GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its Student-Athlete of the Week selections in the sports of men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball for the period ending October 21, 2012. These are the last set of selections for men’s and women’s cross country and women’s tennis for the fall season, while being the first group of selections for men’s and women’s swimming.
Geoffrey Hall (Van Etten, N.Y.) has been selected as the NEAC Men’s Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Week after his speedy performance for the SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers. Hall, a junior, finished the 8K New York State College Track Conference Meet with a time of 27:51.72 (5:36 pace per mile), which has good enough for 58th place out of 142 runners in a field that included three nationally ranked teams. The Fighting Tigers finished in ninth place out of 12 teams at the meet, which was hosted by Nazareth College at Center Park in Fairport, N.Y., last Saturday.
Rebekah Johnson (Amsterdam, N.Y.) has been chosen as the NEAC Women’s Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Week after her strong performance for the SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers. At Saturday’s 6K New York State College Track Conference Meet hosted by Nazareth College at Center Park in Fairport, N.Y., the sophomore speedster finished in 24:19.85 (6:31 pace per mile) and took 31st place out of 143 runners that included some of the top runners in the region. The Fighting Tigers finished in tenth place overall out of 12 teams.
Sean Westerlund (Ellicott City, Md.) has been named the NEAC Men’s Soccer Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week after his strong play for the Lancaster Bible College Chargers. The senior forward recorded six points on two goals and two assists during a 2-0-1 week for the Chargers, netting two goals and assisting on another in a 4-2 conference win over Gallaudet University Thursday and assisting on the game-winning goal in a 2-1 conference win over SUNY Cobleskill Saturday. The two assists were the first of the season for Westerlund, while he now has five goals on the year.
Tim Landis, Jr. has been selected as the NEAC Men’s Soccer Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week for his terrific performance in goal for theLancaster Bible College Chargers. The senior goalie made a total of 17 saves to help lead the Chargers to a 2-0-1 week, which included two conference victories. Landis, Jr. opened the week with eight saves in a double-overtime thriller with nonconference foe Cairn University that ended in a 1-1 tie last Tuesday and closed with week with another eight saves in a thrilling 2-1 conference victory over SUNY Cobleskill Saturday. He also made one save and did not allow a goal in nearly a half of action before having to exit with an injury in the Chargers’ 4-2 victory over Gallaudet University Thursday. Landis, Jr. is currently second in the NEAC in saves (105) and fifth in save percentage (.778).
Lyndsay Naughton (Reading, Pa.) has been chosen as the NEAC Women’s Soccer Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week after a sensational scoring display for the Penn State Harrisburg Nittany Lions. The junior forward tallied five goals during a 2-0 week for Harrisburg, scoring twice in a 5-2 nonconference win over Valley Forge Christian College Tuesday and recording a hat trick in 4-0 conference victory over Penn State Abington Saturday. Naughton’s 16 goals on the year leads the team and currently has her ranked fifth overall in the conference.
Catherine De La Cruz (Bloomfield, N.J.) has been named the NEAC Women’s Soccer Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week for her strong play in goal for the College of Saint Elizabeth Screaming Eagles. The senior goalkeeper put together a five-save shutout in the Screaming Eagles’ 3-0 conference win over Wilson Saturday in the team’s lone contest last week. It was De La Cruz’s second shutout of the year, and she now has 106 saves on the season thus far.
Matthew Sleezer (Gloversville, N.Y.) has been selected as this year’s first NEAC Men’s Swimming and Diving Student-Athlete of the Week after an outstanding performance for the Wells College Express. Sleezer opened the season with three first-place finishes, winning the 200-yard freestyle (2:01.02), the 100-yard freestyle (0:52.38) and the 100-yard IM (1:03.63) in the Express’ 86-28 victory over Bard College at Simon’s rock on Saturday, Sept, 29. During the Hartwick College Relays on Saturday, Oct. 13, Sleezer also contributed solid performances. In the Men's 850-yard crescendo free relay, Sleezer led all seven operating lanes with a time of 0:22.94 seconds through the first 50 yards. In the Men's 200-yard freestyle relay, Sleezer finished the final 50 yards for the Express, posting the event's second-best final lap time (0:22.74).
Hilary Feudale (Coal Township, Pa.) has been chosen as this year’s first NEAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Student-Athlete of the Week after a sensational performance for the Wells College Express. Feudale, a freshman, finished first in all four of the events she competed in during the Express’ 95-22 win over Bard College at Simon’s rock on Saturday, Sept. 29. Feudale took first place individually in both the 100-yard breaststroke (1:09.33) and the 50-yard breaststroke (0:31:38), while also being a part of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team (2:04.83) and the 200-yard medley relay team (2:06.31).
Kristina Hatter (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.) has been named the NEAC West* Women’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Week after a strong performance for the Penn State Berks Nittany Lions. Hatter, a sophomore, won a pair of matches to help Berks to an 8-1 win over Baptist Bible College Thursday, as she registered an 8-1 victory in second singles and an 8-0 win at first doubles alongside teammate Liz Martinez (Ellicott City, Md.). The two victories gave Hatter an overall record of 3-2 to close out the fall season.
Ann Whited (Fishers, Ind.) has been selected as the NEAC Women’s Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Week after guiding the Gallaudet University Bison to an undefeated season in NEAC play. The senior outside hitter led a Bison squad that went 4-0 in conference play and did not drop a set all week, as she totaled 32 kills and a .304 hitting percentage (32-8-79) to go along with 32 digs, 10 serve aces and two solo blocks for 44 points (3.7 p/set) on the week. The Bison wrapped up conference play with a perfect 11-0 record and are now 26-6 overall.
Krysten Boyd (Philadelphia, Pa.) has been chosen as the NEAC Women’s Volleyball Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week for the second straight week after her outstanding play for the Penn State Abington Nittany Lions. The senior setter compiled 145 digs (6.90 d/set) during a 3-2 week for the Nittany Lions, which included 104 digs (8.00 d/set) in three conference matches. During NEAC Crossover play held at Penn State Abington this weekend, Boyd tallied a season-best 37 digs in a 3-1 victory over SUNY Cobleskill Saturday before topping that mark with 39 digs in a hard-fought 3-2 loss to Keuka later in the day. She finished conference play with 28 digs in a 3-1 win over Cazenovia Sunday. Boyd, who also registered six serve aces and a solo block on the week, currently ranks third in the conference in both digs (427) and digs per set (4.85).