WPI’s McClune Earns Liberty League Defensive Performer Of The Week Honor

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friends from WPI’s athletic department — here is today’s press release pertaining toward graduate student Mitch McClune, who was selected as this week’s Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week.

Against St. Lawrence on Saturday, the Pembroke native set a school record with four interceptions in his team’s first conference win of the season.

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Troy, NY —  WPI graduate student Mitch McClune (Pembroke, MA) has been selected Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week for games played on Saturday, October 27th.  McClune, along with Hobart running back Steven Webb (Dundee, NY) headline the weekly award winners announced by the conference on Monday.

McClune set a school record with four interceptions in WPI’s 36-17 victory over St. Lawrence on Saturday afternoon. The graduate student’s pick right before halftime thwarted a St. Lawrence scoring drive and set up an Engineer touchdown which gave the Crimson and Gray a 22-3 lead at the intermission. McClune added to his standout day with five tackles, including 1.5 for loss, and returned four kickoffs for 98 yards with a long of 41.

McClune becomes the third WPI player this season to receive top billing in the conference’s weekly awards.  Back after the opening weekend, Zach Grasis (East Brookfield, MA) was tabbed Offensive Performer of the Week honors while placekicker Mitch Lewis (Farmington, CT) took home Special Teams Performer of the Week.  McClune is WPI’s first Defensive Performer of the Week award winner since John Perron (Worcester, MA) earned the destination back in September of last season.

In addition to McClune’s award, quarterback John Antonopoulos was named to the Liberty League honor roll.  The junior accounted for four touchdowns and passed for a career-best 347 yards to life the Engineers to its first Liberty League victory of the season in a 36-17 win over St. Lawrence. Antonopoulos completed 26-of 47 passes for the 347 yards and three touchdowns while adding a two-yard rushing score.

WPI football is 2-6 on the season and plays its final road game of 2012 this Saturday afternoon at Rochester.

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