GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its Student-Athlete of the Week selections in the sports of women’s and men’s cross country, field hockey, men’s golf, women’s and men’s soccer and women’s volleyball for the period running from Thursday, September 1 through Sunday, September 4. These are the first set of weekly selections for 2016-17 after the new academic year kicked off this past Thursday.
Taylor Tommell (Guilderland, N.Y.) has been selected as the NEAC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after an excellent outing for the SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers. Tommell went up against stiff competition while running at the Colgate University Harry Lang Invitational this past Saturday, as the Fighting Tigers were the only Division III squad amongst the rest of the NCAA Division I field that included perennial powerhouse Syracuse University. Tommell, last year’s NEAC Runner of the Year, finished the hilly 5000-meter course in a time of 20:19.5 for a strong pace time of 6:33 per mile. The outing left her a respectable 38th individually at the six-team event.
Joseph Acey (Forestport, N.Y.) has been chosen as the NEAC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after a superb performance for the SUNY Polytechnic Institute Wildcats. The senior opened the season at Poly’s own Short Course Invitational Saturday, where he placed 14th out of 152 runners after finishing the six-kilometer course in 20:09.7 and being just 43 seconds behind the top finisher. Acey’s performance helped the defending conference champion Wildcats place fourth overall in the 11-team field.
Logan Vincent (Marathon, N.Y.) has been named the NEAC Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week after her clutch performance for the Wells College Express. The junior forward helped the defending NEAC champion Express secure their first victory of the season after scoring a goal and assisting on another in a 2-1 win over Cedar Crest Sunday. Vincent opened the game’s scoring with a goal early in the first half before assisting on what would ultimately be the game-winning goal in the second half to clinch the victory for Wells.
Kelsey Kokosa (Ludlow, Mass.) has been selected as the NEAC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week after a terrific debut performance for the Wells College Express. Making her first collegiate start in goal, the freshman helped the defending conference champion Express post their first win of the new season. Kokosa made five huge stops to help Wells secure a 2-1 victory over Cedar Crest Sunday, where she finished with a .833 save percentage on the day.
Ian Wilson (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) has been chosen as the NEAC Men’s Golfer of the Week after a tremendous start to the season for the SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers. The reigning NEAC Golfer of the Year picked up right where he left off last year with a pair of top-five finishes to open this season. Wilson tied for fourth place out of 44 golfers at the Johnson State College Invitational last Friday after shooting a 79 on the par-72 course to help the Fighting Tigers place fourth out of nine teams in their season-opening outing. The senior then topped that at the 17th Annual St. Lawrence University Invitational this past weekend, as he finished with a two-day score of 148 (four over par) to place second overall and just one stroke behind the individual medalist of the 61-golfer field.
Emma Booth (Elmira, N.Y.) has been named the NEAC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week after a tremendous pair of performances for the Wells College Express. The freshman forward made an immediate impact for the Express after tallying 10 points on four goals and two assists in their first two contests of the season. Booth scored a pair of goals and assisted on another in each of the Express games, which both resulted in victories after a 4-1 win over SUNY Canton last Thursday and a 5-1 triumph over Cedar Crest Sunday.
Angela Bartlett (West Winfield, N.Y.) has been selected as the NEAC Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week after a strong pair of performances for the SUNY Polytechnic Institute Wildcats. Bartlett, the reigning NEAC Defensive Player of the Year, picked up right where she left off in goal after posting a .857 save percentage and a 0.50 goals-against average across back-to-back contests for the Wildcats. The junior made five stops to help Poly secure a 3-1 win over Hilbert Friday, before adding a save and keeping Bryant & Stratton College scoreless as the two squads played to a 0-0 draw and left the Wildcats 1-0-1 to open the year.
Emile Vwaza (Manhattan, N.Y.) has been chosen as the NEAC Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week after helping the SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers secure a landmark victory. The freshman forward came up big for the Fighting Tigers after assisting on both goals during their 2-1 victory over Southern Vermont College Saturday. The win proved to be monumental, as it helped the Fighting Tigers break their 31-game losing streak.
Jose Arroyo (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) has been named the NEAC Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week after a fantastic performance for the Penn State Abington Nittany Lions. The sophomore was tremendous in goal during his season debut for Abington last Friday. Arroyo stopped all 11 shots that came his way to secure a shutout in a 3-0 victory over Hunter last Friday.
Helena Hanes (St. Mary's, Pa.) has been selected as the NEAC Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week after an excellent opening week for the Morrisville State College Mustangs. The sophomore setter did a little bit of everything while guiding the Mustangs to a 4-1 record, posting totals of 73 assists, 39 kills, 24 digs, nine aces and seven blocks across five matches. Hanes posted back-to-back double-double performances to open the season, beginning with 15 assists and a match-high 11 kills in a 3-1 win over Castleton Thursday, before opening the Mustangs’ four-match home tournament with a match-most 22 assists in addition to 10 kills in a 3-2 victory over MCLA Saturday. Hanes went on to finish the week hitting .345 at the net while tallying at least four digs in every match and at least one block assist in all but one contest to open the season.
Gabby Clark (Oneida, N.Y.) has been chosen as the NEAC Women’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week after an outstanding performance for the SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers. The senior libero racked up 67 digs and averaged 6.07 digs through 11 sets as the Fighting Tigers won the Elms College Blazer Invitational with a perfect 3-0 record. Clark posted 20-plus dig outings in two of the three matches and just missed a third such performance, as she finished with 23 digs over host Elms Friday, 19 digs in a 3-2 triumph over Albertus Magnus Saturday and 25 digs in a 3-1 victory over York (N.Y.) later in the day.
The North Eastern Athletic Conference has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Penn State Altoona (M Volleyball) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf). The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s and women’s tennis.