Weekly NEAC Notes: Three NEAC Student-Athletes Named to National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region Team

Weekly NEAC Notes: Three NEAC Student-Athletes Named to National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region Team

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 period of Monday, November 28 through Sunday, December 4, which includes Penn State Berks senior Dana Sarcinello and Morrisville State College seniors Alan Peckham and Joe Sheehan all claiming spots on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region Team.   

Among the sports also highlighted are women’s and men’s basketball, field hockey, women’s and men’s soccer, and women’s and men’s swimming & diving.  Don’t forget to also check out the NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week selections for that same aforementioned timeframe, with basketball award winners being found here and swimming honorees being found here.   


NEAC Notes


Women’s Basketball

Wells College senior Ashida Cooper (Bensalem, Pa.) scored a school-record and career-high 40 points while adding 13 rebounds, five assists and six steals to the lead the Express to an 87-76 conference victory over Cazenovia last Wednesday.  Cooper finished the week with averages of 24.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3.7 steals per game as Wells went 2-1 in NEAC action … Bryn Athyn College sophomore Sarah Elizabeth Atunrase (Yardley, Pa.) led the way defensively during a 3-0 week in conference play for the Lions after averaging 11.7 rebounds, 8.7 blocks and 1.7 steals per contest, which included grabbing 11 boards and swatting 12 shots in a 67-51 victory over Saint Elizabeth Sunday … College of Saint Elizabeth senior Jasmine Poole (Pemberton, N.J.) posted averages of 19.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2.7 steals per game during a 2-1 week in conference play for the Eagles … Morrisville State College senior Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) averaged 19 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 6 steal per game while shooting 50 percent from the floor and going 14-for-15 from the free throw line across a pair of conference wins for the Mustangs … Penn State Abington freshman Shaderra Jenkins (Philadelphia Pa.) recorded 20 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game during a 2-1 week in conference play for the Nittany Lions … Gallaudet University junior Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.)matched her career-high with 25 points while also grabbing 16 rebounds in a 90-69 conference road win over Penn State Berks Saturday, capping a week where she averaged 16 points, 13.7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.3 steals per game through three NEAC contests … SUNY Cobleskill freshman Shaliyah Graham (Bronx, N.Y.) netted 18.3 points per game through three conference contests for the Fighting Tigers last week … Keuka College freshman Tiffany Binion (Rochester, N.Y.) recorded six blocks during the Wolves’ bout with Morrisville State last Wednesday, which tied for the second-most blocks in a game by a Keuka player dating back to the 2004-05 season.

Men’s Basketball

Penn College senior and team captain Thomas Ross (Williamsport, Pa.) was selected as a nominee for the 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®, which recognizes players at all levels of college basketball whose charitable involvement and altruistic acts stand out amongst all other student-athletes participating in the sport.  Ross is now eligible for the final 10-member roster of the Good Works Team®, which will be comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA Division I level and five student-athletes from Divisions II, III and the NAIA … Penn State Berks senior Darren Major (Smithfield, Va.), last week’s NEAC Player of the Week, continued his prolific scoring after averaging 25.7 points during a 2-1 week in NEAC play for the Nittany Lions.  That included a 33-point performance in an 82-79 win over Wilson Sunday, where Major knocked down a career-high seven 3-pointers to record the second-most treys in a single game in program history … College of Saint Elizabeth freshman Jason Saldiveri (New Brunswick, N.J.) scored a season-high 39 points to lead the Eagles to a thrilling 96-92 overtime victory over Penn State Abington Saturday, before finishing the week averaging 28.7 points through three NEAC contests … Gallaudet University senior Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds to go with 14 points and six assists in an 92-76 conference win over Penn State Berks Saturday, capping a strong all-around week where he averaged 14.7 points, 11 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1 block per game to help the Bison go 3-0 in NEAC action …  SUNY Polytechnic Institute junior Kevin Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.) posted averages of 16.3 points and 9 rebounds in just 23.3 minutes per game while shooting 58 percent from the field during a 2-1 week in conference play for the Wildcats … Bryn Athyn College senior Troy Steed (Philadelphia, Pa.) posted three-game averages of 15.3 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists during a 2-1 week in NEAC play for the Lions … Penn State Abington freshman John Ryan (Philadelphia Pa.) averaged 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game during a 2-1 week in conference action for the Nittany Lions … Keuka College junior Cliff Stevens (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) set a new career-high with 22 points in the Wolves’ 84-78 overtime victory over SUNY Cobleskill Saturday.

Field Hockey

Morrisville State College freshman forward Giovanna Lisi (Marathon, N.Y.) was selected to the 2016 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III North All-Star Second Team following an excellent debut season for the Mustangs.  Lisi, who was also a NEAC All-Conference First Team selection, finished the season as the second leading scorer for the Mustangs with six goals for 12 points, while ranking fourth overall in the NEAC in goals scored and sixth in points.  One of her tallies was a game-winning score that came in a 1-0 overtime decision over Wilson College to give the Mustangs a 2-1 record against NEAC opponents.


Women’s Soccer

Penn State Berks senior Dana Sarcinello (Downingtown, Pa.) earned a spot on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Mid-Atlantic Region Third Team for the third time in her illustrious career.  The midfielder capped off her stellar career with a tremendous senior season, posting 16 goals, six assists and 38 points while guiding the Nittany Lions to the their fourth straight NEAC Championship.  She also scored two goals through three contests in the NCAA Tournament to guide the Nittany Lions on their memorable run to the Sweet 16 round, which marked the farthest that any NEAC team in conference history has advanced in the big dance.  It also capped a record-breaking season for the Nittany Lions, who finished the year 19-4-1 overall and a perfect 13-0 in NEAC play for their fifth straight regular season title.

Sarcinello, who previously earned the same recognition from the NSCAA in 2013 and 2014, finished off her career as one of the most decorated members in program history. She is a four-time NEAC Women's Soccer Player of the Year, the only person in conference history to achieve that feat, while also earning All-NEAC First Team honors four times and the conference’s Rookie of the Year award in 2013. In addition to her athletic accolades, she has also received NEAC Scholar-Athlete honors in each of her previous three years.  


Men’s Soccer

Morrisville State College seniors Alan Peckham (Webster, N.Y.) and Joe Sheehan (Liverpool, N.Y.) were both selected to the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team following tremendous seasons for the Mustangs. 

Peckham landed on the NSCAA Second Team for the second time in his career after receiving the same honor as a sophomore.  Peckham started in 18 games at center back for the Mustangs and took charge of the defensive unit that limited opponents to a .105 shot percentage and 22 goals on the year, along with a 1.10 goals against average.  Peckham, who also posted one goal and three assists offensively, was the NEAC Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time NEAC Defensive Player of the Week honoree this season en route to claiming his fourth straight spot on the NEAC All-Conference First Team.    

Sheehan, also a NEAC All-Conference First Team selection, was named to the NSCAA All-Region Third Team after leading the NEAC in both goals (19) and points (45) to go with seven assists this past season.  In all but four games on the year, the forward posted at least one point as he led the high powered offensive unit that averaged 3.75 goals per game to rank third overall in all of Division III in goals scored, as well as fourth in points per game (9.95).  The two-time NEAC All-Conference selection was also named the NEAC Offensive Player of the Week, ECAC North Player of the Week and NSCAA National Player of the Week after an excellent performance during the week of October 10-16. 

Peckham and Sheehan also were selected to the 2016 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III North All-Star First Team, where they were joined by freshman teammate Griffen MacWatters (Ballston Spa, N.Y.).  Peckham earned the honor for the third time, while Sheehan also was named to the ECAC Second Team in 2014. 

MacWatters had a tremendous debut season, claiming NEAC Rookie of the Year honors and being named to the NEAC All-Conference First Team.  The midfielder appeared in 17 games and posted eight goals and five assists for 21 points in his first season, including a pair of game-winning tallies in conference play.  The freshman also earned ECAC Rookie of the Week honors on October 4. 

The trio helped the Mustangs claim their third straight NEAC regular season and tournament championship titles behind their 12-1 conference record, while also making the program’s third consecutive and fourth overall appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. They wrapped up the year with a 16-4 overall record. 


Women’s Swimming & Diving

SUNY Cobleskill freshman Michelle Moffett (Staten Island, N.Y.) captured both of the distance events in the Fighting Tigers’ double-dual victories over NEAC foes Wells College (100-79) and Gallaudet University (108-88) Saturday, as she placed first out of five in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 14:19.87 and first out of eight in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:58.33 … Gallaudet University freshman Julia Miller-Notestone (Medford, Ore.) also captured a pair of first-place victories at that same event to help the Bison split the double dual, as she won the 200-yard individual medley with a final time of 2:34.00 along with placing first in the 100-yard backstroke with a new personal-record time of 1:08.54 … Cedar Crest College junior Nithya Lakshminarayanan (Newtown, Pa.) had a strong showing at the seven-team Drew Rangers Invitational this past weekend, as she scored points in all five of the events she competed in (500 Freestyle, 400 IM, 200 Freestyle Relay & 200/400 Medley Relays) to help earn the Falcons a third-place finish.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

SUNY Cobleskill junior Anthony McGorsik (East Hampton, N.Y.) led the Fighting Tigers to a pair of double-dual meet victories over NEAC foes Wells College (130-55) and Gallaudet University (103-88) Saturday, as he placed first out of six in the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.79) and first out of five in the 100-yard freestyle (0:55.98), while taking second out of seven in the 500-yard freestyle (5:38.03).

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.