WALTHAM, Mass. – Bentley University defensive standouts Nick Athy (Holliston/Holliston HS) and Pete Thorbahn (Norwell/Xaverian Bros. HS) were selected to the 2018 All-Northeast-10 Conference Football first team by the conference's head coaches.
Athy, a senior linebacker, was a repeat honoree on the first team while Thorbahn, a junior corner, earned first-team honors for the first time after being a second-team selection in 2016 and 2017.
Bentley was also represented on the All-Conference listing by senior offensive lineman Matt Boyle (Duxbury/Duxbury HS) and a trio of freshmen, kick returner Isaiah Collins (Dorchester Center/ Belmont Hill School) and defensive linemen Cedric Dashiell II (Buena Park, Calif./Buena Park HS) and Steven Paulino (Bergenfield, N.J./Bergenfield HS).
Boyle was selected for the All-NE10 third team while Collins, Dashiell II and Paulino were All-Rookie selections. Their selection gives Bentley seven All-Rookie team representatives in the last two years.
Athy, a Falcon co-captain and a candidate for Google Cloud Academic All-America® honors, spent most of his career as a safety before shifting to linebacker midseason. He was fifth on the team in tackles (46) and also had an interception and a forced fumble.
Athy, who played in every game for the Falcons during his four seasons, finished his career with 167 tackles, six interceptions, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.
Thorbahn finished the season second the in the NE10 in interceptions with six, and also had a team-best 76 tackles, 1.5 tackles for losses, a fumble recovery and six pass break-ups. He picked off a pass in five of the last six games and had double-figure tackles in three of the last five contests.
Thorbahn will enter the 2019 season with 13 career interceptions, which is tied for seventh most in program history. He's also 12 tackles away from 200 for his career.
The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Boyle split time between guard and center while starting all ten games. He cracked the starting unit in 2017, getting the nod at right guard in the final six.
Collins was the third leading kick returner in the Northeast-10, averaging 25.3 yards on 25 returns. He had a long of 82 yards at Saint Anselm and his 633 kick return yards led the conference.
The 240-pound Dashiell II saw action in every game with four starts and totaled 36 tackles, 5.5 tackles for losses and a forced fumble.
Paulino, also a 240-pounder, started six times and came off the bench in the team's other four games. He finished his rookie year with 30 tackles, including two for losses.
Bentley closed out the season with three wins in its final four games for a record of 4-6.