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 men’s tennis for the period running from Monday, September 19 through Sunday, September 25.
Emma Bayuk (Sandy Hook, Conn.) has been selected as the NEAC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after an excellent outing for the SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers. The freshman returned from an early-season injury to compete in Saturday’s SUNY Polytechnic Institute Wildcat Invitational, where she placed second out of 75 runners after posting a time of 23:28.1 in her first collegiate six-kilometer race. Her performance helped the Fighting Tigers place second overall out of nine teams at the event.
Joseph Acey (Forestport, N.Y.) has been chosen as the NEAC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after a phenomenal performance for the SUNY Polytechnic Institute Wildcats. The senior was the top finisher at the SUNY Poly’s own Wildcat Invitational this past Saturday, as he completed his eight-kilometer home course in 27:14.2. Acey’s finish time was over 16 seconds ahead of the next-best finisher of the 113-runner field. His performance also helped the Wildcats capture the team title of the 11-team field behind 46 total points.
Kelly Mason (North Canastota, N.Y.) has been named the NEAC Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week after a clutch performance for the Wells College Express. The freshman tallied a goal in each of Wells’ two contests on the week, including the game winning strike late in the second half of the Express’ thrilling 1-0 conference victory over Morrisville State Saturday. Mason also added a goal in the heartbreaking 3-2 setback to Elmira last Tuesday, leaving her with team bests of four goals and 10 points on the season.
Kelsey Kokosa (Ludlow, Mass.) has been selected as the NEAC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week after a terrific week for the Wells College Express. The freshman goalie posted a .833 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average while totaling 15 saves across a pair of contests for the Express last week. Kokosa came up huge in a 1-0 conference road win over Morrisville State Saturday, stopping all six shots that came her way to record her first collegiate shutout. She also tallied nine stops in a nonconference bout with Elmira last Tuesday, giving her 54 saves for the season.
Ian Wilson (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) has been chosen as the NEAC Men’s Golfer of the Week after a pair of excellent outings for the SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers. The senior recorded two top-three finishes last week, including being the individual medalist at the Johnson State College Lou Jarvis Memorial Tournament this past Saturday. Wilson carded a four-over 76 on the windy day to top the rest of the 25-golfer field. He also shot a round of 78 at the par-72 Green Mountain College Invitational last Tuesday, placing him in a two-way tie for third place and leaving him just two strokes behind the top spot. Wilson’s performance helped the Fighting Tigers place first as a team at both events.
Diego Olazagasti (Exeter, Pa.) has been named the NAC West* Men’s Tennis Player of the Week after a strong performance for the Penn State Berks Nittany Lions. The freshman recorded a pair of victories to help lead the Nittany Lions to a 7-2 win over Alvernia last Thursday. Olazagasti first teamed with Will Byler (Lancaster, Pa.) for an 8-6 win in first doubles before claiming a 6-2, 6-4 win in fourth singles to tally two points for Berks.
NOTE: There was no selection for women’s tennis this week due to lack of qualifying nominations
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.