North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week – Sept. 10
Football - Offensive Athlete of the Week – Alex Victor, Allegheny
Allegheny junior Alex Victor (Miami, Fla./G. Holmes Braddock) made six receptions for 199 yards and a touchdown in the Gators’ 27-20 win over Wooster on Saturday. He opened the game’s scoring with a 91-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, a career long and the second longest in Allegheny program history. He also added receptions of 48, 29, and 19 yards, while gaining 14 rushing yards. After his 199-yard performance, Victor is now the all-time leader in career receiving yards in Allegheny history with 2,035, needing just 21 career games to break the 14-year old record.
Football - Defensive Athlete of the Week – Jose Franco, Wabash
Jose Franco (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Hayes) recorded his first career interception and fumble recovery in the Wabash Little Giants’ 16-13 win over Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Saturday. The freshman intercepted a pass in the end zone to end an 11-play drive by the Pointers, who had moved the football into the red zone with Wabash holding a four-point lead , 10-6, at the time. Franco also finished the game with five tackles, including three solo tackles.
Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Alberto Zaragoza, Wittenberg
Wittenberg senior, Alberto Zaragoza (New Carlisle, Ohio/Tecumseh) has scored a goal in every Wittenberg game so far in 2018. He tallied four goals last week against Muskingum, Bluffton, and Olivet. Zaragoza’s goal in a 2-0 victory against Muskingum proved to be the game-winner.
Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Maya Hackman, Allegheny
Allegheny sophomore Maya Hackman (Derry, Pa./Derry Area) earned a pair of shutout wins for the Gators. On Wednesday against Pitt-Bradford, Hackman turned in seven saves, as the Gators picked up a 4-0 win. On Saturday against Chatham, the Gators were out-shot 20-9, but Hackman turned away all nine shots on goal to pick up her second shutout of the season, and fourth of her career.
Women’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week – Holly Hoffman, Hiram
Hiram senior Holly Hoffman (Streetsboro, Ohio/Crestwood) helped the Terriers to their best start in program history with four wins last week. The Terriers have now won 21-straight sets to open the season. Hoffman averaged a double-double, totaling 31.25 assists and 10 digs per match. Additionally, Hoffman totaled 17 points from her setter position, notching nine kills and leading the team with eight aces. She was named to the Case Western Reserve Invitational All-Tournament team as Hiram improved to its first 7-0 start in program history.
Field Hockey Athlete of the Week – Charlotte Happel, Denison
Denison junior Charlotte Happel (Louisville, Ky./Louisville Collegiate) tallied a goal in each of Denison’s three matches last week. Happel pushed the Big Red lead to 3-1 in the 70th minute of action against DePauw, tallied the only goal for Denison against Roanoake and finished up her week with a third tally against No. 20-ranked Washington & Lee on Sunday.
Men’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Robert Williams, Kenyon
Kenyon College senior Robert Williams (Gambier, Ohio, Mount Vernon) won medalist honors Sunday and helped steer the Lords golf team to the top spot in the annual Battle at the Brook hosted by Ohio Wesleyan. On Saturday, Williams got through the first round at Plum Brook Country Club with a two-under-par 69. He then fired an even-par 36 (nine holes) on Sunday, locking him in a tie for first. To settle the individual winner, the two played a playoff hole. Williams carded a par to earn the medalist trophy.
Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Larisa Luloff, DePauw
DePauw senior Larisa Luloff ( Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove) won the Kyle Campbell Invitational hosted by Olivet College. She finished with an even-par 144, including a two-under 70 in the second round. The 11th-ranked DePauw Tigers won their second-straight tournament, shooting a combined 607 at the Kyle Campbell Invitational. The Tigers paced the field paced the field by 45 strokes.
Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Paul Christian, DePauw
DePauw senior Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) finished 11th among 302 runners at Calvin Knight Invitational. Christian was DePauw’s top runner, completing 8K course in 25:41.4. He averaged a 3:13 pace per kilometer.
Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Jenny Noll, DePauw
DePauw freshman Jenny Noll (Laporte, Ind./La Porte) finished 16th among 287 runners at the Calvin Knight Invitational. Noll was DePauw’s top finisher, finishing the 5K course in 18:54.9. She averaged a 3:47 pace per kilometer.
NCAC Milestones & Records (Sept. 4 – Sept. 10)
Allegheny, Football - After making six catches for 199 yards and a touchdown in Allegheny’s win over Wooster, junior Alex Victor now has 2,035 career receiving yards, breaking the school record of 2,000 yards set in 2003 by Jon Turner. Victor, who also owns the school mark for career touchdown grabs with 26, needed just 21 games to eclipse Turner’s long-standing record.
Hiram, Volleyball - The Terriers have now won 21-straight sets to open the season as they improved to 7-0 for the first time in program history.