LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall freshman, Sam Massaro (Old Tappan, N.J. / Northern Valley Old Tappan), was named the Centennial Conference's Defensive Player of the Week in the wake of his performance in the Diplomats' 29-27 win over Washington & Lee.
The inside linebacker recorded eight tackles and picked off a pass that he returned 30 yards in his collegiate debut. His efforts the Diplomats held off Washington & Lee, 29-27. His efforts led a defense that limited the Generals to just 229 yards of total offense and did not allow a drive longer than 45 yards until W&L's final possession.
The defensive player of the week honor is F&M's first since inside backer, James Gregory '09 took the title following last year's October 11 win over Ursinus.
Wide receiver George Eager (Lititz, Pa. / Manheim Twp.) and punter Brian Prater (Baldwin, Md. / St. Paul's School), were named to the Centennial Weekly Honor Roll. Eager caught 13 passes for 104 yards and three of F&M's four touchdowns. Prater punted three times for 122 yards (40.7 ypp) with a long of 45. He dropped one punt inside of the W&L 20.
The Diplomats return to action for their home opener and final non-conference tilt on Saturday when Catholic University pays visit to Lancaster. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m.