Pace Football Well Represented at Postseason Senior Bowls
PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – After helping lead the Setters to a historic 2018 season, seven seniors and graduate students from the Pace University football team participated in postseason bowl games. Suiting up one last time in a collegiate uniform, the student-athletes had the opportunity to go toe-to-toe against some of the top players in all of Division I, Division II, III, and NAIA. On Dec. 9, linebacker Brenton Allen (Clearwater, FL/Dunedin) and cornerback Andrew Roach (Clinton, Md./Arundel Senior) played in the 2018 National Bowl in Daytona Beach, Fla. Both players were members of the American team that ultimately defeated the National team, 16-13. Allen recorded three solo tackles in the contest, including one tackle-for-loss, as well as being credited with one quarterback hurry. Roach ended the day with one solo tackle on his statline. Roach was named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference Second Team following a season that featured 25 tackles and three interceptions. The National Bowl also featured a combine where players showcased and measured their skillsets in front of scouts from various professional football leagues, including the NFL and CFL. The D2/NAIA Senior Bowl took place on Dec. 15 at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Setters were represented by offensive lineman Lawrence Omolayo (Patchogue, NY/Patchogue-Medford)and long snapper Adrian Vlahovic (Leonia, NJ/Palisades Park Leonia) in The Palmetto State. Omolayo came off a 2018 season where he started all 10 games for the Setters, being named to the NE10 All-Conference Second Team after providing gaps for Pace's volatile rushing game that ranked fourth in the conference. Rounding out the Setters' bowl game appearances, the defensive line trio of Kadeem Langhorne (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin), Jah'Sheem Martin (Freeport, NY/Freeport), and Prince Unaegbu (Boston, MA/Brighton) suited up for the 2019 Dream Bowl that took place on Jan. 21 in Salem, Va. The Pace defensive line tandem had the opportunity to play together one last time after causing havoc for opposing offenses all season long. Martin made the NE10 All-Conference First Team after recording 53 tackles and a team-high 9.5 tackles-for-loss. Langhorne was an NE10 Second Team representative after leading the team with 74 tackles, while Unaegbu earned Third Team honors after racking up 55 tackles, including 5.5 sacks. Unaegbu was named Defensive MVP of the Dream Bowl as Team Patriots featuring all three Setters defeated Team Crusaders, 21-7.