Weekly NEAC Notes: Wells Softball Earns First Win of 2017; Men's Volleyball Prepares for NEAC Tournament

Naomi Kubo (left) and Sydney Cullen (right) helped Wells earn its first win of 2017 after the program's three-year hiatus.
Naomi Kubo (left) and Sydney Cullen (right) helped Wells earn its first win of 2017 after the program's three-year hiatus.

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - This week’s NEAC notes take a look at team and individual highlights from around the league as men’s volleyball prepares for the postseason and conference play dominates spring sport schedules. 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, Men’s Golf, Women’s Tennis and Men’s Tennis

Men's Volleyball

Keuka College went 1-1 to close out the regular season while Nick Cantando (Horseheads, N.Y.) finished the season with 195 digs which ranks sixth in the Wolves’ single-season digs record … SUNY Polytechnic Head Coach Dan Liberto was just one of four Division III representatives named to the 2017 AVCA Thirty under 30 List, which honors up-and-coming coaches at all levels of the sport. More information regarding Liberto’s honor can be found here on the SUNY Polytechnic website … Penn State Altoona claimed the NEAC Men’s Volleyball Regular Season title for the first time in program history and will serve as the host for the 2017 NEAC Men’s Volleyball Championship Tournament this weekend … Penn State Altoona will host No. 4 seed SUNY Polytechnic at 4 p.m. on Friday in the first semifinal match. No. 2 seed Lancaster Bible College will meet No. 3 seed Wells College in the second semifinal at 6:30 p.m. The winners will advance to the NEAC Championship game on Saturday at 1 p.m. … Michael Podgorny (Grand Island, N.Y.) from Hilbert College ranks third in Division III with 10.37 attacks per set … Penn State Altoona’s Wally Rivera-Berrios (Toa Alta, Puerto Rico) ends the regular season with a Division III-best 4.33 digs per set. Teammate Jacob Byers (Level Green, Pa.) was named ECAC Division III South Player of the Week.

Baseball
 
Lancaster Bible College senior Justin Taylor (Greenville, S.C.) hit .600 with six hits, four runs scored, one home run and six RBIs in a 2-1 week for the Chargers. Taylor is second in the NEAC with five home runs and 24 RBIs … Keuka College went 3-1 on the week, playing its first games since Spring Break. Senior Rob LaRue (Skillman, N.J.) tied the NCAA Division III record with five doubles in Keuka’s victory over Alfred State on Apr. 9. … In a 15-6 win over Penn State Berks, Penn College’s Ben Flicker (Topton, Pa.) went 3-for-4 with four RBIs … Rookie catcher Dylan Nolan (Brick, N.J.) has hit safely in 15 of 17 games that he has played this year for Wells College. Teammate Zach Kemp (Ithaca, N.Y.) pitched a complete-game shutout against SUNY Polytechnic, not allowing a hit until the fifth inning. Kemp allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out four … Senior Sawyer Haney (Cooperstown, N.Y.) earned the first conference win in 2017 for SUNY Polytechnic with an 8-4 win over Wells on Apr. 8 … Wilson College announced the addition of baseball as its 10th varsity sport to begin competition in the spring of 2019. 

Softball

In a 2-2 week for Gallaudet University, Courtney Thomas (Yorkville, Ill.) went 8-for-13 with three stolen bases and posted a .616 on-base percentage. Thomas leads the league and ranks 47th in Division III with 19 stolen bases on the year … Penn State Abington’s Caitlyn Braiser (Levittown, Pa.) contributed four RBIs in three wins last week … Sydney Cullen (King Ferry, N.Y.) posted a .500 batting average in six games for Wells College which included her first career home run. Cullen drove in six RBIs and ended the week on a five-game hitting streak … Emily DeMatteo (Spotslvania, Va.) had nine hits, seven runs and 11 RBIs in six games for Wilson CollegeColleen Mooney (Endicott, N.Y.) allowed just three runs and totaled 17 strikeouts in a 3-0 week for Keuka College. Teammate Alysha Backman (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) set a new program record with the most career putouts while Samantha Blum (Niskayuna, N.Y.) claimed sole possession of second place in the record books with 11 career home runs … Rookie pitcher Naomi Kubo (Sacremento, Calif.) had a career-high 10 strikeouts against SUNY Cobleskill to lead Wells College to its first win of the season after the program’s three-year hiatus.

Men’s Lacrosse

David Groves (St. Albans, England) from Medaille College tallied six goals and two assists with five ground balls in two games. Teammate Connor Meier (Akron, N.Y.) scooped up 17 ground balls with four caused turnovers on the week … SUNY Cobleskill’s Garrett Vigrass (Wallkill, N.Y.) scored a career-high seven goals in a win over Green Mountain College … Brandon Maxson (Homer, N.Y.) recorded nine goals and seven assists in a pair of wins for Cazenovia CollegeSUNY Polytechnic’s Daniel Rivie (Ossining, N.Y.) led the Wildcats to their first NEAC win with a team-high six goals against SUNY Cobleskill … Grant Stockman (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) led the Hilbert College defense with eight ground balls and eight caused turnovers in a 1-1 week … Nick Hallinan (Elbridge, N.Y.) from Wells College made 23 saves in two games for the Express.

Women’s Lacrosse

Junior Gianna Branca (Camillus, N.Y.) led Morrisville State with eight goals and six assists in a 2-0 week against NEAC opponents … Penn State Abington earned a pair of conference wins with Melissa Felicetti (Willow Grove, Pa.) tallying 11 goals and two assists … Wells College’s Mackenzie Maloney (Huntington Station, N.Y.) scored 13 points and picked up 13 ground balls while leading the team with 11 draw controls over three games … Krysta Beha (Marcy, N.Y.) had a team-high 16 points on 12 goals and four assists in three games for SUNY Polytechnic. Beha added 18 ground balls, 29 draw controls and 13 caused turnovers … Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) caused nine turnovers with eight ground balls in two games for Morrisville StateCazenovia College’s Abigail Kortz (Cohoes, N.Y.) made 13 saves in two NEAC victories … Hilbert College’s Ashley Repine (Sinclairville, N.Y.) made a career-high 17 saves against Lancaster Bible … In three games for Wells College, rookie goalie Anna Bozeat (Memphis, N.Y.) combined for 38 saves, including a career-best 15 saves against Elmira.

Men’s Golf

Rutgers University-Camden hosted the Scarlet Raptor Spring Golf Invitational on Apr. 3 before traveling to the Stockton Invitational on Apr. 5. … SUNY Cobleskill finished 11th at the 2017 NYU Spring Men’s Invitational on Apr. 8 … Penn State Abington placed third at the Battle at the Bay … Penn State Berks finished second in a field of 12 teams at the Dutchman Invitational at Lebanon Valley College on Apr. 3 … Penn College defeated Lycoming College, 320-377, in a non-conference dual meet on Apr. 9.

Women’s Tennis

Penn State Abington senior Honora Hegarty (Abington, Pa.) went 4-0 on the week at a pair of NEAC matches. Hegarty posted a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles against the College of St. Elizabeth before ending the week with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Wells. Hegarty paired with Madison Kimball to earn 8-0 and 8-3 wins at No. 1 doubles … Penn State Berks went 3-0 against NEAC opponents on the week while Penn State Abington earned a pair of wins in conference play … Lancaster Bible defeated Trinity (D.C), 8-1, before closing out the week with an 8-1 win over Penn College.

Men's Tennis

Penn State Berks went 2-0 on the week with league wins over Bryn Athyn and Penn College … After dropping a close non-conference match to Clarks Summit, 5-4, Lancaster Bible College rebounded with a win over Penn College … Penn State Abington was off last week, but returns to action this week … Two weeks remain of the spring season before the NEAC/NAC Divisional Tournament begins on Apr. 27 at the Birchwood Tennis Club in Clarks Summit, Pa.

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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.