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 and women’s and men’s tennis for the period running from Monday, September 12 through Sunday, September 18. These are the first set of weekly selections for tennis this season
Valerie Santangelo (Abington, Pa.) has been selected as the NEAC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after a terrific outing for the Penn State Abington Nittany Lions. The senior placed fourth overall out of 73 runners at Abington’s own 5K Invitational this past Saturday, as she finished the course in 23:02.2. That time also helped Santangelo finish as the top NEAC runner at the event, which included five conference teams. Her performance helped the Nittany Lions place third overall out of 10 teams.
Josh Velez (Lewistown, Pa.) has been chosen as the NEAC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after an excellent outing for the Penn College Wildcats. The freshman took fifth place in the 79-runner field at the 8K Penn State Abington Invitational Saturday after clocking in at 29:39, which was just 0.3 behind fourth place and a shade over 15 seconds from the top spot. Velez was also the top NEAC finisher at the event that included five conference squads while only being topped by four runners from regional powerhouse Franklin & Marshall, which took the team title with 18 points. Penn College finished the event fourth overall out of 12 teams.
Miranda Long (Catawissa, Pa.) has been named the NEAC Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week after a tremendous performance for the Wilson College Phoenix. The junior forward posted seven points on three goals and an assist to lead the Phoenix to a 9-0 victory over Notre Dame (Md.) this past Thursday. Long’s hat trick came in the first half after scoring all three goals in the opening frame. Long is now tied for the conference lead in both goals (4) and points (9) for the Phoenix, who improved to 2-1 overall.
Lexi Cohen (Newtown, Pa.) has been selected as the NEAC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week after a strong effort for the Wells College Express. The senior defender tallied two defensive saves against Marywood Sunday, giving her the conference lead in that category with three on the season. Cohen also helped lead the Express defense as they pulled out a 3-2 shootout victory over Bryn Mawr Saturday.
Zach Arsenault (Medford Lakes, N.J.) has been chosen as the NEAC Men’s Golfer of the Week after a fantastic outing for the Rutgers University-Camden Scarlet Raptors. The senior was the runner-up individual finisher at last Monday’s Moravian College Fall Invitational during the Scarlet Raptors’ season opener, as he shot a one-over 73 on the day that was just one stroke behind the medalist. The performance helped Rutgers-Camden to a second-place finish out of 13 teams in the event.
Tessa Caltagirone (Reading, Pa.) has been named the NEAC West* Women’s Tennis Player of the Week after a superb performance for the Penn State Berks Nittany Lions. The sophomore won a pair of matches during Berks’ season-opening 6-3 win over Albright College this past Saturday. Caltagirone teamed with Lu Pulcini (Bergamo, Italy) for an 8-4 win in third doubles before recording a 6-3, 6-1 victory in sixth singles that clinched the match for the Nittany Lions over their nearby foe.
Nick Volk (Kempton, Pa.) has been selected as the NAC West* Men’s Tennis Player of the Week after a sensational season opener for the Penn State Berks Nittany Lions. The sophomore won a pair of matches in convincing fashion during the Nittany Lions’ season opener against local rival Albright College Saturday. Volk first teamed with Diego Olazagasti (Exeter, Pa.) to post an 8-1 victory in third doubles, before claiming a 6-0, 6-1 win in fifth singles to record two of Berks’ four points in the heartbreaking 5-4 setback.
************************************************************************************************************************* 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 of Technology, 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.
*Beginning with the 2010 season, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in the sport of men’s and women’s tennis. The NEAC will compete as associate members of the NAC in men’s tennis, while the NAC will compete as associate members of the NEAC in women’s tennis. Members from each conference will be divided into an East and West Division for each sport, with each division holding a championship and the two divisional champions then facing off to determine the conference champion. The conference winner for each sport will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.
A complete breakdown of the NEAC/NAC tennis partnership is as follows:
Men's Tennis: NEAC members Bryn Athyn, Keuka, Lancaster Bible, Penn College, Penn State Abington and Penn State Berks will play as associate members of the NAC in a West Division. The East Division will consist of NAC members Castleton, Colby-Sawyer, Green Mountain, Johnson State, Lyndon State, MCLA and Thomas.
Women's Tennis: NAC members Castleton, Colby-Sawyer, Green Mountain, Husson, Johnson State, Lyndon State, MCLA and Thomas will play in the NEAC as associate members in the East Division. The West Division will consist of NEAC members Bryn Athyn, College of St. Elizabeth, Keuka, Lancaster Bible, Penn College, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks and Wells.