NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Senior wide receiver Isaiah Voegeli (Hyannis, Mass.) was named Northeast-10 Conference Most Valuable Player while fellow senior quarterback Joe Clancy (Newburyport, Mass.) was named Offensive Player of the Year, as announced by the league office today.
"I am so proud of all the student-athletes who were selected to the All-Conference teams," said head coach John Perry. "Isaiah Voegeli receiving the Most Valuable Player and Joe Clancy receiving the Offensive Player of the Year awards are a tribute to our team's success and their individual commitment to excellence. These awards are symbols of the opportunities that Merrimack College provides our student-athletes to succeed at the highest level."
Voegeli and Clancy were both recognized as first team All-Conference members along with fellow captain Artis Holt (Baltimore, MD) and offensive lineman Michael Hubbard (Wakefield, Mass.). Senior's Jimon Hill (North Chicago, Ill.) and Zach Gilbert (Salem, Mass.) received second team honors along with senior Justin Marsan (Methuen, Mass.) and junior Matt Tripicchio (Lake Zurich, Ill.). Cornerback Ruben Berger (Naugatuck, CT) and wide receiver Jere Brown (Freeport, NY) also received All-Rookie squad nods.
Voegeli is the second Warrior in program history to receive the MVP honor, joining James Suozzo from the 2009 season. Voegeli finished his Merrimack career in style in 2012 as he produced one of the greatest seasons in NE-10 history for a wide receiver. He led the NE-10 in virtually all receiving categories as a senior as he broke the conference all time record with 108 catches on the season. His 1,500 receiving yards is good for second most in NE-10 history and best in school history while his 14 touchdown catches sets a school record.
Voegeli helped lead the Warriors to a 6-4 mark in 2012, and led the nation in receptions per game (10.9) and receiving yards per contest (150.0). For his Merrimack career, Voegeli holds almost all receiving records including career receptions (311) and receiving yards (3,554) while ranking second all time with 34 touchdown receptions.
The man responsible for getting the ball to Voegeli, Clancy, turned in the best passing season in program history during the 2012 season, leading him to Offensive Player of the Year honors. Clancy closed out the season leading the NE-10 and breaking school records in all passing categories as he went 323-for-510 for 3,945 yards and 31 touchdowns during his senior campaign. Clancy also set the NE-10 record for attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns as he went 50-for-81 against American International and he threw for 553 yards and seven touchdowns against Saint Anselm.
For the season, Clancy leads the nation in yards per game (394.5) and is second in total passing yards with 3,945 with one less game played than the leading passer in the nation.
Holt, who received first team honors for the second straight season, led the Warriors in total tackles with 61 including a team-high 47 solo tackles. Holt also forced a team-high two fumbles while recovering another and recording four tackles for a loss. He ranked second on the team with two interceptions and led the conference with 18 pass breakups. He also averaged 24.3 yards on 21 kickoff returns on the season.
Hubbard receives his first all-conference accolades after paving the way for the best offensive unit in the NE-10 this past season. The Warriors averaged a league-high 525.8 yards per game and 41 points per game this season while allowing only 16 sacks.
Second team member, Hill, led the Warriors once again in rushing on the season as he ranked third in the conference with 579 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Hill also caught a NE-10 leading 44 passes for a running back, for 383 yards and a touchdown.
Gilbert, a first team member last season, received second team honors this season as he led an offensive line that paved the way for the highest scoring offense in the conference for the past two seasons. Gilbert helped the Warriors rush for over 1,000 yards as a team and pass for 3,992 yards.
Marsan was second in the league averaging 38.9 yards per punt and had eight punts inside the 20 in just 34 opportunities.
Tripicchio earned second team all-conference after his huge season from the defensive end spot. The Lake Zurich, Ill. native finished the season third on the team in total tackles with 57 and first on the team with 5.5 sacks. He also ranked first in the conference with a career-high 18 tackles for a loss, which added up to 55 yards of losses, and 11 quarterback hurries.
Merrimack also received two All-Rookie team members as Brown and Berger were honored on Wednesday. Brown finished off his first season as a Warrior with 12 catches for 302 yards and five touchdowns including a school record 91 yard touchdown reception while Berger finished the season with 12 tackles, one interception and three pass breakups while serving in mainly nickel situations and special teams.
The nine all-conference honorees is the most at Merrimack since the 2009 season when the Warriors received 11 honorees.