North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week – Nov. 4
Field Hockey Athlete of the Week – Kate Milner, DePauw
DePauw senior Kate Milner (St. Louis, MO/John Burroughs) helped power a 3-2 comeback against Earlham last week, securing the Tigers’ spot in the 2019 NCAC field hockey tournament. Down 2-0 in the game, Milner put DePauw on the board in the 29th minute to bring the Tigers within one. After Alexa Steil tied the game at two in the 42nd minute, Milner issued the game-winner in the 48th minute.
Offensive Football Athlete of the Week – Alex Minton, Denison
Denison senior running back Alex Minton (Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park) carried the ball 27 times for 151 yards and two rushing touchdowns. He also caught a 15-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Minton moved into a tie for first place in career rushing touchdowns (40). He also became just the second player in Denison’s history to post three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Minton is at 1,054 yards with two regular season games to go. His career rushing yardage sits at 3,423 yards, which is fourth all-time. He needs 304 yards to pass Clay Sampson for third-place in Denison history.
Defensive Football Athlete of the Week – Chase Balla, Allegheny
Allegheny junior defensive back Chase Balla (New Kinsington, PA/Valley) recorded seven tackles, two solo and five assisted, in the Gators victory over Hiram on Saturday. Among the seven tackles, 1.5 were for a loss, while he also forced and recovered a fumble for the Gators. Also notable, Balla played on both sides of the ball in the game, rushing 10 times for 59 yards and scoring two touchdowns.
Men’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Marc Mitchell, Denison
Denison sophomore Marc Mitchell (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) was named to the all-tournament team at the O’Briant-Jensen Memorial after tying for third place with a two-day score of 140. Mitchell led the 120-player field with 11 birdies across 36 holes, shooting rounds of 68 and 72 at the tournament.
Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Tomas Munoz Reyes, Kenyon
Kenyon sophomore Tomas Munoz Reyes (Lo Barnechea, Chile/Loomis Chaffee) logged a combined six points on two goals and two assists in two victories last week. He delivered two assists in a win over Oberlin and then netted two goals in a victory against DePauw. The wins clinched the 2019 NCAC men’s soccer title for the Lords.
Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Brooke Peters, Wittenberg
Wittenberg freshman Brooke Peters (Cincinnati, OH/Anderson) put up a goal and an assist in each of Wittenberg’s two wins last week. Of Wittenberg’s four goals at Ohio Wesleyan, Peters assisted the first of the game before scoring the Tigers’ second goal. In a three-goal win against Allegheny, Peters assisted the second goal of the game and later registered the final Tiger goal.
Women’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week – Hayley Nash, Wooster
Wooster first-year Hayley Nash (Peoria, AZ/Xavier College Prep) averaged 4.27 kills and 2.55 digs per set during a 2-1 week for the Scots. Nash was instrumental in helping Wooster secure its highest NCAC finish since 2012 (tied for fifth) with a match-high 15 kills versus Allegheny. The rookie had a pair of double-doubles during Saturday’s tri-match at Case Western Reserve, and her 285 kills are the sixth-most in program history for the current scoring era.
Men's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week – David Fitch, Kenyon
Kenyon junior David Fitch (Conway, MA/Northampton) notched four event wins Friday night and powered the Lords to a 167.5-132.5 victory over long-time rival and defending national champion Denison. Fitch began the night by leading off the winning 200-yard medley relay team that stopped the clock at 1:30.11. Three events later, Fitch won the 100-yard backstroke in 49.76. Then, late in the meet, he posted a winning time of 49.23 in the 100-yard butterfly. Both those times were top marks in NCAA Division III this season. Finally, in the last event of the evening, Fitch kicked things off for the winning 200-yard freestyle relay, which clocked in at 1:22.46.
Women’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week – KT Kustritz, Denison
Denison senior KT Kustritz (St. Paul, MN/St. Paul College) posted three NCAA “B” cut times for the Big Red last week. In a 195-105 dual victory over Kenyon on Friday, Kustritz logged a winning 100-yard breastroke time of 1:03.87 (B-cut). She was also part a winning 200 medley relay team that posted a time of 1:44.99 (B-cut). Her third win against Kenyon came in the 200 breaststroke, posting a time of 2:22.85. In another dual meet win against Xavier on Saturday, the 200 medley relay team improved upon its NCAA “B” cut time with a swim of 1:44.86. She also logged a winning time of 1:04.84 in the 100 breaststroke.
NCAC Milestones & Records (Oct. 28 - Nov. 3)
Kenyon, Football - Senior quarterback Thomas Merkle (York, PA/York Suburban) set Saturday the NCAC record for completions in a career. Merkle entered this season with 850 completions. After going 20-for-37 on Saturday against Wabash, his 2019 season total hit 164, giving him 1,014 career completions. That mark topped the previous NCAC record of 1,004 completions set by Ohio Wesleyan University’s Mason Espinosa.
Kenyon, Volleyball - Senior outside hitter Mackenzie Bruzzio (Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central) had 34 kills this week, giving her her 261 for the season and bumping her over the 1,000-kill milestone for her career. Bruzzio’s updated career total is now at 1,009. That makes her just the seventh player in program history to accomplish the feat.