Engineers Collect High Honors From NEFC

Nov. 28, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The New England Football Conference released its 2005 postseason awards and MIT cashed in after an energizing campaign. The Engineers boasted four All-Conference selections, while top honors went to Offensive Rookie of the Year, Rick Mancuso, and Hal Chalmers Scholar-Athlete Award winner, Tom Kilpatrick.

Mancuso's first season behind center was the best ever for an MIT quarterback. Despite playing in just seven games, he set Institute records for completions (135) and attempts (282), while tossing for an MIT season-record 1,587 yards. After earning a reputation for a grinding offense, head coach Dwight Smith led one of the league's most explosive offenses and each week provided an opportunity for Tech to display its aerial circus.

As a result, Mancuso's top two wideouts also enjoyed memorable campaigns as the most prolific receiving tandem in MIT lore. Rookie Kevin Vogelsang led the team with 54 catches and 700 yards en route to All-Conference Honorable Mention honors, while Second-Team All-Conference pick, Tom Kilpatrick, closed out a spectacular career with 45 catches and 606 yards en route to program records in both categories (catches - 146; yards - 2,182).

Marking the first time that the Cardinal and Gray ever featured two receivers with at least 40 catches in the same year, Kilpatrick picked up additional accolades as the Hal Chalmers Memorial Award winner, given to the league's top scholar-athlete. Kilpatrick is just the third MIT player to ever win the award, joining defensive standout Nik Cozy (1999) and tight end Keith Battocchi (2002).

David Blau, Brennan Sherry and Matt Ramirez earned spots on the league's Second Team Defense, while linebacker Phil Zakielarz secured All-Conoference Honorable Mention honors.

In addition to the NEFC plaudits, Kilpatrick and Blau were recognized for their outstanding work on the field and in the classroom, and both players have been named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-America All-District Team. Kilpatrick was a First-Team selection on the national ballot in 2003.