PHILADELPHIA - Following standout performances in sprint football's 48-35 win over Post this past weekend, senior Matt Cuccinello and freshman Mike Beamish have been named CSFL Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week. This is the second time in three games Cuccinello has been named CSFL Defensive Player of the Week, while Beamish earned the honor for the first time this season.
For the third straight week, Cuccinello led the Quakers' defense in tackles. He recorded 12 total tackles against Post with nine solo efforts. Two of his tackles came behind the line of scrimmage for a cumulative loss of six yards, including one sack in the afternoon game. Cuccinello also forced and recovered a fumble right at the end of the first half to help keep Post off the scoreboard heading into halftime.
For the season, the senior captain has 33 tackles, 22 of which are unassisted. He also has eight and half tackles that have come behind the line of scrimmage for a total loss of 36 yards on those nine plays. Cuccinello has also recorded three sacks this season in addition to his forced fumble and recovery this past weekend.
Despite rushing for 139 yards and three touchdowns, it was Beamish's punting that earned him the Week 4 honor. The Quakers' freshman, who serves as both running back and punter, excelled in both roles this past week against Post. Three times Beamish was called on to reverse the field position and all three times he succeeded. Twice his punts pinned Post inside its own 20 and on his first Punt he put Post right on its own 20. His punts averaged 42 yards with a long of 51.
In addition, none of his three punts were able to be returned as twice Post called for a fair catch, while Penn's punt coverage downed the other ball on the nine-yard line. For the season, Beamish in averaging over 34 yards per punt with four pinning the opposition inside its own 20 and two punts of more than 50 yards.
Beamish, Cuccinello, and the rest of the sprint football team will be back in action this Friday night at Franklin Field when Mansfield (1-3, 1-3 CSFL) comes to Philadelphia. The Quakers (2-1, 1-1 CSFL) currently sit in fourth place in the CSFL standings, just a half game behind third-place Cornell and one game behind second-place Army. Kickoff for Friday's game against Mansfield is set for 7 p.m.