NEAC Selects Student-Athletes of the Week for Softball, Baseball, Women's & Men's Lacrosse for Apr. 10

NEAC Selects Student-Athletes of the Week for Softball, Baseball, Women's & Men's Lacrosse for Apr. 10

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its Student-Athlete of the Week selections in softball, baseball, women’s lacrosse and men’s lacrosse for the week ending Apr. 9. Eight student-athletes from seven NEAC institutions are receiving honors for their weekly performances.

Alysha Bachman (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) from Keuka College has been named the NEAC Softball Player of the Week after posting a .692 batting average and a .750 on-base percentage in a 6-0 week for the Wolves. The senior first baseman went 9-for-13 with one double and two triples. Bachman finished the week with eight runs scored, eight RBIs, two walks and two stolen bases. She drove in three runs in each end of the doubleheader sweep over Wells on Apr. 5 while scoring three runs in a 15-3 win over SUNY Polytechnic on Apr. 8.

Megan Potter (Hagerstown, Md.), a rookie pitcher from Wilson College, has been selected as the NEAC Softball Pitcher of the Week for the third-straight week after another outstanding week in the circle. She went 3-0 which included complete-game shutouts over Juniata and Penn State Abington. Potter also earned a win against the College of St. Elizabeth where she allowed three earned runs and struck out nine. In the three-game span, she allowed 19 hits, three earned runs and struck out 22 without allowing a walk to record a 1.00 ERA on the week.

Troy Salerno (Pottstown, Pa.) from Penn State Berks receives NEAC Baseball Player of the Week honors after going 6-for-11 in four games for the Nittany Lions. The senior infielder batted .545 with a double, eight RBIs and four runs scored to lead his team to a 3-1 week in conference play. Salerno drove in three runs with a late-game bases-clearing double in a 6-1 win over Gallaudet on Apr. 8. In a victory against Penn College the next day, he drove in a career-high four runs on two hits. Salerno ranks fifth in the NEAC with a .507 on-base percentage.

Steven Varner (Harrisburg, Pa.), a senior left-handed pitcher from Penn State Berks, has been named NEAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week. Varner allowed one run on three hits with three walks as the Nittany Lions defeated Gallaudet, 6-1, on Apr. 8. His six innings of work marked the longest outing of his career while he also recorded a career-high eight strikeouts. With the win, Varner moves to 2-1 on the year with a 4.78 ERA.

Emily Gawlak (Buffalo, N.Y.) from Hilbert College has been selected as the NEAC Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Hawks to their first win in three seasons. Hilbert’s rookie midfielder scored five goals, including two free-position goals, while adding a ground ball and 15 draw controls in the Hawks’ 20-4 win over D’Youville on Apr. 5. Later in the week against Lancaster Bible, the Hawks were down five goals with a minute left before Gawlak scored three goals in a 33-second span to close the gap. She finished the week with 13 goals, one assist and 32 draw controls.

Marah Hayes (Churchville, Pa.), a sophomore attacker from Penn State Abington, is the NEAC Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week after a pair of NEAC victories for the Nittany Lions. In a win over Bryn Athyn on Apr. 6, Hayes picked up nine ground balls with 10 draw controls and six caused turnovers. She added 11 ground balls, 10 draw controls and five caused turnovers in a 26-10 win over SUNY Polytechnic later in week. This week’s honor marks the second weekly honor of the season for Hayes, who earned the Offensive Player of the Week award on Mar. 6.

Nick Geswaldo (Lafayette, N.Y.) from Morrisville State College has been selected as the NEAC Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Mustangs to a 2-0 week against NEAC opponents. The sophomore attacker tallied nine points in a 17-7 win over Bryn Athyn with five goals and four assists. Geswaldo added a hat trick with two assists, two ground balls and a caused turnover in a win over Wells. Currently, he is tied for ninth in the NEAC with 29 points on the year.

Alex Delevan (Jamesville, N.Y.) from Cazenovia College receives NEAC Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week accolades for the second-straight week after earning two league wins. The Wildcats’ senior goalie allowed five goals and made seven stops in three quarters against Wells. Later in the week against Keuka, Delevan held the Wolves to two goals while making 13 stops. After eight games in goal, he leads the NEAC with an 8.92 goals-against average and ranks third with a .557 save percentage.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) 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&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf).  The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s and women’s tennis.  For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.