NEWMAC Athletes of the Week (for week ending March 24th)

NEWMAC Athletes of the Week (for week ending March 24th)

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

Benjamin Avakian, Mass. Maritime (Jr., A – Bourne, Mass.)

Avakian scored 13 times this week in a 2-0 week for the Buccaneers. The junior attackman started the week with four goals and one assist in a victory over Salem State, before tallying a career-high nine goals in a 13-11 win over Southern Maine. He had an assist in each game while picking up 2 ground balls and causing a turnover.

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

Riley McNulty, Coast Guard (Jr., M – Annapolis, Md.)

McNutly had a record-breaking night in the Bears 14-9 victory over NY Maritime on Wednesday night. He scored seven goals and added three assists to break the single game record for points as well as becoming the first player in program history to score 100 goals, with his fifth goal of the night. McNulty also led the Bears with four goals in their 12-11 overtime victory against rival Merchant Marine on Saturday afternoon. 

NEWMAC Men's Lacrosse Defensive Athlete of the Week

Austin DiPietro, Emerson (Jr., M – Clermont, Fla.)

In two games for the Lions this week, DiPietro took 40 faceoffs while winning 33 of them for a 82.5% winning percentage in faceoffs. Against UNE, he went 11-for-16 and scooped up seven ground balls. In a victory over Dean, DiPietro went 22-for-24, while grabbing 15 ground balls. He totaled 22 ground balls on the week. 

NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Offensive Athlete of the Week

Lexi Lenaghan, Babson (Sr., A – Hanover, Mass.)

Lenaghan had a huge week scoring 14 goals and dishing out three assists for 17 points in a pair of lopsided wins. The senior attacker matched her career high with seven goals on 10 shots in Wednesday's 17-10 victory over Ursinus and followed it up with seven more goals and three assists for a season-high 10 points in Saturday's 17-6 triumph over Wellesley. Lenaghan contributed five goals and three helpers in the opening half as the Beavers built an 11-goal lead. 

NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Defensive Athlete of the Week

Isabelle Lent, Babson (So., D – Madison, Conn.)

Lent finished with 12 draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers in a 2-0 week for Babson. The sophomore defender won six draws, caused two turnovers and picked up two ground balls in the Beavers' 17-10 win at Ursinus on Wednesday. Lent followed it up by collecting six more draw controls and scooping up a ground ball in Saturday's 17-6 victory at Wellesley. 

NEWMAC Women's Tennis Singles Athlete of the Week

Emily Etter, Springfield (Sr. – Guilford, Conn.)

Etter won all four of her singles bouts, dropping just four sets the entire week, as the Pride went 3-1 in their Spring Break trip to Florida. The senior also won all three of her doubles outings and helped Springfield start their 2018-19 campaign winning their first five matches.

 

NEWMAC Women's Tennis Doubles Team of the Week 

Rielly Malz / Cara Freadman, Springfield (No. 2 Doubles)

Competing at the No. 2 doubles spot for Springfield in Florida last week, the team of Rielly Malz and Cara Freadman (pictured) were outstanding, winning all four of their matches to help Springfield earn three team victories.

NEWMAC Baseball Athlete of the Week

Jack Cooney, Springfield (So., OF – Pittsfield, Mass.)

Cooney, a sophomore outfielder for Springfield College, had quite the week for the Pride as he produced a batting average of .423, going 11-for-26 at the plate with 11 RBI, seven runs scored and three walks. Cooney also stole 11 bases on the week, including a career-best four stolen bases in an 11-5 win over Emerson on Sunday afternoon. 

 

 

NEWMAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week

Brian Johnson, Springfield (Sr., LHP – East Haddam, Conn.)

Johnson, a senior pitcher for Springfield College, had an impressive week as he became the only student-athlete in the Springfield College baseball program's Division III history to throw multiple no hitters in a career, as he picked up his first win of the season on Sunday, a no-hit effort against Emerson. Against the Lions, Johnson was hitless through nine innings, as he also struck out nine batters on the afternoon, including the first three of the game. With this outing, Johnson now leads the NEWMAC in strikeouts per game (11.44).

 

 

NEWMAC Softball Athlete of the Week

Devon Goetz, MIT (Jr., INF – Rockville, Md.)

Goetz led the No. 5 MIT softball team to a 5-1 start to the 2019 campaign this week as her bat exploded to produce a .556 batting average (10-for-18) to go along with eight runs, three doubles, one triple, two home runs and seven RBI. Goetz also was a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bases, tallied an on base percentage of .652 and registered a slugging percentage of 1.167. In her first game in Florida, Goetz roped a two-run double in the top of the seventh to secure a come from behind win over Wisconsin-Stout.

NEWMAC Softball Pitcher of the Week

Brooke Stock, Babson (Jr., P – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Stock went 2-1 with one save, a 2.96 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 26.0 innings over six appearances, highlighted by throwing a perfect game in Sunday's conference opener against Clark. Following a loss to Messiah and a no-decision against NYU, she allowed just one run in a complete-game win over Oswego on Thursday. Stock fanned a season-high 13 batters on the way to tossing the program's first perfect game since 2012, and then followed it up with five strikeouts in 2.0 innings to earn her first save as the Beavers finished off a sweep of the Cougars. 

NEWMAC Men's Track Athlete of the Week

Matthew Dynan, Babson (Sr., Mid-Distance - Reading, Mass.)

Dynan has posted two NCAA regional qualifying results and set a school record at Babson's first two meets. He came in second with a qualifying score of 3:55.78 in the 1500 meters and came in eighth with another qualifying time of 1:56.01 in the 800 meters at Point Loma's Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet on March 16. Dynan followed it up by breaking a seven-year-old school record with his time of 15:14.34 in the 5000 meters to place second at the Bridgewater State Invitational.

 

NEWMAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week

Sean Rezendes, Babson (Jr. – Scituate, Mass.)

Rezendes came in sixth by clearing 5-feet, 11.25-inches in the high jump at Point Loma's Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet on March 16, and placed second with a career-best leap of 20-feet, 9-inches in the long jump at the Bridgewater State Invitational on Saturday.

 

NEWMAC Men's Relay of the Week

4x400 Meter Relay, Babson (Virkler, Arora, Kohanik, Cianciolo)

The Beavers' 4x400-meter relay team of Nick Virkler (pictured), Samir Arora, Ethan Kohanik and Colin Cianciolo posted a time of 3:28.98 to place seventh at Point Loma's Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet. 

 

NEWMAC Women's Track Athlete of the Week

Katherine Jacobs, Babson (Fy., Hurdles – East Granby, Conn.)

Jacobs set a new school record and qualified for the NCAA New England Championships and the NEICAAA Championships with her time of 14.90 in the 100-meter hurdles at Point Loma's Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet back on March 16. Her time is currently the best in the conference and ranks seventh in Division III.

 

 

 

NEWMAC Women's Field Athlete of the Week

Julia Hecking, Mount Holyoke (Sr., Throws – Greenville, Pa.)

Hecking had an solid outdoor debut last weekend as the Lyons competed at the Wesleyan Spring Classic (non-scoring). She posted a mark of 27.71 meters (90-11) to place sixth. Hecking then posted ninth in hammer throw with a season-best distance of 33.94 meters.

 

 

NEWMAC Women's Relay of the Week

4x100 Meter Relay, Babson (Raffone, Lamoso, Jacobs, McLaughlin)

Babson's 4x100-meter relay quartet of Angelina Raffone, Ana Lamoso, Katherine Jacobs, Sydney McLaughlin came in first and set a new school record with a time of 51.61 at the Bridgewater State Invitational on Saturday. The time better the program's previous mark set back in 2013 by 0.36 seconds.