Playing in his first Ontario University Athletics football game since a training camp injury, DiCroce had a sensational debut that earned him league offensive Player of the Week honours.
The fourth-year receiver hauled in five catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the Marauders semi-final game against the Western Mustangs. His thrilling third-quarter TD grab went for 103 yards and ranks among the longest TD receptions in Canadian Interuniversity Sport playoff history. It was also the turning point in the contest, as McMaster took a 23-18 lead over the Mustangs that it would not relinquish. His fourth quarter TD catch made the score 35-21 for the Marauders and provided a cushion for Mac as they advanced to the Yates Cup on Saturday (Nov. 10) at 1 p.m. at Ron Joyce Stadium.
Mac will play the Guelph Gryphons. And that means they’ll be up against the defensive player of the week, Zachary Androschuk. The Gryphons defensive back, a fifth-year Biomedical Sciences student from Sarnia, Ont., tallied two solo tackles, three assisted tackles, one interception and one fumble return for a touchdown in the 42-39 win over the Queen’s Gaels.
The 6-1, 195-pound team captain put the first points on the board for the Gryphons, after pinning the Gaels offence deep. Androschuk and John Rush stripped the ball from Queens’ quarterback Billy McPhee on a quarterback sneak. Androschuk scooped up the ball and carried it uncontested for 26 yards into the endzone.
With three minutes left in the game and the Gaels leading 36-28 Androschuk stepped in front of a McPhee pass to regain the Gryphons possession, setting up the next play to tie the game, sending it to overtime.
Also waiting for the Marauders will be special teams player of the week, A’dre Fraser.
The Gryphons receiver, a first-year Commerce student from Halifax, N.S, tallied four kickoff returns for 145 yards, with a 76-yard highlight. The six-foot, 175 pound speedster also made his mark in punt returns with five for 43 yards.