NEAC Announces Student-Athlete of the Week Selections in Women’s and Men’s Cross Country, Field Hockey and Men’s Golf for 10-18-16

Wilson College senior Megan Sterling (#21) and junior Kayla Butts (#97) both helped the Phoenix to a pair of wins last week.
Wilson College senior Megan Sterling (#21) and junior Kayla Butts (#97) both helped the Phoenix to a pair of wins last week.

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, October 10 through Sunday, October 16.

 

Emma Bayuk (Sandy Hook, Conn.) has been chosen as the NEAC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after another superb performance for the SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers.  The freshman placed eighth out of 242 runners at the Western New England University Invitational, as she completed the 5000-meter course in a time of 19:38.  Bayuk’s finish time was just 28 seconds behind the first-place finisher at the event, while helping the Fighting Tigers place fifth overall in the 28-team field.   

 

Byron Evans (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has been named the NEAC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week following another fantastic outing for the Morrisville State College Mustangs.  The senior was the runner-up finisher and top NEAC runner at the CCOC Championships hosted by Hobart and William and Smith College Saturday, as he finished the eight-kilometer course in 25:46.8 to place just 12 seconds behind the individual winner of the 145-runner field.  The performance helped the Mustangs place fourth overall out of 15 teams at the event, which included five NEAC squads.

 

Megan Sterling (Aspers, Pa.) has been selected as the NEAC Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week after a strong performance for the Wilson College Phoenix.  The senior came up big in the Phoenix’s conference win over Keuka Saturday, as she scored the opening goal just three minutes into the contest that proved to be the game winner of the 2-0 victory.  It was Sterling’s fourth goal of the season and second game winner of the year for the Phoenix, who are now 1-1 in the conference and 7-6 overall.  

 

Kayla Butts (Pasadena, Md.) has been chosen as the NEAC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week after a terrific pair of performances for the Wilson College Phoenix. The junior goalkeeper led the Phoenix to a pair of wins after recording two shutouts and six saves between the pipes last week.  Butts began the week with a four-save shutout to secure a 1-0 win over Hood Thursday, before making two saves in a big 2-0 conference win over Keuka Saturday.  Butts now leads the conference in save percentage (.838), goals against (17), goals-against average (1.48) and shutouts (3) for the Phoenix, who stand at 1-1 in the conference and 7-6 overall.   

 

Pete DeStefano (Sicklerville, N.J.) has been named the NEAC Men’s Golfer of the Week after an outstanding outing for the Rutgers University-Camden Scarlet Raptors.  The senior was the individual medalist during the Stockton Invitational held this past Wednesday, as he carded an even-par 71 to finish four strokes ahead of the next-best finisher in the 25-golfer field.  The performance helped the Scarlet Raptors win the five-team event with a team 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.