Weekly NEAC Notes: Four NEAC Championships Set for This Weekend

Weekly NEAC Notes: Four NEAC Championships Set for This Weekend

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - This week’s NEAC notes take a look at team and individual highlights from around the league in with championship play in full swing. 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 Golf

SUNY Cobleskill and Keuka College participated in the Elmira College Spring Invitational on Apr. 25 … SUNY Cobleskill also traveled to Oswego State for the Laker Spring Invitational on Apr. 29, placing ninth out of 10 teams … Rutgers University-Camden is idle until the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships on May 16-19.


Penn State Abington junior Christopher Hartman (Philadelphia, Pa.) had seven hits and eight RBIs in a 5-1 week for the Nittany Lions … Connor Manderson (New Hartford, N.Y.) went 10-for-23 with seven RBIs, driving in a run in five of six games for SUNY PolytechnicPenn State Abington’s Diego Melendez (Camden, N.J.) allowed one run on eight hits with seven strikeouts in a 4-1 win over SUNY Polytechnic on Apr. 29 … SUNY Polytechnic’s Jared Muraca (Deerfield, N.Y.) recorded 10 strikeouts in two appearance last week for the Wildcats … One week remains of the regular season before the NEAC Baseball Championships which are scheduled for May 12-14.


Kayla Sullenberger (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) went 12-for-25 for a .480 batting average in eight games. Seven of her 12 hits were for extra bases, including two home runs … SUNY Polytechnic’s Danielle Witchley (New Hartford, N.Y.) wrapped up her collegiate career going 10-for-25 in her final week, including a home run with two RBIs in her final game as a Wildcat … In a 3-1 week for Gallaudet University, Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) batted .688 with two doubles, one triple, five runs scored and six RBIs … Wells College’s rookie Naomi Kubo (Sacramento, Calif.) hit safely in all six games last week to extend her hitting streak to seven games. She also went 2-1 in the circle with a 1.40 ERA and 20 strikeouts … Janessa Vaadi (Mannsville, N.Y.) went 3-0 in four appearances for Keuka College, posting a 1.44 ERA with five earned runs and 19 strikeouts … Keuka College and Penn State Berks earned the NEAC North and South Division Regular Season Titles, respectively … Penn State Berks will host the 2017 NEAC Softball Tournament beginning Friday, May 5 and running through Sunday, May 7.

Men’s Lacrosse

Senior David Groves finished his season with 10 goals and an assist in two games for Medaille College. Groves scored a career-high nine goals in the season finale against Wells … Wells College junior midfielder Brady Hoose (Syracuse, N.Y.) tallied a career-best seven points in a 21-17 win at Medaille on Apr. 29 … Wells College tied it highest win total in program history with four wins while setting a new record with three conference victories … Morrisville State’s Tyler Catalfano recorded 16 saves in the Mustangs’ 10-5 win at Hilbert on Apr. 29 … Hilbert College rookie Tyler Balsavage (Lancaster, N.Y.) had six caused turnovers in two games, bringing his league-leading total to 36 at the end of the regular season … The NEAC Men’s Lacrosse semifinals get underway Wednesday with No. 2 Cazenovia hosting No. 3 Bryn Athyn and No. 1 Morrisville State hosting No. 4 Keuka. The winners will meet on Saturday, May 6 to determine the NEAC Champion.

Women’s Lacrosse

Hilbert College’s Nikki Schneider (East Aurora, N.Y.) scored five goals in the Hawks’ 15-14 win over SUNY Polytechnic, becoming the first player in program history to score 100 goals … Gianna Branca (Camillus, N.Y.) combined for six goals and four assists in a pair of games for Morrisville StateSUNY Polytechnic senior Krysta Beha (Marcy, N.Y.) wrapped up her collegiate career with 12 points in two games for the Wildcats. Beha finished her career with 265 career points … Mackenzie Maloney (Huntington Station, N.Y.) recorded nine goals, five assists, seven ground balls and 16 draw controls in two games for Wells CollegeKeuka College goalie Ally Thayer (Rome, N.Y.) combined for 22 saves in a 1-1 week for the Wolves … No. 4 Cazenovia College defeated No. 5 Keuka College in the first round of the NEAC Women’s Lacrosse Tournament … Cazenovia will meet No. 1Penn State Abington in the first semifinal on Saturday while No. 2 Morrisville State will play No. 3 Medaille College in the second semifinal contest. 

Women’s Tennis

Penn State Abington won its first NEAC/NAC West Division Title by defeating Penn State Berks, 5-2, over the weekend. Lancaster Bible’s Great Strunk (Lebanon, Pa.) received NEAC Player of the Year and NEAC Rookie of the Year honors, while Penn State Abington Head Coach David Sheaffer was named NEAC Coach of the Year … Penn State Abington will play NEAC/NAC East Champion Colby-Sawyer on Sunday, May 7 in Latham, N.Y. to determine the NEAC/NAC Champion.

Men's Tennis

Penn State Berks defeated Penn State Abington, 6-3, to claim its first NAC West Division Men’s Tennis Title last week. Penn State Abington’s Michael Litz (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) earned NEAC Player of the Year accolades while Litz shared NEAC Rookie of the Year honors with Penn State Berks’ Diego Olazagasti (Exeter, Pa.). Penn State Berks Head Coach Scott Yarnell was named NEAC Coach of the Year. Penn State Berks will play NAC East Champion Colby-Sawyer on Sunday, May 7 in Latham, N.Y. to determine the NAC Champion.


Penn College unveiled a new athletic logo on Apr. 26 after a year-long redesign project. To see the new logo and read more about the process, visit Penn College’s athletics website


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.