Daoust, Lalli & McGee Tabbed Football All-ECAC|
December 12, 2000
AMHERST, MA - Amherst College senior defensive back Brian Daoust (Dover, MA/Xavieran Brothers) was named First-Team All-ECAC, while juniors Pat McGee (Marshfield, MA/Boston College HS) and Dan Lalli (Watertown, MA/Xavieran Brothers) earned second-team honors, capping one of the most successful football seasons in recent school-history.
Daoust finished his career with a school-record 16 interceptions in four seasons as a starter and two as a tri-captain and led Amherst to arguably its biggest football victory in 14 years, a 20-12 homecoming win over archrival Williams College on Saturday, Nov. 11. He had three interceptions, five tackles and a pass-breakup against Williams as the Jeffs earned their first outright Little Three Title (decided annually between Amherst, Williams and Wesleyan University) in 14 years and clinched a share of the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship with a 7-1 record.
Daoust earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors and the Coca-Cola Gold Helmet Award after dominating the Ephs and was a First-Team All-NESCAC and New England Sports Writers All-Region Division II-III post-season selection. He is also a starting guard and tri-captain on the Amherst men's basketball team, where he was recently named the NESCAC Player of the Week after scoring a career-high 39 points against visiting Clark University on Wednesday, Nov. 29.
McGee, a defensive tackle, and Lalli, a tri-captain linebacker, join Daoust on the All-ECAC defensive team. Like Daoust, both were First-Team All-NESAC selections on an Amherst defense that held opponents to a mere 8.8 points and 86.8 rushing yards per game.
McGee was the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 14 after leading Amherst to a 28-14 victory over previously-unbeaten Colby College. He had four sacks and a game-high 10 tackles against the White Mules, including four unassisted and five for loss, and finished with a team-high eight sacks on the season despite playing just five games before suffering a campaign-ending knee injury.
Meanwhile, Lalli was Amherst's second-leading tackler with 70 takedowns, including a team second-best 34 unassisted and eight for loss. He also had a game and season-high 15 tackles in the Jeffs' season-finale against Williams and finished with 10 or more tackles three times this season.