Manchester, New Hampshire, junior kicker helps Skyhawks past Saint Anselm
EASTON, Mass. (November 20, 2014) – Stonehill College junior placekicker Steve Grzywacz (Manchester, New Hampshire/Manchester Central) has been named the Northeast-10 Conference's Special Teams Player of the Week for football.
Grzywacz, who earns the weekly honor for the first time in his career, kicked a pair of field goals and added an extra point for seven points in Stonehill's 19-11 victory at Saint Anselm College in the No. 5 vs. 6 game of Northeast-10 Conference Championship Weekend on Saturday. His 21-yard field goal gave the Skyhawks a 9-0 lead in the first quarter and then he added a 32-yard field goal early in the second quarter for a 12-0 lead on their way to a 19-0 lead.
Grzywacz, who was a Fred Mitchell Award winner for the month of September, finished his junior season with a team-high 47 points by converting 9-of-13 field goals (69.2-percent) and 20-of-25 extra point attempts (80%). He was a perfect 7-for-7 on field goals inside 30 yards and 2-for-5 between the 30 and 39 yard lines, including a season-long 37 yarder at LIU Post on October 11. Grzywacz ranks third among NE-10 leaders for field goals made, ranking second for field goal percentage and sixth for kicker scoring.
Grzywacz's nine field goals this season ranks second only to his program-record total of 11 as a freshman in 2012, while his field goal percentage is a career-high and the third-best in program history (minimum 10 attempts). He booted a key 26 field goal in a 24-17 win at rival Bentley University on September 12 and had two field goals at LIU Post, also connecting from 25 yards out to go with his season-high 37 yarder.
Grzywacz, an All-Northeast-10 second team selection as a sophomore, has kicked a program-record 28 field goals over his three year career at Stonehill, converting 28-of-42 attempts (66.7-percent). He also holds the program record for career attempts, while ranking second all-time for field goal percentage, PAT kicks made (82), PAT attempts (95) and total points scored (166) and fourth for PAT kick percentage (86.3).
Grzywacz, an NE-10 All-Rookie Team member in 2012, has earned NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll status three semesters and Athletic Director's Honor Roll once. He is a two-time Fred Mitchell monthly award winner and was named to its preseason watch list prior to this season.
Stonehill wrapped up its 2014 season with a 5-6 record overall, including a 4-5 mark in the Northeast-10. The Skyhawks boast the No. 5-ranked defense in Division II, leading the NE-10 for total defense, passing defense and rushing defense, while ranking second for scoring defense.