PHILADELPHIA – The Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) announced its 2014 all-league honors this week, with the University of Pennsylvania sprint football team earning19 selections.
Mike Beamish, Chris Colavita, and Donnie Kneisel, earned All-CSFL first-team for their performances this fall, while Keith Braccia, Patrick Boyle, Brendan Dale, Robert Diorio, Stu Helgeson, and Henry Mason earned All-CSFL second-team honors.
Earning his fourth consecutive All-CSFL first-team selection at running back, senior Mike Beamish led the way for the Penn offense running for 533 yards and six touchdowns, on 121 carries. Playing in his final season, Beamish finished with 2,494 rushing yards for his career, placing him third all-time in Quakers sprint football history. Along with earning first-team recognitionat running back, he also earned second-team honors as a punter this fall. Beamish punted 30 times for Penn, placing 11 kicks inside the 20-yard line, and recording two punts of 50-plus yards.
Playing in his first season for the Quakers, sophomore linebacker Chris Colavita earned his first-team selection by leading the team, and finishing fifth in the league in overall tackles, with 46. Colavita finished third in the league in tackles per game, averaging 7.7 stops a contest. Of his 46 total tackles, 31 were solo, and four were tackles for a loss.
Earning his second All-CSFL first-team selection, junior Donnie Kneisel started and played in all six games directing the offensive line. Playing center, Kneisel helped pave the way for a Penn offense that ran for 592 yards, and passed for 1,165 yards, while scoring 14 touchdowns.
All-CSFL second-team selections senior Keith Braccia, sophomore Patrick Boyle, sophomore Robert Diorio, and junior Stu Helgeson all contributed greatly to Penn’s defense throughout the course of the season.
Helgeson played in all six games and was second on the team with 38 tackles, 26 solo, and added an interception from his defensive back position.
Diorio played in five games, totaling 37 tackles, 4.5 for a loss, and finished with two sacks. He also had a fumble recovery for a touchdown and an interception.
Braccia finished with 34 tackles in six games, tallying two pass breakups and a fumble recovery.
Playing in six games Boyle finished with 20 tackles, disrupting opposing teams behind the line of scrimmage, with four tackles for a loss, including three sacks.
Offensive All-CSFL second-team selections for Penn were juniors Brendan Dale and Henry Mason.
Playing wide receiver Mason became a primary target during the course of the season, leading the team with 27 catches, for 376 yards and two touchdowns.
At tight end, Dale was third on the team with 15 receptions for 136 yards. He also served as a kickoff return man for the Quakers, totaling 167 yards.
Nine other Penn players were recognized as All-CSFL honorable mention this fall; Mike McCurdy, Mario Del Cueto, Quinn Karam, Ed Cai, Charles Cato, Ted Sotland, Wesley Zhao, Derek Shnider, and Arthur D’Angelo.
Penn finished the season 4-3, and in third place in the CSFL.