Weekly NEAC Notes: Basketball Postseason Winds Down, Southern Trips Commence for Spring Sports

Weekly NEAC Notes: Basketball Postseason Winds Down, Southern Trips Commence for Spring Sports

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - This week’s NEAC notes take a look at team and individual highlights from around the league, including NCAA Basketball Tournament play, standout performances in men’s volleyball and a recap of early season spring sports. The NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week selections can also be viewed at the links below:

Baseball, Softball, Women’s Lacrosse and Men’s Lacrosse

Men’s Volleyball

Women’s Basketball

SUNY Polytechnic advanced to the second round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament before falling to the University of Scranton, 76-65 … The Wildcats defeated Eastern Connecticut State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament behind 43 points from Stevie Ray (Syracuse, N.Y.) … The Wildcats’ first-round victory marked the first NCAA Tournament win for any women’s program in the history of SUNY Polytechnic athletics … SUNY Cobleskill competed in the ECAC Division III Tournament, falling to Springfield College by a score of 54-42 on Mar. 1 … Lancaster Bible College defeated Oakland City, 72-70, in the quarterfinals of the NCCAA Division I Midwest Quarterfinals and will face Ohio Christian on Friday in the semifinals.

Men's Basketball

Morrisville State College made their fourth trip to the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament … The Mustangs suffered a first-round defeat at the hands of Christopher Newport … Postseason accolades continue to roll in for Mustangs’ rookie Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.) who was selected as the Division III Men’s Basketball Newcomer of the Year as part of the HERO Sports Fan Choice Awards.

Men's Volleyball

Bradley Colditz (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) recorded 46 kills and 12 digs to help lead Penn State Altoona to a 3-0 week which included two NEAC wins … Michael Podgorny (Grand Island, N.Y.) set a new career high with 23 kills in Hilbert College’s five-set loss at Keuka on Mar. 5. Podgorny finished the week with 51 kills and ranks third in the NEAC with 3.51 kills per set … Rookie Caden O’Loughlin (Louisville, Ky.) from Wells College had a career high 23 kills in a four-set win over Medaille College on Mar. 4 … Jonathan Haines from Wells College totaled five solo blocks and 13 block assists in an undefeated 4-0 week for the Express … Medaille College sophomore Matt Dempsey had a superb week for the Mavericks as they went 3-1 in NEAC play. Dempsey totaled a team-high 33 digs and eight blocks, but most notably added 122 assists to aid in Medaille’s success.

Baseball

Cazenovia College’s Chris Schad (Syracuse, N.Y.) recorded nine strikeouts in a 2-0 loss against Martin Luther on Mar. 5. In the second game of the doubleheader, Schad went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs … Cameron Upton from Gallaudet University went 5-for-11 in three games with four RBIs, two doubles and one stolen base … Penn State Abington, SUNY Polytechnic, Penn State Berks, Penn College, and Cazenovia College are all on spring break trips this week while Gallaudet University, Lancaster Bible College, and Wells College will head south for Spring Break next week. 

Softball

Jordan Hogan from Gallaudet University threw a complete game, allowing three earned runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts to earn an 11-6 win over St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn) on Mar. 2. She also went 2-for-5, including a three-run triple, with four RBIs in the victory … SUNY Polytechnic, College of St. Elizabeth, Penn College, Penn State Berks, Cazenovia College and Morrisville State are all traveling for spring break trips this week, while Gallaudet University and Lancaster Bible College will hit the road next week.

Men’s Lacrosse

Wells College junior midfielder Brady Hoose (Syracuse, N.Y.) led the Express with four goals in the season opener at Alfred State … Morrisville State’s Tyler Catalfano (Rochester, N.Y.) recorded 15 saves in an 11-5 loss to SUNY Geneseo on Mar. 1 with seven of his 15 stops coming in the first quarter … Harold Pallone (Cortland, N.Y.) of Keuka College scooped up 20 ground balls and had 10 caused turnovers in wins over Alfred State and Elmira.

Women’s Lacrosse

Lancaster Bible College and Penn State Abington each opened their respective seasons with a victory on Mar. 4 … will take the field for their season openers on Saturday, Mar. 4 … Alyssa Wesner (Danville, Pa.) led the Chargers with eight goals in their 17-5 victory over Bryn Mawr … The 2017 NEAC Women’s Lacrosse composite schedule can be accessed 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.