Easton, Mass. -- Five members of the Saint Anselm football team have been honored by the Northeast-10 as members of the 2009 Northeast-10 All-Conference Teams, as voted by the league's head coaches. Leading the way is rookie Ethan Sylvain (E. Montpelier, Vt.), who was voted as the league's Co-Freshman of the Year and earned Second Team All-Conference honors.
Joining Sylvain on the All-Conference Teams was sophomore Marc Wilson (Farmington, Conn.) as a First Team selection at wide receiver and senior Dan Bohenek (Bridgewater, Mass.), a Second Team selection at linebacker. Also voted to the All-Rookie team with Sylvain was freshman quarterback Michael Pierce (Andover, Mass.) and rookie linebacker Chris Bent (Dracut, Mass.).
Sylvain, the second-leading freshman tackler in the Northeast-10 with 8.1 per game, was a two-time Northeast-10 Freshman of the Week during the season. In addition to the Freshman of the Year honor, Sylvain was the only freshman on either All-Conference team.
Sylvain finished the season ranked 10th in the Northeast-10 with 81 total tackles, including 41 solo stops and 40 assisted tackles. Sylvain also had four interceptions, including a pair of two-interception games, to go along with 3.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, four pass breakups, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles. Sylvain and his freshman teammates Chris Bent and Mike Hobbs ended the 2009 season as the top three freshman tacklers in the conference. Sylvain shared the NE-10 freshman award with Jareed Gaines of Stonehill, who ranked 40th in the Northeast-10 in tackles per game with 5.1.
Wilson earned First Team All-Conference honors at wide receiver after being named the league's Freshman of the Year as a quarterback in 2008. Wilson led the Northeast-10 in receptions per game and all-purpose yards as he set four Saint Anselm single-season records and three single-game records in 2009. He caught a record 82 passes for 860 yards and seven touchdowns while racking up 1817 all-purpose yards in 10 games. In a narrow loss at Stonehill, Wilson piled up a school-record 299 all-purpose yards while tying a school record with 16 catches in the game. Earlier in the season in a five-overtime win vs. Plymouth State, Wilson finished with a school-record 187 receiving yards. In addition, he also owns the Saint Anselm career record for all-purpose yards with 2,951 after just two seasons. Nationally, Wilson is third in Division II in receptions per game and ninth in the nation in all-purpose yards per game.
Bohenek was named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference Second Team after finishing third in the Northeast-10 in tackles per game and sixth in the nation. Bohenek set a Saint Anselm single-season record with 114 total tackles in 2009, posting nine double-digit tackle games. Ending his career with a school-record 183 solo stops, Bohenek closed out his career with 283 total tackles, ranking him second on the Saint Anselm all-time list. A six-time member of the Northeast-10 Weekly Honor Roll, Bohenek also ranked among the top 10 in tackles for a loss this season with 12 tackles for a loss of 45 yards.
Pierce set every Saint Anselm single-season and single-game passing record this season as he threw for 2,629 yards and 21 touchdowns as a freshman. For the season, he completed a school-record 237 passes and broke the Saint Anselm record for passing yards, passing attempts and passing touchdowns. Pierce also set single-season school records for total offense with 2,933 yards and total plays of offense with 569. In a narrow loss at Stonehill in October, Pierce piled up a school-record and NE-10 season-high 496 yards of total offense as he threw for 390 yards and ran for another 106. In that game, Pierce threw the ball 74 times and accounted for 89 total plays of offense, both Northeast-10 single-game records. In a home loss to New Haven the following week, Pierce threw for a school-record 397 yards and tied a single-game mark with 37 completions. Pierce was a two-time winner of the Gold Helmet Award, a two-time Northeast-10 Freshman of the Week and a one-time Northeast-10 Offensive Player of the Week.
Bent was the second-leading tackler on the Saint Anselm team this season and ranked eighth in the Northeast-10 with 8.2 tackles per contest. Of his 82 tackles this season, 48 were assisted stops and 6.5 were tackles for a loss of 32 yards. Bent also had one quarterback hurry, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. The top rookie tackler in the conference, Bent finished the season with five double-digit tackle games, including a season-best 11 stops vs. Bentley earlier this season.