North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week – Oct. 7
Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Sam Henthorn, Wabash
Wabash’s Sam Henthorn (Carmel, IN/Westfield) ran a career-best time to place 74th out of 276 runners at Saturday’s Louisville Cross Country Classic. The senior completed the 8,000-meter course that will serve as the NCAA DIII Cross Country Championship venue in 25:43.4. Wabash finished 24th out of 40 teams in the Silver Division race mostly comprised of NCAA DIII programs.
Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Mica Hanish, Allegheny
Allegheny junior Mica Hanish (Baden, PA/Ambridge) led the Gators at the Lehigh Paul Short Run with a fifth-place finish out 370 runners. The junior completed the 6,000-meter course with a time of 21:19.3, averaging a 5:43 mile time.
Field Hockey Athlete of the Week – Sarah Metzmaier, Kenyon
Kenyon sophomore Sarah Metzmaier (Gibsonia, PA/Pine-Richland) opened the week by steering Kenyon to a 2-1 win over Denison. In that game, Metzmaier scored the game-winner in the fourth quarter and brought to an end Denison’s 26-game NCAC win streak. Four days later, Metzmaier racked up three goals in Kenyon’s 6-0 win at Allegheny. The sophomore forward now leads the NCAC with 12 goals, nine of which were scored in Kenyon’s last five contests.
Offensive Football Athlete of the Week – Ike James, Wabash
Wabash senior Ike James (Lowell, IN/Lowell) turned in his 11th career 100-yard rushing performance on Saturday with 123 yards on 33 carries to help the Little Giants to a 31-13 victory over Ohio Wesleyan. James opened the scoring for Wabash with a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to provide the Little Giants with a lead they never relinquished.
Defensive Football Athlete of the Week – Michael Picone, Kenyon
Kenyon junior Michael Picone (Mantua, OH/Crestwood), helped lift the Lords to a 12-7 win at Oberlin. Not only did he recover a fumble in the second quarter, but his 61-yard interception return for a fourth-quarter touchdown sealed the Lords’ victory. Picone also racked up seven tackles, a quarterback sack and two pass break-ups.
Men’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Sam Davis, Denison
Denison’s Sam Davis (Lake Forest, IL/Lake Forest) led the way for the Big Red at the Centre College Fall Invitational. The freshman posted a one-over-par 73 on the heels of an opening-round 72 to place him in a tie for third place overall. His efforts also helped Denison take home the team title for the first time this season.
Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Alexis Reichardt, Ohio Wesleyan
Ohio Wesleyan senior Alexis Reichardt (Waldo, OH/River Valley) overcame a four-shot deficit to win medalist honors at Wooster’s Eva Shorb Weiskopf Invitational. Reichardt had an 87 on Saturday to finish the day in eighth place. On Sunday, she carded a 78 to equal the best round of the day, finishing the tournament with a 165, garnering medalist honors by a single shot. Her 78 tied for sixth place on the all-time Bishop single-round list.
Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – J.P. Baughman, Ohio Wesleyan
Ohio Wesleyan senior goalie J.P. Baughman (Westerville, OH/St. Francis DeSales) recorded five saves in a shutout as OWU defeated No. 10-ranked John Carroll, 1-0, in double overtime on Wednesday. The win was Ohio Wesleyan’s second over a top-10 team on the road this season. He also split a shutout effort in an NCAC win at Oberlin on Saturday. On the week, Baughman was in goal for 169 minutes of scoreless soccer.
Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Ashley Smiley, Ohio Wesleyan
Ohio Wesleyan junior Ashley Smiley (Delaware, OH/Hayes) scored the game-winning goal in a 3-0 victory at Baldwin Wallace on Wednesday. She followed that up with a hat trick to power the Bishops to 3-0 win at Oberlin on Saturday. It was her first hat trick since Oct. 13, 2018, and her second all-time for the Bishops. Her performance on the week raised her league-leading totals to 11 goals and 26 points. Smiley also shares the league lead in game-winning goals (2) and assists (4).
Women’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week – Emma Woerner, Denison
Denison junior Emma Woerner (Novato, CA/Novato) helped the Big Red to a pair of sweeps over DePauw and Hiram last week. Woerner posted 23 kills (3.83 k/s), 19 digs (3.17 d/s) and a .339 hitting percentage over six sets. Saturday’s victory against Hiram moved the Denison winning streak to nine games on the year, which is the longest win streak since 2001 when DU went 21-12 and reached the NCAC Tournament Championship game.
NCAC Milestones & Records (Sept. 30 - Oct. 6)
Denison, Volleyball - Saturday’s victory against Hiram moved the Big Red’s winning streak to nine games on the year, which is the longest win streak since 2001 when DU went 21-12 and reached the NCAC Tournament Championship game.
Kenyon, Swimming & Diving - Kenyon Women’s Swimming & Diving graduate Hannah Orbach-Mandel (Tucson, AZ/Catalina Foothills) was announced Wednesday as one of nine finalists for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.
Oberlin, Football - Quarterback Zach Taylor (Artesia, CA/Buena Park) threw his 48th career touchdown pass in Oberlin’s 12-7 loss to Kenyon, tying Greg Mangan (2005-08) for first all-time in school history.