NEAC Announces Student-Athlete of the Week Selections in Women’s and Men’s Cross Country, Field Hockey and Men’s Golf for 09-13-16

SUNY Cobleskill senior Taylor Tommell earned her second straight NEAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week award (Photo courtesy of Bob Cornell).
SUNY Cobleskill senior Taylor Tommell earned her second straight NEAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week award (Photo courtesy of Bob Cornell).

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 and men’s golf for the period running from Monday, September 5 through Sunday, September 11.

 

Taylor Tommell (Guilderland, N.Y.) repeats as the NEAC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after another outstanding outing for the SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers.  The senior was the top finisher at SUNY Cobleskill’s own Stephen A. Warde Invitational held this past Saturday, as she won the individual title after finishing the five-kilometer course with a time of 19:21.96 to best the rest of the 83-runner field.  It was the second straight year Tommell won the annual event held on her home course, this time crossing the finish line over 17 seconds before the second-place finisher.  Her performance helped the Fighting Tigers place second overall out of nine teams, which included four NEAC squads.

 

Byron Evans (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has been named the NEAC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after a tremendous performance for the Morrisville State College Mustangs.  The senior was the top NEAC runner and finished third overall out of 86 participants at the SUNY Cobleskill Stephen A. Warde Invitational Saturday, as he finished the eight-kilometer course in 30:13.74.  The only two runners to finish ahead of Evans was a duo from Union College, which finished first overall as a team.  His effort helped the Mustangs place fourth overall out of nine squads at the event, which included four NEAC teams.


Lauren Kellum (Eaton, N.Y.) has been selected as the NEAC Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week after an excellent week for the Morrisville State College Mustangs.  The junior forward totaled six points on two goals and two assists while helping the Mustangs split a pair of contests last week.  Kellum scored both Morrisville goals in the heartbreaking 3-2 setback to St. Lawrence last Wednesday, before assisting on two more goals to help the Mustangs rebound with a 3-0 victory over New England College Sunday.  Kellum now leads the conference in total points with nine, while also leading the NEAC in assists with three and being tied for the lead in goals with three.   

 

Meredith Koziol (Waterford, N.Y.) has been chosen as the NEAC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week after a strong performance for the Morrisville State College Mustangs.  The freshman goalie made 14 saves with a .824 save percentage and a 1.75 goals-against average across a pair of contests for the Mustangs.  Koziol recorded her first collegiate shutout victory after making three saves to help Morrisville blank New England College 3-0 Sunday.  She also saved 11 of the 14 shots she faced in a tough 3-2 setback to St. Lawrence last Wednesday, leaving her second in the conference in saves with 39 on the season thus far.   

 

Ian Wilson (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) has been named the NEAC Men’s Golfer of the Week for the second straight week after another terrific performance for the SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers.  The senior was the individual medalist at SUNY Cobleskill’s own Jug Classic last Friday, as he shot a three-over 73 on his home course to top the rest of the 55-golfer field.  His performance helped the Fighting Tigers win the nine-team event with an overall score of 307. 

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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.