NEWMAC Athletes of the Week (for week ending April 9th)

NEWMAC Athletes of the Week (for week ending April 9th)

NEWMAC Baseball Athlete of the Week

Matt Johnston, MIT (Freshman, Portola Valley, Calif.)

In a 3-2 week for the Engineers, Johnston hit .571 with a five-game hitting streak as he posted eight runs scored, 12 hits and seven runs batted in. Included in his performance were four doubles, one triple and one home run with 21 total bases and two walks drawn. Johnston also had a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .609 on-base percentage.

NEWMAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week

Patrick Callahan, MIT (Sophomore, Vicksburg, Mich.)

In a 2-0 week, Callahan picked up road wins over Clark and Emerson as he allowed just one earned run over 13 innings. Posting a 0.69 ERA and a .095 opponent's batting average, he picked up 14 strikeouts. In the win at Emerson, he pitched six hitless innings as the Engineers picked up the win.

NEWMAC Softball Athlete of the Week

Kirsten Drobiak, Springfield (Junior, Griswold, Conn.)

Kirsten Drobiak, a junior infielder for Springfield College, had a standout week for the Pride, which went 4-2 against NEWMAC opponents. The Griswold, Conn. native went 7-for-14 (.500 avg.) on the week, with four doubles, two home runs and seven RBI. Drobiak also scored five runs, while holding an on-base percentage of .619 and slugging 1.133. In the field, Drobiak had an errorless week, finishing with a fielding percentage of 1.000. 

NEWMAC Softball Co-Pitcher of the Week

Danielle Cimino, Wheaton (Senior, Cumberland, Maine)

Danielle Cimino went 3-0 last week boasting a 1.05 ERA, allowing just three earned runs in 20 innings while hurling 18 strikeouts. The senior earned her sixth straight win for the Lyons on Sunday where she only gave up one hit and struck out four in Wheaton's 3-0 shut out of UMass-Dartmouth. She currently holds a 2.48 ERA and had been the driving force behind Wheaton's seven-game win streak.

NEWMAC Softball Co-Pitcher of the Week

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

Talia Loda, a junior pitcher for Springfield College, had and impressive week for the Pride, as she led the maroon and white to a record of 4-2 against NEWMAC opponents. Loda went 3-1, pitching 26.0 innings, giving up just three earned runs while owning an ERA of 0.81. Loda also fanned 20 batters, including nine in a 9-1 win over No. 19 MIT. At the plate, Loda went 10-for-23 (.435) in the lead off spot, driving in three runs and scoring four herself.

NEWMAC Men's Lacrosse Offensive Athlete of the Week

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

In a 2-0 week for MIT, Graham Davis tallied eight goals and three assists for 11 points. He started things off last Tuesday by producing five goals in a 19-13 win over Castleton. Davis then registered three goals and three assists, including setting up what proved to be the game-winning goal, in a 13-10 victory over Babson. The Engineers win over the Beavers last Saturday was their first since 2009.

NEWMAC Men's Lacrosse Defensive Athlete of the Week

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

Reynolds continued his sensational play between the pipes as the Pride picked up a pair of NEWMAC wins to improve to 6-2 on the season. In two outings, Reynolds owned a goals against average of 3.67 and a save percentage of 80.6. In a rematch of last year's NEWMAC Championship on Monday versus Babson, Reynolds turned in a 20-save performance as he allowed just five goals before making five saves in just over 38 minutes of action while surrendering just one goal against Mass. Maritime. 

NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Offensive Athlete of the Week

Dacia Persky, Wellesley (Sophomore, Las Vegas, Nev.)

Wellesley sophomore Dacia Persky helped the Blue to a 3-0 record this week, including a pair of conference wins over Smith and MIT. On Wednesday vs. MIT, she scored three goals and added a pair of assists as the Blue outscored the Engineers, 18-16, in an entertaining contest. Persky only got better on Saturday, matching her career-high with six goals while recording a career-best 10 points, as she also dished out four assists and picked-up a pair of ground balls in a 20-13 win over Smith. Persky then tallied two goals and two assists, and also caused three turnovers, as the Blue defeated Eastern Conn. St., 12-10, in non-conference action on Sunday. For the week, Persky had a team-leading 19 points on 11 goals and eight assists. 

NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Defensive Athlete of the Week

Courtney Peterson, Wellesley (Senior, Glastonbury, Conn.)

Wellesley senior midfielder Courtney Peterson had a great two-way week for the Blue, registering a team-high nine caused turnovers and scooping up eight ground balls, while also scoring 15 points on nine goals and three assists to lead Wellesley to a 3-0 record. Peterson registered a career-high in caused turnovers, with seven, in a 20-13 victory over Smith on Saturday and had at least one ground ball in all three contests, including five versus Smith and two versus Eastern Conn. St. on Sunday. 

NEWMAC Men's Tennis Singles Athlete of the Week

Albert Go, MIT (Freshman, Merritt Island, Fla.)

In a 3-1 week for the No. 21 ranked MIT men's tennis team freshman Albert Go went 3-1 in singles play and clinched the match points against Vassar on Friday and against Springfield on Saturday. His match clinching point vs. Springfield at No. 2 singles gave MIT its 100th NEWMAC win in program history as the Engineers are 100-1 all-time against league opponents since the beginning of NEWMAC play in 1998. Go defeated Babson's Ben Roque 6-0, 6-1 on Wednesday and went on to defeat Allen Sokolov 6-2, 6-4 of Vassar On Friday and Alex Romaine 6-2, 6-4 of Springfield on Saturday. Go also currently leads the team with nine wins this spring (9-2) and is a perfect 4-0 at No. 2 singles.

NEWMAC Men's Tennis Doubles Team of the Week

Brandon Rosenbluth (pictured)/Alberto De Mendiola, Babson (No. 1 Doubles)

The Beavers' duo of sophomore Brandon Rosenbluth and first-year Alberto De Mendiola went 3-0 at number one doubles, which includes a pair of victories in conference matches. They cruised to an 8-4 win at MIT on Wednesday and then defeated the top pairings for both Vassar and Clark as Babson split a pair of matches on Saturday.

NEWMAC Rowing Boat of the Week

Mount Holyoke Varsity Eight. (Leela Woody Pictured)

The Lyons varsity eight boat finished second with a time of 7:09.0. MHC fell just short of first-placed UVM, which won with a time of 7:08.7. The crew outpaced its competitors though, besting Simmons (7:24.8), Clark (7:33.0) and Endicott (8:14.9) in the race. Members of the boat included coxswain Leela Woody, Ariya Lawson (8), Azulina Green (7), Sophie Rabinow (6), Elizabeth Hazen (5), Sharlow Hitchcock (4), Emma Tolerton (3), Meghan Ryan (2), Susannah Lickus (B).

NEWMAC Men's Track Athlete of the Week

Dennis Maloney, MIT (Sophomore, New Albany, Ohio)

Maloney finished third overall and ran the No. 3 time in the nation as he crossed in a time of 30:07.93 in the 10,000 meters at the Sam Howell Invitational. Finishing as the top non-senior, Maloney closed with a 4:46 final mile and a 68-second final lap as he ran the third-fastest time in MIT history.

NEWMAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week

Cody Bratten, MIT (Junior, Highlands Ranch, Colo.)

In a meet at Bates, Bratten won the discus event with a throw of 167 feet, five inches which ranks him No. 3 in the nation. Bratten also took fourth place in the shot put to earn five points for the Engineers as he posted a throw of 45 feet, 6.5 inches.

NEWMAC Men's Relay of the Week

Fleury, Rus, D'Amore, Whelan (Pictured), WPI (4x100)

Freshman Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, N.H.), freshman Alex Rus (Newton, Mass.), senior Brian D'Amore (Medfield, Mass.), and senior Hugh Whelan (Madison, Conn.) collaborated to clock the quickest 4x100-meter relay time so far this season. The foursome also accounted for points in six individual performances, including a win by Fleury.

NEWMAC Women's Track Athlete of the Week

Maryann Gong, MIT (Senior, Livermore, Calif.)

At the Sam Howell Invitational, Gong ran a time of 35:47.93 in the 10,000 meters and is now ranked No. 3 in the nation in the event. Finishing second overall and as the top D3 runner in the event, she opened the race with a 5:39 mile and closed in a 79-second final lap to hold off a pair of runners from Williams.

NEWMAC Women's Field Athlete of the Week

Carly Markos, Springfield (Senior, Wallkill, N.Y.)

Carly Markos, a senior at Springfield College, finished first in the hammer throw at the Smith Pioneer Invitational with a heave of 184 feet, 5 inches (56.22 meters), which surpassed Kelsey Bishop's throw of 170 feet, 7 inches in 2007 to break the Springfield College women's track and field program record. With her throw, Markos also broke the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) record, which was set by Ashley Wheeler of MIT when she threw 174 feet, 3.25 inches.

NEWMAC Women's Relay of the Week

Chen, Reed, Menkiti, Okonkwo (Pictured), MIT (4x100)

The team of junior Hannah Chen, freshman Jane Reed, freshman Michelle Menkiti and senior Nneoma Okonkwo ran a time of 48.75 in the 4x100 relay on Saturday at Bates to win the event and currently rank No. 15 in the nation.