Nov. 24, 2008
BOSTON, MA-Nine members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team have been honored by the New England Football Conference. Three Corsairs earned first team All-Boyd Division honors for the 2008 season, while six UMass Dartmouth players earned second team All-Boyd Division honors.
Senior center Matt Johnson (Worcester, MA/Tahanto HS), senior linebacker Rich Braley (Wareham, MA/Wareham HS) and junior kicker George Vasiliadis (Worcester, MA/St. Peter-Marian HS) earned first team All-Division honors. Senior running back J.T. Harold (North Andover, MA/Austin Prep), senior offensive tackle Dan Agahigian (Burlington, MA/Burlington HS), senior wide receiver John Henry (Tenafly, NJ/Tenafly HS), senior defensive end Anthony Musto (Dedham, MA/Dedham HS/Merrimack), freshman defensive back Alvin Morris (Dorchester, MA/West Roxbury HS) and freshman defensive back John Cordasco (Rockaway, NJ/Morris Knolls HS) earned second team honors.
Johnson and Agahigian were stalwarts on the offensive line for a team that averaged 292 yards per game rushing (third in both the NEFC and the nation) and 417.8 yards per game in total offense (fourth in the NEFC and 27th nationally). Braley ranked fifth in the NEFC in tackles (fourth among linebackers), while Vasiliadis made five of 12 field goals, 30 of 33 extra points, punted 32 times for a 36.5 yard average, kicked off 48 times for a 54,7 yard average, and caught eight passes for 100 yards as the starting tight end. Harold averaged 156.7 yards per game rushing, ranking third in the NEFC and fifth nationally. He also caught 10 passes for 118 yards and returned four kickoffs for 140 yards. Henry caught 26 passes for 515 yards, an averaged of 19.8 yards per reception, and scored six touchdowns. Musto was sixth on the team with 49 tackles, led the Corsairs with nine tackles for 29 yards of lost yardage and three sacks, forced a fumble and recovered one. Morris tied for 20th nationally in interceptions, leading the team with six, and had 37 tackles while breaking up six passes. Cordasco was second on the team with 70 tackles, had five and a half tackles for 20 yards in lost yardage, had one sack, two interceptions, broke up three passes, forced a fumble and blocked a kick.
"It's great to have so many players honored," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "There are some very good players in the conference. For Matt Johnson to be on the first team is a great honor, he had a great year. Rich Braley has been the staple of our defense in the two years I've been here, and he could easily have been Player of the Year. George did a great job for us in kicking and in punting even though he was hurt at the end of the year, and I was glad to see him make first team. John Cordasco came out of nowhere and had a tremendous season, and we had high expectations for Alvin Morris, and he lived up to them. Dan Agahigian was first team last year, and he had a better year this year on a pretty good rushing team. It was great for the coaches to put John Henry on the second team. He is not one of the top stats people in the conference, but the coaches appreciate his work ethic, his blocking, and the balls he does catch. Anthony Musto is a great kid, he works hard and had good stats and had a nice year, I'm very happy for Anthony. J.T has had an incredible career. It just so happened that statistically two other kids had a little bit higher totals. J.T. had a tremendous career overall. Having nine kids honored says a lot for our program."
The Corsairs finished 6-4 and placed third in the Boyd Division with a 4-3 mark.