Weekly NEAC Notes: Three Conference Champions Crowned

Tournament MVPs from left to right: Darriyan Thomas, Gallaudet; Eric Berglund, Morrisville; Brennan Moyer, Berks.
Tournament MVPs from left to right: Darriyan Thomas, Gallaudet; Eric Berglund, Morrisville; Brennan Moyer, Berks.

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 during action from Monday, October 31 through Sunday, November 6, which saw conference champions being crowned in women’s soccer, men’s soccer and women’s volleyball.   

Don’t forget to also check out the NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week selections for that same aforementioned timeframe, with the women’s and men’s swimming & diving honorees being found here.    

 

NEAC Notes

 

Women’s Cross Country

The SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers posted a team score of 117 points to place fourth overall at the 2016 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships, which was held at the Hudson Valley Sports Dome in Milton, N.Y., Saturday.  Senior Taylor Tommell (Guilderland, N.Y.), freshman Emma Bayuk (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and junior Quinn Porter (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) each earned All-ECAC Team honors at the event.
 
 

Men’s Cross Country

The SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers registered a team total of 163 points to place fourth overall at the 2016 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships, which was held at the Hudson Valley Sports Dome in Milton, N.Y., Saturday.  Junior Anthony Bouchard (Wantagh, N.Y.) and sophomore Josh Foust (West Sand Creek, N.Y.) each earned All-ECAC Team honors at the event.
 
 

Men’s Golf

Rutgers University-Camden senior Zach Arsenault (Medford Lakes, N.J.) was selected as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Men’s Golfer of the Month last Thursday for his excellent play through October.  Arsenault began October shooting even par at the ECAC Division III Mid-Atlantic Regionals, placing first for Rutgers-Camden and fifth overall in a field of 91 en route to being named to First Team All-Tournament. At the Stockton Invitational, the senior shot five-over par to place second on Rutgers’ A Team and third overall out of 25. He continued his stellar performance at the F&M Invitational, where he finished tied for fourth overall out of 86 golfers after shooting one-under par. On Oct. 19, Arsenault tied Rutgers-Camden’s single-round program record shooting 67 (three-under par) at the Eastern Invitational. He followed that performance up with a 77 (seven-over par) tying for second on the A Team and tied for third overall out of 39. Overall, Arsenault posted a 72.3 average through six rounds in October.
 
 

Women’s Soccer

The Penn State Berks Nittany Lions captured their fourth straight NEAC Women's Soccer Championship after winning 1-0 in double-overtime thriller over Lancaster Bible College Sunday.  Penn State Berks senior Brennan Moyer (Wyomissing, Pa.) was named the NEAC Tournament MVP after scoring the game-winning goal with 32 seconds left in double overtime to clinch the title for the Nittany Lions.  Moyer, who was also the NEAC Defensive Player of the Year, also added an assist in Berks' semifinal round victory Saturday while helping the Nittany Lions post shutouts in both of their playoff wins.  Full recaps of all three rounds of the tournament can be found here: quarterfinals / semifinals / championship … The 2016 All-Conference selections and individual award winners were also announced last week and can be found here.
 
 

Men’s Soccer

The Morrisville State College Mustangs defended their NEAC Championship for a third consecutive year after defeating Keuka College 2-1 Sunday. Morrisville State senior goalkeeper Eric Berglund (Elmira, N.Y.) was named the NEAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, posting two wins and one shutout behind his 11 total stops in two tournament contests, including seven total saves Sunday that involved two point-blank attempts by the Wolves.  Full recaps of all three rounds of the tournament can be found here: quarterfinals / semifinals / championship … The 2016 All-Conference selections and individual award winners were also announced last week and can be found here.
 
 

Women’s Swimming & Diving

SUNY Cobleskill  junior Danielle Hoyt (Wolcott, N.Y.) was the Fighting Tigers’ top individual performer during the team’s dual with Sarah Lawrence College on Saturday,  as she captured first place in the 200-yard individual medley in a time of 2:40.82 while also finishing second overall in both the 200-yard butterfly (2:54.85) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:30.68) … Gallaudet University freshman Jackie Perkins (Hampton, Va.) had a strong showing in both of the Bison’s back-to-back home meets last weekend.  In last Friday's meet with Marymount, Perkins finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:18.67) and was a member of the first-place 400-yard freestyle relay team (4:36.06).  Against Elizabethtown on Saturday, Perkins finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:16.97) and also picked up a trio of third-place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly (1:21.86), 200-yard breaststroke (2:51.87) and the 200-yard medley relay (2:17.50).
 
 

Men’s Swimming & Diving

SUNY Cobleskill sophomore Mick Fryer (Ravena, N.Y.) led the Fighting Tigers to a 138-60 home win over the Gryphons of Sarah Lawrence College on Saturday behind three first-place finishes.  Fryer won the 200-yard individual medley in a time of 2:21.23 and the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:36.61, while also being a part of the first-place 400-yard medley relay team with a time of 4:21.93 … Cazenovia College junior Josh Kullman (Latham, N.Y.) won three individual events during the Cazenovia College Invitational Saturday, placing first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:59:47), the 100-yard breaststroke (1:12:17) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:39:23).
 
 

Women’s Volleyball

The Gallaudet University Bison kept their streak alive, winning their seventh straight NEAC Women's Volleyball Championship following a 3-1 victory over SUNY Poly Sunday. The Bison, No. 2 seed of the tournament, dropped the first set 17-25 to the host and top seed Wildcats, but would rally to win the next three sets 25-22, 26-24 and 25-22 to successfully defend their title once again.  Bison junior and NEAC Player of the Year Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) was named Tournament MVP following a tremendous three-match stretch in which she totaled 53 kills, 31 digs and six aces while posting two double-doubles and reaching at least 20 kills in two matches, including smacking a match-high 21 kills in the championship.  Full recaps of all three rounds of the tournament can be found here: quarterfinals / semifinals / championship … The 2016 All-Conference selections and individual award winners were also announced last week and can be found here.
 

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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.