NCAC Athletes of the Week

Monday, March 20, 2017

  Baseball (Click here for a complete list of 2017 NCAC Baseball Players of the Week)


Michael Wielansky, Wooster
(St. Louis, MO/Ladue Horton Watkins)  

Wooster sophomore shortstopMichael Wielansky was redhot at the plate in the Scots’ opening week of spring break action in Florida. In six total games on the week, he hit .524 (11-for-21) with three triples, two doubles, one homer, 13 runs scored and six RBI, while also posting a .621 on-base-percentage after being hit by a pitch four times and walking three times. Wielansky, who opened the trip by reaching base safely in 11 straight plate appearances, had a monster game in a 16-2 victory over Mt. St. Mary by going 4-for-4 at the plate with two triples, two stolen bases, four runs scored and two RBI.


Kevin Zullo, Ohio Wesleyan
(Hudson, OH/Hudson)

Ohio Wesleyan junior Kevin Zullo pitched just once on the Bishops’ spring break trip in Florida, but he made the most of it by tossing a 9.0 inning complete-game shutout in a 4-0 win over Nichols. Zullo, who struck out six and allowed seven hits in the win, allowed just one runner past first base in the first 7.0 innings and retired 11 consecutive batters at one stretch.

  Men's Golf (Click here for a complete list of 2016-17 NCAC Men's Golfers of the Week)

Ryan Muthiora, Kenyon
(Zion Crossroads, VA/Tandem Friends)  

Event: Taylormade-Adidas Intercollegiate
Course: Cotton Dike Course, SC 
Individual Score: 225 (77-71-77)
Individual Finish: T-4th 
Team Score: 952 (313-315-324) 
Team Finish: Sixth  

Event: Jekyll Island Collegiate
Course: Jekyll Island Golf Club, GA
Individual Score: 230 (70-81-79)
Individual Finish: T-76th
Team Score: 941 (306-319-316)
Team Finish: 26th 

Kenyon junior Ryan Muthiora opened spring break action last week by posting a top-five individual finish at the Taylormade-Adidas Intercollegiate, played at the par-72, 6,718-yard Cotton Dike Course at Dataw Island in South Carolina. He finished in a tie for fourth at the event with Emory & Henry’s Carlos Andradeafter carding a 54-hole score of 225 (77-71-77). He then returned to the course later in the week for the Jekyll Island Collegiate, played at the Jekyll Island Golf Club in Georgia. In an event that features many of the nation’s top golfers, Muthiora finished in a four-way tie for 76th with 230 strokes, which included a two-under par 70 in the opening round.

  Women's Golf (Click here for a complete list of 2016-17 NCAC Women's Golfers of the Week)

Larisa Luloff, DePauw
(Cary, IL/Cary-Grove)

Event: Jekyll Island Collegiate
Course: Indian Mound G.C. at Jekyll Island, GA
Individual Score: 233 (80-74-79)
Individual Finish: T-6th
Team Score: 964 (323-317-324)
Team Finish: Seventh 

DePauw sophomore Larisa Luloff cracked the top-10 in the individual standings over the weekend at the Jekyll Island Collegiate, played at the par-72, 5,801-yard Indian Mound Course in Jekyll Island, Georgia. Luloff finished in a four-way tie for sixth-place out of 120 total golfers with a 54-hole score of 233, which included a two-over par 74 in the second round. Over the course of the tournament, Luloff recorded 30 pars, three birdies and had one of just three eagles in the field.

  Men's Lacrosse (Click here for a complete list of 2017 NCAC Men's Lacrosse Players of the Week)

Liam Rooney, Denison
(Redding, CT/Joel Barlow) 

GP/GS: 2/2 
Goals: 7 
Assists: 10 
Points: 17 
Shots: 11 
Ground Balls: 3

Denison attack Liam Rooney scored seven goals and had 10 assists in the two games against No. 10 Dickinson and Nazareth. His 11 points against Nazareth was one shy of tying the Denison single-game record. Rooney leads the nation in assists per game (4.7) and has 28 assists on the year. DU is riding a 5-game winning streak and is 5-1 on the year.  

  Women's Lacrosse (Click here for a complete list of 2017 NCAC Women's Lacrosse Players of the Week)

Laura Papp, Wooster
(Ada, MI/Forest Hills Northern)  

GP/GS: 2/2 
Goals: 7 
Assists: 4
Points: 11 
Shots: 16 
Draw Controls: 6
Ground Balls: 3

Wooster sophomore attack Laura Papp led the way in an 18-13 win over St. Mary’s (IN) with a career-high five goals, reaching that total on just seven shots. Tallied an assist and scooped up three groundballs to pair with three draws against St. Mary’s. In Wooster’s 17-11 win over Calvin, Papp logged three assists and two goals. In leading the Fighting Scots to a pair of wins, Papp registered seven goals and four assists for 11 total points.

  Softball (Click here for a complete list of 2017 NCAC Softball Players of the Week)


Laura Bagan, Denison
(Winnetka, IL/New Trier) 

Laura Bagan was the catalyst for the Big Red offensively as she helped Denison to six wins last week. Bagan led the Denison offense in five offensive categories. Bagan hit a blistering .536 with 15 hits, eight runs scored, three doubles, eight RBI, and slugged .750. Her best game came against Whitter when she went 4-4 with three doubles and two RBI.


Erin Laswell, Denison
(Plainfield, IN/Plainfield)

Denison senior Erin Laswell paced the Big Red in the circle as she posted a 2-0 record last week. The right-hander threw 14 innings, allowed 11 hits, and only three earned runs. She started two games, one being a complete game win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripts. Laswell even earned a save this week as she closed out a 8-6 win over Pomona Pitzer. In her four appearances, Laswell finished with a 1.93 ERA and opponents were hitting a mere .216 against her.

  Men's Tennis (Click here for a complete list of 2016-17 NCAC Men's Tennis Players of the Week)

Jack Hibbard, Ohio Wesleyan
(Valparaiso, IN/Wheeler)  

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Jack Hibbard had a strong week on the court during the Bishops’ spring break trip in Florida. In five total matches in the sunshine state, Hibbard owned an overall record of 7-2, which included a pair of third-flight singles wins over Scranton’sMatt Prendergast 6-4, 6-2, and Illinois Wesleyan’s Ryan Yoo 6-0, 6-1. He was also 3-1 on the week in doubles action, with three of the four wins coming in the third flight. OWU opened its trip in Florida with four-straight wins over McMurry, 7-2, Scranton, 5-4, Cornell (IA), 7-2, and Illinois Wesleyan, 9-0.

  Women's Tennis (Click here for a complete list of 2016-17 NCAC Women's Tennis Players of the Week)

Shannon Sertz, Wooster
(Fairview, PA/Fairview) 

Wooster freshman Shannon Sertz combined for a personal record of 4-0 last week as the Scots kicked off their spring break trip to Florida with a pair of wins over Concordia (WI), 5-4, and Webster, 7-2. Sertz posted back-to-back wins in the fifth singles flight in the two matches, which included the match-clinching point against Concordia with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) win over Emma Sievers. She also went 2-0 with senior Dora Mase (Columbus, OH/Whetstone) in the third doubles flight on the week. The Scots are currently riding a three-match winning streak for the first time since 2013.

  Men's Outdoor Track & Field (Click here for a complete list of 2017 NCAC Outdoor T&F Athletes of the Week)

Distance/Middle Distance

Jackson Feinknopf, Wooster
(Columbus, OH/Bexley) 

Wooster sophomore Jackson Feinknopf competed at the unscored Charleston Southern Invite and clocked a 4:12.79 in the 1,500-meter race, which was good for 15th-place.



Austin Hamlett, Wooster
(Shelbyville, KY/John Glenn (MI))

Wooster freshman Austin Hamlett finished 23rd in the 400-meter dash after breaking the tape in 52.54 at the non-scoring Charleston Southern Invite. Hamlett also ran a leg on the 4x400 relay squad that finished sixth in a time of 3:37.03.


Field Events


  Women's Outdoor Track & Field (Click here for a complete list of 2017 NCAC Outdoor T&F Athletes of the Week)

Distance/Middle Distance

Natalie Gruszka, DePauw
(Valparaiso, IN/Valparaiso)

DePauw freshman Natalie Gruszka help lead the Tigers to a third-place finish at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Invite after earning a pair of first-place finished. Gruszka won the 800-meters in a time of 2:23.47 and then took home the title in the 1,500-meters, crossing the line in 5:01.31. 





Field Events

Carolyn Webster, Wooster
(Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) 

Wooster sophomore Carolyn Webster turned in a second-place finish in the high-jump at the non-scoring Charleston Southern Invite after clearing 1.60 meters. Webster also finished 18th in the long jump with a leap of 4.78 meters.