NAC Weekly Honors (9/16/19 - 9/22/19)



Player of the Week

  Nicholas Ojala, Castleton University
Sophomore - Proctor, Vermont

Ojala had a stellar two-week stretch, finishing T-22 in a loaded 118-man field at the Duke Nelson Invitational hosted by Middlebury College before topping all players for individual medalist honors at the Castleton Invitational. Ojala posted rounds of 74 and 76 at the Duke Nelson to shoot 150 (+8) over 36 holes. He ranked seventh in the large field in par-4 scoring, going +2 for a 4.09 average. He followed that up by leading his team to victory at home, as he carded an opening-round 79 (+9) before firing a final-round 72 (+2) on Sunday. Ojala led all player at the Castleton Invitational in par-4 scoring (+6, 4.25 average) while making a match-best 21 pars.



Rookie of the Week

Chris Kauppila, Husson
First-year - Newburgh, Maine

Kauppila led the Eagles to a 15th place finish in a competitive 25-team field at the Williams College Fall Invitational last weekend. He shot a 73 (+2) on the first day and finished with a 76 (+5) on the second day of play. The rookie tied for 17th out of 127 golfers overall, with a two-day scorecard of 149.







Player & Rookie of the Week

Shayne O'Neill, SUNY Canton
First-year, M/F - Dannemora, New York

O'Neill scored a pair of game-winning goals in two NAC wins in a double-header weekend with NVU-Lyndon and NVU-Johnson. The rookie buried his third goal of the season in the 12th minute of a 3-0 win against the Hornets. He followed up by having a hand in both Canton goals in a 2-0 win against the Badgers on Sunday. O'Neill scored his fourth goal of the season in the 52nd minute before adding the primary assist on the team's second goal just three minutes later.




Defensive Player of the Week

John Gonzalez, SUNY Canton
Senior, D - Utica, New York

Gonzalez led a defensive line that did not conceded a single goal, and only allowed four total shots on goal, through two conference games over the weekend. NVU-Johnson was limited to three shots on goal and four corner kicks, while NVU-Lyndon only had one shot on goal and one corner kick. The defender also contributed offensively with an assist from the backfield in each game.






Player & Rookie of the Week

Laura Blue, Maine Maritime
First-year, F - Brisbane, Australia

Blue had a break-out performance as she boosted the Mariners to victory over SUNY Delhi. She registered an assist on the game-tying goal in the 82nd minute that pushed the game into overtime. After one scoreless extra stanza, Blue notched an unassisted goal in the 105th minute for the win. The freshman forward tallied three shots in the game and landed two on net.




Defensive Player of the Week

Margot Simeon, Maine Maritime
Sophomore, M - Findlay, Ohio

Simeon was an instrumental member of the Mariner's defense in a 3-2 double-overtime win over SUNY Delhi. She anchored a line that limited the Broncos, who lead the league in shots and goals to-date, to ten shots in regulation, and just one shot through two overtime periods. The Mariner's only allowed four corner kicks in the tilt.







Player of the Week

  Natalie Tilton, Husson
Sophomore - Lincoln, Maine

Tilton had a 6-0 week to lead the Eagles to three match wins. She partnered with Hannah Malinen at #1 doubles for wins against Southern Maine (8-6), and NAC foes Northern Vermont-Lyndon (8-1) and Northern Vermont-Johnson (8-1). She also picked up three singles wins, at both the #1 (6-0, 6-1 vs. Lyndon) and #2 (6-4, 6-1; 6-0, 6-0) positions, without dropping a set. Husson remains unbeaten in conference matches and is riding a six-win streak.


Rookie of the Week

Magan Williams, Thomas College
First-year - Oakland, Maine

Williams was a perfect 4-0 on the week at #1 doubles and #2 singles. Along with partner Alexis Nestor, Williams earned a pair of 8-1 doubles-team victories against NVU-Johnson and NVU-Lyndon. She also earned a pair of singles victories with 6-4, 6-3 and 6-2, 6-0 wins.





 Player of the Week

Tatum Lafrance, SUNY Canton
Junior, S - Akwesasne, New York

Lafrance averaged 2.89 kills and 2.56 digs per set as the Roos split a pair of matches at their home tri-match last weekend. The junior opened the weekend with seven kills and ten digs in a four-set loss to Elmira. Then, Lafrance led the team to a thrilling comeback from two sets down to force a fifth set with Plattsburgh. Trailing 11-3 in the fifth, the Roos roared back again to earn a 16-14 fifth-set and match win versus Plattsburgh. She totaled 19 kills (.349 hitting percentage) to go with 13 digs in the 3-2 win.



Defensive Player of the Week

Jenna Roat, SUNY Canton
Senior, LB - Penfield, New York

Roat averaged 4.78 digs and 1.11 service aces per set as the Roos split a pair of matches at their home tri-match last weekend. She finished with match-bests of 15 digs and seven service aces in a 3-1 loss to Elmira. The senior followed that up with a match-high 28 digs, to go with four assists and three aces, in a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Plattsburgh in five sets. Roat also chipped in 14 points with 4 kills and seven assists across both matches.



 Rookie of the Week

Porsche Johnson, Northern Vermont-Johnson
First-year, OH - Dallas, Texas

Johnson recorded 25 kills with a .208 hitting percentage, as well as 33 points, 10 digs, seven total blocks, three aces, and two assists across three non-conference matches last week. Johnson led the Badgers both offensively and defensively in a 3-2 win over Wells College with 16.5 points, 14 kills, four digs, and four total blocks.





Cross country honors are released on Tuesdays throughout the season.