North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week – Sept. 4
Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) is made up of ten academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, DePauw University, Denison University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster, along with affiliate member, Earlham College (field hockey). The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women. Each week, the NCAC celebrates individuals who demonstrated exceptional performances in their selected sport. The following individuals have been selected athletes of the week for the week of Aug. 27-Sept. 3.
Football - Offensive Athlete of the Week - Jake Kennedy, Wittenberg
Wittenberg's Jake Kennedy (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine) threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns in a season-opening 34-21 victory over Westminster on Saturday, Sept. 1. Kennedy completed 22 of his 34 passes, a 64.7% clip. The senior quarterback also rushed for a touchdown in the win.
Football - Defensive Athlete of the Week - Robert Alvarez, Wooster
Wooster junior Robert Alvarez (Fort Washington, Md./Riverdale Baptist School) significantly impacted the outcome of Wooster's 44-34 win at Bluffton on Saturday. Alvarez scored a first-quarter defensive touchdown by way of a 33-yard fumble return, in what marked the Scots' first fumble return touchdown on an opponent's rushing play since 2007. In the third quarter, Alvarez had a strip sack that was recovered by the Scots and gave the offense possession on Bluffton's 15-yard line.
Men's Soccer Athlete of the Week - Max Rochester, Wooster
Wooster junior Max Rochester (Chicago, Ill./University of Chicago Labratory) scored a goal to lead The College of Wooster men's soccer team to a 2-0 win over Washington and Jefferson this past week. Rochester's goal, scored in the 21st minute on a free kick from five yards outside the box, which would eventually be the game-winner.
Women's Soccer Athlete of the Week - Samantha Hayes, Kenyon
Kenyon sophomore Samantha Hayes (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois) tallied both goals in the Ladies' 2-1 victory over Case Western Reserve on Friday, Aug. 31. She knocked in the first goal at the 21:55 mark, before tacking on another goal in the 59th minute. The goals were Hayes fifth and sixth of her career in a Kenyon uniform.
Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week - Delaney Swanson, Kenyon
Kenyon senior Delaney Swanson (Sonoma, Cal./Sonoma Valley) led the Ladies in kills and digs over the weekend at Marietta's River City Classic. She collected 57.5 points (4.8 pts/s), 46 kills (3.83 k/s) and 36 digs (3.0 d/s) across four victories, three of which were by 3-0 counts. The 4-0 start by the Ladies is its first since 1988.
Field Hockey Athlete of the Week - Teya Adams, Denison
Denison sophomore goalie Teya Adams (Rochester, N.Y./Berwick Academy) posted a five-save performance in a double overtime contest against Centre on Saturday, Sept. 1, then led the Big Red to the 2-1 win by saving three-of-four shots in the shootout. Denison converted three shootout attempts while Adams held Centre to just one successful attempt.
Men's Golf Athlete of the Week - Colin Laszlo, Wittenberg
Senior Colin Laszlo (Waipahu, Hawaii/Punahou) helped guide the 11th-ranked Wittenberg men's golf team to a dramatic come-from-behind team win over the weekend at the Transylvania Fall Invitational, played at the par-72, 6,942-yard University Club of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Laszlo, who carded his first collegiate hole-in-one on the 12th hole in round one on Saturday, tied for second out of 88 golfers in the individual standings. Laszlo's five-under par 67 in the final round on Sunday was the second lowest 18-hole round of the event. Laszlo opened the event with a 70 in round one and a 75 in round two.
Women's Golf Athlete of the Week - Rachele Miller, DePauw
DePauw senior Rachele Miller (Princeton, Iowa/Pleasant Valley) earned medalist honors at Denison's Lynn Schweizer Invitational over the weekend. She shot a 76 in the first round, coupled with a tournament-low 72 in the second round to lead the 69-player field by two strokes. The title was the fourth of her career, as well as her 23rd top-10 finish.
Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week - Dominic Patacsil, Wabash
Wabash senior Dominic Patacsil (West Lafayette, Ind./West Lafayette) posted the top individual finish for the Wabash cross country team at Friday's (Aug. 31) Butler Twilight Opener. He finished fourth, trailing only three runners from NCAA Division I host Butler, with a time of 18:56.4 over the 6,000-meter course.
Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week - Emily Willson, Denison
Freshman Emily Willson (Dunstable, Mass./Groton-Dunstable Regional) paced the Big Red at the 2018 Sodexo Grizzly Invite hosted by Franklin College at the Blue River Cross Country course in Shelbyville, Ind. Willson placed seventh overall out of 117 runners with a time of 24:29.90 in her college debut.
NCAC Milestones & Records (Aug. 27 – Sept. 2)
Wooster, Field Hockey - Wooster's field hockey team tied its NCAC record with a 14-goal outburst against Wells in Saturday's season opener. The Scots previously set the NCAC record back in 1985 with a 14-goal game against Muskingum.
Wooster, Women's Soccer - Wooster women's soccer head coach David "Geordie" Brown collected win No. 300 with the Scots' 3-1 win over Adrian on Friday. Brown, in his 28th year at Wooster, now has a career record of 301-165-48.
DePauw, Women's Volleyball - Suzanne Peters (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead) became the 12th player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills. Through four matches this season, her 1,062 kills ranks 11th all-time at DePauw.