Video Tribute: The CMS Football Class of 2021
As part of NCAA Division III week (Apr. 5-11), we will be honoring the senior classes for all 21 of our varsity sports. A number of our student-athletes elected to take a semester or a school year off and could return to action next season, but we have chosen to honor the senior classes as they would have been, without the COVID-19 interruption. The members of the Class of 2021 lost so much of what they had built towards in their first 2-3 years of competition when the pandemic hit, but still clearly left their mark on CMS Athletics.
CLAREMONT, Calif. - The CMS Football Class of 2021 helped the Stags walk on new ground, with the program reaching the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in 2018 as sophomores. CMS earned their way into the postseason with its first SCIAC title since 1987, winning a big road game at Redlands 20-10 to start out the year 3-0 in league, dominating time of possession and killing almost the final 10 minutes with a clinching touchdown drive.
CMS then secured the NCAA bid with a 16-9 win over Chapman at home in the second-to-last game of the regular season, once again dominating time of possession with 43 minutes, and holding a high-powered Chapman offense, which came in averaging over 35 points a game, to only nine.
The CMS seniors also helped win back the Sixth Street Trophy in their last contest as juniors, defeating Pomona-Pitzer to close out the 2019 campaign in a hard-fought 20-17 win. The Stags once again used time of possession as their calling card, leading the nation (all divisions) in that category.
The 12 members of the CMS Football Class of 2021 are as follows:
Sam Boorstyn (TE, Brooklyn, N.Y. - CMC, Government)
Boorstyn played for one season with the Stags after joing the team as a junior, playing tight end and also contributing on special teams. A SCIAC All-Academic Team selection as a a government major, he has served as a senator with the Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College. Off campus, he has held positions as a communications intern with the Democratic Governors Association and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee in Washington, D.C., and as an intern for the Kishan Putta for DC Council campaign. He most recently interned on the campaign for Mayor Levar Stoney's campaign in Richmond, Virgina in 2020.
Jack Cavellier (LB, San Marcos, Calif. - CMC, Economics)
Cavellier was a key part of the CMS defense in his career, playing both on the defensive line and at linebacker. He had 41 tackles in his career, including 20 in his junior season, when he had a sack and 3.5 tackles for losses. He closed out the year with five tackles (four solo) in a Sixth Street Trophy win over Pomona-Pitzer, and also had a career-high seven tackles and a sack against La Verne. As a sophomore, he had a sack in a key road win over Redlands, which turned out to be the game that determined the SCIAC title. A SCIAC All-Academic Team selection as an economics major, he worked as a finance intern with Amgen in 2000.
David Chen (DL, Coto de Caza, Calif. - CMC, Economics and Psychology)
Chen played on the CMS defensive line all three seasons with the Stags. He had a key sack in a 34-21 win over Whittier, which helped keep CMS undefeated in the SCIAC and on its way to a league title, and also had two tackles this year in 2019 in a win over Northwestern (Minn.). A dual major at CMC in both economics and psychology, Chen was heavily involved on campus, with the Student Investment Fund, the Associated Students of Claremont McKenna, the admissions office, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and the Asian Pacific-American Mentoring Program, and interned in the summer of 2000 as a summer associate with Capital Group Investment Management.
Camrion Davis (LB, Roseville, Calif. - CMC, economics)
Davis was off to a strong start to his junior season with seven tackles on opening day (all solo) before seeing his year cut short by injury, and then losing his senior season to COVID. As a sophomore, he started all 11 games at linebacker after converting from running back, ranking second on the team in takles with 58 (solo). He had a season-high 10 tackles in the big win over Redlands which eventually determined the SCIAC title, and added nine tackles against Pomona-Pitzer. An economics major at Claremont McKenna, Davis now works as an investment banking analyst in Orange County, after holding an analyst role on campus for the Harvey Mudd Investment Fund.
Jordan Leonard (RB, Anaheim, Calif. - CMC, Applied Mathematics)
Leonard was a first-team All-SCIAC performer as a kickoff returner as a first-year in 2017 with 736 return yards, including a long return of 74. As a sophomore, he became a key part of the running back rotation, totaling 76 carries for 351 yards and five touchdowns during the CMS championship season. He scored two touchdown in the 20-10 road win over Redlands, which determined the SCIAC title after both teams tied at 6-1 in league play. As a junior, he had 184 yards in four game before being lost due to injury. An applied mathematics major at Claremont McKenna, Leonard has held internships as a strategy and market analytics intern at Epson, and as a university intern for disputes and economics at Ankura.
Jacob Lyle (OL, Ventura, Calif. - CMC, Government and Economics)
Lyle earned second-team All-SCIAC honors as a junior while playing the important left tackle position on the offensive line. As a three-year starter, Lyle was a key part of an offensive line that led the nation in time of possession as a junior, and as a sophomore, he helped pave the way for Garrett Cheadle to earn SCIAC Offensive Player of the Year honors with over 1300 yards rushing in 2018. A government and economics major at Claremont McKenna, Lyle was a part of the SCIAC All-Academic Team all three seasons, and has also served as a police cadet with the Ventura Police Department.
Satya Mindich (DB, Honolulu, Hawai'i - CMC, Economics)
Mindich was a key part of the CMS secondary from the start of his career, appearing in eight games as a first-year and recording 17 tackles and one fumble recovery. He played in six games as a sophomore before being lost to injury, and hten played in all 10 games his junior year in 2019, recording his first career interception against Puget Sound. He had six tackles on two occasions, including at La Verne when he had a sack, and again at Redlands. An economics major at Claremont McKenna, Mindich now works as a full-time finance associate at Apple, where he interned during the summer of 2020.
Cade Moffatt (DB, South Pasadena, Calif. - CMC, Economics)
Moffatt was a standout cornerback for the Stags over his career, earning second-team All-SCIAC honors as a sophomore when he helped CMS to the SCIAC title. He was also named to the D3football.com National Team of the Week after seven tackles and three pass break-ups in a key 17-10 win over Cal Lutheran. He also had a big moment in a 16-9 win over Chapman, when his econd-half interception helped CMS clinch the SCIAC title. He missed most of his junior season with an injury, but came back late in the year to contribute with six pass break-ups. Moffatt was a SCIAC All-Academic Team selection as well as an economics major, specializing in quantitative economics.
Jake Norville (QB, Orangevale, Calif. - CMC, Applied Mathematics and Economics)
Norville was the starting quarterback during the season for the 2018 SCIAC Champion Stags Football team, although he was unable to play in the NCAA Division III Tournament game due to injury. He threw for 909 yards, nine touchdown and only two interceptions on the year, while also running for 13 yards. He was named the SCIAC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for four touchdowns in a win over La Verne, which helped CMS start its league slate with win. A SCIAC All-Academic Team selection as an applied mathematics and economics major at Claremont McKenna, Norville has worked as a financial crimes summer intern with Crowe and as a disputes and investigations intern at Alvarez & Marshal in San Francisco.
Nick Parise (TE, Milwaukie, Ore. - CMC, Economics and Public Policy)
Parise served as a team captain and became an important two-way threat as a tight end, both as a blocker for the CMS ground attack, and as a receiver. He caught a touchdown pass as a freshman on his only reception, and then had two touchdown catches as a sophomore in 2018, pulling down one in each of the first two games against Puget Sound and Northwestern. He added 10 more catches his junior year, including a career-long 47-yarder in the rematch with Northwestern. An economics and public policy major, Parise has taken additional coursework in finance and health policy.
Cooper Pryde (OL, Toronto, Ont. - CMC, PPE and Government)
Pryde converted from a defensive lineman to an offensive lineman as a junior, and earned a significant role down the stretch of the 2019 season, earning two starts. He was a SCIAC All-Academic Team selection in each of his three seasons of competition, while pursuing a dual major in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) and government at Claremont McKenna. Off the field, he has served as a senior editor for Tabula Rasa, a philosophy journal operating out of the Claremont Colleges and held a summer position with the Mayor of Toronto's administration working on constituency affairs.
Jack Viani (WR, Danville, Calif. - CMC, Economics/Finance)
Viani had injuries sidetrack his career, appearing in one game as a first-year before being forced the the sidelines and missing his sophomore season. He fought his way back from his injury to make it back onto the field to appear in four games as a junior. In the final road game of the year, Viani also earned a spot in the stat books with his first career reception, a 16-yarder at eventual SCIAC Champion Chapman. An economics-finance major at Claremont McKenna, Viani's career ambition is to start his own company.