NEAC Selects First Women's Soccer Student-Athletes of the Week for 2017-18

Shelby Puccio (left) and Adriana Gunkel (right) received the first women's soccer weekly awards of the 2017 season.
Shelby Puccio (left) and Adriana Gunkel (right) received the first women's soccer weekly awards of the 2017 season.

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its Student-Athlete of the Week selections in women’s soccer for the week ending Sept. 3. The two honorees mark the first weekly selections of the 2017-18 year.

Shelby Puccio (Southampton, Pa.) from Bryn Athyn College has been named NEAC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week after putting up big numbers in her only game of the week. The sophomore forward tallied three goals for her first collegiate hat trick in an 8-0 season-opening victory against Cairn. Puccio also added an assist to post a career-high seven points on the day.

Adriana Gunkel (Irondequoit, N.Y.) from Keuka College received NEAC Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honors after a 1-1 week in goal. The Wolves’ rookie made seven saves in a 1-0 overtime win against Utica to earn the shutout in her collegiate debut on Sept. 1. Gunkel allowed four goals but made 10 saves the next day in a loss versus Hartwick to end the weekend with a 1.99 goals-against average.

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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 tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.