North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week – Oct. 29
Football - Offensive Athlete of the Week – Alex Minton, Denison
Alex Minton (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) became the first player in Denison football history to post back-to-back 200-yard rushing games as he totaled 219 yards and three TDs on 22 carries in the Big Red’s 48-20 win over Hiram. He added three receptions for 47 yards and a score through the air to finish with 266 all-purpose yards. Denison piled up 377 yards rushing, the seventh best day in program history. Minton also surpassed 1,000-yards rushing for the second-straight year.
Football - Defensive Athlete of the Week – Jake Page, Wabash
Wabash’s Jake Page (West Lafayette, Ind./Central Catholic) picked off two passes, including an interception on the final play of overtime to secure a 28-21 victory over Wittenberg. Page intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter to preserve the lead at the time for the Little Giants. He then stepped in front of a Wittenberg pass near the end zone of the extra period after Wabash had scored on its offensive try to take the lead. Page also recorded nine tackles in the game.
Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Dylan Brown, Denison
Dylan Brown (Rochester Hills, Mich./ Adams) led Denison to a 2-0 week and a berth in the NCAC Tournament after posting 14 saves in a pair of 2-1 wins over Hiram and Ohio Wesleyan. Against the Batting Bishops, Brown posted a season-high 11 saves. Seven of his saves came in the first half and four came in the second half, with two critical saves in the final seven minutes of regulation. Denison entered the OWU match needing either a win or a tie to qualify for the conference tournament. It marked Denison’s first win over Ohio Wesleyan since 2009.
Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Maggie Armstrong, Denison
Denison women’s soccer secured their 10th NCAC regular season championship on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 win at Ohio Wesleyan. This was the Big Red’s first conference title since 2013, and first outright championship since 2009. Senior Maggie Armstrong (Wilmetter, Ill./New Trier) posted the game-winning goal in both wins over Hiram and Ohio Wesleyan, including two assists against the Terriers.
Women’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week – Payton McElfresh, Denison
Denison’s Payton McElfresh (Bethel, Ohio/Miami Valley Christian Academy) helped boost the Big Red to two sweep’s last week against Wooster and Capital. McElfresh averaged 3.5 kills/set, 3.83 digs/set and 4.4 points/set to go along with four service aces. She recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 13 digs against Capital. Denison also secured the No. 6 seed in the NCAC tournament with the win against Wooster.
Field Hockey Athlete of the Week – Blaine Donnelly, Wittenberg
Wittenberg’s Blaine Donnelly (Hanover, Md. / Archbishop Spalding) tallied her 101st career point on Thursday, scoring a goal in Wittenberg’s 2-1 win at DePauw, keeping the Tiger playoff hopes alive. The senior captain helped seal an NCAC Tournament spot with a goal in a 2-1 win at Ohio Wesleyan in the regular-season finale.
Men’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Christian Early, Denison
Paced by a top-10 finish from junior Christian Early (Hinsdale, Ill. / Fenwick), Denison men’s golf claimed first overall and secured the team championship at the 2018 Virtues Fall Shootout hosted by the Big Red at the Virtues Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio. Totaling a team score of 629 for the tournament, DU finished four strokes ahead of No. 29 Allegheny College who finished with a two-day score of 633. Winning their first regular-season tournament since the Ted Barclay Spring Invitational in 2015, the Big Red were led by Early and his back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 for a second round 74 to finish the tournament six-over-par (150) in second place.
Men’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week – Tommy Hackley, DePauw
DePauw’s Tommy Hackley (Wilmette, Ind./New Trier) posted two first-place finishes against No. 10-ranked Washington (Mo.) this past week. His winning 500 Freestyle time was clocked at 4:47.03, the fifth quickest time in the conference this season. His winning 1650 Freestyle time (16:35.97) was also the fifth quickest among conference times this season.
Women’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week – Lauren Isaacs, Allegheny
Allegheny’s Lauren Isaacs (Media, Pa./Penncrest) posted three first-place finishes in a 212-79 victory over Grove City. Isaacs won the 100 Breaststroke (1:09.38) and 200 Breaststroke (2:31.78), recording the conference’s sixth-fastest times this season in both events. She also touched first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:19.70.
NCAC Milestones & Records (Oct. 22 – Oct. 28)
Wabash, Men’s Soccer - Sophomore goalkeeper Chad Wunderlich (St. Louis, Mo./John Burroughs School) tied the Wabash single-season mark for wins and shutouts by a goalkeeper in the Little Giants’ 1-0 victory over DePauw. He picked up his 12th win of the season to equal the mark set in 1990 by Tony Beuke, and matched the nine shutouts recorded by Dayton Jennings in 2015.
Denison, Football - Alex Minton (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) became the first player in Denison football history to post back-to-back 200-yard rushing games as he totaled 219 yards and three TDs on 22 carries in a 48-20 win over Hiram.