UMass Dartmouth junior quarterback Stephen Gacioch has been named as the recipient of the first New England Football Writers Division II/III Gold Helmet Award of the 2019 season presented by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation, as he was honored for his record-setting performance in last Saturday’s season-opening 54-7 victory over Alfred State at Cressy Field.
Gacioch, a native of Tiverton, R.I. and a graduate of Tiverton High School, completed 19-of-28 pass attempts for 338 yards and a record six touchdowns of 30, 24, 1, 11, 29 and 62 yards on the afternoon, as he amassed 352 yards of total offense while surpassing the 3,500 career passing yardage mark and raising his career touchdown passes total to 32 in just 18 games played. Stephen becomes the first Corsair to receive the prestigious Gold Helmet Award since former defensive back Shaquille Brummitt copped the accolade in October 2014, and that duo joins DaVon Fuller ’17 as the three Gold Helmet recipients during Head Coach Mark Robichaud’s 13-year tenure.
Gacioch, who was also named as the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Geico Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts, ranks 17th nationally in passing yardage and is tied for second in NCAA Division III play with his six touchdown tosses to date.
For the fifth straight year, the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation is the presenting sponsor for both the weekly and end-of-year Gold Helmet Awards presented to student-athletes from FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III institutions throughout New England. For more information on the Gold Helmet Awards and the New England Football Writers Association, please visit www.newenglandfootballwriters.com, and for more information on the Grinold Chapter, please visit www.grinoldchapter.com.
UMass Dartmouth continues a four-game homestand on Saturday afternoon when the Corsairs entertain Husson for a non-league clash at Cressy Field that kicks off at Noon EDT.