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NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 2/18

NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 2/18

NCAC Weekly Newsletter - Feb. 18


North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week 

Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week – Ugnius Zilinskas, Kenyon

Kenyon sophomore Ugnius Zilinskas (Kedainiai, Lithuania/Kimball Union Academy) helped the Lords to their first conference victory of the season on Wednesday, winning 79-77 over Ohio Wesleyan. Zilinskas recorded a double-double in the win, posting 15 points and 10 rebounds. He also tallied 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Lords’ season finale at Allegheny on Saturday.

Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week – Paige Matijasich, Kenyon

Kenyon junior Paige Matijasich (Pickerington, Ohio/North) helped propel the Ladies to a pair of conference victories last week, securing the No. 3-seed in the conference tournament. Matijasich posted 21 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in an 80-58 victory against Ohio Wesleyan before adding 16 points, nine rebounds and two assists in a 72-50 win at Allegheny.

Men's Indoor Track, Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – Keith Abramson, Wabash

Keith Abramson (Avon, Ind./Avon) was a part of three first-place finishes for Wabash track and field over the weekend. He captured an individual title in the 800-meter run at the Eastern Illinois University Friday Night Special, posting a season-best time of 1:58.43 for the second-fastest time among NCAC runners in the event this year. Abramson ran as part of the Little Giants’ winning 4x400-meter relay team. The squad won the event with a time of 3:26.51. Saturday the freshman ran as part of the Wabash distance medley relay team at the DePauw Indoor Classic. The Little Giants won that race by turning in their fastest time of the year and second-quickest among NCAC schools at 10:53.63.

Men's Indoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Tommy Davis, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan’s Tommy Davis (Clyde, Ohio/Clyde) finished third in the men’s 200-meter dash with a time of 22.60 seconds at the Ohio State Buckeye Tune-Up on Friday. Davis’s time was the fastest among conference athletes this season. Davis also led off the Bishops’ 1600-meter relay at Findlay’s Flag City Open on Saturday where the OWU relay team won in 3:26.43.

Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Mike Heeschen, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan junior Mike Heeschen (Gettysburg, Pa./Gettysburg Area) won the shot put at Findlay’s Flag City Open. Heeschen recorded a 15.06-meter (49’ 5”) throw, the best NCAC mark of the season. 

Women's Indoor Track, Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – Alexis Gray, Wittenberg

Wittenberg’s Alexis Gray (Washington Court House, Ohio/Washington Court House) posted the league’s top time to date this season in the 800-meter run after finishing third out of 43 total runners with a time of 2:19.92 at the Kent State Tune-Up. 

Women's Indoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Emani Kelley, Wooster

Wooster senior Emani Kelley (Santa Paula, Calif./Ventura) broke the program’s 25-year-old school record in the 500 meters with the winning time of 1:19.98 at Saturday’s Kenyon Classic. The senior helped the 4x400 team post a runner-up time of 4:18.82.

Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Carolyn Webster, Wooster

Wooster senior Carolyn Webster (Fredericktown, Ohio/Fredericktown) was instrumental in helping the Scots win the eight-team Kenyon Classic on Saturday. The senior won the long jump at 16 feet, 8.5 inches, and was part of Wooster’s one-two finish in the high jump after clearing 5 feet, 1 inch.

Men's Tennis Athletes of the Week – Martin Mora, Wittenberg | Nicholas Paolucci, Kenyon

Senior Martin Mora (Quito, Ecuador) went a perfect 4-0 on the weekend between the first singles and doubles flights. In No. 1-singles, Mora downed Ohio Northern’s Vinh Thai, 6-5, 7-5, and Centre’s Arpit Maini, 6-1, 6-1. He also battled to an 8-4 doubles victory against the Polar Bears and an 8-6 win over the Coloniels. 

Nicholas Paolucci (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) played in the No. 2 and No. 3 singles spots this past week and went 2-0 without dropping a set. He also played at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, going 2-0 and helping the Lords to dual-match wins over Rhodes and Wabash.

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

Denison’s Lauren Hawley (Dayton, Ohio/Archbishop Alter) helped the Big Red defeat NCAA Division II opponent, Indiana (Pa.), on Sunday, 6-3. Playing in the first-singles slot, Hawley downed Katya Minchenkova, 7-6, 5-2, before again beating Minchenkova and teammate Thais Andreotti, 8-5 in No. 1 doubles.

Men's Lacrosse Athlete of the Week – Reeves McKenney, Denison

Sophomore goalie Reeves McKenney (Roanoke, Va./Culver Academy) posted 10 saves in 60 minutes of action as No. 9 Denison held off No. 12 Washington & Lee in a thrilling 14-13 victory on Saturday at Deeds Field.

Women's Lacrosse Athlete of the Week – Julia Mahoney, Kenyon

Kenyon’s Julia Mahoney (Davidsonville, Md./The Key School) scored a team-high four goals and tallied a team-high five points during the Ladies’ season-opening 20-1 win at Heidelberg. Her four goals were also a career, single-game personal best.


NCAC Milestones & Records (Feb. 11 - Feb. 17)

Wabash, Men’s Basketball - Jack Davidson (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) broke the NCAA all-time, all-divisions record for consecutive free throws made by making 95 in a row over the course of his last 14 games played. The streak came to an end on Saturday shortly after Davidson made his 95th consecutive attempt when the first shot of two free throws hit off the front of the rim against Oberlin. Davidson surpassed the record of 94 consecutive free throws made held by Northern Kentucky’s Paul Cluxton (Division II) set in the 1996-1997 season. The Division I record is 85 held by Darnell Archey from Butler University. The Division III record of 84 was previously held by Dirk Rhinehart from Kalamazoo College. 

Wooster, Men’s Basketball - Wooster won its league-leading 18th conference title with a 94-86 win over Oberlin on Wednesday. Wooster has now won 20 or more games in 23 consecutive seasons. Only Kansas (30) has a longer active streak than the Fighting Scots when it comes to consecutive 20-win seasons.

DePauw, Women’s Basketball - Maya Howard (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) became the women’s all-time scoring leader and Sydney Kopp (Burr Ridge, Ill./Hinsdale South) became the 18th player to reach 1,000 career points in Saturday’s regular-season finale against Wooster.

Wittenberg, Women’s Track & Field - Hannah Eley broke her own school record in the weight throw for the second consecutive week, completing a toss of 14.67 meters at the DePauw Indoor Classic. The throw beat her previous mark by .11 meters (14.56).