Weekly NEAC Notes: Morrisville State Senior Joe Sheehan Garners National and Regional Honors in Men’s Soccer

Morrisville State College senior Joe Sheehan won a conference, regional and national award last week.
Morrisville State College senior Joe Sheehan won a conference, regional and national award last week.

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Below you will find the latest installment of the Weekly NEAC Notes, which features highlights from around the conference from the previous week of competition.   Here is a look around the NEAC for the conference’s fall sports during action from Monday, October 17 through Sunday, October 23, which includes Morrisville State College men’s soccer senior Joe Sheehan (Liverpool, N.Y.) collecting both a national and regional weekly award following an excellent pair of on-field performances. 

Don’t forget to also check out the NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week selections for that same aforementioned timeframe, with soccer and volleyball award winners being found here and cross country, field hockey, golf and swimming & diving honorees being found here.   


NEAC Notes


Women’s Cross Country

SUNY Cobleskill freshman Emma Bayuk (Sandy Hook, Conn.), last week’s NEAC Runner of the Week, was also named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III North Rookie Runner of the Week for the period of Oct. 10-16.  Bayuk placed eighth overall in the 242-runner field at the Western New England University Invitational on Oct. 15 after completing the 5000-meter course in a time of 19:38, helping the Fighting Tigers to a fifth place finish out of 28 teams … Wells College sophomore Amanda Fastiggi (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.) was the top Express runner at Saturday’s Hamilton College Short-Course Invitational, finishing the four-kilometer course in 17:49 during a cold and rainy day to place 30th out of 66 runners.

Men’s Cross Country

Wells College junior Adam M. Sleezer (Gloversville, N.Y.) was the top Express runner at the Hamilton College Short-Course Invitational Saturday, finishing the five-kilometer course in 18:06 during a cold and rainy day to place 35th out of 90 runners. 

Field Hockey

The Wells College Express clinched the NEAC regular season title last weekend, and will now host the Wilson College Phoenix in the NAC West Division* Tournament Championship this Saturday at 1 p.m. … Morrisville State College freshman Giovanna Lisi (Marathon, N.Y.) notched the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Mustangs a 1-0 conference victory over Wilson Sunday, leaving her tied for second in the conference in goals scored (6) … Keuka College sophomore Elizabeth Sherman (Auburn, N.Y.) made 13 saves across two contests last week, including four stops in a 3-1 conference victory over Wells Saturday.  The three goals scored by the Wolves were also the most scored in any game by Keuka College in the team's two-year history.  

Men’s Golf

Penn State Berks freshman Tanner Spohn (Prescott, Ariz.) tied the school record for lowest score in a round after carding a one-over 72 at the par-71 Franklin & Marshall Invitational last Monday, where he finished tied for 12th out of 86 golfers while also helping the Nittany Lions set the program record for lowest team total with a 302. The left-hander has now shot a score in the 70s in each of the last five rounds to knock down his season average to 78.3 strokes in six events … The Rutgers University-Camden Scarlet Raptors won that same 17-team event after posting a team-record score of 283 while being led by a program-record round of 67 from senior Kevin Sarlo (Burlington, N.J.).  Two days later, the Scarlet Raptors won the seven-team Eastern Invitational and tied their team record of 283, with senior Zach Arsenault (Medford Lakes, N.J.) shooting a 67 to also tie Sarlo's new record.

Women’s Soccer

Lancaster Bible College junior Raegan Horst (New Holland, Pa.) had seven points on two goals and three assists across a pair of conference wins for the Chargers, notching a goal and three assists in an 8-0 win over St. Elizabeth on Friday before scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Penn College Saturday for her conference-most fifth game-winning goal this season.  Horst also now shares the conference lead in assist with nine … SUNY Polytechnic Institute junior Brittany Waterbury (Remsen, N.Y.) recorded seven points on two goals and three assists while posting a shots-on-goal percentage of .556 in two conference wins for the Wildcats, while classmate Angela Bartlett (West Winfield, N.Y.) totaled three saves in goal to record both shutout victories and bring her season total to a career-best nine shutouts … Penn State Berks sophomore Caitlin Golden (Lumberton, N.J.) tallied both game winners and three goals total across a pair of conference wins, including the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Penn College Sunday that kept the Nittany Lions undefeated in the NEAC at 12-0 with one conference contest remaining … Gallaudet University sophomore Brittany Mallach (Milton, Ontario) netted her fourth career hat trick with three goals during a conference bout with SUNY Cobleskill Sunday, giving her eight goals on the season.  Bison freshman Silvya Levesque (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) also made 20 saves in goal during that contest, leaving her one save shy of her career high while giving her 39 saves and a .780 save percentage across two conference matches on the week.  Levesque now has double-digit saves in seven contests this season … Keuka College junior Nicole Browe (Kendall, N.Y.) had a goal in all three games of a 1-1-1 week for the Wolves, while freshman Emily McGuigan (Lusby, Md.) had two goals and three assists on the week … Penn State Abington junior Michelle Latronica (Philadelphia, Pa.) tallied three goals across a 1-0-1 week for the Nittany Lions … Wells College freshman goalie Karlie Maloney (Belleville, N.Y.) tallied 17 saves with a .850 save percentage across a pair of conference contests for the Express, which included her first collegiate shutout after making 11 saves through two overtimes during a scoreless draw with Bryn Athyn Sunday.

Men’s Soccer

Morrisville State College senior Joe Sheehan (Liverpool, N.Y.) collected three weekly awards last week after his excellent performance during the period running from Oct. 10-16.  Sheehan was first selected as the NEAC Offensive Player of the Week before also being chosen as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Division III Player of the Week and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III North Offensive Player of the Week.  The senior midfielder scored five goals that included a hat trick and a game winner across back-to-back conference victories for the Mustangs during the aforementioned timeframe to sweep the weekly conference, regional and national awards … Morrisville State College junior Jamieson McKoy (Bassaterre, St. Kitts) led the Mustangs to another win this week after scoring two second-half goals within five minutes of each other in a 6-0 victory over Cazenovia Saturday, while also scoring the team’s lone goal in a heartbreaking 2-1 setback to No. 18 nationally ranked Oneonta last Tuesday … Keuka College senior Paulin Kolodja (Rochester, N.Y.) netted three goals and classmate Rachid Blanken (Curacao) added two scores during a 1-1 week in conference play for the Wolves, leaving both of them with 10 goals this season while Kolodja also has a NEAC-most nine assists  …  SUNY Polytechnic Institute senior Migoro Fanny (Bronx, N.Y.) recorded two shutouts and totaled five saves during a pair of conference wins for the Wildcats, giving him four consecutive shutouts and just two goals allowed in the last seven games … SUNY Cobleskill freshman Khadim Diba (Manhattan, N.Y.) helped the Fighting Tigers post a 4-2 comeback win over Gallaudet Sunday after scoring a pair of second-half tallies that included the eventual game winner for the conference victory … Lancaster Bible College junior Edward Bills (York, Pa.) had two goals last week, including the game winner against Penn College on Saturday that came on a penalty kick to leave him 2-for-2 on those opportunities and 7-for-7 in his collegiate career.  Bills' three game-winning goals this season are also the fifth-most in the NEAC.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

Gallaudet University freshman Julia Miller-Notestone (Medford, Ore.) led the Bison to a 108-87 victory over Sweet Briar in their season opener held in front of a packed home crowd Saturday.  Miller-Notestone registered first-place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly (1:18:41) and the 500 freestyle (5:54:32), along with placing second in the 200 IM (2:32:47) during the victory … Wells College senior Gina Ross-Detro (Geneva, N.Y.) placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:20.52) and second in the 50-yard breaststroke (0:36.48) that was just six-tenths behind first place during the Express’ season-opening dual with Buffalo State last Saturday.  Gina Ross-Detro and Wells also started the meet with a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay (2:13.60) that also included Shannon Simmons, Courtney Cloutier and Emily Cooper.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Gallaudet University freshman Chris Martinez (El Paso, Texas) had quite the collegiate debut during the Bison’s home opener Saturday, as he set two school records and won two events against visiting Hampden-Sydney College before a packed crowd. Martinez broke the oldest remaining GU men's swimming program record when he finished first in the 200-yard Individual Medley with a time of 2:09.37, which broke Raymond Clark's old mark of 2:09.80 set in 2004. In the next event, Martinez dove back in and set a school and personal record in the 100 butterfly as he touched the wall in 0:57.93 and finished second, with his time erasing legendary Bison swimmer Brian Bennett's time of 0:58.27 set on Dec. 3, 2011. Martinez completed his day by winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.70 … Wells College freshman Ian Ronan (West Falls, N.Y.) also had a noteworthy collegiate debut during the Express’ season-opening dual with Buffalo State last Saturday.  Ronan posted a time of 1:09.31 in the 100-yard individual medley, which ranks third on the program's all-time performance list in that event. Earlier in the meet, Ronan was barely edged in the 50-yard breaststroke after finishing second with a time of 0:31.58 that was just 13 hundredths of a second behind the winner, while also being out-touched at the wall by nine-hundredths of a second in the 100-yard breaststroke after a finish time of 1:11.64.

Women’s Volleyball

SUNY Polytechnic Institute sophomore Cassandra Campion (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) smacked 28 kills on a .411 hitting percentage during a perfect 4-0 week for the Wildcats, including hitting .625 after tallying 11 kills on 16 swings with just one error in a 3-0 win over Wells.  That marked one of three conference wins on the week that locked up the regular season title for SUNY Poly … Morrisville State College sophomore Helena Hanes (St. Mary’s, Pa.) dished out 109 assists to go with 33 digs, 11 kills, four aces and five total blocks during a perfect 4-0 week for the Mustangs, which included 45 assists and 19 digs in a thrilling 3-2 win over Wells as one of three conference wins that locked up the team’s first-ever trip to the NEAC Tournament … Penn State Berks freshman Janae Barlow (Lancaster, Pa.) tallied 45 kills, 16 digs, six aces and six blocks (3 solo) during a 3-1 week for the Nittany Lions, including 15 kills and five aces in a 3-1 victory over Gallaudet Friday that capped three conference wins.  Classmate Madison Wojciechowski (Blandon, Pa.) also bumped 58 digs for the Nittany Lions as the squad clinched a spot in the NEAC Tournament … Gallaudet University freshman Adele Daniels (Frederick, Md.) tallied 63 kills and 42 digs while posting two double-doubles and double-digit kill totals in all four matches during a 2-2 week for the Bison, which included a bout with No. 20 nationally ranked Christopher Newport and also a pair of NEAC wins that locked up a spot in the NEAC Tournament for the defending champs.  Junior setter Jasmine Jeter (Noblesville, Ind.) also passed out 148 assists alongside 29 digs and seven service aces through those four matches, averaging nine digs per match and 12 assists per set in NEAC play … College of Saint Elizabeth freshman Julia Misiejuk (Swiftwater, Pa.) smashed 23 kills while swatting four solo blocks and 10 blocks total during a 2-1 week for the Eagles … Wells College junior Anuhea Leite-Ah Yo (Hilo, Hawaii) totaled 45 kills and 51 digs across four matches for the Express … The Keuka College Wolves maintained their conference lead in kills per set with a 11.32 team average following three conference matches last week.

*Beginning in the 2016-17 season, NEAC full members Keuka College, Wells College and Wilson College will become associate members of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) and will represent the West Division.  NAC members Castleton University, Colby-Sawyer College, Husson University, University of Maine-Farmington, New England College and Thomas (Me.) College will make up the East Division.   

Each division will conduct regular season competition before holding divisional rounds of the NAC Tournament.  The two divisional champions will then square off to proclaim an overall champion, who will then earn the NAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Field Hockey Championship Tournament.  

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.