March 20, 2017

NAC Athletes of the Week (Week Ending March 19)



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Player of the Week
 - Doug Avellino, Colby-Sawyer (Jr, 2B - Woodstock, Vt.)

Avellino had an impressive second week of action for the Chargers who went 3-4. He hit .417 (10-for-24), slugged .542 and had a .462 on base percentage. The second baseman hit safely in five of seven games, including four multi-hit games on the week. The junior tallied eight RBI, scored four runs, hit one double and one triple, drew two walks, and was a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen bases. Avellino knocked in three runs on two hits and scored one run in an 11-7 win over Lesley and later had three hits, two runs and two RBI to lead Colby-Sawyer to an 8-6 win over MCLA. 


Pitcher & Rookie of the Week - Davis Mikell, Castleton (Fr., P/1B - Williston, Vt.)

Mikell, in his first career start on the mound, struck out nine in a complete game victory over No. 2 Cortland State. He allowed just one earned run on seven hits to lead Castleton to victory over its highest ranked opponent in program history. After giving up two runs over the first two innings, Mikell got into a rhythm and struck out six, while allowing just one hit over the next four innings. In the seventh, Cortland State had runners on first and third with the game-tying run at the plate, but Mikell forced a groundout to work out of the jam. The freshman capped off his complete game in the ninth with a strikeout and a game-ending double play to secure the 6-3 win for the Spartans. He also produced at the plate in a 2-2 week for Castleton, as he started all four games. Offensively, the freshman went 7-for-17 for a .412 batting average with one double, one RBI, and four runs scored. He collected three hits in each of the first two games of the season against stiff competition in Apprentice and No. 11 Tufts. Trailing the Jumbos 4-0 in the eighth, Mikell sparked a rally with an RBI double to score the first of three runs in the inning. 


Men's Lacrosse


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Player of the Week
 - Zachary Carey, Lyndon (Jr., A - Exeter, N.H.)

Carey led the Hornets to a 1-0 start in conference action with a 14-10 victory at Maine Maritime. The junior racked up five goals, two assists, one ground ball, and one caused turnover. With the scored tied 8-8 in the third quarter, Carey scored back-to-back goals to give the Hornets a 10-8 lead. Then in the fourth quarter, with just a two-goal lead, Carey tallied three more goals to secure the road victory for the Hornets.




Defensive Player of the WeekBrandon Myron, Castleton (So., G - Troy, N.Y.)

Myron was the backstop for Castleton's 12-7 victory over previously unbeaten Mount Ida last Friday in Newton, Mass. The keeper recorded a career-high 16 saves against the Mustangs, posting a .696 save percentage. Myron is now second in the NAC in total saves with 53 and fifth in the league in save percentage at 50 percent. 



Rookie of the Week - Jacob Blanchette, New England College (Fr., A - Weare, N.H.)

Blanchette posted an eight-point week, as he tallied four goals and four assists. The rookie had his best performance in NEC's 13-11 win over Johnson & Wales, as he scored twice and dished out three assists. Blanchette put 10 of his 13 shots on-target this week and also tallied three ground balls and two caused turnovers. 


Women's Lacrosse


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Player of the Week - Tori Cooper, Maine Maritime (Sr., M - Saco, Maine)

Cooper helped lead the Mariners to a 20-7 conference win over Lyndon, which produced the Mariners' largest margin of victory in program history. The senior broke the Maine Maritime single-game record for goals scored, as she tallied six goals, including a perfect 3-of-3 on free position attempts. Cooper also scooped up four ground balls, recorded two draw controls and caused one turnover. 


Defensive Player of the Week
 - Sierra James, Maine Maritime (So., G - Campton, N.H.)

James helped lead the Mariners to the program's biggest margin of victory in a 20-7 win over Lyndon. The keeper made seven stops, scooped up four ground balls and caused two turnovers in the win. The sophomore now improves to 2-0 on the season. 


Rookie of the Week
 - Shelby O'Neil, Maine Maritime (Jr., M - Bar Harbor, Maine)

O'Neil, in just her second collegiate lacrosse game, netted five goals and earned one assist for six points in a 20-7 win over Lyndon. The rookie also tallied four draw controls, four ground balls and three caused turnovers. 



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Player of the Week - Brianna Castellano, New England College (Sr., OF/IF - Hamilton, N.J.)

Castellano had an stellar showing during NEC's 12-game spring break trip in Florida. The senior produced a .513 average (20-for-39), 10 RBI, seven runs scored, four walks, two stolen bases, and one triple. Impressively, Castellano hit safely in 11-of-12 games, posted six multi-hits games, and produced runs in 9-of-12 games. On defense, she was perfect in center field on 17 total chances.



Pitcher of the Week
 - Alannah Healy, Husson (Sr., P - Brockton, Mass.)

Healy was strong on the mound for the Eagles, pitching in five games on the team's trip south. The senior started with a 2.2 innings performance and then pitched four complete game wins. In the four wins, the senior posted a 0.50 ERA, threw 17 strikeouts, scattered 21 hits, and only gave up five walks and two earned runs. Overall on the week, the senior averaged a 0.91 ERA in 30.2 innings of work, allowing four earned runs and striking out 19 batters. Her best performance was against Muhlenberg, as she captured a close 2-1 win, striking out seven and allowing a mere three hits, two walks, and no earned run. 


Rookie of the Week
 - Kayley Fountain, Castleton (Fr., OF - Castleton, N.Y.)

Fountain was one of Castleton's best players in its opening week, helping the team to a 4-2 record on its annual season-opening Florida trip. It was a week of firsts for Fountain, as she had her first hit and run in a season-opening 3-2 win over Wilmington, and drove in her first run in an 8-2 win against Curry. She then continued her strong play by recording her first multi-hit game against Marian (Wisc.), before tallying her second-straight multi-hit game against UW-Superior. None of her hits were bigger than her last hit against UW-Superior, as it was a walk-off winner to give Castleton a 3-2 victory in eight innings. Overall, Fountain led the squad with a .333 batting average, .364 on-base percentage, and .381 slugging percentage. Her seven hits were also a team high, and she was one of just two Spartans to have a hit in five of the team's six games on the trip.



Men's Tennis


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Player of the Week - Quentin Barthe, Castleton (Sr. - Bordeaux, France)

Barthe failed to drop a point against NAC opponent Johnson State in a non-conference battle on Saturday as the Spartans claimed a 9-0 win. The senior teamed up with Seth Marcil for an 8-0 victory in top doubles action and then continued his dominance in singles play, winning 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 2 position. The senior is now 4-0 in both doubles and singles play this season, giving him a perfect 8-0 mark combined through four matches at the top doubles and No. 2 singles spots.



Rookie of the Week - Kei Sako, Green Mountain (So. - Aichi-ken, Japan)

Sako, despite his limited exposure to collegiate tennis, continues to demonstrate an ability to grind out matches despite playing in the top ranked doubles pairing and number two slot in singles. In the team's non-conference 7-2 win over Lyndon, the sophomore posted a pair of victories. He teamed with doubles partner Truman Cressey to get past Lyndon's number one doubles pairing, 8-5. He then proceeded to edge past his opponent in the singles second flight with a gritty 8-7 win taking the pro set with a 7-3 tie breaker.