September 28, 2009

Tom Mante Claims Second Straight Ivy League Weekly Honor

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — For the second consecutive week, the Ivy League has honored Yale senior punter and placekicker Tom Mante as the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week. Mante, a 2008 All-Ivy honoree at both kicking positions, tied an Ivy League record with a career-long 54-yard field goal on Saturday afternoon against Cornell.

Mante’s 54-yarder, which came on the final play before halftime to bring the Bulldogs to within one point of Big Red at 7-6, tied five other placekickers for the longest field goal in the history of the Ancient Eight. The most recent 54-yard field goal prior to Saturday came off the foot of Penn placekicker Tim Mazzetti in 1976.

Mante’s kick also tied the Yale record, matching the distance of a dropkick by Otis Guernsey for the Bulldogs in 1915. The senior from Westford, Mass. also drilled a 50-yard field goal against Georgetown last weekend, making him the first kicker in Ivy League history to connect from 50 yards or longer in consecutive weeks.

As a punter, Mante set a Yale record by booming 12 punts, landing six inside the Cornell 20-yard line. Mante's contributions in his dual kicking and punting duties earned him Walter Camp Player of the Game honors.

Mante and the Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday, as Lafayette visits the Yale Bowl for a noon kickoff.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity