MEDFORD – Junior kicker Matt Alswanger of the Tufts University football team is the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring seven points in the Jumbos' victory at Bates College on Saturday.
Alswanger was good on all four of his extra-point kicks and also booted a 21-yard field goal in Tufts' 33-28 win that spoiled Homecoming Day at Bates. The field goal came with just 1:30 remaining in the second quarter and gave the Jumbos a 10-8 lead heading into halftime. His seven points led Tufts in the five-point victory.
This is Tufts' second Player of the Week award for 2019. Sophomore defensive end Jovan Nenadovic was named Defensive Player of the Week for the Trinity game on September 14. Alswanger is the first Jumbo to receive the league's special teams accolade since punter Alex LaPiana on October 1, 2017. Alswanger is Tufts' first kicker to be honored since Willie Holmquist on October 2, 2016.
So far this season Alswanger is 2 for 2 on field goals and seven for eight on extra points. He broke the Tufts record for extra points in a season last fall with 31. As a junior, he's on pace to pass the Jumbos' all-time extra points record of 79 held by Chris Wild from 1988-91. Alswanger 11 for 14 on field goals (79 percent) for his career.