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Northern Michigan kicker Belmonte named GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week

November 6, 2012
By MATT WELLENS - Journal Sports Editor ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - For the second time this season, a broken Northern Michigan University record earned senior Wildcat kicker Rockne Belmonte the honor of being the GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week.

On Oct. 13, Belmonte broke the Superior Dome and NMU record for longest field goal made from 58 yards in a win over Grand Valley State, earning him the honor.

In Saturday's 33-28 win over Saginaw Valley State in Marquette, Belmonte missed his first kick of the day from 51 yards, then nailed his next four from 36, 55, 49 and 46 yards to break the school record for field goals made in a career, which now stands at 42.

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Kyle Marotz was the previous record holder having hit 41 from 2002-05.

"Belmonte was the player of the game," NMU head coach Chris Ostrowsky said Saturday following the win. "It was just an amazing effort by him.

"It's one of those dream things to get the record and the win and the way the record came. It's one thing if you lose the game 35-9 and kick three field goals and he broke the record. It's a different thing when you win a football game 33-28 and you kick four field goals. I thought it was awesome. That record will stand for a long, long time."

Belmonte, who is 11-of-17 this season on field goals, also holds the record for most field goals made in a season after hitting 15 last year.

The Wildcats (4-6 overall, 3-6 in GLIAC) end the season Saturday hosting Ferris State for Senior Day at 1 p.m. inside the Superior Dome having won three of their last four games.

Matt Wellens can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 252.



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