Alumni Athletes in the News
For the second time in RIT's lacrosse history, the men's lacrosse team will play for the national championship after a convincing 22-9 win over Wesleyan University in the semifinals of the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship on Sunday afternoon.
Derek Dennis ‘07 came to Trinity-Pawling as a senior from Peekskill High School in New York in search of educational opportunities that would improve his chances of attending college, while also honing his athletic skills. “Basketball was his first sport at Peekskill, but he also played football there,” Trinity-Pawling Football Coach Dave Coratti P’08 explains. “In his first games at Trinity-Pawling, Dennis was starting at defensive tackle, but we had a need on the offensive line, so for the remainder of the season he started at offensive and defensive line. After proving his skills in a game against Avon, I told Dennis and his parents that there would be interest in him as a Division 1 football player. At that point his parents still thought Dennis would pursue basketball, but after Derek’s football film was sent to a number of colleges, the interest grew.“
Temple University offered Dennis a Division 1 football scholarship in the fall of 2006, where he went on to start on the University’s offensive line for four years and played in the East-West Shrine game (a senior college all-star game) in 2012. Dennis then signed as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins in 2012. He was in the NFL on the Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers practice squads, and he ultimately signed with the Calgary Stampede of the Canadian Football League in 2015. This past season he started in all 18 regular season games for Calgary, and after the playoff games Dennis was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in the CFL.
While Dennis attended Trinity-Pawling for only one year, the experience has stuck with him throughout his college and professional career. “The biggest lesson I learned at Trinity-Pawling was how to be a productive member of society. I learned camaraderie and brotherhood while understanding the importance of being a team member. Trinity-Pawling is where I learned how to be selfless and sacrifice to meet team goals,” Dennis says. “I owe a lot to Trinity-Pawling for helping me grow into a well-educated young man with substance and structure, and Coach Dave Coratti and his family helped change my life. The reason I play football today is because of Coach Coratti and his direction and guidance. He believed in me and saw in me what I didn’t see in myself and I will forever be appreciative of that.” Dennis concludes.
Byers, a senior linebacker for Bucknell University continues to earn postseason honors. All ready this season, Byers was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, honored with spots on the American Football Coaches Association All-America Team and the Associated Press All-America Second Team. Most recently, he was named to The Sports Network All-America Second Team.
A three-time All-Patriot League selection, Byers finished his career with 382 stops, which is a Bucknell University record. Byers has suited up to play in all 44 games over the last four years, he totaled 40 tackles for a loss, 15.5 sacks, nine pass breakups, six fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and four interceptions to go along with his record-breaking tackle figure.
Byers' Postseason Honors
- The Sports Network Second Team All-American
- Associated Press Second Team All-American
- AFCA All-American
- First Team All-Patriot League
- Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year
- ECAC FCS All-Star Team
- ECAC Defensive Player of the Year
- Keating-Rieu Memorial Award (team award)
- Tom Gadd Coaches Award (team award)
- Sledge Hammer Award (team award)
Ben Whitcomb was named ECAC Co-Rookie of the Week for his outstanding play. Whitcomb is a midfielder for the Fairfield University Men's Soccer team. Whitcomb was responsible for the game's only goal, his first career point with the Stags. He collected a loose ball around midfield and dribbled past a pair of defenders to find himself in an open space inside the box. He curled a shot just inside the left post to give his team a first-half lead.
Evan Byers has been named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week. Byers is a senior linebacker for the Bucknell Bison and registered a career-high 23 tackles in a 42-38 win over VMI. Byers' tackle total was the highest total for a Patriot Leaguer since 2007. The 6'0", 235 pound LB recorded a tackle for loss, and 12 solo tackles. Byers ranks third among all active FCS players with 286 career tackles.
Shayne Skov '09 has spent the last five seasons on the field for the Stanford Cardinal. Chasing running backs, shedding would be blockers, and punishing quarterbacks, Skov has been a starting inside linebacker for the red and white. Skov was named First Team All-Pac 12 for the 2013 season. He will continue his career on the west coast, as he has signed a free-agent contract with the San Francisco 49’ers, reuniting him with former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh. Skov has a great opportunity to step in and make an impact. The 6'4", 230 pound Skov is looking forward to playing a role with his new team. The Trinity-Pawling community is proud of our former Head Prefect.
Barlow, a freshman for the Siena Saints has been named MAAC Rookie of the Week for the second straight week. Barlow is off to a great start for the Saints. Riding a two game win streak, Barlow is beginning to find the back of the net. In a 12-7 win over Hobart, Barlow netted 4 goals. In a most recent win over Binghamton, Barlow scooped up 4 more points - scoring 3 goals on 3 shots and adding an assist. Barlow has found twine 7 times this season on only 8 shots. Barlow was a major contributor for the Pride, he earned himself Offensive MVP and All Western New England Honors.
Congrats Jordan, keep up the good work!
Mike MacDonald a junior at Princeton University is considered one of the greatest lacrosse players to suit up for the Tigers. According to a Top 25 Princeton Men's Lacrosse Players Poll, MacDonald comes in at No. 23. He is only one of two active players to make the list. In just two seasons with the Tigers, MacDonald has tallied 69 goals. In 2013, MacDonald was First Team All-Iy League selection and an All-American. While at Trinity-Pawling, MacDonald lettered in Hockey and Lacrosse. He was elected captain for both junior and senior seasons, as well as earning All-Western New England Honors as a junior and All New England Honors as a senior. MacDonald graduated Magna Cum Laude and was awarded the Headmaster Award (which is the schools highest honor).
Najae Brown '13 has been named Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year. The cornerback from Mount Vernon, NY is the first University of New Haven player to earn this honor. Being named Rookie of the Year is only one of the many distinctions for Brown; also being named First Team All NE-10 at cornerback and was selected to the NE-10 All Rookie Team. Brown led New Haven with 77 tackles, 3 interceptions, and nine pass breakups which helped the defense to only giving up 24.8 points a game - good enough for third best in the conference.
Najae Brown helped Trinity-Pawling to a 5-3 season last year. He led the offense at quarterback and also started at safety. He was named to the All New England Team, as well as receiving the Offensive MVP Award at the Fall Sports Banquet. Brown also lettered in Track and Field.
Noah Temple '95 recently was named the new head coach at St. Francis (Calif.). Noah was a three year starter at Trinity-Pawling before having a succesful collegiate career at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. At Cal Poly he earned first team WCLL (West Coast Lacrosse League) all-star honors and helped his team reach the conference championship game. Noah was one of the founding members of the St. Francis lacrosse program since it started. He has worked his way up from being a JV assistant coach to assistant varsity coach and most recently being tabbed as head coach. Noah will oversee the entire lacrosse program, including both the varsity and JV team. Congrats to Noah!
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