NEAC Selects Student-Athletes of the Week for Softball, Baseball, Men's & Women's Lacrosse

NEAC Selects Student-Athletes of the Week for Softball, Baseball, Men's & Women's Lacrosse

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its Student-Athlete of the Week selections in softball, baseball, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse for the week ending Mar. 5. This week marks the first weekly awards for men’s and women’s lacrosse, with both sports selecting an offensive and defensive player of the week.

Sam Denson (Abingdon, Md.) from Lancaster Bible College has been named the NEAC Softball Player of the Week after going 7-for-14 in four games with two runs scored, two doubles, one RBI, one walk and one stolen base. The Chargers’ sophomore catcher had a pair of hits in three of the four games, including a 2-for-4 performance in an 8-3 win over Notre Dame (Md.). In a 2-2 week for Lancaster Bible, Denson hit .500 with a .533 on-base percentage and a .643 slugging percentage.

Colleen Mooney (Endicott, N.Y.), a rookie pitcher from Keuka College, has been honored as the NEAC Softball Pitcher of the Week. Mooney threw 13.2 innings to go 1-1 in games against Fredonia State and Hunter. In a tight 4-3 loss to Fredonia, she allowed three earned runs on seven hits while striking out seven. The next day against Hunter, Mooney earned a complete-game victory, allowing just one run on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Mooney surrendered five runs, four of which were earned, and recorded 12 strikeouts in the two appearances for the Wolves. 

Matt Meyers (Cheltenham, Pa.) from Penn State Abington has been named NEAC Baseball Player of the Week after totaling 8 hits and 11 RBIs in five games. Meyers had one three-hit performance, scored four runs and added four extra-base hits with two home runs. On Mar. 5 against Penn State Altoona, the junior third baseman also recorded his 100th career hit. Meyers drove in four of his team’s five runs in a 5-4 win over Pitt.-Greensburg on Mar. 4 before adding four more RBIs the next day in a game against Penn State Altoona.

Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.), a senior from Gallaudet University, has been selected as the NEAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week. Phillips tossed a complete game two-hit shutout against Clarks Summit on Mar. 4, helping the Bison snap a four-game skid. He allowed two hits, issued one walk and struck out four in the 4-0 victory for Gallaudet to earn the first shutout of his four-year career. For the week, Phillips made three total appearances, allowed five earned runs and struck out 13. Contributions also came at the plate as Phillips went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI in two games.

Marah Hayes (Churchville, Pa.), a sophomore attacker from Penn State Abington, has been named the NEAC Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week. Hayes contributed four goals and two assists in an 18-2 win over Centenary (N.J.) on Mar. 4. She picked up one ground ball, tallied seven draw controls and caused two turnovers to begin the 2017 season.

Bridget Meade (Willow Grove, Pa.) from Penn State Abington has been named the NEAC Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week. The junior defender scooped up five ground balls and had four caused turnovers in Penn State Abington’s 18-2 win against Centenary (N.J.) in the 2017 season opener.

Andrew Burns (Syracuse, N.Y.), a junior attackman from Keuka College, has earned NEAC Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week accolades after helping his team pick up wins against Alfred State and Elmira. In the season opener against Alfred State, Burns scored a man-up goal and an assist with three ground balls in an 11-3 victory. He accounted for seven goals, including three man-up goals, in a 15-4 win at Elmira on Mar. 5. Burns also added four ground balls and two caused turnovers in the Wolves’ second win of the season.

Nick Hallinan (Elbridge, N.Y.) from Wells College, was named NEAC Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week after making 16 saves in his collegiate debut for the Express. Hallinan allowed 11 goals, combining with his 16 stops to sport a 59.3 save percentage in his first appearance in the cage. 

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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.