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November 28, 2013

Endicott's Rushe, Silva, Person all honored


The Salem News

---- — BEVERLY — Endicott College football seniors Dylan Rushe and Jason Silva have been named to the Division 2-3 All-New England Team by the New England Football Writers.

Rushe (who will be honored for the second straight year) and Silva were among the 28 honorees who will be honored at the annual NEFW Captains and Awards banquet on Thursday, Dec. 12 in Stoneham.

Rushe, already named a NEFC First Team kicker and punter with four NEFC Special Teams Player of the Week awards, earns NEFW All-New England punter after averaging 40.8 yards per punt. He spotted 21 of his punts inside the opposition’s 20-yard line, with 12 fair catches and three touchbacks. Rushe was especially effective during Endicott’s run towarsd their second NEFC Championship, totaling 13 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, including a school record seven in the NEFC title game. Rushe finishes his career as the Blue and Green’s all-time leader in punt average (39.6) while holding numerous placekicking records. He is also the program’s leader in scoring with 356 career points (188 PATs, 56 FGs).

Silva, a safety and NEFC First Team defensive back for the second time in his career, posted a career-high and team-high 101 tackles (an average of 9.2 per game) and eight passes defended this fall. He recorded four interceptions and four pass breakups while intercepting two passes and breaking up two more in the NEFC Championship. His 12 career interceptions are second-best in Endicott football history.

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Endicott women’s soccer defender Sarah Person has been selected to play in the 2013 New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) Senior Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 7.

She will take part along with 21 other top student-athletes from across the region in NCAA Division 3. Person finished in a three-way tie with defenders from Middlebury and Springfield as the top vote-getters at her position.

Person helped Endicott win its first Commonwealth Coast Conference championship since 2009, an NCAA Division 3 first round tournament win and an overall mark of 16-6-2 this fall. She was part of a Gulls’ defense that allowed just 17 goals in league play..

Person has already been recognized for her abilities both on and off the pitch this season as she was named CCC Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year, an All-CCC First Team Defender and a CCC Defensive Player of the Week award.

Along with her stellar defense and two assists in 2013, Person maintained high academic standing with a 3.82 grade point average as an elementary education major.