The Empire 8 Conference selected four Hartwick College football players to its all-conference teams Tuesday, the Hawks announced Wednesday.
Senior defensive lineman Jim DeRosa made the First Team for the Hawks, who placed senior offensive lineman Anthony Ponesse, junior linebacker Bryan Schweitzer freshman wide receiver Tanner Williams on the E8’s Second Team.
Williams also earned an honorable mention as an all-purpose player. Ponesse represented Hartwick on the E8’s Sportsman of the Year Team for football as well.
DeRosa co-captained the Hawks, started every game at defensive tackle and tied for the team lead in sacks (five). He also finished third on the team in tackles (48) and had three of Hartwick’s four blocked kicks.
DeRosa finished with 99 tackles — including 53 unassisted hits — and six sacks in 30 games at Hartwick. His four blocked kicks all-time ranks second in program history.
Ponesse, who also started three of his four seasons at Hartwick, anchored an offensive line that helped produce 24.1 points per game (fourth in the E8), 341.4 yards per game (sixth) and 34 touchdowns (tied for fifth).
Co-captain Schweitzer, a 2011 honorable mention, had a team-best 76 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions. With one season to go, he already ranks among the top 10 Hartwick players in forced fumbles (tied for third, 6); fumble recoveries (tied for sixth, 5); tackles (seventh, 238); and passes defended (tied for ninth, 13).
Williams led the Hawks in receptions (39), reception yards (805) and touchdown catches (7). The last ranks second in the E8.
Williams also returned 36 kicks for 696 yards and gained 1,539 all-purpose yards. His season included three 100-yard receiving games, an 84-yard TD catch and an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
The Hartwick College men’s soccer team received a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for the first time since 2009, the Hawks announced Wednesday.
The NSCAA recognized 98 men’s programs with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Hartwick had a cumulative team GPA of 3.31 this past season, which is tied for 17th among Division I programs. The Hawks, who matched Duquesne University, finished one percentage point behind American University.