NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 4/1

NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 4/1

NCAC Weekly Newsletter - 4/1

North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week 

Baseball, Player of the Week – Dan Harwood, Wooster

Wooster junior Dan Harwood (Brecksville, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) had himself a day during the eighth-ranked Scots’ 8-7 win over longtime rival Marietta College on Wednesday. The designated hitter lifted a payoff pitch out to left center for a go-ahead three-run home run in the fifth inning and added a no-doubter solo shot to right during the third inning as part of his 3-for-3, five RBI game. Harwood also scored three runs in the game.

Baseball, Pitcher of the Week – Sean Kealey, Allegheny

Allegheny’s Sean Kealey (Pittsburgh, PA/Baldwin) tossed his first career complete game to help the Gators open NCAC play with a 3-2 win over Wabash. The junior held the Little Giants to just six hits and two runs while striking out seven as he improved to 3-2 this year. The NCAC strikeout leader had his second-straight six-hit, two-run performance and has seen his ERA drop from 5.82 to 4.09 over his last two starts.

Softball, Player of the Week – Baylee Small, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan’s Baylee Small (Pataskala, OH/Watkins Memorial) singled home a run to put the Bishops on the scoreboard against John Carroll, starting the OWU comeback from a 3-0 deficit to win 8-3 in game one of the doubleheader.  In game two, she led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and came around to score the tying run to send the game to extra innings. Small went 4-for-4 in game two, tying the school record for hits in a game.

Softball, Pitcher of the Week – Nicole Peak, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan’s Nicole Peak (Ostrander, OH/Buckeye Valley) pitched a complete game in the Bishops’ 8-3 victory over John Carroll. The sophomore picked up the victory after allowing just three runs on six hits, striking out three and walking just one.

Men's Lacrosse Athlete of the Week – Joseph Plencner, Wabash

Wabash freshman Joseph Plencner (Plymouth, MI/Gabriel Richard) scored three goals and handed out two assists in a 15-6 victory over Hiram to open the conference portion of the Little Giants’ season. He fired four total shots in the game, scoring on three of the attempts. Plencner also scooped up five ground balls.

Women's Lacrosse Athlete of the Week – Avery Morgan, Kenyon

Kenyon’s Avery Morgan (Mount Kisco, NY/Holderness) led the Ladies with six points on three goals and three assists in a conference win over Allegheny. The junior also added two groundballs, three draw controls and one caused turnover in Kenyon’s seventh straight victory.

Men's Tennis Athletes of the Week – Vlad Rotnov, Denison

Denison sophomore Vlad Rotnov (Solon, OH/Solon) helped the Big Red defeat Wooster, 7-2, on Saturday. Rotnov won, 6-2, 6-1, in No. 1 singles over Joaquin Abos and helped the Big Red win No. 3 doubles by an 8-2 score. Rotnov is now 5-5 in singles play and 2-0 in doubles this season.

Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week – Miharu Koh, Allegheny

Allegheny’s Miharu Koh (Tokyo, Japan/Monta Vista (CA)) went 4-0 on the week, helping the Gators sweep St. Vincent and Penn State Behrend. Koh produced a 6-3, 6-4, victory at No. 2 singles against St. Vincent and a 6-0, 6-0, No. 1-singles victory over Penn State Behrend. She also produced a pair of victories in No. 1 doubles, 8-1 and 8-2.

Women's Golf Athlete of the Week – Larisa Luloff, DePauw

DePauw’s Larisa Luloff (Cary, IL/Cary-Grove) finished tied for third at the Perry Park Spring Fling after shooting a 151 (73-78). The Tigers finished fifth as a team, the top Division III team at the tournament. 

Men's Outdoor Track, Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – Matt Svetz, Allegheny

Allegheny’s Matt Svetz (Meadville, PA/Meadville) won the 5,000-meter run at the Wooster Invitational over the weekend with a time of 15:13.96, which is good for the second-fastest time in the NCAC this season in the event.

Men's Outdoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Josh Wiggins, Wabash

Wabash’s Josh Wiggins (Poseyville, IN/North Posey) ran to three top-seven finishes at the Bellarmine Invitational over the weekend. He placed second in the 400-meter hurdles by finishing in 56.04 on Friday evening, then came back to place seventh in the 110-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 15.31. Wiggins was part of the Little Giants’ third place 4x100-meter relay team that posted a time of 42.94.

Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Hank Sinn, Oberlin

Oberlin’s Hank Sinn (Latty, OH/Wayne Trace) started his senior outdoor season winning the hammer throw at Wofford College with a mark of 54.23 meters. The Latty, Ohio native’s performance beat the 39-person field and was just off his school record mark from the last outdoor season. Sinn also shined in the discus as he hit the 39.30-meter mark to finish 17th of 61 athletes. His hammer throw currently ranks 14th in the country in Division III and first in the NCAC, while he sits in seventh in the conference in the discus event.

Women's Outdoor Track, Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – Molly Smith, Denison

Denison’s Molly Smith (Columbus, OH/Grandview Heights) finished first in the 800-meter run (2:24.59) at the Hilltop Classic. Her time was third-best among conference athletes this season. She also helped the 4x400 relay take third with a time of 4:31.04.

Women's Outdoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Imani Cook-Gist, Oberlin

Oberlin’s Imani Cook-Gist (Santa Monica, CA/Harvard Westlake) got off to a good start to her senior outdoor season at Division I Wofford College Saturday. The Santa Monica, California, native was the third leg in the 4x100-meter relay team that finished 12th with a time of 50.12. Cook-Gist also placed 20th in the 100-meter dash (12.73) and took 26th in the 200 (26.64). She now owns the second best time in the conference in the 100, and she ranks fourth in the league in the 200.

Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Marija Pavlick, Denison

The Big Red received a headline performance from freshman Marija Pavlick (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) in the javelin event where she set a new school record and placed first overall on a final distance of 38.49 meters. Pavlick’s new program best finished nearly two feet better than the previous school record set by Denison’s former All-American Aedin Brennan on May 5, 2016 (37.97 meters).

NCAC Milestones & Records (Mar. 25 - Mar. 31)

Hiram, Men’s Lacrosse - Terrier junior Hunter Jenkins (Solon, OH/Solon) became the fourth player in Hiram school history to record 100 career points in Hiram’s OT victory over Heidelberg on Wednesday evening. 

Hiram, Men’s Lacrosse - Senior Justin Dionne (Orlando, FL/Timber Creek) set the Terrier single-game record for assists with seven in Wednesday’s victory over Heidelberg.

Hiram, Men’s Lacrosse - In Saturday’s matchup with Wabash, senior Alex Meehan (Columbus, OH/Kilbourne) became the program’s all-time career leader in face-off wins (317), surpassing the previous record held by Charlie Haley.

Denison, Women’s Lacrosse - Denison has won 30 consecutive NCAC women’s lacrosse games dating back to April 8, 2015.

Wooster, Women’s Lacrosse - Wooster’s 15-5 win over Ursuline College on Saturday improved the Fighting Scots’ record to 9-0. Wooster’s now matched the 1975 team for the best start in program history.

DePauw, Softball - DePauw and George Fox played a 14-inning game with George Fox winning, 5-4. The game was the longest in terms of innings in DePauw history. Pitcher Cami Henry (Fr., Mooresville, IN/Mooresville) broke the school record with 18 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings of work. The previous record was 13.