Joe Rizzardi Named CGASPORTS.COM Athlete of the Week

Coast Guard Academy sophomore Joe Rizzardi has been named the CGASPORTS.COM Athlete of the Week as he intercepted a pair of passes in the first half and returned them both for touchdowns lifting the Bears to a 37-20 win over Nichols in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) opener for both schools.

Rizzardi, who was named the NEFC Defensive Player of the Week following his outstanding performance, had a 28-yard return for a touchdown in the first quarter to give Coast Guard a 10-6 lead and then had a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the first half which broke a 13-13 tie. Rizzardi also added six solo tackles as Coast Guard won its first game of the season.

The starting strong safety leads all NEFC defensive backs with 29 solo tackles and 39 total tackles on the season.

Coast Guard will host Western New England on Saturday at 1:30 in a NEFC game as part of Celebrate New London Day at the Academy.