GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - This week’s NEAC notes take a look at team and individual highlights from around the league, including a roundup of spring sports and more postseason awards for NEAC winter student-athletes. The NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week selections can also be viewed at the links below:
Rookie outside hitter Joe Digesare (Lancaster, N.Y.) of Medaille College recorded a career-high 19 kills in a five-set win over Baruch and finished a 2-1 week for the Mavericks with a team-high 31 kills … In a 3-0 week for Keuka College, junior Alex Riley (Fairport, N.Y.) compiled nine blocks, including six against Alvernia on Mar. 11 … NEAC Men’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week Daniel Joseph (El Dorado, Calif.) of Medaille College tallied a career-high 29 digs in a five-set loss at Mount Saint Vincent … Penn State Altoona ranks No. 1 in Division III with 12.69 digs per set while Keuka College ranks No. 4 with 30.60 team attacks per set … Four NEAC student-athletes rank among the top five in individual statistics at the national level. Penn State Altoona’s Justin Bannister (Willow Hill, Pa.) ranks fifth with 1.11 blocks per set, while D’Youville College’s Pat Stroh (Hamburg, N.Y.) and Hilbert College’s Michael Podgorny (Grand Island, N.Y.) rank fourth (9.92) and fifth (9.81), respectively, in attacks per set … Penn State Altoona’s Wally Rivera-Berrios (Toa Alta, Puerto Rico) continues to lead Division III with 4.27 digs per set … As the final month of the season gets underway, Penn State Altoona sits atop the NEAC standings with a 7-1 record in conference play … Lancaster Bible College leads all NEAC teams with 17 total wins.
Gallaudet University, Lancaster Bible College, and Wells College felt no effects of this week’s winter storm as all three teams are on Spring Break … The Bison have six games scheduled in six days in Florida … Wells College played Alfred State at the Ripken Experience Facility in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in its inaugural game on Mar. 14 … The Chargers’ spring break trip includes an eight-game slate, which will all take place at the Ripken Experience Facility in Myrtle Beach, S.C. … Gallaudet University’s Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.) allowed no runs on five hits with five strikeouts against Baruch on Mar. 12 to begin his team’s Spring Break trip. In three starts, Phillips did not allow a run in 18 innings … Trey Guaglionona (Abington, Pa.) of Penn State Abington went 7-for-16 last week, which included his 100th career hit … SUNY Polytechnic’s Ryan Wegner (Rochester, N.Y.) had a great week in Florida, hitting .550 and going 11-for-20 with five RBIs for the Wildcats. Wegner reached base in the first 11 games of the Wildcats’ season and finished last week riding an eight-game hitting streak.
Gallaudet University and Lancaster Bible College are both in Clermont, Fla. for Spring Break this week … Kelsey Morgan (Central Square, N.Y.) broke the Cazenovia College single-game record for strikeouts, recording 12 in a 7-1 win over Anna Maria in the season opener … Penn State Abington’s Emily Wrenn (Hatboro, Pa.) struck out 11 in a 6-4 victory against Mount Aloysius on Mar. 10 … Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) tossed a complete game three-hit shutout with five strikeouts for Gallaudet University against Notre Dame (Md.) on Mar.9 … Penn State Berks’ Jenna Heffner (Bethlehem, Pa.) went 6-for-19 over six games, including a two-run double to lead the Nittany Lions to a 3-2 walk-off victory over Lakeland on Mar. 9 … Hannah Croteau (Central Square, N.Y.) hit .522 in seven games for Cazenovia College last week … In conjunction with NCAA Division III Week, SUNY Cobleskill will host Scott’s MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Competition on Apr. 3.
Wells College senior attackman Alex Milliken (Hilton, N.Y.) became the all-time goals leader for the Express. Milliken scored seven goals last week to bring his career total to 109, surpassing Daniel Munsell’s mark of 106 career goals. He is the second player in program history to score 100 career goals … In two games for Cazenovia College, Joe Timm (Denver, Colo.) combined for six goals and five assists … SUNY Cobleskill’s Anthony Yevoli (Amsterdam, N.Y.) was named the “2017 Boy of the Year” by the Upstate New York NY/Vermont Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Yevoli, a sophomore attackman for the Fighting Tigers, was honored on Mar. 3 at the Albany Renaissance Hotel for returning to the playing field after a year-long battle with Leukemia. Yevoli’s journey and honor were highlighted in a feature by Taylor Tommell, SUNY Cobleskill’s Sports Information Intern, which can be found here.
Marah Hayes (Churchville, Pa.), a sophomore attacker from Penn State Abington, set a new single-game record for the Nittany Lions with 13 draw controls in a 16-5 win over Keystone on Mar. 9 … Gianna Branca (Camillus, N.Y.), a junior transfer for Morrisville State College, recorded six goals, one assist, nine ground balls, one draw control, and two caused turnovers in her first two games with the Mustangs … SUNY Polytechnic’s Mari Ames (West Carthage, N.Y.) scored a team-high five points in the Wildcats’ 11-10 overtime win at Houghton on Mar. 11 … Medaille College’s Marlena Clotfelter (Depew, N.Y.) allowed 14 goals and made 10 saves in a 2-0 week for the Mavericks.
Senior Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III North Region Women’s Basketball All-Star Second Team. Anderson concluded her career by setting a new Mustangs’ all-time single-season assists record and seven new Mustangs’ career records, including games played, two-point field goals, total field goals made, free throws made, points, assists, and steals … Three NEAC student-athletes were honored on the D3hoops.com All-East Region Team. SUNY Polytechnic’s Stevie Ray (Syracuse, N.Y.) was honored on the first team, while Ashida Cooper (Bensalem, Pa.) of Wells College and Courtney Goyak (Beecher, Wis.) of Lancaster Bible College were named to the second team.
In addition to earning a spot on the ECAC Division III North Region Second Team, Morrisville State College freshman forward Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.) was named the ECAC Division III North Region Rookie of the Year and the D3hoops.com All-East Region Rookie of the Year. Dennis’ spectacular season solidified his name in the Mustangs’ record book as he ranked among the top five in seven single-season records … NEAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year Rich Ross (Bronx, N.Y.) of Wells College was honored on the D3hoops.com All-East Region Second Team … The Gallaudet University Sports Information Office volunteered at last week’s Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament held in Washington, D.C. Assistant Athletic Director Sam Atkinson, accompanied by graduate assistant William Lovik and student workers Jeremy Franz, Tony Libit, Dylan Mento, and Cole Nebb, worked with the Big Ten Media Relations Staff at the Verizon Center throughout the event.
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 and women’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.