NEAC Selects Student-Athletes of the Week for Softball, Baseball, Men's & Women's Lacrosse for May 1

NEAC Selects Student-Athletes of the Week for Softball, Baseball, Men's & Women's Lacrosse for May 1

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its Student-Athlete of the Week selections in softball, baseball, women’s lacrosse and men’s lacrosse for the week ending Apr. 30. Nine student-athletes from five NEAC institutions are receiving honors for their weekly performances. This week marks the final awards of the season for softball, women’s lacrosse and men’s lacrosse.

Jessie Hammers (Wayland, N.Y.) from Keuka College has been named the NEAC Softball Player of the Week after going 17-for-26 at the plate to post a .654 batting average. The Wolves’ rookie had a double, two triples and six RBIs in an 8-0 week against NEAC opponents. More impressively, Hammers had 12 stolen bases, scored 13 runs and drew two walks for 22 total bases on the week. She finished the week with a .700 on-base percentage and a .846 slugging percentage. Hammers leads the conference with a .542 batting average in 29 games.

Jessica Rozick (Bensalem, Pa.) from Penn State Berks closes out the regular season with her third NEAC Softball Pitcher of the Week nod of the season. The Nittany Lions’ sophomore pitcher posted a 3-0 record with wins over Penn State Abington, Lancaster Bible and Wilson College. In 19 combined innings, she allowed no runs and just four hits with 22 strikeouts. Rozick tossed a perfect game in a 9-0 win over Wilson College on Apr. 30 with nine strikeouts in six innings. Rozick has made 19 appearances this season and boasts a league-leading 0.94 ERA.

Dylan Nolan (Brick, N.J.), a rookie catcher from Wells College, has been selected as the NEAC Baseball Player of the Week. In six games, he had a .350 batting average, .458 on-base percentage and .850 slugging percentage. Nolan had seven hits in 20 plate appearances with three runs scores, three doubles, two triples and a home run. He also contributed six RBIs and drew four walks. Nolan played a big role in a 3-1 win over Lancaster Bible on Apr. 30, hitting a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to power Wells to a victory

Tyler Comport (Boyertown, Pa.) from Penn State Berks has been named NEAC Baseball Co-Pitcher of the Week after an outstanding outing against Cazenovia on Apr. 29. The Nittany Lions’ junior set a new program record with 14 strikeouts in six innings, allowing just one run, two walks and four hits. Penn State Berks went on to win the nine-inning contest by a score of 15-2, giving Comport his fourth win of the season.

Dave Verrett (Cicero, N.Y.) from Keuka College has been named NEAC Baseball Co-Pitcher of the Week after recording six strikeouts in 4.2 innings from the bullpen. The Wolves’ rookie threw two innings to earn a save in a 5-4 win over Wells on Apr. 26. In a doubleheader against Gallaudet on Apr. 30, he picked up a win after one inning of relief in game one before closing out game two to get the save. Verrett set a new single-season record with five saves on the year.

Alynn Phelan (Philadelphia, Pa.) from Penn State Abington has been selected as the NEAC Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week with a huge offensive output in two games. The Nittany Lions’ rookie attacker scored four goals and two assists with two ground balls in a 16-12 win over Keuka College. Phelan closed out the weekend with eight goals and an assist in a 21-13 victory at Wells College. She finished the week with 15 points and six ground balls.

Marah Hayes (Warminster, Pa.), a sophomore midfielder from Penn State Abington, receives NEAC Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week honors after helping her team earn a pair of NEAC victories. In a win over Keuka, Hayes picked up three ground balls, five draw controls and had three caused turnovers. She scooped up eight ground balls with five draw controls and seven caused turnovers the next day against Wells. Hayes also contributed 11 points for the offense on the week. This is the second time Hayes has been named Defensive Player of the Week this season.

James Vandegrift (Fox Chase, Pa.) from Bryn Athyn College has been selected as the NEAC Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Lions in goals and assists in a 2-0 week in conference play. The rookie attacker tallied two goals and five assists, including a man-up goal, in an 11-7 win versus SUNY Polytechnic. Vandegrift added a career-high four goals with four assists in an 18-9 victory at SUNY Cobleskill on Apr. 29. He scored 15 points with a ground ball and a caused turnover on the week.

Brad DePasquale (Baltimore, Md.), a freshman goalie from Bryn Athyn College, has been named the NEAC Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week with two wins in league play. DePasquale made 10 saves in a win over SUNY Polytechnic before recorded 12 stops later in the week against SUNY Cobleskill. He finished the week with a 8.26 goals-against average and a .579 save percentage as his efforts have helped Bryn Athyn College win six straight conference games. 

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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.