in victory.
Moore Named Liberty League Offensive Player Of The WeekOn Monday, the Liberty League announced its weekly award winners and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy junior quarterback Robert Moore (Pace, Fla.) was selected as the league’s Offensive Player of the Week for football. The honor comes on the heels of the Mariners’ huge 55-7 home victory over Rochester this past Saturday on Homecoming Day.
Mariners Stun Rochester, 55-7, For Seventh Largest Margin Of Victory In Program HistoryThe U.S. Merchant Marine Academy football team scored early and often en route to a big 55-7 Liberty League victory over visiting University of Rochester on Saturday to cap off Homecoming Weekend festivities at Kings Point. The triumph improves the Mariners’ record to 2-1 (1-0 Liberty) on the season, while the Yellowjackets fall to 1-2 (0-1 Liberty) in defeat.
Woodburn Lands On Liberty League Football Weekly Honor RollFor the second straight week, a USMMA football player has landed on the Liberty League Weekly Honor Roll, as this time it’s senior linebacker Josh Woodburn (Huntingtown, Md.) that gets the nod. The honor comes after Woodburn’s performance in the Mariners’ tough 20-16 road loss at SUNY Maritime this past Friday night.
Football Falls To SUNY Maritime, 20-16, Friday NightThe USMMA football team lost its second game of the season, and final non-conference game, on Friday night to local rival SUNY Maritime, 20-16, at the Privateers’ Reinhart Field. The loss drops the Mariners’ record to an even 1-1 on the season, while Maritime improves to 2-1.
Moore Selected To Liberty League Weekly Honor RollU.S. Merchant Marine Academy junior quarterback Robert Moore (Pace, Fla.) was named to the Liberty League Football Weekly Honor Roll on Monday afternoon for his performance in the Mariners’ 31-27 Secretaries’ Cup victory over arch-rival Coast Guard on Saturday.
James Kikel Joins Football Coaching Staff As Quarterbacks CoachU.S. Merchant Marine Academy 12th-year head football coach Mike Toop announced earlier this month that James Kikel will be joining his staff ahead of the 2016 season as the program’s quarterbacks coach. Kikel officially started his new position back on August 8
Baker, Keyes And Woodburn Selected As 2016 Football CaptainsLast week, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy football team selected its captains for the upcoming 2016 season and a trio of seniors will serve as the leaders for the squad both on and off the field this year – tight end Robert Baker (Whitinsville, Mass.), defensive back Patrick Keyes (Parsippany, N.J.) and linebacker Josh Woodburn (Huntingtown, Md.).
2016 Mariner Football Schedule AnnouncedOn Friday, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy head football coach Mike Toop announced the schedule for the upcoming 2016 season, his 12th year at the helm of the program. The nine-game slate begins on Saturday, Sept. 10 and the regular season last through the second weekend in November.
McDaniels Prepared For Tazón de Estrellas After Busy Week In Mexico; Watch The Game Live!USMMA senior quarterback Matt McDaniels (Malverne, N.Y.) has been in Baja, Mexico, since Sunday as he was selected to play in the Tazón de Estrellas representing Team Stars & Stripes – a 41-man roster made up of seniors from a total of 27 Division III institutions. McDaniels and the squad will square off against the CONADEIP All-Stars from the CONADEIP private universities in Mexico with the contest scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m. EST at the Margarita Astiazrán de Fimbres Stadium in Baja.
McDaniels Selected To Compete For Team Stars & Stripes At Seventh Annual Tazón de EstrellasU.S. Merchant Marine Academy senior quarterback Matt McDaniels (Malverne, N.Y.) has been selected to play in a DIII Senior All-Star Game, as it was announced earlier this week that he will represent Team Stars & Stripes at the Seventh Annual Tazón de Estrellas in Mexico. The opponent for the contest will be the CONADEIP All-Stars selected from the CONADEIP private universities in Mexico and the game is scheduled to be played next Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Margarita Astiazrán de Fimbres Stadium in Baja.
Martin Named Liberty Rookie Of The Year; Eight Total Mariners Honored Including Two First TeamersU.S. Merchant Marine Academy freshman fullback Wiley Martin (Polo, Mo.) was named the 2015 Liberty League Rookie of the Year on Wednesday morning when the league announced its postseason awards. Eight other Mariners earned accolades, including senior Matt McDaniels (Malverne, N.Y.) and junior Parker Johnson (Middletown, Md.) landing on the First Team All-Liberty, while three earned a spot on the Second Team and Martin along with two others were named All-Liberty Honorable Mentions.
McDaniels Lands On Liberty Weekly Honor Roll For Third TimeThe Liberty League announced the weekly honors for the final week of the season on Monday and USMMA senior quarterback Matt McDaniels (Malverne, N.Y.) earned a spot on the weekly honor roll. This is the second-consecutive week McDaniels earned this accolade and third time this season.
Despite Five Forced Turnovers, Mariners End Season With 21-14 Loss At St. LawrenceThe USMMA football team lost to Liberty League foe St. Lawrence, 21-14, in the final game of the regular season on Saturday at the Saints’ Leckonby Stadium. In defeat, the Mariners end the year with a 3-6 overall record (2-5 Liberty), while St. Lawrence retains the Hoffman Cup and wins the 2015 Liberty League title with an 8-2 record, including a 6-1 mark in conference action.
McDaniels Earns Weekly Honor Roll Nod After Leading Mariners Past UnionOn Monday, the Liberty League announced the weekly awards for football and USMMA senior quarterback Matt McDaniels (Malverne, N.Y.) earned a spot on the weekly honor roll for his performance in the Mariners’ 24-14 home victory over Union College this past Saturday. This is the second time this season that McDaniels landed on the weekly honor roll, as he also did so back on Oct. 17.
Mariners Sink Dutchmen, 24-14, On Senior DayOn Saturday, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy football team hosted Liberty League foe Union College at Brooks Stadium for the final home contest of the 2015 season. Prior to kickoff, the program paid tribute to its 13 graduating seniors with a special Senior Day ceremony.