Honors continue to roll in for Ziemba following superb season
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University graduate student Zach Ziemba (Manchester, N.H.) was selected to the D3football.com All-East Region Team following a vote of Division III East Region sports information directors and D3football.com staff.
Ziemba was one of 77 players chosen from a group of 321 nominated student-athletes. Players nominated for All-Region are eligible to be considered for D3football.com All-America honors, which will be announced the evening of Dec. 15 in D3football.com's pregame coverage for Stagg Bowl XLV.
Ziemba, who was named to the All-East Region Third Team Defense, was one of four Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) athletes selected, along with sophomore tight end Jacob Maher of Worcester State (First Team Offense), senior safety Jaquan Harris of Framingham State (Second Team Defense) and senior linebacker Marvey Mathurian of UMass Dartmouth (Third Team Defense).
Started in 2005, the D3football.com All-Region awards have recognized over 720 athletes. Ziemba becomes just the fifth Panther to earn the recognition, joining running back Jeff Mack (2007, 2008), guard Joe Duval (2008), defensive end Jim Sestito (2008) and tackle Zac Duval (2009).
A 5-11, 190-pound safety, Ziemba has racked up the awards this postseason. He was recognized with inclusion on the New England Football Writers Association (NEWFA) Division II/III All-New England Team, earned MASCAC Defensive Player of the Year honors and was an All-MASCAC First Team Defense honoree. Ziemba also earned NEFWA All-New England Team honors in 2016.
Ziemba was instrumental in helping to lead the Panthers back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2008 season, anchoring the backfield of one of the best scoring defenses in the country. PSU allowed just 9.8 points per game through the regular season, the fifth lowest in NCAA Division III and easily the lowest mark in the MASCAC.
He finished the year with 55 tackles, including 33 solo tackles, and was second in the MASCAC with two fumble recoveries. Ziemba added a pair of interceptions, two pass breakups and two blocked kicks, including one in the team's 16-13 overtime win against Framingham State that ended up securing the MASCAC title for PSU.
Plymouth State finished the season with a 9-2 mark, earning the most wins since the 2008 season. The Panthers won the MASCAC title for the first time and appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in program history, where they fell to powerhouse the College at Brockport who will play in the national semifinal this Saturday.
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