Bridgewater State's Jack Lavanchy, Westfield State's Travon Holder, Zach Howard and Worcester State's Jacob Maher were named to the D3football.com All-East Region Team as announced earlier today.
Maher earned D3football.com All-East First Team offense honors while Lavanchy and Holder landed on second team offense and Howard on second team defense. Last month, the quartet was named to the 2018 New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England team.
In 11 games during the 2018 season, Lavanchy hauled in 97 passes for 1,236 yards and 13 touchdowns as he broke his own BSU single-season mark for receptions. The Walpole, Massachusetts led the MASCAC in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Earlier this month, Lavanchy was named the MASCAC Offensive Player of the Year. He was also one of eight Bears named to the All-MASCAC Team as he garnered first team honors for the second straight season.
For Westfield State, Holder led the MASCAC in rushing yards (1,132), yards per game (125.8) and touchdowns (15). His play landed him on first team All-Conference for the second straight year. In his four years at Westfield, he rushed for 3,428 yards, caught 37 passes for 314 yards and 38 total touchdowns. Holder is third on the all-time rushing list, second on the all-time scoring list and tied the school's record with 38 touchdowns.
Howard led the Owls defense with 78 total tackles. He had 3.5 sacks on the year along with 11.5 tackles for loss, one force fumble, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions. For his stellar defensive play he was named the 2018 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference football Defensive Player of the year and he was named first-team All-Conference for the third straight year.
Maher led the Lancers in every major receiving category this season, with 47 catches, 615 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns in 10 games played. The junior criminal justice major had a pair of two touchdown outings, first in Worcester State's loss to Salve Regina to open the season, and again two weeks later in the Lancers' victory over Fitchburg State.
The teams, selected in balloting by East Region sports information directors and D3football.com staff, were chosen from 328 nominations by full Division III member schools. A total of 78 players were chosen. Players nominated for All-Region are eligible to be considered for D3football.com All-America honors, which will be announced the evening of Dec. 14, in D3football.com's pregame coverage for Stagg Bowl XLV.
Portions of this release courtesy of Bridgewater State, Westfield State and Worcester State Sports Information