NEAC Selects Student-Athletes of the Week for Softball, Baseball, Men's & Women's Lacrosse for Mar. 27

NEAC Selects Student-Athletes of the Week for Softball, Baseball, Men's & Women's Lacrosse for Mar. 27

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its Student-Athlete of the Week selections in softball, baseball, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse for the week ending Mar. 26. Seven NEAC institutions are represented by eight student-athletes receiving honors for their weekly performances.

Courtney Thomas (Yorkville, Ill.) from Gallaudet University has been named the NEAC Softball Player of the Week after going 8-for-14 in four games for the Bison. Thomas, a junior middle infielder, finished the week with a team-best .571 batting average with nine runs, seven RBIs, two doubles, two triples and five stolen bases. Her top performance of the week came in a 14-3 win over Christendom on Mar. 26 where she went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and four RBIs. In the field, Thomas had nine assists, four putouts and one error in a 4-0 week for the Bison.

Megan Potter (Hagerstown, Md.), a freshman pitcher for Wilson College, earned NEAC Softball Pitcher of the Week honors after a terrific outing against Penn State Harrisburg on Mar. 23. Potter twirled a complete-game shutout, allowing just two hits and striking out 13 batters in the 5-0 win. In her last three appearances in the circle, she is 3-0 and owns a 3-3 record on the season. Potter ranks third in the NEAC with a 1.94 earned run average.

Brandon Shirley (Ithaca, N.Y.) from Wells College becomes the first member of the Express to earn NEAC Baseball Player of the Week accolades after posting a .500 batting average in five games. The rookie first baseman went 8-for-16 with four runs scored, five doubles, one home run and nine RBIs. Shirley also drew three walks and swiped two bases over the weekend. His two-run home run on Mar. 25 helped Wells top Hilbert, 7-2, to earn the first victory in program history. In addition to his work at the plate, he also took the mound for one game, allowing four hits in the no decision.

Jared Strait (Lansing, N.Y.) completes the sweep of weekly baseball awards for Wells College with his selection as NEAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week. Strait was the winning pitcher in the first victory for Wells as a varsity baseball program. The rookie pitcher tossed six innings of one-hit ball with nine strikeouts. Strait issued two walks while both runs in the 7-2 victory over Hilbert were unearned.

Marah Hayes (Churchville, Pa.), a sophomore attacker from Penn State Abington, has been named the NEAC Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Hayes scored 10 goals on 15 shots and contributed 15 points in a 2-0 week for the Nittany Lions. In a 20-4 victory over Waynesburg, she tallied four goals, one assist, two ground balls and eight draw controls. Hayes closed out the weekend with six goals, four assists, five ground balls, five draw controls and three caused turnovers in an 18-6 win over Rutgers-Camden.

Sarah Espe (Johnson City, N.Y.), a junior midfielder from Medaille College, has been named the NEAC Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week after helping lead the Mavericks’ defensive unit in wins against D’Youville and Franciscan. Espe recorded a team-high nine caused turnovers and picked up five ground balls as Medaille allowed just eight combined goals against in two games. In addition to her defensive efforts, Espe added four draw controls and five goals.

Joe Timm (Denver, Colo.) from Cazenovia College has been selected as the NEAC Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week with 10 points in a pair of victories for the Wildcats. Timm scored five goals, including a man-up goal, and added an assist in a 15-11 win at Alfred State on Mar. 21. The sophomore midfielder tallied a hat trick with an assist in a 12-10 outcome against Benedictine on Mar. 25. Timm finished the week with eight goals, two assists, four ground balls and one caused turnover.

Ryan Mavretish (Camillus, N.Y.), a freshman goalie from Keuka College, has been named NEAC Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week. Despite going 0-2 on the week, Mavretish allowed 22 goals and made 37 stops in two games for the Wolves. On Mar. 21, he made 17 stops in an 11-9 loss at Utica, before closing out the week with a 20-save performance against Oswego State. Mavretish posted a .627 save percentage on the week. 

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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.