The College Report: Bryant’s Max Machado of Berkeley Heights Named Northeast Conference Defensive Rookie of the Year

The College Report: Bryant’s Max Machado of Berkeley Heights Named Northeast Conference Defensive Rookie of the Year

The Northeast Conference has named Bryant University cornerback Max Machado (Berkeley Heights, Fr.) its Defensive Rookie of the Year. Machado, just one year removed from Gov. Livingston High School, broke into the Bulldogs’ starting defensive unit and amassed 30 tackles, four interceptions and four broken pass plays. Bryant, which is located in Smithfield, R.I., finished the season 7-4.

The New Jersey Athletic Conference bestowed first-team All-Conference honors upon Montclair State quarterback Tom Fischer (Livingston, Jr.) and Rowan tight end Kevin DelleDonna (Summit, Jr.). Fischer also earned NJAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year recognition. This season, he became the fourth Montclair player to surpass 5,000 yards in both passing and total offense. He threw for 22 touchdowns and 2,341 yards, while completing 164 of 290 passes. The Red Hawks finished their season yesterday in Dover, Delaware, where they were ousted from the NCAA Division 3 playoffs by Wesley College, 44-7. Montclair finished the season 10-2.

 DelleDonna, a Summit High product, caught 20 passes for 275 yards this season. He scored two touchdowns for the 9-1 Profs.

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Johns Hopkins’ placekicker Alex Lachman (Livingston, Sr.) earned All-Centennial Conference first team honors. Lachman, who prepped at Livingston High, converted 40 of 44 extra-point attempts and 12 of 16 field goal tries this season as Hopkins went 8-3 this season. He holds both the school and conference records for career field goals (46) and points scored by a kicker (276). Additionally, his 46 career field goals rank him among the top five all-time in Division 3.

Catholic University’s Rich Brennan (Summit, Sr.) was honored by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference as a second team selection on offense. Brennan, a St. Peter’s Prep graduate, anchored an offensive line that averaged 25.6 points, 116.6 rushing yards and 224.2 passing yards per game. This is the second year that Brennan has been so recognized. Catholic ran up a 4-6 record this season.

Salisbury’s Alex Smith (Madison, Jr.) earned All-Atlantic Central Football Conference second-team recognition for his work on the Sea Gulls’ offensive line. Salisbury gained 3,951 yards on the ground en route to a 7-3 record. Their season ended last weekend in the first round of the NCAA Division 3 playoffs with a 23-12 loss to Delaware Valley. Smith is a Madison High alum.


Kean’s Emily Cristaldi (Summit, Fr.) scored a co-high 16 points to help the Cougars (3-0) defeat the University of the Redlands, 71-68, in California on Friday. Cristaldi, a Summit High grad, scored all of her points from the floor, dropping in seven of 10 field goal attempts and two of three free throws. She also got credit for four assists and three rebounds. 


Pat Sullivan (Madison, Jr.) scored 14 points to help Hamilton defeat Wells College, 63-60, in Clinton, N.Y. yesterday. Sullivan, a Delbarton grad, clicked on five of eight field goal attempts and four of eight free throws. His six rebounds were high for the team and he blocked one Wells shot. The Continentals improved to 2-1 with the victory.

Colgate’s Mike Venezia (Westfield, Jr.) scored 10 points as the Red Raiders (0-5) lost to Dartmouth, 80-63, in Hanover, N.H. yesterday. Venezia, a Westfield High grad, hit four of 12 field goal attempts, including two of six from downtown. He also earned credit for four rebounds and two assists.



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