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NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 10/28

NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 10/28

NCAC Weekly Newsletter

North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week – Oct. 28

Field Hockey Athlete of the Week – Astrid Koek, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore defender Astrid Koek (Hulsberg, Netherlands/Erasmus) knocked in the game-winning goal against Kenyon in a 1-0 victory on Wednesday. The win moved Ohio Wesleyan into a tie for first with Kenyon in the conference standings. OWU also defeated Earlham 2-0 on Saturday. 

Offensive Football Athlete of the Week – Alex Minton, Denison

Denison senior running back Alex Minton (Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Pa) carried the ball 37 times for a season-high 198 yards and a touchdown helping Denison to its first win over Wittenberg in Springfield since 1952. Minton moved into fourth place on Denison’s career rushing yards with 3,272, passing 1958 graduate, Marv Smith who totaled 3,224 yards between 1954-57. Minton leads the NCAC in rushing with 903 yards in seven games.

Defensive Football Athlete of the Week – Lucas Cooper, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan junior linebacker Lucas Cooper (Hurricane, WV/Hurricane) led the Bishops with 13 tackles, five solo and eight assisted, in a win at Hiram. Cooper rang up a third-down sack to end a Terrier drive in the second quarter and shared a third-down sack midway through the third quarter that also ended a Hiram drive.

Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Sophia Alexander, Denison

Denison sophomore Sophia Alexander (Fishers, IN/Cathedral) finished tied for 10th among 89 golfers at the Chick-fil-A Intercollegiate last week. After posting a 76 during the first round, Alexander led the Big Red with a second-round score of 77 (+5) behind four total birdies, including three on the front nine.

Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Coledon Johnson, Wabash

Wabash freshman Coledon Johnson (Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral) scored a pair of game-winning goals against Wittenberg and Ohio Wesleyan in conference action last week. He notched his first collegiate goal in the Little Giants’ 3-1 win over Wittenberg, scoring three minutes after Wabash had tied the match at 1-1. Saturday, he provided the lone goal in the Little Giants’ 1-0 victory against Ohio Wesleyan. The win was the first in school history for Wabash versus Ohio Wesleyan and moved the Little Giants into a tie for second place in the NCAC men’s soccer standings.

Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Alex Berkley, DePauw

DePauw senior Alex Berkley (Evanston, IL/Evanston) scored a pair of game-winners for the Tigers last week. The first game-winner was a penalty kick goal in DePauw’s 1-0 shutout win over Ohio Wesleyan. The second game-winning goal came in overtime against Allegheny after Berkley had already tied the game at two, to force overtime. Her game-winners helped keep the Tigers on top in the NCAC standings.

Women’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week – Jordan Brandt, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan senior Jordan Brandt (Vail, CO/Battle Mountain) helped the Bishops to a pair of victories over DePauw and Case Western last week. Brandt issued 16 kills against the Tigers before handing out 28 against Case Western. On the week, Brandt compiled 49.5 points (6.2 p/s), 44 kills (5.5 k/s), seven digs (0.88 d/s) and a .372 hitting percentage.  

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

Kenyon junior David Fitch (Conway, MA/Northampton) produced a team-high three event wins as Kenyon defeated Xavier over the weekend in a dual meet. In the 100-yard butterfly, Fitch timed in at 50.07, a conference and NCAA Division III top mark this season. He was also part of two winning relays, the 200 medley relay (1:30.64) and the 400 free relay (3:05.89). Fitch also placed second in the 100 backstroke, timing in at 50.94, a conference-best time this season.

Women’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week – Crile Hart, Kenyon

Kenyon junior Crile Hart (Pepper Pike, OH/Hawken School) produced a team-high three victories in the Ladies dual meet victory against Xavier. Hart collected individual victories in the 100 (56.48) and 200-yard backstroke (2:02.50) events and also swam a leg of the winning 200 medley relay (1:45.18). All three event wins were top marks in the NCAC and NCAA Division III this season. She also was part of a second-place finish in the 400 free relay (3:35.64).



NCAC Milestones & Records (Oct. 22 - Oct. 27)

Wooster, Football - Wooster senior Nick Strausbaugh (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale) became the Scots’ all-time leader in receiving yards during Saturday’s win at Kenyon. Strausbaugh, who now has 2,872 career yards, surpassed Brandon Good’s mark of 2,838 in the second quarter.