NAC Weekly Honors (period ending 5/5/19)

 

BASEBALL

Player of the Week

David LeBlanc, Husson
(Junior, OF - Beaumont, Alberta)

LeBlanc had five hits in 13 at-bats (.384), including a double and a triple, and knocked in four RBI over three games to help the Eagles win the 2019 NAC Baseball Tournament. He walked three times, stole a base, and crossed the plate three times over the weekend. In Game 6, LeBlanc scored the first run for Husson, and then launched a two-run single to left center that broke a 1-1 tie in the third inning and put the Eagles ahead 3-1 in what would be the final score in the Championship game. He was named Tournament MVP and collects his second weekly award of the season.

   
 

Pitcher of the Week

Jesse Colford, Husson
(Junior, P - Bangor, Maine)

Colford pitched a complete game shutout against NVU-Lyndon in Game 5 to help Husson advance to the final round of the NAC Baseball Tournament undefeated. Colford threw nine innings for the Eagles, giving up just one walk and six hits, while fanning seven batters on the way to a perfect 0.00 ERA and his seventh win of the season. Colford was named to the NAC All-Tournament Team and collects his second-consecutive Pitcher of the Week award.

   
 

Rookie of the Week

Kobe Rogerson, Husson
(Freshman, 2B - Brewer, Maine)

Rogerson started the week with two hits and five RBIs in a pair of conference wins over UMaine-Presque Isle to help Husson capture the No. 1 seed heading into the NAC tournament. Rogerson had seven hits in 11 at-bats for a .636 batting average in the tournament as Husson cruised through double-elimination action to become the 2019 champions. In total, Rogerson helped the Eagles to a 5-0 week with nine hits (including a double), seven RBI, five runs scored, and two walks in 18 at bats. He was also perfect in 21 total catches at second base and was named to the NAC All-Tournament Team. This is the third weekly honor for Rogerson in his rookie campaign.

 

MEN'S LACROSSE

Rookie & Player of the Week

Hunter Olsen, SUNY Canton
(Freshman, A - Webster, New York)

Olsen finished with a season-high six points, three goals and three assists, as the Roos came up just short of a title in the NAC championship game. The rookie had a hand in five of SUNY Canton's first six goals, getting the hosts out to a 6-4 lead with just under seven minutes left in the opening half. He recorded a hat trick on just four shots, and added three ground balls, on his way to making the All-Tournament Team. This is his third weekly award this season.

   

Defensive Player of the Week

Josh Yelvington, SUNY Canton
(Senior, M - Carthage, New York)

Yelvington led the Roos with four ground balls and two caused turnovers as the team came up just short of a NAC Championship on Saturday. The senior, who owns the SUNY Canton single-season and career records for goals and points, posted two goals and an assist. For his efforts on the field he was named to the All-Tournament Team. This is the third-consecutive weekly award for Yelvington.

 

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

Player of the Week

Jessica Pele, SUNY Canton
(Senior, M - Estevan, Saskatchewan)

Pele was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2019 NAC Women's Lacrosse Championship after leading the Roos to a 19-4 win versus UMaine-Farmington and the first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in school history. She led all players with six points on four goals and two assists, and added game-highs of eight ground balls and five caused turnovers to go with four draw controls in the championship game. Overall, Pele finished the tournament with seven goals, four assists, 11 ground balls, nine draw controls and six caused turnovers. This is the second weekly award of the season for Pele.

   
 

Defensive Player of the Week

Mia Jermano, SUNY Canton
(Senior, D - Massena, New York)

Jermano spearheaded a defense that held UMaine-Farmington to just four goals as the Roos earned a 19-4 win versus the Beavers in the NAC Championship game. The senior captain and NAC Defensive Player of the Year led all players with five caused turnovers and chipped in three ground balls to lead SUNY Canton to its first-ever NCAA Tournament Berth. This is the third weekly honor of the 2019 season for Jermano.

   
 

Rookie of the Week

Erin Parks, SUNY Canton
(Sophomore, A - Watertown, New York)

Parks returned from injury to post a pair of goals for the Roos in a 19-4 win versus UMaine-Farmington in the NAC Championship game. She had a perfect shooting percentage, scoring twice on two shots, including a goal on her only free-position shot of the game. This was her sixth multi-goal outing in nine contests of her rookie season, and her second Rookie of the Week award.

 

SOFTBALL

Player of the Week

Olivia Smith, Husson
(Senior, OF - Calais, Maine)

Smith hit a two-run homerun, an RBI single, and scored one of her own, in the first tournament game of the championship weekend, leading the Eagles to a 9-6 victory against UMaine-Presque Isle. On day two, Smith got the Eagles on the board with an RBI single in the first inning of Game 4 against host Thomas College. She would rack up four more RBIs in the game, including a three-run shot that tied the game at 6-all, setting up the 7-6 win. She would walk three times and contribute two RBI in Game 6, leading her team to the 2019 NAC title and earning the Tournament MVP award. In all, Smith had five hits, two homeruns, ten RBI, and perfect fielding in the Championship.

   
 

Pitcher of the Week

Jen Jones, Husson
(Junior, P/OF - Acton, Maine)

Pitching a perfect game in the NAC Championship on Sunday, Jones led the Eagles to a defeat of Thomas College, 8-0, in five innings to capture their second-straight NAC Title. Helping Husson to a 5-0 week, the junior grabbed four wins in the circle and played the fifth game in right field. She averaged a 1.91 ERA, only giving up runs to UMaine-Presque Isle in Game 2 of the Tournament. In 22.0 innings pitched, Jones struck out 24 batters while giving up just one walk and 11 hits. She added five putouts and six assists on 11 total catches in the field. At the plate, the junior batted a .529 average with nine hits, two RBI, two runs, and one walk in 17 at bats. This is the second weekly honor for Jones, who was also named to the All-Tournament Team.

   
 

Rookie of the Week

Whitney Bess, Husson
(Freshman, OF/3B - Madison, Maine)

Bess and the Eagles had a 5-0 week, including three wins in the NAC Softball Championship Tournament. Bess had three hits in seven at-bats (.429) with five RBI in the final double-header of the regular season to start the week. She then contrubited three hits, two runs, and a stolen base to help the Eagles capture the program's second consecutive conference Championship title. In total, the rookie posted a .375 batting average with six hits, five RBI, three runs scored, and a walk in 16 at bats. This is the third weekly honor for Bess this season.