GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - This week’s NEAC notes take a look at team and individual highlights from spring teams around the league, including a pair of Cazenovia lacrosse players setting new program records. The NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week selections can also be viewed at the links below:
Keuka College won one out of its three matches this past week. Spencer Avery (Hamburg, N.Y.) posted 22 digs in a victory over Hilbert, which was the third-most digs in a four-set match in school history … Penn State Altoona’s Brandon Arentz (Mount Wolf, Pa.) recorded 27 kills, 24 digs and five total blocks in a 2-1 week for the Lions to earn ECAC South Rookie of the Week honors … Michael Podgorny (Grand Island, N.Y.) from Hilbert College had 65 kills in four matches last week … SUNY Polytechnic went 3-1 in the final weekend of NEAC play due in part to the efforts of Max Szuba (Irondequoit, N.Y.) who contributed 44 kills on the week. Szuba posted a career-high 23 kills in a five-set win over Wells on Mar. 28 … Wells College sophomore Jonathan Haines (Wellington, Fla.) had two digs and 13 blocks in a 2-2 week for the Express … Collin McMahon (Grand Island, N.Y.) concluded his career at D’Youville College with an outstanding week. McMahon contributed 139 assists, including 49 in the team’s 3-2 win in the season finale over Keuka. He also added 10 service aces, 32 digs and seven blocks on the week … With 40 more digs last week, Penn State Altoona’s Wally Rivera-Berrios (Toa Alta, Puerto Rico) continues to lead Division III with 4.31 digs per set … The regular season for NEAC men’s volleyball concludes on Monday, Apr. 10 with the NEAC Championship Tournament beginning on Friday, Apr. 14.
With 13.1 innings pitched in 2017, junior Ryan Caroway (Binghamton, N.Y.) has thrown 90 innings in his three-year career at Keuka College and is on the verge of cracking the top ten for most innings pitched in program history … In a 2-1 week for Penn State Abington, Tyler Dipatri (Pedricktown, N.J.) went 4-for-8 with 4 RBIs … Penn College’s Brittan Kittle (Millville, Pa.) highlighted his week going 2-for-4 with a double against DII Mansfield. Kittle also went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs and 4 RBIs in a 10-3 over Wells College … Keuka College’s Dan Bamann (Rochester, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 and plated five RBIs in a 16-7 win over Crown (Minn.) …Braden Elliott (Annville, Pa.) from Lancaster Bible College posted a .583 batting average with seven hits in three games. Elliott currently leads the NEAC with a .452 batting average.
In four games for Gallaudet University, Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) batted .750 at the plate, going 9-for-12 with three runs and two RBIs … Keuka College’s Mickenzie Palmer (Horseheads, N.Y.) went 5-for-13 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs in a 2-2 week for the Wolves … Penn State Berks’ Jessica Rozick (Bensalem, Pa.) went 1-2 in the circle with three complete games. Rozick allowed just two earned runs on the week with 31 strikeouts … Colleen Mooney (Endicott, N.Y.) from Keuka College allowed one run and three hits while striking out seven in a complete-game victory over Wells on Mar. 29. Mooney allowed just one hit through five innings in a hard-fought 1-0 loss at RIT.
Cazenovia College’s Brock Post (Endwell, N.Y.) tallied three goals and seven assists, including a man-down goal in a 2-0 week for the Wildcats … Gavin Maclachlan (South Onondaga, N.Y.) from Morrisville State College posted a career-high five goals in a conference win over Medaille on Apr. 1 … Keuka College’s Craig Gerhardt (Penn Yan, N.Y.) recorded a career-high five goals with three assists and four ground balls in a 16-1 win over SUNY Polytechnic … David Groves (St. Albans, England) from Medaille College scored 11 goals and eight assists for a team-best 19 points in three games … Tyler Nicoloff (Hamburg, N.Y.) scored four goals and four assists in Hilbert College’s come-from-behind 13-11 victory over Thiel … Morrisville State rookie Jonathan Flores (West Babylon, N.Y.) scooped up a career-high 10 ground balls in a 26-10 win over Medaille … Nick Hallinan (Elbridge, N.Y.) from Wells College averaged 13 saves with a .542 save percentage in a 1-1 week for the Express … With two goals and two assists in a win over Bryn Athyn, Cazenovia College senior Brandon Maxson (Homer, N.Y.) became the Wildcats all-time leading scorer with 199 career points.
Senior Kaitlin Sheppard (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) broke two career records for Cazenovia College with 86 career assists and 225 career points … Morrisville State’s Gianna Branca (Camillus, N.Y.) had a single-game high 10 points in a win over Medaille while teammate Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) ranks seventh in Division III with 3.50 caused turnovers per game and 13th with 5.0 ground balls per game … Chelsea McNeal (Ithaca, N.Y.) from Morrisville State was named ECAC North Rookie of the Week after netting 12 goals with 11 ground balls, four draws and one caused turnover … Morgan Bruno (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) moved in to 7th place at Keuka College with 139 career points … Penn State Abington’s Marah Hayes (Churchville, Pa.) contributed seven points, five ground balls, 11 draw controls and one caused turnover in a 19-9 win over Lancaster Bible … Emily Gawlak (Buffalo, N.Y.) scored six goals and four assists with 25 draw controls in three games for Hilbert College … Bryn Athyn’s Hannah Bracey (New Park, Pa.) tallied 17 points in a 2-0 week, including an assist on the game-winning goal in a 15-14 overtime win over Lancaster Bible on Apr. 2.
Rutgers University-Camden shot 322 to finish second at the NEAC Championship Preview hosted by Bryn Athyn College at the Philmont Country Club on Apr. 2, snapping the Scarlet Raptors five-invitational winning streak dating back to last fall … Penn State Berks won the NEAC Championship Preview with a team score of 310 with Tanner Spohn (Prescott, Ariz.) and Jacob Siegfried (Bethlehem, Pa.) tying for first and leading the field of 29 golfers with a score of 76 … Penn College and Penn State Abington tied for third (341) while Bryn Athyn (401) and Wilson College (516) rounded out the teams at the preview event.
Senior Erin Ginther (Collegeville, Pa.) from Penn State Berks went 4-0 on the week, including 2-0 in her NEAC matches. Ginther won a close match at No. 3 singles, 7-5, 6-4, and paired with Kianna Anderson (New Holland, Pa.) for an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles to help the Nittany Lions secure a 5-4 victory over Albright College … Penn State Abington went 1-1 on the week with a conference win over Bryn Athyn … Lancaster Bible College picked up wins over Trinity (D.C.) and Wells to wrap up a 2-1 week.
Penn State Berks won its only match of the week, 6-3 over Albright College, as Diego Olazagasti (Exeter, Pa.) earned points with wins at No. 3 singles and doubles … Penn State Abington went 2-0 on the week with a 7-2 outcome against Eastern and a 9-0 sweep of Bryn Athyn … This week features a full slate of men’s tennis matches with all five NEAC/NAC West Division teams in action.
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.