WORCESTER – The WPI football program listed nine members to the 2021 Worcester Area Football Association (WAFA) 30th Annual Steve "Merc" Morris All-Star Team on Tuesday morning.
Selections were made by the sports information directors from the seven colleges and universities that sponsor the sport in Worcester County, including Division I Holy Cross and Division II Assumption.
Graduate defensive lineman Lou Duh (Monroe, CT) earned his third-straight nod to the Worcester Area All-Star squad as a representative of the defensive lineman first team. Duh has gathered a copious number of accolades this fall as he was recently selected for the CoSIDA Academic All-District award for the fourth time in his career for WPI.
The nose guard made 28 total stops, including 19 solo tackles with a season-best of five tackles against Merchant Marine in the conference opener on October 2nd. The Worcester Area All-Star is a three-time All-NEWMAC honoree, earning first team in 2019 and 2021 and second team in 2018. Duh was named to second-team defense in 2018 and first team in 2019 and 2021 for the Worcester Area All-Star team.
Fellow defensive lineman Nica Hesel (Downington, PA) earned All-NEWMAC honors on the second team for the Crimson and Gray this fall. Hesel counted for 34 total tackles throughout all 10 games this season for WPI with 11.5 tackles for a loss including 6.5 sacks tying-second in the conference, marking 63 total yards lost, while adding two forced fumbles to the stat sheet leading to his Worcester Area second-team selection.
On the offensive line, Sullivan Boyd (Woolwich, ME) marked first team and Patrick Hagearty (Londonderry, NH) marked second team claims. The pair of linemen were holding down on the action on the right side of the offensive line with Boyd starting at right tackle in all 10 games and Hagearty getting the call in eight games at right guard. Boyd is a graduate student who also started in 2019 while Hagearty, a junior, was also a key piece two seasons ago for WPI. This fall, the offensive line contributed to 1,285 rushing yards and 1,808 passing yards logging 3,093 yards throughout the fall. Both Boyd and Hagearty, gathered All-NEWMAC second team honors at the conclusion of the 2021 campaign.
Graduate transfer Zachary Levy (Bellingham, MA) who played in all 10 games this season claimed all-conference second team honors after his impressive one-year stint in the Crimson and Gray uniform. Levy garnered a NEWMAC Offensive Athlete of the Week accolade for his stat sheet following the game against Coast Guard at Alumni Stadium where he had a pair of 44-yard rushing touchdowns. Said performance marked a career-high on the field as Levy logged 19 carries for 219 yards in the 38-6 victory over the visiting Bears.
Levy totaled 109 carries for 655 yards while averaging six-yard per carry and 65.5 yards a game this season. In addition, the versatile back caught six balls for 56 yards and returned 13 kicks while averaging 18.9 yards per return for a total of 246 yards for WPI garnering WAFA second team honors.
Senior fullback Phillip Durgin (Wenham, MA) was another repeat selection finding himself on the first team this year after being named to the 2019 second team at the fullback position. Durgin took the field in all 10 games this season leading the way for Levy and other ball carriers leading to a team total of 1,285 rushing yards. Durgin found a way out of the backfield tallying nine catches for 64 yards while getting defensive reps to add two total tackles to the stat sheet.
Senior defensive back Maximilian Storch (Quincy, MA) a 2021 All-NEWMAC and Worcester Area second team selection, contributed to the defensive presence this fall with appearances in all 10 matchups and reckoning 42 tackles, 1.5 of which marked for a loss. The cornerback documented a season-best performance in the Transit Trophy contest against RPI with seven tackles and a trio of pass breakups.
Junior punter Loren Diloreto (Valley Center, CA) booted 43 punts calculating 1,676 yards of airtime averaging 39 yards-per punt with a 59-yard punt marking his career long thus far earning Worcester Area All-Star second team honors. Throughout the 2021 campaign, Diloreto dropped 13 punts inside the 20-yard line while forcing 16 fair catches and only a pair of touchbacks for opponents. The junior led the NEWMAC in yards per punt leading to an All-NEWMAC second team nod this fall and currently ranks fourth all-time in the 130-year plus history of WPI football.
Graduate placekicker Bryce Wade (Modesto, CA), another Worcester Area repeat selection for second team, had himself a year marking a perfect performance in field goals (6-for-6) including a long of 35 yards, and extra-points made (27-for-27). The unblemished kicking this fall totaled 45 points for Wade, marking the highest-individual point total for WPI.
The Worcester Area Football Association All-Star Team is named in memory of Steve "Merc" Morris, the longtime Assistant Director of Athletics for Media Relations and Assumption Hall of Famer. "Merc" was a 1972 graduate of Assumption and was a member of the athletics staff for 39 years before passing away in January of 2011. In addition to being the founder of the Worcester Area Association All-Star program, he was a tireless supporter of collegiate athletics in the Worcester area and had a key role in the lives of thousands of student-athletes.