NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 10/22

NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 10/22

NCAC Weekly Newsletter - Oct. 22 

 

North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week – Oct. 22

  

Football - Offensive Athlete of the Week – Alex Minton, Denison

Alex Minton (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) rushed for a career-high 226 yards on 32 carries against Ohio Wesleyan Saturday. The Battling Bishops entered the game leading the conference in total defense, giving up just 277 yards per game. Minton’s 226 yards were the seventh-best rushing day in Denison football history and the most yards by a Denison back since Michael Barnes tied the Denison single-game record with 270 yards on Sept. 6, 2008 against Kalamazoo. Minton had a 58-yard run in the first quarter that set up Denison's first touchdown of the game. At 814 yards with three games to play, Minton is on pace to post his second-straight 1,000-yard season.

 

Football - Defensive Athlete of the Week – Jackson Garrett, Wabash

Wabash’s Jackson Garrett (Carmel, Ind./Westfield) made a career-high 11 tackles including two sacks for losses totaling 16 yards. He also recorded his first career interception and returned it 36 yards to setup a Wabash field goal. The Little Giants defense held Oberlin to seven points in a 32-7 victory.

 

Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Philippe Stengel, Kenyon

Kenyon’s Philippe Stengel (Miami, Fla./Coral Reef Senior) notched a goal in a 1-1 tie against No. 22-ranked Ohio Wesleyan last Wednesday, before serving up an assist in a 3-0 victory at DePauw on Saturday. With the 1-0-1 week, Kenyon Men’s Soccer remains atop the conference standings at 12-1-2 (6-0-1 NCAC).

 

Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Lexie Chafin, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan’s Lexie Chafin (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) had a hand in all three Bishop goals last week. She converted a penalty kick in the 10th minute against Kenyon and set up an insurance goal in the 29th minute that secured the 2-0 victory. She also scored the only goal in a 1-0 decision over Hiram on Saturday. The two wins moved OWU into sole possession of third place in the NCAC standings.

 

Women’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week – Aubrey Cox, Wittenberg

Junior middle blocker Aubrey Cox (Tipp City, OH/Tippecanoe) helped lead the third-ranked Wittenberg women's volleyball team to at least a share of its 13th-straight and league leading 24th NCAC championship last week with a pair of 3-0 wins over DePauw and Wooster. In the highly anticipated match against the Indiana Tigers, Cox posted a rare double-double with 10 kills and 12 total blocks (2 solo, 10 asst.). Cox's 12 total blocks against DePauw tied for the fifth-most in school history overall in a three-set match and it is the most in school history in a single match (regardless of sets) since the shift to the 25-point rally scoring format in 2008. She then added nine kills and three more solo blocks in Saturday's straight-set win over Wooster that helped the Tigers clinch at least a share of the league championship. On the week, Cox accumulated 15 total blocks (5 solo, 10 asst.) and claimed 19 kills with just three hitting errors in 38 total attempts for a .421 hitting percentage.

 

Field Hockey Athlete of the Week – Charlotte Godfrey, Denison

Denison clinched the 2018 North Coast Athletic Conference Championship by defeating Ohio Wesleyan, 2-0, on Thursday at Selby Stadium. Charlotte Godfrey (Denver, Colo./Cherry Creek) tallied a goal in the match, capping off a week where she also scored the game-winner in Tuesday’s match against Wittenberg. This is Denison's 11th conference championship and the program's first outright conference title since 2000.

 

Men’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Chris Eigner, Wittenberg

Senior Chris Eigner (Ft. Wayne, Ind./Homestead) led a group of Wittenberg golfers that competed last week at the primarily NCAA Division II Cedarville Invitational at the Country Club of the North in Xenia, Ohio. Individually, Eigner finished in a tie for second in the final standings with McKendree's Tobias Lanner after carding a two-day total of 147, which included a 70 in the opening round. As a team, the Tigers tied for fourth with host Cedarville with a combined 36-hole score of 625 (316-309).

 

Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Matison Leand, Wittenberg

The nationally-ranked Wittenberg women's golf team wrapped up the fall portion of their 2018-19 schedule last week by finishing 12th out of 18 teams at the highly competitive Golfweek Division III Fall Invite, played at the par-72, 5,804-yard Bawtowne Golf Club in Destin, Florida. Senior Matison Leand (Swansea, MA/Cushing Academy) paced the Tigers in the individual standings by tying for 22nd overall with Birmingham-Southern's Emma Phillips with a 54-hole score of 238. Leand bookended the event with rounds of 78, to go along with an 82 in the second round. As a team, the Tigers carded a 54-hole score of 963 (325-317-321) against some of the nation's top teams.

 

Men’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week – David Fitch, Kenyon

Kenyon’s David Fitch (Conway, Mass./Williston Northampton) was part of five winning relays at the Kenyon College Relays this past weekend. The Lords captured victories in the 200 medley relay (1:32.62), 200 butterfly relay (1:31.73), 400 IM relay (3:32.50), 200 free relay (1:24.97) and 200 mixed medley relay (1:38.82).

 

Women’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week – Tyler Mansfield, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan’s Tyler Mansfield (Columbus, Ohio/Bexley) anchored the first-place 400 freestyle relay in the season opener against Baldwin Wallace. Mansfield also captured first-place finishes in the 100 butterfly (1:01.90) and the 50 free (24.73). At the Kenyon Relays, she helped the 200 backstroke relay to a fifth-place finish, OWU's best finish of the meet. She also helped the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay to sixth-place finishes.

 

 

NCAC Milestones & Records (Oct. 15 – Oct. 21)

Allegheny, Football – Already the career passing touchdown leader in Allegheny history, Logan Lee (Shrewsbury, Mass./St. Mark’s) also vaulted into the top spot in the program record book in total offense after his 368-yard effort on Saturday, with 6,687 career yards.

 

Wooster, Field Hockey - Wooster's 4-2 win over DePauw on Saturday in field hockey marked the Fighting Scots’ first victory against DePauw since the Tigers joined the NCAC in 2011.

 

  

NCAC Cross Country Pre-Championships Preview

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) released its 2018 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country pre-championships polls on Monday (Oct. 22) and the Oberlin Yeowomen were tabbed as the favorites on the women’s side, while the defending champion DePauw Tigers were selected to repeat on the men’s side according to balloting by conference coaches.

The Yeowomen, who last won the league title in 2014, earned five first-place votes totaling 61 points, while defending conference champion Allegheny secured the remaining three first-place votes, compiling 58 points. The Gator women have won a conference-best 15 cross country titles. Kenyon checked in at third with 49 points, while DePauw and Wooster tied for fourth with 32 points apiece. The final three spots in the poll were occupied by Ohio Wesleyan (23), Denison (22) and Wittenberg (10).

The DePauw men look for their second championship since joining the conference for the 2011 season. The Tigers received all nine first-place votes totaling the maximum 81 points. Wooster was voted second, receiving 68 points; a second-place finish for Wooster would be its highest finish since 2001 when the team finished as the runner-up. Allegheny was tabbed third with 60 points while Wabash (55) and Denison (43) rounded out the top half of the field. Oberlin (35), Kenyon (32), Ohio Wesleyan (20) and Wittenberg (11) finished out the nine-team field.

Four of the top five women’s finishers from 2017 return for this season’s championships. Defending NCAC champion, Linnea Halsten (Madison, Wis./East) of Oberlin, won the 2017 women’s title by 34 seconds (21:23.3) and looks to repeat as champion in 2018. Allegheny's Sarah Hevener (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley) and Emily Forner (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area) along with Kenyon's Eleanor Tetreault (Portland, Ore./Franklin) also return after posting top-five finishes a season ago.

On the men’s side, Wabash’s Dominic Patacsil (West Lafayette, Ind./West Lafayette) captured the 2017 NCAC title in his junior season and returns for his final go-around at the championships. Allegheny's Matt Svetz (Meadville, Pa./Meadville) and DePauw's Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) also return to the NCAC Championships after posting top-five finishes last season.

The 2018 NCAC Cross Country Championships will be Saturday, Oct. 27, at Liberty Park in Powell, Ohio. The women’s race will begin at 11 am, while the men’s race will begin at 11:45 am. Ohio Wesleyan is serving as the host for the championships.  

  

2018 NCAC Cross Country Pre-Championship Coaches' Polls
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total point)

WOMEN

 

MEN

1.

Oberlin (5)

 61

 

1.

DePauw (9)

 81

2.

Allegheny (3)

 58

 

2.

Wooster

 68

3.

Kenyon

 49

 

3.

Allegheny

 60

4.

DePauw

 32

 

4.

Wabash

 55

4.

Wooster

 32

 

5.

Denison

 43

6.

Ohio Wesleyan

 23

 

6.

Oberlin

 35

7.

Denison

 22

 

7.

Kenyon

 32

8.

Wittenberg

 10

 

8.

Ohio Wesleyan

 20

 

 

 

 

9. 

Wittenberg

 11