CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After putting together the best season by an MIT football team since 1999, the 2012 squad had seven players named to the New England Football Conference All-Boyd Division team the league announced today. Head Coach Chad Martinovich was honored for leading the Engineers to a 5-4 record and a fourth-place finish in the NEFC Boyd Division standings. Earning first team all-conference honors were senior Ethan Peterson (Rutland, Vt.), junior Jake Laux (Dousman, Wis.) and sophomores Justin Wallace (Palatine, Ill.) and Brad Goldsberry (Elizabeth, Colo.). Selected to the second team were junior Derek Vaughn (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) and sophomores Harris Chalat (Evergreen, Colo.) and Jacob Masterson (Zanesville, Ohio). Peterson was also named the Hal Chalmers Senior Student-Athlete of the Year, the fifth consecutive year the award has gone to an MIT student-athlete.
For Wallace and Peterson it was the second straight year that they have earned first team honors. Wallace has now led the team in rushing in back-to-back seasons, finishing with 867 yards and nine touchdowns to place fourth in the NEFC in rushing. Peterson, who earned his third overall All-NEFC award, was the leader on the offensive line that opened the holes for Wallace and a ground game that was sixth overall in the league. A nuclear science and engineering major, Peterson was recently named a finalist for the National Football Foundation's William V. Campbell Trophy that recognizes the best scholar-athlete in the nation.
Goldsberry turned in one of the most prolific seasons in MIT history in terms of all-purpose yardage. Playing at receiver, running back and kick returner he led the Engineers with 56 receptions for 666 yards and three scores. He also rushed for 458 yards and four more TDs as well as returning kicks and punts for a total of 585 yards. Among the national leaders in all-purpose yards all season, he led the NEFC with his 189.9 yards per game average in that category. A second team All-NEFC pick in 2011, Laux had an outstanding year from his linebacker position, leading the team and the NEFC with 121 tackles, just two short of tying the Institute record. He also had an interception in the final seconds of the upset win over Salve Regina that earned him NEFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Vaughn earned his first all-conference award along the defensive front for MIT where he made 21 tackles and led the Engineers with 2.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for a loss. Chalat and Masterson both earned all-division honors for the first time in their careers as well, helping to anchor an offensive line that was among the national leaders in allowing the fewest sacks. The Engineers allowed just nine sacks all season, tying for the best mark in the NEFC.
In his fourth season at MIT, Martinovich guided the Engineers to their most wins since 2002 and the first winning season since 1999. MIT's three-win improvement over last season was tied for the best in the NEFC with Coast Guard.