Marauders defence leads team’s all-star rush


Five members of the Marauder football team were named Ontario University Athletics all-stars on Wednesday (Nov. 6).

Unsurprisingly, McMaster’s vaunted defensive backfield led the team with two first team nods, as senior defensive backs Steven Ventresca (Hamilton) and Mike Daly (Kitchener) graced the first-team defence. Ventresca finished fourth in the conference with four interceptions, and matched his 2012 total with 26.5 tackles this season. Daly finished with an identical tackle total — the fourth-highest among Marauders — to go along with two interceptions and three pass breakups.

Mike Daly (8) in pursuit of a pass. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

Mike Daly (8) in pursuit of a pass. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

Two more Marauders, breakout rookie slotback Dan Vandervoort (Barrie) and kicker Tyler Crapigna (Nepean), were included in the conference’s second-team offence. Vandervoort finished the 2013 season tied for second in OUA with eight touchdown receptions, while catching 31 passes for 594 yards — ranking him eighth among the conference’s receivers in that category.

Crapigna made 16 of 19 field goal attempts in 2013 (84 per cent), placing him second in the conference among kickers with more than 10 attempts.

Linebacker Aram Eisho (Hamilton) was named to the second-team defence after leading the Marauders with 39 solo tackles and 12 assists in 2013. His 45 total tackles ranked eighth in the OUA this season, and Eisho added an interception and a pass breakup.

Aram Eisho (42) lead the Marauders with 39 solo tackles and 12 assist. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

Aram Eisho (42) lead the Marauders with 39 solo tackles and 12 assist. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

OUA ALL-STARS

FIRST TEAM OFFENCE

Quarterback: Will Finch – Western
Centre: Matthew Van Praet – Western
Guard: Cameron Thorn – Guelph
Guard: Derek Morris – Queen’s
Offensive Tackle: Josh Prinsen – Queen’s
Offensive Tackle: Kadeem Adams – Western
Inside Receiver: Brian Marshall – Western
Inside Receiver: Evan Pszczonak – Windsor
Wide Receiver: George Johnson – Western
Wide Receiver: Paul de Pass – Toronto
Running Back: Brendan Gillanders – Ottawa
Running Back: Errol Brooks – York
Punter: Lirim Hajrullahu – Western
Place Kicker: Lirim Hajrullahu – Western
Kick Returner: Kevin Bradfield – Toronto

FIRST TEAM DEFENCE

Defensive Tackle: Daryl Waud – Western
Defensive Tackle: Ettore Lattanzio – Ottawa
Defensive End: Dylan Ainsworth – Western
Defensive End: Derek Wiggan – Queen’s
Linebacker: Pawel Kruba – Western
Linebacker: Sam Sabourin – Queen’s
Linebacker: Beau Landry – Western
Defensive Halfback: Tijani Chase-Dunawa – Queen’s
Defensive Halfback: Steven Ventresca – McMaster
Cornerback: Yann Dika-Balotoken – Queen’s
Cornerback: Andrew Lue – Queen’s
Safety: Mike Daly – McMaster
Rush/Cover: Andrew Graham – Guelph

SECOND TEAM OFFENCE

Quarterback: Aaron Colbon – Ottawa
Centre: Shavin Fernando – Ottawa
Guard: Taylor Servais – Ottawa
Guard: Joe Circelli – Western
Offensive Tackle: Jakob Piotrowski – Guelph
Offensive Tackle: Eddie Meredith – Western
Inside Receiver: Alex Pierzchalski – Toronto
Inside Receiver: Daniel Vandervoort – McMaster
Wide Receiver: Nick Anapolsky – Waterloo
Wide Receiver: Giovanni Aprile – Queen’s
Running Back: Ryan Granberg – Queen’s
Running Back: Dillon Campbell – Laurier
Punter: Dan Cerino – Windsor
Place Kicker: Tyler Crapigna – McMaster
Kick Returner: A’dre Fraser – Guelph

SECOND TEAM DEFENCE

Defensive Tackle: John Miniaci – Queen’s
Defensive Tackle: Tai Pham – Windsor
Defensive End: Ricky Osei-Kusi – Western
Defensive End: Cam Walker – Guelph
Linebacker: Aram Eisho – McMaster
Linebacker: Akeem Whonder – Windsor
Linebacker: Justin Baronaitis – Queen’s
Defensive Halfback: Taylor Palmer – Guelph
Defensive Halfback: Chris Ackie – Laurier
Cornerback: Felix Odum – Laurier
Cornerback: Simon Bahru – Western
Safety: Matthew Bond-Lapointe – Ottawa
Rush/Cover: Thomas Majka – Laurier