NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Sophomore defensive end Cory Hagerman of the Merrimack College football program was named Northeast Conference (NEC) Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, capping off a career season for the second-year lineman.
Hagerman put forth a career-best four-sack performance on Saturday afternoon at Long Island University, leading the charge in the Warriors’ 24-10 victory. Merrimack’s defense enjoyed a 10-sack performance to tie the program’s single-game high while Hagerman’s effort also tied the program’s single-game record for an individual. On the day, Hagerman totaled a career-best 11 tackles including 10 solo stops. He also led Merrimack with 4.5 tackles for loss, which also marked a career high.
The Binghamton, N.Y. native ended the year tied atop the NEC leaders with 9.5 sacks over 11 games, sharing the honor with Wagner’s Cameron Gill. Hagerman also ranked fifth in tackles behind the line of scrimmage with 13.0
Merrimack ended the year with a 6-5 record including notable road wins at Delaware State and LIU. The Warriors triumphed on four occasions on Duane Stadium soil, including a 24-21 win over Presbyterian. The team ranked second in both scoring offense (31.0 ppg) and scoring defense (21.5 points allowed) on the year.
Hagerman joined sophomore Christian Carter, redshirt-senior Marquis Spence and graduate student Corey Resendes as Warriors who received NEC weekly awards this season; with Hagerman’s recognition, Merrimack claimed NEC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week at least once in 2019.