North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week – Oct. 1
Football - Offensive Athlete of the Week – Jake Kennedy, Wittenberg
It was a shootout under the lights in Granville, as the Wittenberg University football team defeated Denison University in a 4OT thriller, 68-66. Jake Kennedy (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine) would finish the day completing 31 passes on 43 attempts for 421 yards and a school-record seven touchdowns. The seven TD passes also tied the current NCAC record set by former Earlham QB Justin Rummell in two different games in the early 2000’s. Kennedy also dove across the pylon on the final two-point conversion effort to seal the Tiger victory.
Football - Defensive Athlete of the Week – Chandler Nicholson, DePauw
DePauw senior linebacker Chandler Nicholson (Bedford, Ind./North Lawrence) helped lead the Tiger defense with two interceptions in a 38-17 victory over Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday. He also provided a half sack and four total tackles, including one and a half for loss. Nicholson’s interception in the third quarter was returned 36 yards for a defensive touchdown to put DePauw up 35-10 at the time.
Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Brady Whittekind, Ohio Wesleyan
Ohio Wesleyan junior Brady Whittekind (Hilliard, Ohio/Bradley) scored an insurance goal in OWU’s 3-0 win over Capital on Wednesday. He also helped the Bishops' defense limit Capital scoring, which had averaged nearly four goals per game entering the contest, to just eight shots on the night. Whittekind also scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 NCAC thriller at Wooster, breaking a 1-1 tie in the 69th minute.
Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Erica White, Wooster
Senior Erica White (Washington, Pa./Fort Cherry) continued to lead the Scots offensively with the team’s first goal in their only game last week, a 2-0 victory over Ohio Wesleyan. It was her team-high and conference-leading sixth goal on the year for the 6-1-3, 2-0 Scots.
Women’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week – Molly Jewett, Ohio Wesleyan
Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Molly Jewett (Eagle, Colo./Eagle Valley) dished out 41 assists across three sets in the Bishops’ 3-1 win over Mount St. Joseph last Thursday. She also contributed nine digs and a block assist in the contest. Jewett followed Thursday’s performance with 33 assists as the Bishops swept Oberlin, 3-0, in NCAC action on Saturday. She also contributed two block assists, two kills, and eight digs.
Field Hockey Athlete of the Week – Erika Womack, Wooster
Wooster senior Erika Womack (Schwenksville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) scored the decisive tally during the Scots’ shootout win over Kenyon on Saturday. Leading 3-1, Womack stepped up and clinched the contest by putting the Scots up by three after the fourth round of the shootout. On Sunday, Womack scored two goals and assisted on a third during the Scots’ 7-0 win at Oberlin.
Men’s Golf Athlete of the Week – David Roney, Wooster
Wooster sophomore David Roney (Castle Rock, Colo./Douglas County) helped the Fighting Scots win the to the team title at the Harriers Fall Classic this weekend. Roney shot a 72 on Sunday, which marked the Scots’ lowest round of the weekend. He finished the tournament with a two-day total of 149 for runner-up honors and his first collegiate top-five finish.
Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Larisa Luloff, DePauw
DePauw’s Larisa Luloff (Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove) won two tournaments in a span of seven days last week. She started with medalist honors at the NCAA Division III National Preview in Houston, Texas after shooting a 3-over par 147 (74-73). She finished the week up with a win at DePauw’s Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic with a two-under par 142 (70-72), topping the field of 32.
Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Dominic Patacsil, Wabash
Dominic Patacsil (West Lafayetter, Ind./West Lafayette) placed second out of 412 competitors at Saturday’s Louisville Cross Country Classic, setting a new personal-best time by completing the 8,000-meter race in 24:20.0.
Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Emily Forner, Allegheny
In the ‘Brown’ race at the Lehigh University Paul Short Run, Allegheny senior Emily Forner (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area) placed fifth overall in a field of 363 runners - and second among non-Division I runners - with a time of 21:27. It was a career-best time at the 6K distance for the two-time All-NCAC honoree, while it marks her third top-five finish in as many events this season.
NCAC Milestones & Records (Sept. 24 – Sept. 30)
Wittenberg, Football - Jake Kennedy (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine) put his mark on multiple Wittenberg single-game passing records, in the Tigers exciting 68-66 4OT win at Denison. Kennedy would pass current offensive coordinator Reed Florence at the top of the passing touchdown list, after throwing seven against the Big Red. The seven touchdowns also ties the NCAC record.
Allegheny, Football - With his two touchdown passes in the Gators’ win over Hiram, Allegheny senior quarterback Logan Lee (Shrewsbury, Mass./St. Mark’s) is now the Gators’ all-time career leader with 56 career touchdown passes, breaking the previous mark of 55 set in 2003 by Bubba Smith.