Weekly NEAC Notes: Men's Golf Wraps Up NEAC Tournament; Tennis Endures Weather Challenges

Wells College's Nick Hallinan set a career-high with 22 saves in a game last week.
Wells College's Nick Hallinan set a career-high with 22 saves in a game last week.

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - This week’s NEAC notes take a look at team and individual highlights from around the league in the midst of spring championship season. 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 Tennis and Women’s Tennis

Men's Volleyball

In addition to earning a spot on the ECAC Division III South Region First Team, Penn State Altoona’s Wally Rivera-Berrios (Toa Alta, Puerto Rico) was named ECAC Division III South Region Defensive Player of the Year … The Nittany Lions traveled to Hunter College over the weekend for the first round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Tournament, suffering a 3-0 loss … Penn State Altoona wrapped up its impressive 2017 season with a 26-7 overall record and a 15-1 mark in the NEAC en route to the program’s first AMCC Championship, NEAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.

Men’s Golf

Rutgers University-Camden won its fifth-straight NEAC title at the 2017 NEAC Men’s Golf Championships hosted by Bryn Athyn College at the Philmont Country Club over the weekend … The Scarlet Raptors have won seven of the last nine conference titles and will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships on May 16-19 at Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. … Penn State Abington’s Mike Lam (Langhorne, Pa.) was named NEAC Golfer of the Year after posting a two-day score of 150 at the championship event … Penn State Berks took home two of the top conference awards with Ethan Cairns (Quarryville, Pa.) earning NEAC Rookie of the Year honors and Head Coach Rick Bausher receiving NEAC Coach of the Year after accolades after leading the Nittany Lions to a second-place team finish … SUNY Cobleskill, Keuka College and Wilson College will wrap up their seasons with a number of events this week.

Baseball

Junior outfielder Matt Meyers (Cheltenham, Pa.) went 7-for-17 with 11 RBIs in a 4-0 week for Penn State Abington … Meyers’ teammate Diego Melendez (Camden, N.J.) tossed a complete-game shutout against Keuka, allowing four hits and striking out five … Gallaudet University’s Cameron Upton (Vickburg, Miss.) had a hit in five of six games and posted a .381 batting average in a 3-3 week for the Bison … In five games for Keuka College, Dakota Skinner (Waverly, N.Y.) had a .500 batting average and is currently riding a 19-game hitting streak … SUNY Polytechnic’s Joshua Rodriguez (North Syracuse, N.Y.) went 7-for-17 with seven runs scored and five stolen bases in a five-game week for the Wildcats … A.J. Nesci (Syracuse, N.Y.) had 10 hits over five games for Wells College, while scoring eight runs and driving in six in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak … Penn College’s Max Bair (Centre Hall, Pa.) threw a complete-game one-hitter against Gallaudet where he issued just one walk and struck out eight … Senior pitcher Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.) earned the win in a complete-game nine-inning victory on Senior Day for Gallaudet University, allowing three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts … Wells College rookie Jared Strait (Lansing, N.Y.) struck out nine batters in a five-inning start en route to a win against Alfred State.

Softball

Penn State Abington’s Isabel Hoch (Philadelphia, Pa.) amassed 11 hits in 20 plate appearances with a double, two triples and two home runs in six games … Laura Matekovic (Collegeville, Pa.) had six hits in four games for a .462 batting average in a 3-1 week for Cazenovia CollegeGallaudet University’s Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) went 9-for-17 (.529) with six runs and four RBIs in six games … Madison Newhouser (Ashland, Pa.) hit safely in all four games last week to finish with a .545 batting average in a 4-0 week for Penn CollegeKeuka College’s Samantha Blum (Niskayuna, N.Y.) had eight hits, including three doubles and a triple, in six games … Leah Segerlin (Rochester, N.Y.) from SUNY Polytechnic hit .409 in eight games with nine hits and eight RBIs … Wells College’s Sydney Cullen (King Ferry, N.Y.) had 13 hits in seven games, including a 4-for-4 performance on Senior Day to help the Express earn a 5-2 victory over SUNY Cobleskill … Cazenovia College’s Kelsey Morgan (Central Square, N.Y.) pitched two complete games to go 2-0 with 12 strikeouts … Jessica Rozick (Bensalem, Pa.) was 2-0 in 12 innings of work, allowing six hits and one run with nine strikeouts … Keuka College rookie Colleen Mooney (Endicott, N.Y.) went 2-1 on the week and allowed eight combined runs while recording 20 strikeouts in four appearances in the circle.

Men’s Lacrosse

Nolan Frame (Coldstream, British Columbia) tallied five goals, one assist, seven ground balls and two caused turnovers on Apr. 21 against Medaille to help Bryn Athyn College win its fourth-straight NEAC game … Sophomore attacker Nick Geswaldo (Lafayette, N.Y.) led Morrisville State College in scoring last week with 10 points on seven goals and three assists, which included three man-up goals … Mark Shattuck (Syracuse, N.Y.) helped Keuka College to a pair of league wins with eight goals and an assist … Alex Milliken (Hilton, N.Y.) contributed six goals and two assists in a 1-1 week for Wells College … NEAC Offensive Player of the Week Matthew Simon (Shirley, N.Y.) scored eight goals last week to become the all-time leading goal scorer at Hilbert CollegeKeuka College’s Ryan Mavretish (Camillus, N.Y.) made 12 saves and held Morrisville State to five goals in the Wolves’ 10-5 win over the Mustangs … NEAC Defensive Player of the Week Nick Hallinan (Elbridge, N.Y.) had a career weekend for Wells College, making 21 stops against SUNY Polytechnic and a career-high 22 saves at Hilbert.

Women’s Lacrosse

Sarah Espe (Johnson City, N.Y.) scored 15 goals and four assists with six ground balls and four caused turnovers in a 2-1 week in NEAC play for Medaille CollegeKeuka College’s Morgan Bruno (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) scored a career-high 10 points in a 16-11 win over Medaille College on Apr. 22 … Krysta Beha (Marcy, N.Y.) scored her 250th career point and set a new SUNY Polytechnic single-game record with 10 caused turnovers in a 15-14 victory against Lancaster Bible … Mackenzie Maloney (Huntington Station, N.Y.) recorded six goals in a win against Hilbert on Apr. 22 to become the eighth player in Wells College history to score 100 career goals … Hilbert College’s Emily Gawlak (Buffalo, N.Y.) scooped up 10 ground balls and recorded a team-high 31 draw controls in three games … Amanda Ruszczyk (West Seneca, N.Y.) anchored the Medaille College defense with 12 ground balls, 17 draw controls and five caused turnovers … Morrisville State College’s Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) led the defensive efforts with 16 ground balls, 10 draw controls and 19 caused turnovers in a 2-1 week for the Mustangs … Hilbert College rookie goalie Ashley Repine (Sinclairville, N.Y.) made 41 combined saves in three games.

Women’s Tennis

Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks and Lancaster Bible College will compete for the team championship in the NEAC/NAC Women’s Tennis West Division Tournament … Wednesday’s match between Penn State Abington and Penn State Berks will determine the top seed for the tournament after the originally scheduled date was postponed due to rain … Lancaster Bible will play in the team semifinal round as the No. 3 seed … The NEAC/NAC Women’s Tennis West Division Tournament will begin on Friday, Apr. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Birchwood Tennis Club in Clarks Summit, Pa. … The NEAC/NAC West Division Champion will play the NEAC/NAC East Division Champion on May 7 at the Tri-City Tennis Club in Latham, N.Y.

Men's Tennis

Penn State Abington and Penn State Berks were declared Co-Regular Season Champions after inclement weather washed out the regular season match between the two teams. Both squads ended the regular season with a 3-0 record in league play and will meet in the team championship match on Thursday morning as the NEAC/NAC West Divisional Tournament begins on Apr. 27 at the Birchwood Tennis Club in Clarks Summit, Pa. … The NEAC/NAC West Division Champion will play the NEAC/NAC East Division Champion on May 7 in Latham, N.Y.

Miscellaneous

The College of St. Elizabeth’s Director of Athletics Juliene Simpson will be inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame on Jun. 22 in Troy, Mich. Simpson will join an impressive list of current hall of famers which includes legendary Duke Men's Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski, former Duke and NBA player Christian Laettner, Olympic teammate Ann Meyers Drysdale, Major League Baseball Hall of Famers Carl Yastremski and Stan Musial, and NFL hall of famer Mike Ditka. For more information on Simpson’s induction, check out the feature story by Michael Maglieta on the College of St. Elizabeth’s website.

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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.