NEAC Selects Student-Athletes of the Week for Softball, Baseball, Men's & Women's Lacrosse for Apr. 17

NEAC Selects Student-Athletes of the Week for Softball, Baseball, Men's & Women's Lacrosse for Apr. 17

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. 16. Eight student-athletes from six NEAC institutions are receiving honors for their weekly performances.

Jenna Heffner (Bethlehem, Pa.) from Penn State Berks has been named the NEAC Softball Player of the Week after a near perfect week at the plate as the Nittany Lions went 8-0 against NEAC opponents. The senior outfielder went 24-for-29 to post a .828 batting average with nine doubles, two triples, 19 RBIs, 15 runs scored and two walks. She was also 4-for-4 on stolen base attempts. Heffner’s best game of the week came in a 13-3 win over Lancaster Bible, where she went 4-for-4 with two doubles, five RBIS and a stolen base. She finished the week with a .839 on-base percentage and a 1.276 slugging percentage.

Jessica Rozick (Bensalem, Pa.), a sophomore pitcher from Penn State Berks, has been selected as the NEAC Softball Pitcher of the Week after a solid week in the circle for the Nittany Lions. She picked up a win in all four conference contests that she pitched in. Rozick allowed only two runs, one of which was earned, over 22.0 innings of work to finish the week with a 0.32 ERA. On Apr. 12 against the College of St. Elizabeth, she struck out seven in the second perfect game of her career. Rozick finished the week with 30 strikeouts while only allowing 10 hits and two walks in her four appearances to earn her second weekly award of the season.

Will Welsh (Lancaster, Pa.), a sophomore outfielder from Lancaster Bible College, has been honored as the NEAC Baseball Player of the Week after going 7-for-16 in a 2-2 week for the Chargers. In the first game of a doubleheader against Penn State Abington, Welsh went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs in the loss. He continued to produce in the second game with two home runs, three RBIs and three runs scored in a 12-11 win. Welsh contributed three hits, four runs and two RBIs in two games against Gallaudet later in the week. He finished the week with a .438 batting average, eight runs and eight RBIs to earn weekly accolades for the second time of 2017.

Chris Schad (Syracuse, N.Y.) from Cazenovia College has been named NEAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week after posting his first win of the season on Apr. 10 against Wells. The Wildcats’ junior pitcher allowed just three hits and held the Express scoreless through six innings while striking out 13 en route to Cazenovia’s 7-0 victory. In addition to his work on the mound, he went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored to help his own cause in the conference win over Wells.

Alyssa Wesner (Danville, Pa.) from Lancaster Bible College has been selected as the NEAC Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Chargers to two conference wins this past weekend. In a non-conference loss to Houghton, she posted seven goals which included three free-position goals. Wesner produced one of her best games of the year on Apr. 14 with eight goals, two assists, two ground balls, five draw controls and one caused turnover in a 17-13 win over Keuka. The senior midfielder closed out the week with five goals, one assist, three ground balls and six draw controls in a 14-13 victory over Wells. Wesner leads the NEAC in goals (81) and points (87).

Anna Bozeat (Memphis, N.Y.), a rookie goalie from Wells College, has been chosen as the NEAC Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week. Bozeat made a career-high 21 saves with a .600 save percentage as the Express fell to Lancaster Bible, 14-13, in overtime on Apr. 15. She has started nine games this season and currently leads the league with 94 saves while ranking sixth with a .427 save percentage. Bozeak also ranks seventh in goals against (126) and eighth in goals-against average (13.99).  

Nick Geswaldo (Lafayette, N.Y.) from Morrisville State College has been selected as the NEAC Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week for the second-straight week. He helped the Mustangs complete a 2-0 week with a combined 14 points on 11 goals and three assists. In a 20-4 win over SUNY Cobleskill, the sophomore attacker tallied six goals, one assist, four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Geswaldo added five goals, two assists and two ground balls in a 22-5 victory against SUNY Polytechnic. He currently ranks second in the NEAC with 31 goals and fourth with five man-up goals, which includes one from this week.

Connor Meier (Akron, N.Y.) from Medaille College has been named the NEAC Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week as the Mavericks’ top player from the past week. The senior long-stick midfielder started three games for Medaille and picked up a team-best 27 ground balls. Meier also led his squad with 10 caused turnovers. In addition to his defensive efforts, Meier contributed four points and won 17-of-51 faceoffs. 

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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.