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October 10, 2011

Another NEFC Honor for Mulcahy

Versatile Panther named Special Teams Player/Week

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – What a two-week stretch it has been for Plymouth State University senior defensive back and special teams standout Christian Mulcahy.

            A week after he was named New England Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week, Mulcahy was tabbed Monday as the NEFC Special Teams Player of the Week.  He was joined on the NEFC Weekly Honor Roll by junior running back Andrew Foglia, who earned his fourth weekly conference recognition, and junior defensive tackle Peter LaBreck, who  made his first appearance of the season on the weekly honor roll.

   
  Christian Mulcahy Andrew Foglia Peter LaBreck
       

            A 5'9", 175-pound safety and special teams standout, Mulcahy had another eye-popping performance last Saturday in the Panthers' 30-27 victory over MIT, with numerous game-changing plays. He had a 57-yard kickoff return midway through the fourth quarter that set up the winning score, which he then recorded with a career-long 42-yard field goal.  He averaged 45.0 yards on three punts, with two inside the MIT 20-yard line, including a career-long 62-yard boot that pinned MIT inside its five-yard line and help set up a PSU score.  Mulcahy also gained five yards on a rush on a fake punt, converted 3-of-4 on PAT kicks, and collected two tackles and two interceptions on defense, one which set up a Panther touchdown.

            This terrific effort came on the heels of a similar performance a week earlier against Nichols, when he recorded two interceptions and four pass breakups on defense; was 3-for-4 in PAT kicking; and had a highlight-reel 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 27-14 Panther victory.

            Mulcahy leads the 16-team NEFC and ranks in the top five nationally in NCAA Division III in kickoff return average (34.6 yards/return), and ranks third the NEFC in punting (37.3 yards/punt). He is also tied for second in interceptions (4) and tied for fifth in passes defended (1.33 per game).

            A 6'1", 210-pound tailback, Foglia posted his fourth 100-yard rushing performance in six games this season.  He carried the ball 27 times for 118 yards (4.4 avg.), and caught one pass for a seven-yard touchdown.  His TD put PSU up 14-7 midway through the second quarter.  Foglia is ranked ninth in the NEFC in rushing, averaging 95.0 yards per game.

            A 5'10", 244-pound tackle, LaBreck led the Panther defense with 10 tackles against MIT, including eight solo stops.  He also recorded two quarterback sacks, costing the Engineers 14 yards. It was the second straight year that LaBreck earned NEFC honors for his performance against MIT; he made nine tackles in last year's game and returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

            Plymouth State, 4-2 overall and 2-1 in Boyd Division action, faces a tough challenge this Saturday with a road games at Endicott College.  The Gulls (6-0, 3-0) are tied for first in the Boyd Division and are ranked No. 1 in the New England Division III poll. 

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