Jan. 23, 2011
BALTIMORE, MD - The Johns Hopkins football team added yet another set of honors for the 2010 season as the Blue Jays placed three players on the 2010 All-ECAC South Team that was recently announced. Junior wide receiver Sam Wernick, junior linebacker Ryan Piatek and senior place-kicker Alex Lachman were all named to the team, which encompasses ECAC teams in the south region. Johns Hopkins accounted for three of the four Centennial Conference players named to the team and JHU joined Wesley, Cortland State and Delaware Valley as the only teams with three or more players selected.
Wernick, the 2010 Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year, a First Team All-Centennial Conference selection and a Second Team d3football.com All-South Region pick, enjoyed one of the finest seasons in school history by a wide receiver. He led the Blue Jays in receptions (69), receiving yards (1,265), touchdown receptions (17) and all-purpose yards (1,773) with the latter three of those marks all setting JHU single-season records. He also set a school record with seven 100-yard receiving games and tied the JHU single-game record for TD receptions with four at Susquehanna. In addition to his exploits on the football field, Wernick is a two-time CoSIDA/ESPN First Team Academic All-District selection. He also hit .367 for the Johns Hopkins baseball team last spring as the Blue Jays won the Centennial Conference Championship and placed fifth at the Division III College World Series.
The unquestioned leader of the Johns Hopkins defense, Piatek led the team in tackles (111), tackles for losses (14.0) and sacks (5.5) in 2010 while also contributing four pass breakups and four interceptions. His 111 tackles are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 1993. Piatek earned First Team All-Centennial Conference and Second Team d3football.com All-South Region honors this season. In addition, he was selected to the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District First Team this season after grabbing second team status as a sophomore.
Lachman concluded his career as JHU's career leader in numerous categories. A 2010 First Team All-Centennial and Second Team d3foobtall.com All-South selection, he hit 12-of-17 field goals and 46-of-50 extra points on the year to account for 82 of JHU's school-record 394 points on the year. His 46 extra points and 50 attempts are both JHU single-season records, while his 12 fields goals are tied for the fifth-best total in school history. He finishes his career as Johns Hopkins' career leader in field goals (46), extra points made (144) and attempted (155) and points scored by a kicker (282). A three-time All-Centennial and d3football.com All-South pick, this is also the second time Lachman has earned a spot on the All-ECAC team.
Under the guidance of head coach Jim Margraff, Johns Hopkins posted an 8-3 record in 2010. The Blue Jays earned a share of the Centennial Conference title and defeated Lebanon Valley, 44-14, in the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl. The Centennial title is the sixth for Johns Hopkins since 2002, while the ECAC Championship is the fourth for the Blue Jays since 2002.
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