April 3, 2017

NAC Athletes of the Week (Week Ending April 2)



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Player of the Week - Sam Huston, Husson (So., C/INF - Bangor, Maine)

Huston helped the Eagles go 3-1 on the week, starting the first three games behind the plate and the final game at first. Defensively, the sophomore was perfect recording 27 total putouts including a double play. Offensively, the sophomore hit .500 (7-for-14) for the week with three multi-hit games, while going 5-for-6 in conference action. He posted six runs, five RBI, three doubles, three walks, two homeruns, and one stolen base. In a NAC doubleheader sweep over Thomas, Huston belted two homeruns, claiming four RBI and two scored runs in the first game. He then went 3-for-3 as he tagged three doubles, scoring twice and earning one RBI in game two against the Terriers. With his three doubles, the infielder tied the Husson single-game record for doubles, while also becoming the first Eagle in nine years to do so. 




Pitcher of the Week - Ben Walls, Husson (Sr., P - Bar Harbor, Maine)

Walls displayed an impressive performance on the mound, as the Eagles faced nationally ranked Saint Joseph's. The senior threw nine innings, helping the Eagles go into the tenth tied, while holding the Monks to a mere two runs before gracefully bowing out for a relief pitcher to step in. In his nine innings of work, Walls scattered eight hits, only allowed two walks, and struck out four batters. Unfortunately, the Eagles fell 3-2 in the tenth to the Monks. 



Rookie of the Week - Grant Corbett, Thomas (Fr., 1B - Manchester, N.H.)

Corbett appeared in six games for the Terriers, finishing with a .429 (6-for-14) batting average, three multi-hit games, two doubles, one triple, one homerun, four runs scored and five RBI. In conference action against UMaine-Farmington and Husson, the first baseman hit .400 (4-for-10) with three RBI, two runs scored, one double and one homerun. In the second game of a twin bill with UMF, Corbett knocked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth, as the Terriers claimed a 7-4 win.


Men's Lacrosse


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Player of the Week - Matt Richard, New England College (Jr., A - Weare, N.H.)

Richard scored two goals on three shots, while adding one assist and one ground ball, as the Pilgrims claimed a 10-4 NAC win over Castleton in their only game of the week. 




Defensive Player of the WeekWilliam Platt, New England College (So., G - San Francisco, Calif.)

Platt recorded 11 saves, while holding Castleton to just four goals in NEC's 10-4 victory in a rematch of last year's NAC Championship game. The sophomore recorded a .733 save percentage in the win. 



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

Blanchette netted two goals on four shots in NEC's 10-4 win over Castleton. The rookie also scooped up one ground ball in the team's lone game of the week


Women's Lacrosse


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Player of the Week - Sierra Schuster, Colby-Sawyer (So., C - Hopkinton, N.H.)

Schuster collected a team best 10 points on seven goals and three assists in a 1-1 week for the Chargers. The sophomore netted a pair of goals, scooped up three ground balls, earned three draws, and caused two turnovers in a tough 19-10 loss at Mount Ida. Schuster then recorded a game-high eight points on five goals and three assists to lead the Chargers to a 17-10 NAC win over Husson. Schuster also posted 10 ground balls, nine draw controls and five caused turnovers in the win over the Eagles.



Defensive Player of the Week - Samantha Bickford, UMaine-Farmington (Fr., G - Oxford, Maine)

Bickford recorded two wins on the week, as UMF defeated Salem State and Wentworth in non-conference action. In a 14-11 win over the Vikings, the keeper made 12 saves. Then in a 10-9 victory over the Leopards, Bickford notched eight saves.



Rookie of the Week - Brittany Ireland, Colby-Sawyer (So., F - Amherst, N.H.)

Ireland tallied eight points on seven goals and one assist in a 1-1 week for Colby-Sawyer. The rookie began the week with two goals, three ground balls, one draw control and one caused turnover. She then tied for a game-best five goals to help lead the Chargers to a 17-10 NAC victory over Husson. In the win over the Eagles, she also posted one assist, six draws, four ground balls, and one caused turnover.  



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Co-Player & Co-Rookie of the Week - Tamara Aunchman, Husson (Fr., 3B/1B - Panton, Vt.)

Aunchman led the Eagles offensively, as she hit .615 (8-for-13), while slugging 1.308 in a 3-1 week. In a 7-0 win over Colby in the second game of the doubleheader, the freshman belted two home runs to tie the program record for most home runs in a single game. She recorded two RBI, two scored runs, and one double, as she went 3-for-4 in the seven-run win. In a doubleheader sweep of UMaine-Presque Isle, she went 4-for-8 with three RBI, two doubles, and one scored run. Overall, Aunchman accumulated three runs, three doubles, five RBI, two homeruns. Defensively, the freshman started two games at first and one at third, while only committing one error in 17 total chances.




Co-Player & Co-Rookie of the Week - Sara Baker, Castleton (Fr., SS - Schuylerville, N.Y.)

Baker had a big day at the plate for the Spartans on Sunday, powering the team to a pair of wins in their only action of the week. The rookie opened the day with a 2-for-4 effort with three RBI and two scored runs in a 13-5 victory over Skidmore. In the win, she notched her first career home run (a two-run shot), as she launched a no-doubt, two-out blast to left center field to help the Spartans come back from a one-run deficit on their way to the eight-run victory. She then went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two scored runs in a 9-1 win over the Thoroughbreds. She managed to put the ball in play in all 10 plate appearances on the week, while hitting .556, slugging .889 and reaching base in half of her plate appearances.



Pitcher of the Week - Sydney LeBourveau, Thomas (So, P/UT - Jericho, Vt.)

LeBourveau earned a 1-0 victory in the circle for Thomas, as the Terriers faced crosstown rival Colby College. The sophomore threw a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits and three walks, while striking out three. LeBourveau held a Mules offense scoreless and retired 21-of-27 batters, a team that averages 3.5 runs per game to go along with a .287 team batting average.


Men's Tennis


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Player of the Week - Gustav Jigrup, Colby-Sawyer (Jr. - Gothenburg, Vastra Frolunda, Sweden)

Jigrup won both of his matches at the top singles and doubles flights to lead Colby-Sawyer to a 9-0 win over MCLA in the conference opener. The junior dropped just one game to defeat MCLA's top player 6-1, 6-0. He also teamed with Alex Wright to win at the top doubles spot by an 8-1 score. 



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

Sako posted another two wins in the team's lone matchup of the week, a 6-3 conference win over Lyndon. The sophomore teamed with partner Truman Cressey to upend the Hornets' number one doubles pairing, 8-3. He then continued onto singles play in the second flight to win in straight sets 6-3, 7-5. Sako has now posted four-straight wins in both the number one doubles pairing and in second flight singles action. 


Men's Outdoor Track & Field

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Track Athlete of the WeekRasheed Foster, Colby-Sawyer (Sr., Sprints - Sandy Bay, Hanover, Jamaica)

Foster led the way for the Chargers at Sunday's Snowflake Classic hosted by Tufts by winning the 100 and 200 meter dashes. After posting the top time of 11.08 out of 47 runners in the 100 prelims, Foster then came away with the fastest time in the finals with 11.03, which currently ties him for fourth in the region. Then the senior picked up his second win of the day by besting 57 other competitors with a time of 22.34 in the 200m, which ranks him eighth in the region. Foster has qualified for both the New England Regional's and ECAC's in both events.




Field Athlete of the WeekKarl Nyholm, Colby-Sawyer (Jr., Throws - Concord, Mass.)

Nyholm qualified for New England's and ECAC's in the shot put and discus events at Sunday's Snowflake Classic hosted by Tufts. The junior placed second out of 37 in the shot put with a distance of 14.59 meters, which is good for seventh in the region. He then finished third out of 29 in the discus throw with a distance of 42.78 meters, which currently ranks him sixth in New England. 




Rookie of the WeekEric Hathaway, Husson (Fr., Throws - Pittsfield, Maine)

Hathaway displayed an incredible performance at the Corsair Classic hosted by UMass-Dartmouth this past weekend, setting three school records on the day. The rookie began the day with a school record and second place performance in the shotput with a throw of 13.60 meters, which qualifies him for New England's. His second program record came in the discus with a throw of 39.92 meters, good enough for a fourth place finish in the event. Hathaway then capped off his record-setting day with another school record in the hammer throw, chucking the implement out to a mark of 34.87 meters. By the end of the day, Hathaway had helped Husson achieve 11th place out of 18 teams at the meet. 


Women's Outdoor Track & Field

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Track Athlete of the Week - Brooke Hoople, Husson (Sr., Sprints - Bedford, N.H.)

Hoople led the way for the Eagles out at the Occidental College Distance Carnival Spring Break Classic a couple weeks back in L.A. Competing against more than thirty other teams, the senior took an impressive third place finish in the 400-meter with a time of 58.94, which was only .01 seconds away from the second-place finisher. Her time qualifies her for New England's and currently ranks her fifth in the region. 




Field Athlete of the Week Emmani Robinson, Colby-Sawyer (Jr., Throws - Newburgh, N.Y.)

Robinson qualified for both the New England's and ECAC's in the shot put at Sunday's Snowflake Classic hosted by Tufts. The junior finished third out of 39 with a distance of 12.27 meters, which currently ranks her fourth in New England.



Rookie of the Week - Leah Desjardins, Husson (Fr., Sprints - Poland, Maine)

Desjardins started out her collegiate career in outdoor track & field on a high note, competing against over 30 other teams out in L.A. at the Occidental College Distance Carnival Spring Break Classic a few weeks back. The rookie took home tenth in the 100-meter dash, finishing in a time of 12.81, which set a school record for the Eagles and made her the first student-athlete in program history to qualify for New England's in the 100m. Currently, her time ranks her 14th in the region.