Photos courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications, Dartmouth
Varsity Athletics Communications and Penn Athletic
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League football enters the half way point of the 2013 season with its final Saturday of non-conference play.
The League remains one of the top Football Championship Subdivision conferences statistically as it hits the midway point, currently ranked second in passing and receiving yards per game (250.91) and third in total offense per game (405.47) and points per game (29.0).
The Ancient Eight also features some of the top dual-threat FCS quarterbacks in terms of yardage so far this season in Dartmouth sophomore Dalyn Williams (981 pass, 333 rush), Brown senior Patrick Donnelly (925 pass, 129 rush), Yale senior Henry Furman (822 pass, 125 rush), Penn senior Billy Ragone (750 pass, 59 rush) and Princeton junior Quinn Epperly (482 pass, 172 rush).
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth senior running back Dominick Pierre (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) powered the Big Green to a 20-13 homecoming victory over Yale, the first win at home against the Bulldogs since 2002. Pierre took the handoff a career-high 37 times for 167 yards and the decisive touchdown in the fourth quarter. He also led Dartmouth in receiving with four catches for 63 yards, giving him a personal-best 230 all-purpose yards. It was Pierre's third-straight game with 100+ yards on the ground and seventh of his career. In addition, he surpassed 2,000 career rushing yards early in the third quarter, making him just the third Big Green player ever to do so. Pierre also took over the Ivy League lead in rushing with 133.8 yards per game.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth senior defensive back Mike Banaciski (Hillsborough, N.J.) tied a career high with 10 tackles to help the Big Green hold Yale to a season-low 264 yards and get the team's first Ivy League win this season. Two of Banaciski's tackles (both in the fourth quarter) went for a loss, but his biggest plays came on two fumble recoveries. The first recovery came late in the third quarter with the score tied at 13 and the second on Yale's final possession with Dartmouth clinging to a seven-point lead, effectively sealing the victory. As a defensive unit, the Big Green held the League's leading rusher to just 64 yards on 20 carries.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brown senior placekicker Alexander Norocea (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) stayed perfect on the season in the Bears' 41-14 win over Bryant, booting field goals of 23 and 38 yards while converting all five of his extra point attempts. Norocea has now connected on all five of his field goal attempts and is 17-of-17 on extra points attempts. He now has 205 career kicking points, which is third all-time in school history and seventh all-time in Ivy League history.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn freshman linebacker/punter Donald Panciello (Succasunna, N.J.) punted three times and also played linebacker in the Quakers' loss at William & Mary. Each of Panciello's three punts went for more than 40 yards and two of them were downed inside the 20-yard line. He had a long of 44 yards, which was downed just outside the 20 at the 25-yard line, and averaged 41.7 yards per punt. Impressively, despite the length of his punts, Panciello did not allow a single return yard. In addition, he finished with a pair of tackles and also assisted on a tackle for loss.
Matt Arends, Princeton (So., DB - Prior Lake, Minn.)
10 tkls. (6 solo), 1.0 TFL, 1 BrUp
Eric Armagost, Brown (Jr., DB - Fayetteville, Ga.)
10 tkls. (8 solo), 1.0 TFL, 1 BrUp
Nolan Bieck, Princeton (So., PK - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
2 FGs (30, 40), 4 PATs
Paul Delaney, Columbia (Sr., P - Palatine, Ill.)
42.6 yds./punt, 3 in20
Patrick Donnelly, Brown (Sr., QB - Longmeadow, Mass.)
23-31-1, 339 yds., 4 TDs
Chris Fraser, Cornell (Fr., P - Potomac, Md.)
47.3 yds./punt, 1 in20
Marcorus Garrett, Columbia (Sr., RB - Marietta, Ga.)
27 car. for 150 yds., 1 TD
Sebastian Jaskowski, Penn (Sr., DB - Moorestown, N.J.)
12 tkls. (8 solo), 1 FF, 1 FR
Connor Kelley, Princeton (Jr., WR - Batesville, Ind.)
8 rec. for 102 yds., 1 TD
Jeff Mathews, Cornell (Sr., QB - Camarillo, Calif.)
39-56-2, 472 yds., 2 TDs
David Mothander, Harvard (Sr., PK - San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
2 FGs (36, 28), 4 PATs
Nnamdi Obukwelu, Harvard (Sr., DT - Brockton, Mass.)
4 tkls. (3 solo), 3.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks
Michael Pruneau, Harvard (Sr., QB - Plano, Texas)
23-29-1, 340 yds., 2 TDs
Will Vaughan, Yale (Jr., LB - South Orange, N.J.)
20 tkls. (7 solo), 2.5 TFL, 1 sack
Saturday, October 19
Fordham at Yale, Noon [IVY]
Cornell at Monmouth, 1 pm
Lafayette at Harvard, 1 pm [IVY, LSN/ESPN3]
*Penn at Columbia, 1:30 pm [IVY]
Bucknell at Dartmouth, 1:30 pm [IVY]
*Princeton at Brown, 6 pm [FCS]
* Ivy League Contests
ESPN3 – ESPN3.com; FCS – FOX College Sports (DirecTV 617, 623 & 626, Verizon FiOS 300, 301 & 302); IVY – Streamed live on The Ivy League® Digital Network; LSN – Lafayette Sports Network (RCN-4, Lehigh Valley, Pa.; RCN-8 [Philadelphia, Boston, New York City, Washington, Chicago], WBPH-TV [Allentown, Pa.] DirecTV 788, DISH 457, ESPN3, MASN [tape delay])