Andrew Kupec fourth Greyhound to win GOLD HELMET AWARD as regions top player after 5 TD, 343-yard effort vs. PaceOctober 7, 2009
BOSTON, Mass. --- Assumption College junior quarterback ANDREW KUPEC (Wyckoff, NJ/Indian Hills), who completed 25-for-31 passes for 343 yards and a team-record five touchdowns, has been named The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Division II-III GOLD HELMET Award winner as the region's outstanding performer for the past week's games. The Greyhounds defeated Pace University, 34-26, Saturday in a Northeast-10 Conference game.
Kupec is the fourth Greyhound to win the award following teammate
and then freshman running back Herbert Woodard (Bridgeton, NJ/Salem), who rushed 20 times for 277 yards and tied a school record with five touchdowns as the Hounds defeated Saint Anselm (71-21) (September 15, 2007) . . . running back Billy DeMalia (Shrewsbury, MA), who rushed for 306 yards in a 51-41 win at Stonehill (October 14, 2000) and running back Austin Davis (Lakeland, FL) rushed for 208 yards in a record 46 carries in a 24-21 win over Merrimack (October 15, 2005).
Kupec was named the Northeast-10 Conference and d2football.com Offensive Player-of-the-Week. His performance also elevated him statistically as the pass efficiency leader in the conference (147.2) and the leader in passing completion percentage (.641) at 75-for-117.
He previously tied the team record for most touchdown passes in a game with four against Worcester State (9/4/09) as the Greyhounds prevailed 51-16.
He also established new records for most consecutive successful attempts with completions in his first 11 attempts against Pace. Completing his final two attempts against Southern Connecticut the previous week (9/26/09) gave him 13 consecutive over two games.
The 25 completions are tied for the second most in team history (he's the fifth) as only Chad Carges at Saint Anselm (10/2/99) with 27 had more. The 343 yards is the second most in team history behind only Carges' 370 yards also versus Saint Anselm (10/2/99).
He connected with junior wide receiver MARK GATELY (Waltham, MA/Waltham) on the second play for the Greyhounds to tie the game at 7-7. Gately went to have four receptions for a career- and season-best 137 yards and a team record-tying three touchdowns .
After stopping Pace on its next possession, the Hounds led by Kupec came right back. The Hounds' quarterback completed eight-for-eight passes for 46 yards including the final eight to junior wide receiver DAVID CANNEY (Templeton, MA/Narragansett) for the touchdown. Canney finished with a season- and career-best 11 receptions for 121 yards. He is the first player in team history with back-to-back 10-reception games with 10 receptions for 157 yards the previous week (Southern Connecticut) and has 21 catches for 257 yards over the two weeks.
The Greyhounds drove 65 yards in eight plays to start the third period. Kupec misfired on his first attempt then completed five straight . . . first to junior wide receiver JOHN BARKER (Avon, MA/Xaverian) for 17 yards, to Gately for 17 yards, to Barker again for nine more and finally a pair to Canney for 24 yards and seven yards.
Three Kupec-to-Canney completions for 15, four and 14 yards highlighted an eight-play, 57-yard drive capped by a Kupec-to-Gately seven yard scoring strike in the fourth period. The Greyhounds' final touchdown came as Kupec found junior wide receiver MARCUS NICHOLS (Salem, NJ/Salem) for 20 yards and Gately for 49 more and the score.
The Greyhounds host Northeast-10 Conference rival Merrimack College SATURDAY at 1 p.m.