NAC Weekly Honors (Week Ending 10/7/18)




Player of the Week

Sadie Royer, Husson

(Sr., F/D - Greene, Maine)

Royer had the game of her career, tucking away a career-high five goals against Albertus Magnus to contribute to the 18-0 victory, which tied her for the most goals scored in a single game by an Eagle. She also recorded her 50th career point to become the 16th Husson field hockey player to reach this feat. Royer also dished out the assist for the first goal of the game to earn a total of 11 points by the end of the day, which is another new standard for the Eagles. The senior also knocked in a pair of goals in a 6-2 loss to Keystone College in a tough non-conference matchup.


Defensive Player of the Week

Allison Leighton, Husson

(Sr., D - Oakland, Maine)

Leighton recorded her first career hat trick and held Albertus Magnus shotless and scoreless on Sunday as Husson went on to take an 18-0 shutout win. She led the defense and also contributed an assist in both matches in the Falcons Field Hockey Tournament on Saturday and Sunday.


Rookie of the Week

Haley Ward, Husson

(Fr., M/D - Winslow, Maine)

Ward kept the pressure high against Albertus Magnus on Sunday, taking 12 shots and knocking in a hat trick for the second time this season to help the Eagles take down the Falcons, 18-0. She also dished out an assist on Saturday when Husson took on Keystone College in the Falcons Field Hockey Tournament. This is Ward's second honor as Rookie of the Week.




Golfer of the Week 

Gavin Dugas, Husson

(Sr., - Pittsfield, Maine)

Dugas jumped up from 4th place after the first day of competition at the Blazers Fall Invitational to finish in 1st place, shooting a 143 overall. He finished one stroke under par for his third medalist honors this season and sixth in his career as an Eagle. As a team, Husson took a commanding first place (608) by eight strokes competing against 16 other schools.



Rookie of the Week 

Nick Messerschmidt, SUNY Canton

(Fr., - Geneseo, NY)

Messerschmidt carded rounds of 84 and 82 for a two-day score of 166 at the North Country Shootout on Saturday and Sunday. The 82 on Sunday was one stroke off a new career low. Messerschmidt tied for 20th place while Canton finished 4th at the event.


The North Atlantic Conference Championship is October 13-14 at the Country Club of Vermont in Waterbury, Vt.



Player of the Week

Daniel Arriola, Northern Vermont-Johnson

(Jr, M - Romeoville, Ill.)

Daniel Arriola recorded 3 goals in the Badgers 6-2 win over NVU-Lyndon. Arriola shot .750, only missing one of four attempts in an important NAC game that started with even conference records. Arriola's hat trick brings his season total to 8 goals.


Defensive Player of the Week

Jonathan Dutka, Thomas (ME)

(Sr., GK - Durham, N.H.)

Dutka made 11 saves, surrendering just two goals to a strong Bowdoin offense in a 2-1 non-conference loss on Monday. He followed that performance with a combined shutout in a 3-0 conference win over UMPI on Saturday, where he did not allow a goal in 45 minutes of action and picked up the NAC win.


Rookie of the Week 

Jahzardae Samuels, Thomas (ME)

(Fr., M - Pembroke, Bermuda)

Samuels took two shots on goal, and put one in the back of the net for the Terriers third goal in a 3-0 win over NAC oponent UMaine-Presque Isle on Saturday. The midfielder was also key to pressuring a strong Bowdoin team in a tough non-conference matchup.



Player of the Week 

McKenna Brodeur, Me.-Farmington

(So., F - Oakland, Maine)

Brodeur scored five goals on the week including a hat trick against Southern Maine on Tuesday. She dished out an assist against USM making her involved in all four goals in the 5-4 loss to a team that held all opponents to two goals or fewer in their first eleven games of the season. Brodeur scored two goals in a 4-0 win over NAC oponent SUNY Canton on Saturday, bringing her total to 11 points for the week.



Defensive Player of the Week 

Emily Conway, Maine Maritime

(So., GK - Charleston, S.C.)

Repeating as Defensive Player of the Week, Conway was impressive in net for the Mariners once again. She recorded 15 saves over the 1-1 week, and in the Mariners' seventh shutout of the season, Conway turned away all seven shots she faced against Husson University to lead the Mariners to a big NAC victory and improve to the team's conference record to 4-0.


Rookie of the Week 

Lindsay Sanchez-Cardona, Northern Vermont-Johnson

(Fr., M - Stamford, Conn.)

Sanchez-Cardona lifted the Badgers to a 1-0 lead in the first minute of the game against NVU-Lyndon. The goal held up as the game winner in the 1-0 conference victory. Sanchez-Cordona contributed 2 goals and 2 assists against non-conference oponent Pine Manor as part of a 10-0 rout.



Player of the Week

Meridith Blessard, Husson

(Sr., - Lincoln, Maine)

Named MVP of the North Atlantic Conference Women's Tennis Championship, Blessard led Husson to their first NAC Title. The senior also earned spots on both NAC All-Conference First Team Singles and Doubles teams as announced by the NAC prior to the championship. Helping the Eagles finish the fall season with ten wins and no losses, Blessard and partner Ashley Matlock defeated a pair of Hornets in the semifinals 8-1. The top flight doubles team took down Lesley's first doubles pair 8-0 in the championship match before Blessard won the deciding match (6-1, 6-0) to secure the victory and the berth to the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Tournament this spring.


Rookie of the Week

Natalie Tilton, Husson

(Fr., - Lincoln, Maine)

A standout among standouts for the Eagle's freshman class, Tilton left it all on the court this past weekend to help Husson capture their first NAC Title while finishing the fall season undefeated, 10-0. Tilton captured two doubles victories while paired up with fellow classmate Hannah Malinen (8-0; 8-6), and a singles win (6-0, 6-0) in the North Atlantic Conference Women's Tennis Championship Tournament. The rookie was also named to the NAC All-Conference First Team Singles, First Team Doubles, and Sportsmanship Team.


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Player of the Week

Sydney Adams, Maine Maritime

(Jr., S - Trumbull, Conn.)

Adams impressed in the Mariners' 3-0 week, totaling 88 assists (9.78 a/s), 14 kills (1.56 k/s), 14 digs (1.56 d/s), six aces and two blocks over nine sets. The junior setter tallied 14 assists, six digs, five kills and two aces in the Mariners 3-0 win over UMaine-Machias on Tuesday. In Maine Maritime's doubleheader against UMaine-Fort Kent, Adams tallied 37 assists in the 3-1 win, while also contributing eight digs, seven kills, and two aces. She followed that up with 37 assists in the Mariners' 3-0 victory over the Bengals in the second match while also recording two kills, two aces and two blocks. In that match Adams tied her previous career-high for assists in a three-set match (37).


Defensive Player of the Week

Maria Perez, Maine Maritime

(Jr., L - San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Perez was crucial in the Mariners 3-0 week, totaling 52 digs over eight sets (6.50 d/s), three assists and an ace. Against UMaine-Machias, Perez scooped up seven digs in one set (7 d/s), while also tallying two assists. In the first match of a doubleheader against UMaine-Fort Kent, Perez recorded 28 digs (7 d/s), one ace, and one assist in the 3-1 win. She followed that up with 17 digs in the Mariners 3-0 victory over the Bengals.


Rookie of the Week 

Rachel Melampy, Maine Maritime

(Fr., OH - Duxbury, Mass.)

Melampy helped lead the Mariners to a 3-0 week, totaling 42 kills (4.20 k/s), 25 digs (2.50 d/s), eight aces and three blocks. In the Mariners 3-0 win over UMaine-Machias the freshman led all players with eight kills, and also contributed seven digs and two aces. In the Mariners' 3-1 victory over UMaine-Fort Kent, the outside hitter led all players once again with 14 kills and registered a double-double with 10 digs to go along with four aces and two blocks. In the Mariners' 3-0 win over the Bengals, Melampy tallied a career-high 20 kills, to go with eight digs, two aces and a block.