July 31, 2013
EASTON, Pa. – Five Lafayette players have been selected to the 2013 Preseason All-Patriot League Football Team it was announced on Wednesday at the conference’s annual media day. The team was voted on by the Patriot League coaches and Sports Information Directors who also participated in a preseason poll in which Lafayette was tabbed fourth.
The team features senior wide receiver Mark Ross (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell), junior offensive tackle Luke Chiarolanzio (Florham Park, N.J./Delbarton School) and junior tailback Ross Scheuerman (Creamridge, N.J./Allentown) on offense and senior middle linebacker Mike Boles (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) and junior strong safety Jared Roberts (Pennsauken, N.J./Woodbury) on defense.
Ross was a 2012 All-Patriot League First-Team honoree after a junior season in which he reeled in 75 balls for 1,030 yards and a league-leading 10 receiving touchdowns. Ross ranked second and third, respectively, in receptions per game (6.8) and receiving yards per game (93.6).
The Economics major took home team MVP honors along with being named to the Capital One Academic All-District II Team, FCS Athletic Directors’ Association Academic All-Star Team and Academic All-Patriot League.
Chiarolanzio enters his second season as the starting left tackle on the offensive line and third as a starter on Lafayette’s front five. He has started 21 games his first two seasons and was named Offensive Line MVP in 2012 and the team’s Rookie of the Year in 2011. Chiarolanzio is one of five returning starters on Lafayette’s offensive line.
Scheuerman has been collecting Patriot League honors since his arrival to campus in 2011 when he was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year. He has also garnered All-Patriot League Second-Team laurels in his first two seasons.
The team’s Offensive Back MVP in 2012, Scheuerman led the team and was fourth in the Patriot League in rushing in his sophomore season, carrying 146 times for 701 yards and five touchdowns. He is a receiving threat out of the backfield, catching 41 balls in his first two campaigns. He will also continue to be one of the conference’s top kick returners, averaging more than 20 yards per kick return throughout his career.
Boles returns as the team’s top tackler in 2012 from his MIKE linebacker position. He rang up 88 tackles, six tackles for loss, and picked off a pass in his first year as a starter. Boles is part of deep, experienced linebacking corps.
Roberts enjoyed a breakout season from his strong safety position. He tied for the team lead in interceptions with four as the Leopards finished with 22 picks, the second best total in the nation. Roberts managed 56 stops and was second on the team in pass breakups.
As a team, Lafayette (32 points) was picked to finish fourth in the Patriot League Preseason Poll behind Colgate (58 points, 8 first-place votes), Lehigh (56 points, 6 first-place votes) and Holy Cross (35) and ahead of Georgetown (26) and Bucknell (15). (Fordham is ineligible for the title). Lafayette opens the season Sept. 7, hosting Sacred Heart at 6 p.m. on Student Appreciation Night.