PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Denali Sexton, Colby-Sawyer
(Sr., F - Barrington, R.I.)
Sexton led the Chargers with nine points on three goals and three assists in a 2-0 week. He scored twice, including a game-tying and a game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over Clark. He also assisted on the team's other goal in the game. One of Sexton's two assists in a 4-1 win at Maine Maritime on Saturday was on the game-winner. Sexton also converted a penalty kick for the second-straight game to give the Chargers an insurance goal over the Mariners.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tenzin Khenrab, New England College
(Sr., GK - Greenfield, Mass.)
Khenrab tallied 17 saves on the week for NEC. He picked up seven saves in a close 3-2 loss to Wheaton before tallying 10 saves, including three in overtime, to record a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Castleton. The senior posted an 1.80 gaa and an .810 save percentage on the week.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Tucker Stenger, New England College
(Fr., M - Enfield, N.H.)
Stenger had a beautiful finish with his head to help the Pilgrims pick up a crucial NAC point with a 1-1 double-overtime tie against Castleton. He netted the goal in the 51st minute, which marked his first shot-on-goal and his first collegiate goal.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton went 0-1-1 on the week with tough road matches at Keene State and defending NAC Champion New England College. The Spartans lost a hard-fought battle at Keene State, 2-1, despite having multiple chances to tie the game in the waning minutes. Castleton bounced back with a back-and-forth 1-1, double-overtime draw at NEC to open conference play. Abinash Rai and Colby Gay scored the Spartan goals on the week. The Spartans will continue their conference stretch with Green Mountain at home Tuesday and Lyndon State on the road Saturday.
Colby-Sawyer went 2-0 last week with a nice 3-2 home win over Clark and a 4-1 NAC opening road win at Maine Maritime. Denali Sexton led the team with two goals and an assist in the win over Clark, while Eddie Garcia had a pair of tallies against Maine Maritime. Sexton added a goal and two assists against the Mariners. The Chargers are slated to host intrastate rival New England College on Wednesday before hosting Husson on Saturday.
UMaine-Farmington went 1-1 on the week with a midweek non-conference loss at St. Joseph's and a bounce-back win against Lyndon.
Green Mountain lost its conference opener to Johnson 6-0 on Saturday with a depleted lineup. Griffin Shelor made an astounding 19 saves in a brilliant effort in net, but the Eagles were just too short handed to make any type of run offensively. GMC will be in action on Tuesday as it travels to Castleton to battle the Spartans, then host SUNY Purchase and Wheelock at home over the weekend.
Husson dropped both games on the week. Bowdoin defeated the Eagles 2-0, while Thomas knocked off Husson 3-0.
Johnson (5-2, 1-0 NAC) went 2-1 this past week, falling to Worcester State 3-2 in double-overtime on Tuesday, and picking up wins against Green Mountain on Saturday and Becker on Sunday. Dominic Caforia notched five goals and four assists to lead Johnson. The Badgers travel to Southern Vermont Thursday before hosting Thomas on Saturday in a NAC contest. They'll then host Paul Smith's on Sunday to end the week.
Lyndon dropped the only contest of the week, 1-0, at UMaine-Farmington. Senior goalkeeper Matt LaClair kept the Hornets in the game, making seven saves, some of the spectacular variety.
Maine Maritime went 0-1 this week, dropping the conference opener to Colby-Sawyer 4-1 on Saturday night. The Mariners look to rebound quickly, when they host Thomas on Tuesday night and travel to New England College on Saturday.
New England College suffered a 3-2 loss to a strong Wheaton team before battling Castleton to a 1-1 double-overtime tie on Saturday. Pano Galatas (Hillsboro, N.H.) was NEC's biggest offensive threat, tallying a goal and an assist on the week. Freshman Tucker Stenger (Enfield, N.H.) recorded his first collegiate goal on Saturday against Castleton. The Pilgrims continue NAC play this week by traveling to Colby-Sawyer on Wednesday and hosting Maine Maritime on Saturday.
Thomas split the week 1-1 overall as they opened Tuesday with a 3-1 loss at Colby. The Terriers rebounded Saturday as the shutout Husson, 3-0, to open their NAC schedule and end a three-game losing streak. Nawfal El-Antri, Michael Sanzairi, and Tevin Reid each tallied a goal in the victory. Thomas will continue conference play on Tuesday, September 19, traveling to Maine Maritime for a 4:00 p.m. matchup.