BEVERLY, Mass. — Endicott junior kicker Nick DiCairano (Trumbull, Conn.) has been named to The Associated Press (AP) Division III All-America Football Second Team, as announced earlier this evening.
With today's announcement, DiCairano became the first student-athlete in program history to earn AP Division III All-America honors.
The AP Division III All-America First and Second Teams were chosen by a panel of sports information directors from NCAA Division III institutions around the nation.
Additionally, DiCairano is now the first student-athlete to earn All-America honors since Nate Lewis '15 (Acushnet, Mass.) and Mike Marini '15 (Trumbull, Conn.) received USA College Football First Team and USA College Football Honorable Mention accolades, respectively, in 2014.
Meanwhile, this past season, DiCairano led all Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC Football) kickers in field goals made (12), field goals attempted (13), field goal percentage (92%, min. seven attempts), longest field goal made (45 yards), and points scored (80). His 80 points scored on the season finished second among all eligible positions in the conference as he was only one of two student-athletes in the league to register 80 or more points.
DiCairano also ranked second overall in PATs made (44) and PATs attempted (46), and fifth in PAT percentage (96%).
Among all NCAA Division III kickers, DiCairano ranks second overall in field goal percentage, No. 15 in field goals made per game (1.09), No. 68 in total points scored, and No. 96 in scoring (as of 12/6/18).
2018 POSTSEASON AWARDS: AP All-America Second Team (K), D3football.com All-Region First Team (K), New England Football Writers College Division All-New England Team (Place Kicker), CCC Football All-Conference First Team (K), Noontime Sports Special Teams Player of the Year
YEAR IN REVIEW
Endicott finished the 2018 season at 7-4 overall (5-1 CCC Football). Under first-year head coach Paul McGonagle this year, the Gulls finished with a winning record for the first time since 2013 and also made their first playoff appearance since 2013 with a New England Bowl bid against Merchant Marine on November 17.
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