LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall inside linebacker, Sam Massaro (Old Tappan, N.J./Northern Valley Old Tappan), was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Player of the week for his role in the Diplomats’ 41-20 victory at Susquehanna.
Massaro put his stamp on the win victory over the Crusaders, ending three of the Crusader's second half possessions on his own. The sophomore picked off the Crusaders' quarterbacks three times tying the F&M record for interceptions in a game. The first set up Harrison's 23-yard toss touchdown to Diggs. Massaro took care of scoring on his own with the second pick, rumbling over 30-yards of open field for the second interception touchdown return of his career. His third pick sealed Susquehanna's fate and tied him with Dan Howley, who picked three against three against Carnegie Mellon in 1972, and Joe Cavallo, who hawked three from Johns Hopkins in 1987, for the school record. Massaro also recorded a team-high nine tackles in the win.
The Player of the Week honor is the second of the sophomore’s career. He earned his first Player of the Week award following the first game of his career at Washington & Lee. In that contest, Massaro recorded eight tackles and returned an interception 30-yards for a touchdown. He has been named to the Centennial’s Weekly Honor Roll three times in his career for a total of five honors in 14 opportunities.
Massaro and the Diplomats are idle next week. F&M returns to action on Saturday, October 16, at Moravian. It is the second of three-straight road games, and the first of two-straight trips to the Lehigh Valley. The game will be aired on Service Electric Cable in the Lehigh Valley, while GoDiplomats.com will carry the audio-only call for the 4-1 Diplomats.