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Two PSU Football players named NEFC All-Stars

Mulcahy, Fiore represent Panthers for 2011

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The New England Football Conference All-Star Teams were announced on Thursday, and this year's Boyd Division honorees include two members of the Plymouth State University football team.

            Senior Christian Mulcahy and junior Matt Fiore are Plymouth State's representatives on the NEFC All-Boyd Division Teams.  Mulcahy led the way for the Panthers, earning First Team selection as a defensive back and Second Team honors as a return specialist, while Fiore received Second Team accolades as a defensive lineman.  The All-Division Teams are voted on by the league's head coaches.

   
  Mulcahy Fiore
     

            A 5'9", 175-pound safety and special teams standout, Mulcahy had a season full of big plays.  As a safety, he ranked fifth in the NEFC with five interceptions, including two each in back-to-back wins over Nichols and MIT.  He also made 34 tackles and four pass breakups and forced a fumble.

            It was special teams, though, where Mulcahy made the most headlines, serving as PSU's kickoff return specialist, placekicker and punter.  He ranked second in the NEFC in kickoff return average (28.4 yard per return) and eighth in the NEFC in punting (35.6 yards per punt), while converting 16-of-19 extra point kicks and one out of three field goal attempts.  Among his performances was a 62-yard punt to set up a score, a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and a game-winning 42-yard field goal.  Mulcahy received the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston's Gold Helmet Award from the New England Football Writers the second week in October.

            A 6'0", 240-pound defensive end, Fiore earned All-Conference recognition despite missing two games with an injury.  He ended up with 27 total tackles, including 23 solo stops, nine tackles for lost yardage and a sack against Boyd Division champion Western New England.  Fiore made three tackles in the opponents' backfield against both WNE and Salve Regina.

            Plymouth State completed the season with a 4-6 overall record and a 2-5 mark in Boyd Division games, ending a streak of four straight winning seasons. 

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