NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University football program has selected two captains to lead the Cadets during the 2017 season, Head Coach Mark Murnyack announced Monday afternoon.
Rising seniors Austin Roberts (East Bridgewater, Mass.) and Peter Lalime (Kensington, N.H.) will assume the captaincy for the first time in their collegiate careers, leading the Cadets into the 121st season of Norwich football starting Saturday, Sept. 2 on the campus of Morrisville State College.
"'Auggy' and Pete have made an impact on this program since they stepped on campus four years ago," remarked Murnyack. "It is only fitting that they were chosen to lead this team. Their work ethic and attention to detail provide a clear example of the way things need to be done."
Roberts finished the 2016 season ranked third on the team in total tackles with 62, posting 38 solo tackles to finish second individually. In addition to his one forced fumble of the year, Roberts, picked off two wayward passes and tied for the team lead with seven pass breakups.
Since joining the team in 2014, Roberts has notched 145 tackles across 30 career contests (4.8/game). He has racked up nine tackles for a loss and has returned five interceptions for 117 total yards, including two for a whopping 79 yards as a freshman.
Outside of football, Roberts was the recipient of an Army ROTC Scholarship and has earned high honors during his tenure in Northfield. A perennial Dean's List student, he served as a Cadet Staff Sergeant during his junior year and was a Community Service Liaison and a Special Olympics volunteer.
Lalime, an offensive lineman for Norwich, has played in 20 games for the Cadets. Last season, he earned Eastern Collegiate Football Conference Honorable Mention All-Conference after being a key cog for the offensive line, blocking for an average of 200 rushing yards per game to rank second in the conference.
An upper-class Platoon Leader, Lalime has earned high honors and Dean's List recognition for his work in the classroom. Earning the rank of Sergeant First Class as a junior, he has volunteered his time with the Special Olympics and the Read Across America program. He has also earned ribbons for Cadet Good Conduct and a CAM Training Ribbon.
"On and off the field, these are the student-athletes that coaches dream about representing their program. Thus far in camp, they have set a high standard and held other players accountable. Auggy will be a four-year starter and Pete will be a three-year starter – they know our culture and our system extremely well," concluded Murnyack.
The co-captains will lead Norwich into its first season in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference. Rekindling rivalries against schools such as the United States Coast Guard Academy and Springfield College, the Cadets host the Coast Guard on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. on Sabine Field.