NEWMAC Athletes of the Week (for week ending March 19th)

NEWMAC Athletes of the Week (for week ending March 19th)

NEWMAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week

Brian Johnson, Springfield (Sophomore, East Haddam, Conn.)

Brian Johnson, a sophomore pitcher for Springfield College, made history for the Pride this past week, as he became the first Springfield College baseball student-athlete to throw a no hitter in the last 16 seasons when he pitched a complete-game no hitter in the Pride's 5-0 win over Colby Sawyer on Friday. Johnson totaled seven strikeouts in the seven-inning game, while only walking one.

NEWMAC Baseball Co-Athlete of the Week

Thomas Allison, MIT (Freshman, Kingswood, Texas)

In four games, Allison posted three multi-hit games and is on an overall five-game hit streak after batting .467 last week. Scoring three runs, he finished with seven hits that included one double and a pair of home runs as he picked up six runs batted in and 14 total bases. Allison also posted a .933 slugging percentage, was 1-for-1 in stolen base chances and had a 1.000 fielding percentage with 23 putouts.

 

NEWMAC Baseball Co-Athlete of the Week

Brandon Russo, Springfield (Sophomore, Lisbon, Conn.)

Brandon Russo, a sophomore infielder for Springfield College, was phenomenal in the six games he played in last week, as he led the team to a record of 5-3 to start the season. At the plate, Russo went 13-for-25, hitting .520, while posting an on-base percentage of .556 and slugging percentage of .520. Russo also drove in five, stole five bases and scored seven runs. The sophomore had a career-high five hits in the Pride's 26-14 rout of Daniel Webster, the most runs the team has scored since 2001. Defensively, Russo had 17 assist and had three put outs, producing a fielding percentage of .870.

 

NEWMAC Softball Pitcher of the Week

Talia Loda, Springfield (Junior, East Haven, Conn.)

Talia Loda, a junior pitcher for Springfield College, was dominant in four starts last week, as she helped lead the Pride to a 9-1 start to the season, its best since the 1996 season. Loda went 4-0 on the week with an ERA of 0.84, pitched 25.0 innings, and held opponents to just four runs, three of which were earned. Loda, who pitched a pair of complete games, and had a pair of shutouts, also fanned 12 batters on the week. At the plate, Loda went 9-for-29 in the lead off spot, hitting for an average of .310. She also drove in five runs and scored seven. 

 

NEWMAC Softball Athlete of the Week

Carianna Gasdia, Springfield (Junior, Wakefield, Mass.)

Carianna Gasdia, a junior center fielder for Springfield College, was instrumental in leading the Pride to a 9-1 record on Spring Break in Kissimmee, Fla. to start the season, its best start since 1996. At the plate, Gasdia went a combined 18-for-27, hitting .667 with an on-base percentage of .700 and a slugging percentage of .741. Gasdia's week ncluded a pair of doubles, five RBi and 10 runs scored. Gasdia also stole seven bases without being caught. Defensively, Gasdia had five put outs and two assists, while making no errors.

 

NEWMAC Men's Lacrosse Co-Offensive Athlete of the Week

Graham Davis, MIT (Junior, Crofton, Md.)

In a 2-0 week for MIT, Graham Davis tallied seven goals and three assists for 10 points. He started things off last Thursday by producing three goals, including the 100th of his career, and earned an assist in a 14-9 win over Wentworth. Davis then registered four goals and two assists in Saturday's 17-9 victory over UMass Boston.

 

NEWMAC Men's Lacrosse Co-Offensive Athlete of the Week

Cody Livermore, Mass. Maritime (Sophomore, Ludlow, Mass.)

Netted five goals and four assists for nine points in 2-0 week for Buccaneers, including tying tally with 12 seconds remaining in regulation and golden goal with 34 seconds to play in overtime in 10-9 triumph over Norwich. Tallied four times in Norwich triumph and added marker and four assists for five points in 10-9 win over Anna Maria.

 

NEWMAC Men's Lacrosse Defensive Athlete of the Week

Jake Reynolds, Springfield (Junior, Scituate, Mass.)

Reynolds continued his standout junior season between the pipes for the Springfield College men's lacrosse team. In a midweek game versus Cortland in Virginia Beach, Reynolds totaled 11 saves in holding the 13th-ranked Red Dragons to their lowest offensive output of the season as they bested the Pride with the game-winning goal in the final 10 seconds. On Saturday, Reynolds tied his career high with 21 saves in leading the Pride to an 11-6 win at Endicott.

NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Offensive Athlete of the Week

Chloe Harris, Smith (Sophomore, Alexandria, Va.)

Harris led the Smith College lacrosse team to a 4-0 week totaling 16 goals,12 assists for 28 points while also adding seven ground balls and five caused turnovers. In a 10-8 win over Ohio Wesleyan, Harris netted three goals and added an assist. In wins over St. Mary's and Curry, the Alexandria, Virginia native recorded back-to-back six goal games and added six assists. Harris registered a game-high five helpers in the Pioneers' 16-0 shutout over Newbury. Smith is off to their best start in program history at 6-1. 

 

NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Defensive Athlete of the Week 

Sarah Price, Smith (Junior, Hudson, Ohio)

Smith goalkeeper Sarah Price went 4-0 and helped the Pioneers (6-1) to their best start in program history with her strong play in the net this week. She made eight saves in a 10-8 win over Ohio Wesleyan and followed that with 10 stops in a 19-9 victory over St. Mary's. Against Newbury, Price made nine saves and allowed only six goals in the full 60 minutes. Over the four games, the Hudson, Ohio native finished with a 7.15 goals against average and .563 save percentage. Price leads the NEWMAC in saves (59) and save percentage (56.2). 

 

NEWMAC Men's Tennis Singles Athlete of the Week

Tanner DeVarennes, Springfield (Senior, Lee, Mass.)

DeVarennes led Springfield to four wins over Spring Break in Florida as the Pride ran its winning streak to five matches, marking the second-straight season and just the third time since 1999 that the program has enjoyed such a winning streak. Additionally, the current Springfield team has matched the 1996-97 squad's start of 6-1 to begin the year. DeVarennes was dominant at the top singles spot for the Pride, appearing wins in their first three matches of the week.

 

NEWMAC Men's Tennis Doubles Team of the Week

Court Honda/Alex Romaine (pictured), Springfield (No. 1 Doubles)

Honda and Romaine led Springfield during its Spring Break in Florida as the Pride ran its winning streak to five matches, marking the second-straight season and just the third time since 1999 that the program has enjoyed such a winning streak. Additionally, the current Springfield team has matched the 1996-97 squad's start of 6-1 to begin the year. Competing at the No. 1 doubles spot, Romaine and Honda earned three impressive wins against Gettysburg, Scranton, and Transylvania as it didn't surrender more than four points in any of the matches.