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Football Puts Four On All-NEC Second Team

Barry, Cottrell, Merrill and Parvelus make Pioneers proud

From left are Kevin Barry, Ryan Cottrell, Sean Merrill and Ilalio Parvelus.

The football team had four student-athletes named to the All-Northeast Conference Second Team on November 23, the conference announced.

Senior defensive lineman Ryan Cottrell earned his second-consecutive All-NEC Second Team selection. Cottrell had 32 tackles with 2.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries in 2016, while starting every game. Linebacker C.J. Parvelus capped off his stellar junior season with a spot on the All-NEC Second Team, his first career postseason honor. Parvelus led SHU with 100 tackles and 12.5 tackles for loss this season, with four games of at least 10 tackles. He was named NEC Defensive Player of the Week on September 12 after recording 13 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss in SHU’s win over Valparaiso. Parvelus finished the season second in the NEC in tackles and tied for third in tackles for loss.

Linebacker Kevin Barry earned his first All-NEC honor with his Second Team selection. Barry had 62 tackles on the season, leading SHU with 4.5 sacks while adding 10.0 tackles for loss. He was twice named NEC Defensive Player of the Week in 2016. Barry won that honor on September 5 after having 13 tackles, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in the season-opening win at Stetson. He then won it again on Sept. 26 after having nine tackles and an interception return for a touchdown in SHU’s win at #20 Stony Brook.

Senior offensive lineman Sean Merrill earned his first career postseason honor with his All-NEC Second Team selection. Merrill was part of an offensive line that allowed a conference-low 13 sacks this season.

SHU finished the 2016 season with a 6-5 record, its fourth consecutive winning season.