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NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 4/15

NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 4/15

NCAC Weekly Newsletter - 4/15

North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week 

Baseball, Player of the Week – Mason Davis, Wittenberg

Wittenberg’s Mason Davis (Delaware, OH/Rutherford B. Hayes) propelled the Tiger offense with a .455 average on the week, collecting four extra-base hits and scoring six runs. In game one against Oberlin, the sophomore tallied a 3-for-5 game, ending with a double, home run and five RBI.

Baseball, Pitcher of the Week – Nathan Chandler, Kenyon

Kenyon’s Nathan Chandler (New York, NY/Stuyvesant) compiled a 2-0 record last week on the mound for the Lords. Against DePauw, Chandler went six innings, allowed two hits, and no runs while striking out eight. On the week, he pitched eight innings, struck out 10, allowed just two hits and didn’t allow a run.

Softball, Player of the Week – Grace Finn, Kenyon

Kenyon’s Grace Finn (Escondido, CA/Escondido) was dominant in the batter’s box as the Ladies went 4-0 against Ohio Wesleyan and Wittenberg. In 15 plate appearances, she reached base every time with 12 hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch. On the week, she had an .800 batting average, scored eight runs, drove in two RBI and was 2-for-2 in stolen bases.

Softball, Pitcher of the Week – Cami Henry, DePauw

DePauw’s Cami Henry (Mooresville, IN/Mooresville) pitched the Tigers' first complete game, seven-inning no-hitter since 2004 in a 3-0 victory against Denison in game one of a doubleheader. The freshman also pitched a seven-inning, complete game shutout in the nightcap against the Big Red. Henry hasn’t allowed an earned run in the last 36.0 innings.

Men's Lacrosse Athlete of the Week – Peter Pittroff, Denison

Denison’s Peter Pittroff (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Country Day) totaled seven points in each of the Big Red’s victories last week against Kenyon and Whittier. Against the Lords, Pittroff totaled two goals and five assists. He followed that performance with three goals and four assists against the Poets, moving him to 210 points in his career. He currently sits sixth in career points at Denison, only needing four points to move into fifth place and 11 points to jump to third place.

Women's Lacrosse Athlete of the Week – Jane Goodspeed, Denison

Denison senior Jane Goodspeed (East Grand Rapids, MI/East Grand Rapids) broke her own school record for draw controls in a game with 18 against DePauw. She also became Denison’s career leader in draw controls in the same game. Goodspeed totaled 27 draw controls in the Big Red’s pair of wins over Wooster and DePauw on the week.

Men's Tennis Athletes of the Week – Austin Diehl, Kenyon

Kenyon’s Austin Diehl (O’Fallon, MD/Home school) remained undefeated this spring (14-0) after chalking up three singles wins, including a pair at the number one flight over Wooster’s Joaquin Abos Amo (6-4, 6-2) and Allegheny’s Wonjoon Cho (6-4, 6-2). The junior has won 35 dual matches in a row dating back to last spring. He also went 2-0 in doubles with classmate Jacob Zalenski on the week.

Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week – Lauren Hawley, Denison

Denison senior Lauren Hawley (Dayton, OH/Archbishop Alter) produced a 4-0 week including No. 1 singles victories over Wittenberg’s Carli Milano (6-1, 6-2) and DePauw’s Megan Galle (6-0, 6-4).  She also notched a pair of No. 1 doubles victories against both Wittenberg and DePauw. 

Men's Golf Athlete of the Week – Cameron Willis, Wittenberg

Junior Cameron Willis (Eaton, OH/Eaton) finished in a tie for second with Gettysburg’s Daniel Harcourt with a four-over par score of 146 at the Hershey Cup Invitational. Willis fired an even-par 71 in Sunday’s opening round, before carding a four-over 75 on Monday. Over the course of the two-day event, Willis finished with five birdies and 22 pars. The Tigers topped the 15-team field with a combined score of 592 (295-297), which was 18 strokes better than the duo of No. 8 Carnegie Mellon and Piedmont that tied for second with 610 strokes each.

Women's Golf Athlete of the Week – Emmy Timberlake, Denison

Denison posted a two-day team score of 648 to win the Wooster Spring Invitational, led by junior Emmy Timberlake (Charlottesville, VA/Charlottesville). On Sunday, Timberlake shot a two-over-par 74 to lead the 95-player field and to secure the individual championship for the second-straight season. Timberlake posted a two-round score of 152 (+8) to finish four strokes better than second.

Men's Outdoor Track, Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – David Westcott, Wooster

Wooster senior David Westcott (Lake Forest, Ill./Millbrook (NY)) cruised to a first-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the All-Ohio Championships. Westcott’s 9:10.04 was the best by over 17 seconds on Saturday and is currently the third-fastest clip in Division III this season.

Men's Outdoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Kyle Farnbauch, Wittenberg

Wittenberg’s Kyle Farnbauch (Hilliard, OH) helped post a third-place finish for the Tigers in the 4x100 relay (43.48) at the All-Ohio Championships. He also finished seventh in the 400-meter hurdles, crossing in 56.99 seconds. That time ranks as the fourth-best among conference athletes. Farnbauch also aided the TIgers to a seventh-place finish in the 4x400 relay (3:26.30).

Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Jayson Blankenship, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan’s Jayson Blankenship (Medina, OH/Medina) won the pole vault title at the All-Ohio Championships, clearing 4.56 meters (14’ 11.5”). The mark is the best among conference athletes this season. Blankenship also collected 3,824 points in the decathlon, finishing sixth.  

Women's Outdoor Track, Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – Emily Forner, Allegheny

Running the 5,000-meters for the first time in the outdoor season over the weekend at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic, Allegheny’s Emily Forner (Beaver, PA/Beaver Area) turned in a time of 16:33.01. It's the fastest time in Division III thus far this year and a new school record by nine seconds. Along with being tops in the NCAC this year, it is a new PR by over 21 seconds and nearly 1:30 faster than her NCAC-winning time from 2018.

Women's Outdoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Marteana Newton, Wittenberg

Wittenberg’s Marteana Newton (N/A) finished second among 16 runners in the women’s 400-meter dash (58.89) at the 2019 All-Ohio Championships. The time was the best among conference athletes so far this season.

Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Akwia Tilton, Wooster

Wooster junior Akwia Tilton (Southfield, Mich./Roeper School) won the long jump at Saturday’s All-Ohio Championships. Tilton’s measurement of 5.33 meters (17’ 6”) is tops in the NCAC this spring.


NCAC Milestones & Records (Apr. 8 - Apr. 14)

Denison, Men’s Lacrosse - Denison head men’s lacrosse coach Mike Caravana picked up career win No. 300 in the Big Red’s win over Whittier. He is the 20th coach in collegiate men’s lacrosse history to reach this milestone.

Denison, Baseball - Will Krushena’s (Bloomfield, MI/Detroit Country Day) season-long hitting streak reached 26 games. He is one shy of tying the program record.

Kenyon, Men’s Lacrosse - With 10 assists last week, Lords senior Nick Vitale (Saint Joseph, MI/St. Joseph (IN)) moved his season total to 43. That total broke the previous Kenyon single-season record which stood since 1973 by Dave Cronin who notched 42.

Kenyon, Women’s Lacrosse - With two victories last week, the Ladies ran their winning streak to 10 games, besting the program record of nine which was set by the 2013 team. 

Ohio Wesleyan, Men’s Lacrosse - Max Tennant (Englewood, CO/Cherry Creek) compiled eight goals last week, raising his career total to 233, breaking the Ohio Wesleyan and NCAC records of 225 set by Dave Maguire from 1995-98.

Ohio Wesleyan, Men’s Lacrosse - Ohio Wesleyan’s win over Oberlin was the 112th for head coach Mike Plantholt at Ohio Wesleyan, the most ever for an Ohio Wesleyan men’s lacrosse coach, surpassing the mark of 111 set by Sean Ryan from 2000-10.

Wooster, Men’s Lacrosse - Wooster sophomore Shaun Peirce’s (North Attleboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan) eight goals versus Wabash were the most by a Scot since Colin Hartnett found the back of the net eight times against Washington & Jefferson back in 1992, and was one off the Fighting Scots’ single-game program record.

Wooster, Men’s Lacrosse - Wooster senior Joe Altieri (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) dished out eight assists against Wabash on Saturday, marking the second time in the last four years a Fighting Scot had eight helpers against the Little Giants. Altieri’s assist haul was one off the Scots’ single-game program record.

Wooster, Softball - Wooster capped off a school record 12-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory against Denison Saturday before falling 2-1 in game two. The previous Wooster Softball record was nine games in-a-row.