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 swimming & diving for the period running from Monday, October 17 through Sunday, October 23.
These are the final weekly selections for both cross country and field hockey with each of their conference championships being held this coming weekend. These are also the first set of weekly selections for swimming and diving.
Taylor Tommell (Guilderland, N.Y.) has been selected as the NEAC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after a terrific performance for the SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers. The senior overcame the elements during the Plansky Invitational hosted by Williams College this past Saturday. Tommell covered the waterlogged, rain-swept five-kilometer course in a time of 20:32, placing her fourth out of 62 overall runners along with a score finish of third place while being just 30 seconds behind the top finisher on the day. Her performance also helped the Fighting Tigers place second overall in the six-team field.
Joseph Acey (Forestport, N.Y.) has been chosen as the NEAC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after an excellent outing for the SUNY Polytechnic Institute Wildcats. The senior battled through the elements during the Williams College Plansky Invitational that was held this past Saturday. Acey ran through the rain and mud to complete the five-kilometer course with a time of 17:15, leaving him 13th out of 86 overall runners along with a score finish of sixth place while being just 25 seconds behind first place. The effort also helped SUNY Poly place second out of six teams at the event.
Alyssa Orsino (Sauquoit, N.Y.) has been named the NEAC Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week after a milestone performance for the Keuka College Wolves. The sophomore netted two goals that included the game winner to lift the Wolves to a 3-1 conference win over then NEAC-undefeated Wells College Saturday. The effort also marked the first multi-goal performance in the history of the Wolves’ two-year program. Orsino is now tied for second in the conference in goals scored with six on the season, which also places her in a tie for fourth in points with 12.
Meredith Koziol (Waterford, N.Y.) has been selected as the NEAC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week after a fantastic week for the Morrisville State College Mustangs. The freshman goalkeeper posted a 0.94 goals-against average and a .867 save percentage while recording 13 saves and a shutout in 149 minutes between the pipes last week. Koziol tallied three saves to preserve a 1-0 conference victory over Wilson Sunday, including two second-half stops while the game was still scoreless to help force overtime and ultimately secure the shutout. She also made 10 saves in a bout against Brockport Friday, leaving her second in the conference in total saves with 128 for the Mustangs.
Kevin Sarlo (Burlington, N.J.) has been chosen as the NEAC Men’s Golfer of the Week following a tremendous pair of performances for the Rutgers University-Camden Scarlet Raptors. The senior had back-to-back runner-up finishes last week while also setting program records in the process. Sarlo shot a four-under 67 at the par-71 Franklin & Marshall Invitational last Monday, placing him tied for the top score out of 86 golfers before he ultimately finished second overall following a tiebreaker. Sarlo’s performance also set a new Scarlet Raptor program record for a single-round individual score, while helping Rutgers-Camden win the 17-team event with a new program-record team score of 283. Just two days later, they would match that same score to win the seven-team Eastern Invitational held last Wednesday, where Sarlo was again the runner-up finisher out of 34 golfers after carding an even-par 70 on the day.
Emily Sugrue (Long Island City, N.Y.) has been named the NEAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week after a sensational season-opening performance for the SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers. The sophomore captured four first-place finishes during a dual meet with Wilkes University Saturday, winning three individual events and a relay. Sugrue won both the 50-yard backstroke and freestyle events on the day, besting five swimmers in the former and winning by 2.85 seconds before topping six swimmers in the latter by .56 seconds. She also placed first out of four in the 100-yard backstroke by 3.78 seconds, while being a part of the Fighting Tigers’ dominant 200-yard freestyle relay performance that won by 4.69 seconds.
Anthony McGorsik (East Hampton, N.Y.) has been selected as the NEAC Men’s Swimmer of the Week after a superb season-opening effort for the SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers. The junior played a role in four first-place finishes for the Fighting Tigers during their dual meet with Wilkes University Saturday, winning two individual events and two relays. McGorsik sped through the lane to win the four-swimmer 100-yard backstroke event by over eight seconds, while also placing first in the 200-yard freestyle and defeating the other four competing swimmers by over three seconds. McGorsik also helped the Fighting Tigers win both of the day’s relay events, winning the four-team 200-yard medley relay in .41 and the 200-yard freestyle relay by nearly five seconds.
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.