Courtesy of our friend’s from Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s athletic department on Monday — Noontime Sports has learned that Engineers running back Zach Grasis and placekicker Mitch Lewis earned Liberty League weekly honors. Grasis earned this week’s Offensive Performer, while Lewis was named the Special Teams Performer of the Week.
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Wellesley, MA – A pair of WPI sophomores where honored with Liberty League Football honors for games played on Saturday, September 1st. Running back Zach Grasis (East Brookfield, MA) took home Offensive Performer of the Week honors while placekicker Mitch Lewis (Farmington, CT) was tabbed Special Teams Performer of the Week.
Grasis proved to be a workhorse leading all players with 26 carries and 111 yards in WPI’s 17-7 victory over host Curry. The sophomore who did not have a carry for the Crimson and Gray in 2011, registered both of WPI’s touchdowns on the day, a one-yard plunge in the first quarter and a four-yard jaunt in the final stanza. Ernie Mello (Wilmington, CT) was the last Engineer offensive player to earn Liberty League weekly distinction (September 2011) while Grasis is the first WPI player to win it outright since Justin Wells (Jay, ME) did it in October of 2008.
Lewis booted his first career field goal and added a pair of extra points to help visiting WPI open its 123rd season of football with a 17-7 triumph against Curry. The sophomore connected on a 35-yard field goal early in the second quarter to give WPI a 10-0 advantage. Oddly enough, Mello was also the last Crimson and Gray student-athlete to grab LL special teams honors (October 2010) while Mike Egan was the last Engineer to win it outright way back in September of 2008.
WPI hosts cross-town rival Worcester State at 1pm on Saturday. The game can be seen locally on tape-delay on TV Charter 3.