STEPHAN LEWIS EARNS GOLD HELMET AWARD FOR EFFORTS IN UNH'S 24-16 VICTORY OVER NO. 14 UMASS

DURHAM, N.H.-- Sophomore tailback Stephan Lewis (Coatesville, Pa.) of the University of New Hampshire football team brought home the hardware this week after carrying the ball 35 times for a career-high 245 yards and scoring three touchdowns in the huge 24-16 victory over No. 14 Massachusetts. As a result of his efforts, he was the recipient of this week's Coca Cola Gold Helmet Award, which he received today at the New England Football Writer's Luncheon on the campus of Harvard University.

In addition to the Gold Helmet Award, Lewis was named the Atlantic 10 Football Conference's Offensive Player of the Week. He also joined some impressive company when he was named the recipient of the Bill Knight Trophy, which is given to the MVP of the UMass/UNH football contest as voted upon by the media covering both teams. Lewis scored on touchdown runs of 6 and 24 yards and notched the game-winner on a six-yard shovel pass from junior quarterback Ryan Day (Manchester, N.H.). Lewis is among the Atlantic 10 league-leaders in rushing, scoring and all-purpose yards.

Lewis will be looking to etch his name into the record books this weekend as he needs just 106 yards vs. Delaware on Nov. 4 to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the 2000 season. He presently has 191 carries for 894 yards, nine rushing touchdowns and he is averaging nearly five yards per carry (4.7). The 106 yards needed is slightly below his mark of 111.8 average rushing yards per contest.

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