GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its Student-Athlete of the Week selections in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball and men’s volleyball for the period ending February 10, 2013.
Mike Colacci (Middlesex, N.J.) has been named the NEAC Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week after an outstanding pair of performances for the Penn State Abington Nittany Lions. Colacci led Abington to two crucial conference victories after averaging 25.5 points per game while shooting nearly 45 percent (13-of-29) from the field and hitting all 19 of his free throw attempts. The 6-foot guard scored a game- and season-high 31 points in Abington’s 108-104 victory over Penn State Berks Wednesday, as he went 8-of-15 from the field and a perfect 13-of-13 from the free throw line, which included four clutch makes from the charity stripe in the final minutes to help secure the win. Colacci would follow that up with a team-best 20 points to go along with three assists and two steals in an 85-74 victory over Gallaudet University Sunday, with the win placing Abington atop the NEAC South Division at 9-3 in conference play while helping them improve to 11-12 overall.
Ashley Roser (Taberg, N.Y.) has been selected as the NEAC Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week after an incredible set of individual performances for the Wells College Express. The junior guard did all she could for the Express despite the team’s 1-2 record, as she averaged 29.3 points, 21.7 rebounds, 3.7 blocks, 3.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game while shooting 45 percent (30-of-67) from the field and 85 percent (28-of-33) from the free throw line. The junior guard had one of the greatest single-game performances in conference history this past Sunday, as she tallied 39 points, 27 rebounds, six assists and three blocks in a thrilling 92-88 overtime loss to SUNY Institute of Technology. The point total set a new Wells single-game record and was just two points shy of the conference’s all-time single-game mark of 41, while her rebounding total gave her 1,000 for her career and was tied with three former student-athletes in the NEAC record books as the third-most ever in one game. She also went a perfect 13-of-13 from the free throw line on the day, which set the Express record for most consecutive free throws made. The rest of her week wasn’t too shabby either, as she posted game highs of 28 points, 20 rebounds and five blocks in addition to team highs of four assists and four steals in a 59-45 win over Morrisville State College Wednesday, while following that up with game highs of 21 points and 18 rebounds to go along with three blocks and three steals in a 61-54 setback to SUNY Cobleskill Saturday. Roser entered the weekend as the NCAA Division III leader in rebounds per game at 16.3 and will most likely still be in the top spot when the next set of rankings are unveiled after upping her average to 16.8 by week’s end. The Express are now 11-5 in the NEAC and 12-12 overall.
John Farruggia (Mt. Markham, N.Y.) has been chosen as the NEAC Men’s Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Week after a tremendous all-around performance for the Wells College Express. The freshman middle hitter led the Express to a doubleheader sweep over Sarah Lawrence College on Saturday, posting 15 kills (2.50 k/set), 10 digs (1.67 d/set), eight serve aces (1.33 sa/set), three blocks (one solo), two assists and 25 points (4.20 p/set) while registering an attack percentage of .346 (15-6-26) through two matches. Farruggia opened up the doubleheader with team highs of six digs and four serve aces to go along with five kills and three blocks (one solo) in a 3-0 (25-3, 25-13, 25-14) victory, while closing the sweep with a team-high 10 kills and a match-high four serve aces in addition to four digs for the 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-14) win in match two. The Express are now 4-4 overall this season.
Derek Nipps (Turnersville, N.J.) has been named the NEAC Men’s Volleyball Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week after a strong performance for the Wells College Express. Nipps, who was named last week’s Men’s Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Week, compiled 12 digs (2.0 d/set) and assisted three blocks during the Express’ doubleheader sweep over Sarah Lawrence College Saturday, while also providing some offense with 33 assists (5.50 a/set), 11 kills and three serve aces. The freshman setter registered four digs and a match-best three block assists in addition to 12 assists and seven kills in a 3-0 (25-3, 25-13, 25-14) victory during match one, and closed the doubleheader with a team-best eight digs and a match-high 21 assists in addition to four kills and three serve aces in the 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-14) match two victory. Wells has now opened the season with a 4-4 overall record.
The Rest of the Week’s Highlights: Morrisville State College junior Mickey Davis (Syracuse, N.Y.) posted averages of 17 points and 7 rebounds per game during a pair of conference victories for the Mustangs, who currently sit atop the NEAC North Division at 11-2 … Wells College junior EJ Taylor (Tampa Bay, Fla.) sunk 11 3-pointers and averaged 19 points per game during a 2-1 week in conference play for the Express … SUNY Institute of Technology junior Alex Drake (West Sand Lake, N.Y.) averaged 17.7 points per game during a 2-1 week in conference play for the Wildcats … Gallaudet University senior Danny Kelly (Strongsville, Ohio) reached the 1,000 career points mark after scoring 18 points in a 56-46 conference victory over Penn State Harrisburg Wednesday … Keuka College sophomore Trevor Healey (Wethersfield, Conn.) averaged 19 points and 12.5 rebounds per game during a 1-1 week in conference play for the Storm … Lancaster Bible College senior Keith Keltner (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) scored 17 points and dished out five assists in the Chargers’ 70-65 nonconference win over Valley Forge Christian College last Thursday … Lancaster Bible College senior Lauren Heliger (Reading, Pa.) set the program’s all-time career scoring record when she poured in a game-high 26 points in the Chargers’ 69-40 conference win over Wilson College Friday, giving her 1,384 career points and helping her break the previous program mark that stood for the past 25 seasons … Keuka College junior guard Jessica Bandrowski (Center Moriches, N.Y.) posted a 15-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio while also averaging 15 points and 6 steals per game during two conference wins for the Storm to help them clinch the NEAC North Division with a 15-1 record in conference play …College of Saint Elizabeth senior Kelly O'Dell (Stewartsville, N.J.), who entered this weekend second in the nation in steals per game, added 14 more swipes to her total while averaging 11 points, 9 rebounds and 7 steals per game during a pair of conference wins for the Screaming Eagles … SUNY Institute of Technology junior Abbey Hanahan (Stillwater, N.Y.) averaged 24.7 points and 7 rebounds per game during a 2-1 week for the Wildcats … Penn State Berks freshman Shanelle Koch (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.) posted two-game averages of 16.5 points and 8 rebounds during a pair of conference victories for the Nittany Lions … Penn State Abington junior Jaclyn Vandiver (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed a team-best 13 boards to lead the Nittany Lions to a 67-65 come-from-behind victory over conference rival Gallaudet University Sunday … Cazenovia College senior Megan McDermott (Greene, N.Y.) averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game during a 1-1 week for the Wildcats … Gallaudet University sophomore Claire Tucker (Middletown, Md.) scored a career-high 28 points in a 66-61 loss to College of Saint Elizabeth ... Lancaster Bible College senior Mitch Demko (Slatingdon, Pa.) led the Chargers to a pair of victories behind totals of 18 kills, four digs and three serve aces during a tri match with Washington Adventist and Gallaudet University Saturday.
The North Eastern Athletic Conference has thirteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, Pennsylvania State University -Harrisburg, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Institute of Technology, SUNY Morrisville State College, Wells College, and Wilson College. Associate members are: Hilbert College (M Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf & M Tennis). The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of men’s and women’s tennis.