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Fletcher Ladd '05
Ladd led the conference in rushing with 1,137 yards on 184 carries.

Ladd Named ECAC Division III Northeast Player of the Year;
Jeffs Place Three on ECAC Northeast All-Star Squad

December 20, 2004

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College senior tailback Fletcher Ladd (Amherst, NH/Souhegan) was named the Division III Northeast Player of the Year by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) on Monday and was one of three Amherst players named to the 2004 ECAC Division III Northeast All-Star Team, along with classmates and fellow first-team selections Jay Wagstaff (Tewksbury, MA/Tewksbury) and Rob Walsh (Fair Lawn, NJ/Fair Lawn).

Ladd earned New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Offensive Player of the Year honors after topping the conference in rushing with 1,137 yards on 184 carries, upping his career total to a school-record 3,817 rushing yards. He also finished second in the NESCAC in rushing in both 2003 (111.8 ypg) and 2002 (143.5 ypg) and second in the conference in rushing touchdowns (seven) as a rookie in 2001. A Second-Team CoSIDA Academic All-America pick in 2003 and a finalist for Academic All-America this season, Ladd is a four-time All-NESCAC and two-time First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, among countless other honors.

Wagstaff - a First-Team All-NESCAC honoree for the third consecutive season and a First-Team Football Gazette All-East Region pick - led the conference and finished 17th in the nation in punt return average (13.7 yds.) and finished seventh in the league in all-purpose yards (757), highlighted by a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown in a 19-10 win over visiting Colby. He topped the Jeffs in receptions (25), receiving yards (359) and receiving touchdowns (three) as a wide receiver as well.

Walsh was a First-Team All-NESCAC and Third-Team Football Gazette All-East Region selection after leading the conference and finishing tied for fifth in the nation with six interceptions, falling just one pick shy of an Amherst single-season record. He also led the conference and placed 11th nationally with 14 pass defenses. A First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and a finalist for Academic All-America, Walsh earned NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week, Football Gazette Defensive Player of the Week and ECAC Division III New England Defensive Player of the Week honors after tying a 27-year-old single-game school record with four interceptions in a 34-28 double-overtime win at Bowdoin.