DURHAM, N.H.-Four players from the University of New Hampshire football team were named to the New England Football Writers I-AA All-Star team. The announcement was made today and they will be honored at the annual New England Football, Writers Captains and Awards Banquet on Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Lantana Restaurant in Randolph, Mass.
The four UNH players named to the squad included senior linebacker Brett Bashaw (Newburyport, Mass.), sophomore tailback Stephan Lewis (Coatesville, Pa.), junior offensive lineman Jason Ball (Londonderry, N.H.) and senior offensive lineman Al Willis (Queens, N.Y.).
The team, which represents 10 different colleges from the New England area, was made up of 17 players from the Atlantic 10 Football, Conference, 14 from the Ivy League and three from the Patriot League.
Bashaw, a two-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Week and a first-team All-Atlantic 10 selection this season, led the squad in unassisted tackles (63), assisted tackles (64), total tackles (127) and tackles-for-loss (18). He was third in the conference at 11.5 tackles per game. With 297 career tackles, Bashaw is tied for third with Romande Carter, (1993-96) on UNH's all-time list.
Lewis, despite missing the last two games due to injury, led the 'Cats with 953 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns (nine rushing). He compiled 515 receiving yards for a total of 1,468 all-purpose yards. A Gold Helmet and conference Player of the Week selection Oct. 30, Lewis ranked third in the Atlantic 10 with 105.9 rushing yards per game; he was second in both all-purpose yards (163.1 per game) and scoring (8.7).
Assisting Lewis with all of his success was Ball and Willis on the offensive line. The duo anchored an offensive line that propelled UNH to a No. 5 conference ranking in both rushing and passing. Both players were named second-team All-Atlantic 10 earlier this season.
UNH, ranked as high as 23rd in the nation, finished the campaign with a winning 6-5 overall record and was 4-4 in the Atlantic 10.