NEWMAC Athletes of the Week (for week ending September 3rd)

NEWMAC Athletes of the Week (for week ending September 3rd)

Football Offensive Athlete of the Week

Jake Eglintine, Springfield (Senior, QB, Ballston Spa, N.Y.)

Eglintine led Springfield to a win over nationally-ranked Western New England in the annual Pynchon SAW game as the senior quarterback rushed for 121 yards, averaging 6.4 yards per carry, while finding the end zone three times. He also completed 4-of-8 passes for 53 yards and directed a Springfield offense that was on the field for over 40 minutes. Under his leadership, the Pride snapped WNE's 21 game regular-season winning streak. 

Football Defensive Athlete of the Week

Dereck Pacheco, WPI (Senior, DL, Barnstable, Mass.)

Pacheco amassed six solo tackles, of which four were for-loss (29 yards), including two sacks (13 yards), and a pair of quarterback hurries as he helped WPI blank Anna Maria 48-0 Friday night. It is the first shutout by the Engineers since early in the 2010 campaign.

Football Special Teams Athlete of the Week

Spencer Herrington, WPI (Junior, K/P, Clearfield, Pa.)

Herrington, who came into the game 1-for-1 in career extra points, was a perfect 6-for-6 in PATs and 2-for-2 in field goals as WPI shutout Anna Maria Friday night. He connected on field goals of 33 and 30 yards and also boomed four punts for an average of 31.8 yards. 

Field Hockey Offensive Athlete of the Week

Jacki Merrigan, Babson (Senior, Canton, Mass.)

Merrigan got off to a great start with three goals, including both game winners, for six points as fifth-ranked Babson opened with back-to-back wins. Merrigan scored a pair of first-half goals in a 7-0 victory over Worcester State on Friday and then notched the only tally of the game as the Beavers defeated 11th-ranked Skidmore, 1-0, in Saratoga Springs on Saturday. 

Field Hockey Defensive Athlete of the Week

Riley Thompson. Wheaton (Senior, Fairfield, Conn.)

Senior goalkeeper Riley Thompson made a career-high 31 saves in a 4-2 setback to Endicott. The 31 saves tied a Wheaton individual game record, while surrendering just four goals in 70 minutes of action. The senior faced 51 total shots, 37 being on goal finishing the week with a .886 save percentage.

Men's Soccer Offensive Athlete of the Week

Youcef Ziad, Babson (Sophomore, Holbrook, Mass.)

Ziad had a monster weekend with two goals and one assist for five points in wins over St. Lawrence and Clarkson. The sophomore forward set up one goal and scored the eventual game winner in Friday's 3-2 victory over the Saints. He then notched a huge insurance tally in the 82nd minute as the Beavers rallied for a 3-1 triumph over the Golden Knights on Saturday afternoon. 

Men's Soccer Defensive Athlete of the Week

Jackson Greenspan, Babson (Junior, Meriden, N.H.)

Greenspan put in two strong performances at center back as the Beavers opened with back-to-back wins over St. Lawrence and Clarkson. Greenspan helped the Green and White allow just five shots on goal to both opponents, in addition to scoring the go-ahead goal in the 76th minute of Saturday's come-from-behind win against the Golden Knights. 

Women's Soccer Co-Offensive Athlete of the Week

Sophie Gomarlo, WPI (Senior, Swanzey, N.H.)

Gomarlo posted a hat-trick and scored a pair of game-winners, while registering a perfect shooting percentage, in the Engineers opening weekend. On Friday, the senior netted the overtime game-winner at Salem State. She followed up with the first home hat-trick since 2010 on Sunday evening versus UMass Dartmouth. 

Women's Soccer Co-Offensive Athlete of the Week

Hailey Nichols, MIT (Junior, Boulder, Colo.)

In a 2-0 week that featured victories over No. 6 Brandeis University and Lesley University, junior defender Hailey Nichols registered the game winning goal and added her first assist of the season against the nationally-ranked Judges. Nichols' and the MIT defense also shut down one of the best offenses in the nation which reached the national semifinals a year ago to just six shots - four on goal - to lead the Engineers to their first win against Brandeis since 2014. In the second game of the weekend, Nichols and the MIT defense held Lesley to just six shots on goal to aid the Engineers to a 2-0 start to the year.

Women's Soccer Defensive Athlete of the Week

Maya Nielan, MIT (Freshman, Danville, Calif.)

In a 2-0 week that featured victories over No. 6 nationally-ranked Brandeis University and Lesley University, freshman Maya Nielan registered her first two goals of her collegiate career as a defender. Additionally as part of a strong MIT defense, Nielan and her teammates held the nationally-ranked Judges' potent offense which reached the national semifinals a year ago to just six shots - four on goal - to lead MIT to its first win against Brandeis since 2014. Her second collegiate goal came as MIT's fifth of the game against Lesley and on top of her outstanding offensive efforts, held the Lynx to just six shots on goal to aid the Engineers to a 2-0 start to the year.

Volleyball Offensive Athlete of the Week

Abby Bertics, MIT (Junior, La Jolla, Calif.)

In a 4-0 weekend for MIT that saw it sweep its way to the Morrisville State College Mustang Tournament title, Abby Bertics tallied 44 kills, a .468 hitting performance, five digs, and three blocks en route to All-Tournament Team honors. She opened the tournament with nine kills on 12-errorless attempts for a .750 hitting percentage in a 3-0 win over Alfred State on Saturday. Bertics then posted six kills and three digs in the Engineers? victory over Keystone. The next day, she racked up 16 kills and a .700 hitting effort against Penn State - Behrend. Bertics wrapped up the tournament with 13 kills, a .600 hitting percentage, and two blocks versus SUNY Oswego.

Volleyball Defensive Athlete of the Week

Anagabrielle Sanchez, Springfield (Sophomore, Caguas, Puerto Rico)

Sanchez was sensational in her sophomore debut and helped Springfield to a 4-0 start as it won the Springfield College Invitational. An All-Tournament Team selection, Sanchez totaled 88 digs in four matches, averaging an incredible 6.77 per set, to go along with 13 assists and four aces. Her weekend was highlighted by a 31-dig performance versus Endicott in a rematch of last year's NCAA Championship First Round meeting. 

Men's Runner of the Week

Matthew Dynan, Babson (Reading, Mass.)

Dynan was the top overall finisher for the third straight year as Babson defeated Wheaton in the teams' season-opening dual meet. Dynan posted a five second victory over teammate John Decker with a time of 15:50 in the 5k race, while also trimming 40 seconds off of last season's winning time on the same course.

Women's Runner of the Week

Kristen Madeia, Springfield (Berlin, Conn.)

Madeia powered Springfield to a second-place finish at the Ramapo Season Opener and was Springfield's top finisher as she ran the 5k course in a time of 20:14.9 to finish in third-place individually out of the 83 runners.